Congo School for Peace
All charities welcome financial help – but they all stress that the support of our Prayers is equally important.
We actively encourage ALL parishioners to remember in their prayers, the charities we have selected. To this end we have created separate pages which show exaples of their needs and of the benefits they have received as a result of the prayers of supporters. They can be found here:-
- Pray for Aid to the Church in Need;
- Pray for CAFOD;
- Pray for Congo School for Peace;
- Pray for Mary’s Meals;
- Pray for Missio;
- Pray for Local Charities.
Congo School for Peace
If you wish to make an individual donation,
please use Sort Code 08-92-99 Account 65660964.
Newsletter – Spring 2021
Latest News from Congo
There have been a great number of deaths from Covid in Lubumbashi including the Archbishop and many prominent citizens. Vaccination is slow due to shortages, and many do not want to be vaccinated.
The headteachers sent us a summary of the annual report in September:
The children stayed on at school in July and August to make up for lost time. They broke up for one month on 8th September and started the new school year on 4th October. Of the 616 pupils in primary (317 girls and 299 boys), 536 passed their exams but 80 have to resit the year. There was 100% pass rate in the last year of primary school, enabling the children to go on to secondary school. There were 410 pupils in the secondary school (250 girls and 160 boys), 355 of whom passed their exams. 54 pupils will have to resit the year and one has been expelled. One final year student, Isaac, who has been sponsored through secondary school, is awaiting his results and might need supporting through further education.
The library is being well used, and we have received a copy of the timetable and rules for it. The government has backtracked on its pledge to offer free education as they are not ensuring that all teachers are being paid. Sister Virginie explained the salary problems of the secondary teachers as none of them is recognised by the government. Many have jobs elsewhere to supplement their income, others should be helped by contributions from the parents many of whom do not pay. In fact the sisters were owed $3,750 this year from parents, and their children have had their school reports confiscated in the hope of recouping the money.
The students in the main picture, wearing their celebration outfits, are the ones who left school in the summer having majored in Pedagogy. We hope some of them will eventually teach at the primary school.
A Belgian charity has donated money to buy masks for the teachers and pupils; two infrared thermometers; two large hand basins with pedals; solar panels to provide electricity in the computer room and drilling to have water on site permanently. These items will be a great asset to the school.
The sisters had a meeting with the chief of the area about purchasing the land for new toilets on 28th September. We will know the outcome soon.
Our efforts have been severely curtailed during the pandemic however we did manage to have a garden party in Beccles. For some, it was the first socializing since the pandemic began. Many people baked cakes and we set up a shop selling home-grown fruit and vegetables as well as bric-a-brac, books and lovely handmade items. Fabulous raffle prizes were donated, too. £910 was raised which included online donations. A big thank you to everyone involved.
The AGM will take place on Wednesday 13th October at Beccles library.
Our Italian friend has agreed to organise another Italian dinner which will hopefully take place at The Old Rectory, Barsham in the New Year.
Please do not forget to use easyfundraising.org.uk if you shop online, search for Congo School for Peace. Over £1000 has been raised in this way with no extra cost to the buyer.
Also, if you are using Amazon, we have now signed up with Amazon Smile. Just go to https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1151173-0
We have received messages from our four university students who seem to be coping in spite of the difficulties.
Messages received from students at the University of Lubumbashi.
Name: MUTEBA Musengo Jeef
Course title: Psychology at Work
Results obtained this year: 6 courses passed out of 6
Without you I would not know how I would be able to continue my studies in order to be useful to society.
May the Lord bless you and guide you always.
Name: Victor Mwembo
Course title: Public Health
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your financial help which permits me to pursue my studies and to be able to serve society later on.
May God bless you. I promise to do my best.
Name: Tshitungu Pichouna
Course title: Computer Science and Management
Results obtained this year: 12 courses passed out of 15
I want to thank you sincerely for your financial help and generosity for my studies. I am very grateful to you and I promise to do my best.
Name: Kamana Bikenge Madeleine
Madeleine lived with her grandmother who died this year. Her sponsor also died a while ago, but thanks to the generosity of kind people, we hope that she can stay at the Catholic University (Maria Malkia) until she completes her degree.
Course title: Peace and Governance
How can I thank you enough? I thank you sincerely for your financial help. I promise to make a big effort.
Message from Sr Euphrasie, head of educational projects for her community
Thank you very much for all you do for the children of Congo. Please thank all of our benefactors. May our prayers be with you!
Can YOU Help?
If you can fundraise, find sponsors or help us in any way please contact Mary Ellwood (Secretary) or Alan Williams (Treasurer):
Thank you all for your continuing interest and support during these difficult times.
The SFP Support Group