Sister Community: Hogar Teresa Toda
Since 2002, St. Edward has supported Teresa Toda, a home for girls with difficult life experiences run by Carmelite Sisters in the Dominican Republic. During the school year, the girls live at the home, visiting their birth families monthly to maintain relationships with them and their neighborhood. During the summer, the girls left the home to return to their families. The Sisters found that this stay was too long for the girls. They would return with many poverty related maladies: malnourishment, skin diseases, sores and lost academic progress. So, the Sisters started “campamento” to check in with the girls mid-way through summer. They get health checks and nutrition basics, but also Bible study and reflection, singing, dancing, crafts, math tutoring, exploring science, engineering, and health, and building community.