“It is a well known fact that the people in Cuba have been suffering extreme poverty as part of their daily living for decades, and the conditions are currently worse than ever,” said Fernando García-Chacón, a Coral Gables resident and president of the Cuban Association of the Order of Malta, which supports mission projects and charitable outreach in several Caribbean and Central American countries as well as in Miami.
The Cuban Association of the Order of Malta provides some financial aid to a network of 60 parish-based soup kitchens across the island of Cuba, along with several health clinics, religious education and seminary programs. But local fund raising to support these programs has been hampered by the global financial crisis affecting so many in Florida.
Financial hardship here translates into worse hardship in Cuba, where many depend on cash remittances from family abroad to help make ends meet. Cubans with no outside help are finding it hard to put food on the table with Cuba’s local economy in stagnation. (read full text at Archdiocese of Miami's website)