Since 1979, Rockville Center Diocese, Long Island, has supported St Peter’s parish, El Cercado. With Rockville Center’s assistance, St Peter’s organizes and empowers a network of faith based communities. These communities build infrastructures, better housing, improve access to quality food and health services. Through these efforts our goal is to enhance education, protect natural resources, illuminate their self dignity, advocate for social justice, and promote equality and basic rights. A Social Ministry Committee, with 45 representatives from the 84 Christian based communities operating in the urban and rural villages of El Cercado, meets monthly to plan projects in the areas of health, education, agriculture, and economic development.
The Social Ministry Committee has implemented several outreach projects in the area of: