The Chaco Mission is a recurrent mission carried out approximately every three months, when different Qom communities are visited. In October this year, the Light-Network group of Chaco, affiliated with the Fraternidade – International Humanitarian Federation FIHF, sought to meet the most urgent needs in these communities.
About 35 people participated, including volunteers of the Monastery of the Brotherhood, the Light-Network North and the Missionary Youth for Peace, which represented several provinces of Argentina.
They visited the communities of Cacique Pelayo and Puerto Tirol, and also the foundation of animal rescue Liberar, which is dedicated to rescuing horses from animal abuse.
Several activities were carried out during the solidary visit to the community of Cacique Pelayo, including cleaning and maintenance of places of common use, besides hairdressing and hygiene personal cares.
The day continued with recreation, painting, board games, facial painting, work with puppets, and then the group was invited for lunch.
“The activities flowed in harmony and fraternity”, commented Ricardo Baumgartner, who participated in this mission for the first time.
The community of Puerto Tirol was attended in a similar manner, besides the fact that they received help from the volunteers in the preparation and sowing of an organic vegetable garden.
The animals were vaccinated and dewormed in both communities, which, for the first time, received a veterinarian who attended all animals, brought by the residents themselves.
When they returned to the base, for the preparation of the next day of activity, Ricardo offered training to all participants that, according to Anahí Fernandez, “helped clarify a lot of doubts about what the missions are”.
On the second day, the Foundation Liberar, located 15 km from Resistencia, the capital of Chaco, was visited, where approximately 45 horses are accommodated.
Among other tasks, the group did the cleaning of the internal and of the external areas, painted the external wall and organized the place where the animal food is kept.
To Marcos Renaudo, the coordinator of the Light-Network of Chaco, “…it is possible to perceive that the group is undergoing a stage of deepening in the service task, above all in the bond with the communities, giving another dimension to this service, beyond the practice”, he concludes.