The San Francisco de Asis Catholic School run by the Bánica Mission received $2,500 as the final donation from the Inter-American Development Fund (IADF), a small but mighty college organization. Representatives of the IADF presented a symbolic “giant” check to Arlington Diocesan Missions Director Rev. Patrick L. Posey at the St. James Parish Rectory in Falls Church, VA yesterday.
“The foundation started a few years back… at George Mason University. We decided to establish a foundation to help build infrastructure in Latin American countries.” said founding member Rudy Mareño. “Eventually our foundation grew to its final point after we all graduated and moved forward… We decided it was time to go and this is the last check that we’re handing out.”
Prior to supporting Bánica, the IADF raised $20,000 for a clinic for blind children in Bolivia and built a park in Guatemala. IADF member, Sarah Jimena Sierralta was the first to approach Mareño about doing something for Bánica. “I had the privilege to serve there [as a missionary] from 2009 till 2010… It was an amazing experience where you just saw how much energy and how much joy they have… They have a lot to teach us.”
Fr. Posey was delighted to accept the check on behalf of the Bánica Mission. “Thank you for your support and thank you for your witness. What a great thing to do in college.” he said. “Hopefully that spirit will continue as you continue to move on in career, and work, and family.”