Empowerment through Education – Helping kids get the education they deserveComboni2019-04-24T14:54:05-05:00
Empowerment through Education
Building a Priceless Education
While some families in the United States worry about the cost of expensive private schools, parents in Uganda are laying bricks to make sure their kids have a school to attend. At Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Ocodri Parish, Uganda there are only enough classrooms for students through fourth grade.
Every year, to ensure their children can stay at Immaculate Heart of Mary School through junior high, the parents lay bricks and the school buys building materials to add another classroom. Support this school with a secure donation today.
In 2019 we continue to celebrate more than 150 years of Comboni Missions through a permanent mission fund. Our focus this year is Empowerment Through Education—because when you educate a child, you educate a whole village, county, nation!
Every dollar you give will go to support education around the world. For only $50, you can buy school supplies for an entire grade level. And $100 will go a long way in securing a roof for each new classroom built at Ocodri.
There are public schools nearby, but their performance results are consistently poor. That’s why the parents of IHM will do whatever it takes to provide the best education for their children—even if that means building a school brick-by-brick.
We were first introduced to IHM during the summer of 2018 when Comboni Missionary Fr. Chris Aleti took eight people on a mission experience to Uganda. Before leaving, they collected $700 in donations to purchase supplies for IHM School in Ocodri.
With only $700 the group purchased 1,440 exercise books, 720 pens, 1,000 pencils and two soccer balls— enough writing supplies to last two years.
The teachers and pastor of IHM are caring and dedicated. The children receive an excellent education in all major subject areas, and physical education, and once a week they go the nearby parish to celebrate Mass. Just like it is for millions of families around the world, it is important to the parents at IHM that their children receive a good Catholic education.
Education has always been central to the Comboni Mission. From the beginning, St. Daniel Comboni recognized that education was key to implementing his Plan for the Regeneration of Africa.
St. Daniel’s mission to “Save Africa with Africa” started with education. Whenever a mission was built, a school was opened too. Comboni schools have become well-known for providing an excellent education and future African leaders.
Through the special charism of our founder St. Daniel, the Comboni Missionaries continue to make education an important element of mission—because education offers children a ladder out of poverty and a path to a promising future.
Give today and help support the Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Ocodri Parish, Uganda.
Empowerment Through Education
Did you know that in Guatemala only 35% of young people attend middle school or high school? And in Malawi the average family only makes 50 cents per day, making the $70 tuition for high school impossible to afford. In Uganda only 20% of students make it to high school.
The statistics listed above are just the beginning. In countries all over the world, young people are denied an education everyday due to poverty, conflict, and more. It’s even worse for girls. If a family can afford to educate only one child, it will usually be a boy. The reasons for this vary, and it’s almost always unjust.
Everywhere our missionaries serve they work with people of all ages, and in all walks of life. Regardless of where they are working – from Sudan to Ecuador – there is a need to help students get to school.
Whatever amount, we are grateful for your generosity and your desire to help every child receive the education they deserve.
Because when you educate a child, you educate a whole village, county, nation! Education offers children a ladder out of poverty and a path to a promising future.
Thank you for joining us on this missionary journey with your generosity.
About the Comboni Missionaries:
Our mission is to serve the world’s poorest and most forgotten people – no matter how dire the circumstances.
It was just over 150 years ago that St. Daniel Comboni, a humble man from Italy, began his work to care for and build up the people of Sudan, Africa. With St. Daniel as our inspiration, we work for the full development of the human person. We do this through evangelization, education, and advocacy until those we minister to can take over those roles – not just for themselves but for others in need.
Please join us in providing hope and life’s basic necessities to the people who need it most. We do this in 42 countries through:
+ Pastoral Care
+ Education and job training
+ Preparing local Christian leaders to serve their people
+ Providing resources such as food, clean water, churches, medicine, schools, and community centers
+ Promoting Justice & Peace
We are a world-wide group of more than 3,500 priests, brothers, sisters, and laity from diverse cultures who have dedicated our lives to serving others throughout the world, often working in unstable political climate, in the midst of extreme poverty. Despite these challenges, our missionaries are dedicated to their mission of serving God’s people.
Today the Comboni Missionaries serve on five continents. We first worked in Europe and Africa, moving to North and South America in the 1930s, and expanding into Asia in the 1980s.
“The Missionary must be prepared for everything: for joy and sadness, for life and death, for embrace and abandonment, and I am ready for it all.” – St. Daniel Comboni
At Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Ocodri Parish, Uganda, the parents lay bricks to build a new classroom for their children.