Stop Press – Wednesday 16 June
Congo School for Peace
Due to the continued COVID Restrictions,
the garden party planned for Saturday 03 July
has had to be postoned.
Watch this space for a new date!
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
Newsletter – Spring 2021
Latest News from Congo
The children returned to school after Easter and were almost straight into the exam season (26th April to 8th May). The UN distributed workbooks to help the students study at home while the schools were closed. The Belgian charity which installed the computer room and science lab has now paid for the electrification of the two-storey building which means there can be more regular use of the computers (see main picture) and has put in a water tower so that the students have water on site. The sisters are trying to buy a plot of land in order to enlarge the toilet block.
The three former students have started their second semestre.
- Joseph and Bénédicte Pichouna are in their second year.
- Victor Ilunga has changed faculty. He is now studying Public Health because the chemistry faculty was unable to assess the students during the COVID pandemic, and they extended the year.
- Madeleine has also started her studies at the private Catholic university, Maria Malkia. She is taking Science of Education, Peace and Governance.
Message from Sr Angéline
“Thank you very much for your support and generosity. We have already bought some portable hand basins for the prevention of COVID, but ideally we would like to have water via sinks in the classrooms and also electricity in the rest of the classrooms because not all of the school has electricity. Although we received solar panels from the Porticus team, they only light one building. We will happily answer any questions from our sponsors. Wishing them long life and God bless them forever. Thank you for everything. Sr Angéline” (21st May).
- We were kindly donated a signed Norwich City football shirt which was auctioned on Ebay.
- Mary was interviewed by Rob Butler on Radio Norfolk which was good publicity for the charity and helped us raise £50 for the shirt.
- We also had stalls at two antiques fairs in May and have received some donations from well-wishers including the Beccles Rotary Club.
So despite a year without any large fundraising events we have managed to send £4,200 recently to cover university fees and to ensure there are enough hand basins for every classroom.
A DATE FOR YOUR DIARIES
On Saturday 3rd July there will be a garden party in the grounds of the Old Rectory, Barsham, NR34 8HA by kind permission of Howard Trust. There will be stalls, refreshments and live music. Free entry but proceeds will be shared between the school and Aid to the Church in Need.
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: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1151173-0
If you can fundraise, find sponsors or help us in any way please contact Mary Ellwood (Secretary) or Alan Williams (Treasurer).
Newsletter – Winter 2020-21