Funds for Congo School for Peace

Prayer Support Helps Too!

All charities desperately need our 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, ALL the charities we have selected for our support.   They are:-

Congo School for Peace

If you wish to make an individual donation

please use Sort Code 08-92-99 Account 65660964.

21 September

Thank you all so much for the money we have raised this summer:

The Garden Party at Joy’s raised £1176 thanks to an extremely generous donation

The two stalls raised £280

The church collections: £429

Jam sales: £115

The Italian meal: £1097, thanks to the cooks donating the food

Total: £3097

Although we must keep some money for the running of the school and sponsorship, we should be able to send the money needed for the toilet block. I will let you all know when I receive the estimate.

Thanks once again for your generosity. We hope to have our quiz on Saturday 12th November; venue to be confirmed.

Best wishes,

Mary Ellwood

The School for Peace Support Group

19 August 2022

There is an interesting article about the Parish involvement with the School for Peace on the Diocesan website.  Click here to view!

09 August 2022

Congo Poster 110

11 March 2022

Spring Newsletter – Sorry only text can be displayed

Latest News from Congo

The main picture for the spring newsletter is from the 1955 Basilica in Lubumbashi showing an example of the beautiful art work which can be found everywhere in Congo.

In spite of some recent attacks by separatists on two military camps in the city and the lack of vaccinations, the school and the sisters seem to be doing well. ‘All is calm’ reports Sister Scholastique, headteacher of the nursery school. She sent us some lovely photos and video footage of the nursery children.


We have sent some money for them to buy resources which they lacked. The families of the children in the photo cannot afford to buy the uniform but they will contribute a little when they can.

The school inspectors have paid a visit to confirm the number of teachers in the primary school and have informed the authorities in Kinshasa so that they will all be registered and receive a salary. We hope that this time the message will get through, as all primary school teachers are meant to be paid.

The same inspectors will also make a case for the teachers in the secondary school, none of whom is paid by the state. Money will also be needed this year for training costs for those teaching maths and science as the syllabus has changed.

The sisters have managed to secure a good deal on the piece of land they need to enlarge the toilet block and we await news of the cost of making these improvements. We hope to update you about the progress of this necessary work in the next newsletter.

University Students

The pupils featured in the last newsletter are doing well.

Josué, the former head of the school council, is studying medicine.

Pichouna Tshitungu is currently carrying out a four-month placement at The School for Peace. She is studying computer science and can now share her knowledge with the pupils at her old school.

Isaac Tshabata Mutale, who was sponsored through secondary school, is now studying nursing sciences and will need supporting through further education although his older brother will be able to pay half of his fees. His family accompanied him back to the school recently to say how much they appreciated all the support he had received.Fundraising

Over £450 was made at stalls before Christmas and there were also a number of online donations and private sales. A big thank you to everyone who donated or helped with the stalls.

Future Events

  • Our Italian friend has agreed to organise another dinner which will hopefully take place at The Old Rectory, Barsham, in September.
  • Please do not forget to use if you shop online. Just search for Congo School for Peace. £1400 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:


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We also have a link for Amazon users – going in via Amazon Smile:

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

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