Priest recruits native Colombians to help reach out to the poor

.- A priest in Colombia has organized a group of native Colombians in Cali to help make comforters out of donated clothing for poor families in the region.

Father Alexander Matiz’s mission has enabled the native Colombians to produce more than 50 bed comforters to be given to those most in need in the area and gift bags, which they will be able to sell at local markets to earn money.

“I was amazed, but it’s true.  For the last three months these individuals have received meals and assistance at our home in the district of El Piloto. They began making blankets with the clothing local residents donated,” Father Matiz said.

He said he also plans to provide instruction for the native Colombians for six to eight months to train them to be tourist guides.

“As natives, who are always seeking ways to earn income, they now want to offer their work to the poor for free.  When they receive proper formation, their lives truly acquire new dignity,” he stated.

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