Leny and Tata Talasan prayed every night with their four daughters for a new home in El Salvador City, Philippines. Funded by a $45,000 grant from the Philadelphia-based Papal Foundation through the Daughters of Jesus congregation, the family was among 30 to build a secure new house.

His and other families expressed their gratitude to the foundation’s global benefactors and promised to “repay you with all our prayers,” Leny said through the foundation’s website.

“That story brings a tear to your eye,” said David Savage, who last month was named executive director of the Papal Foundation. “That’s why our work is so important.”

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