As we begin this year of mercy, let us all seek ways to be more merciful in our lives, to be more generous with our forgiveness and our blessings.
In December, I had the privilege of going to Uganda to visit our brothers and sisters in Christ that we serve. I met with Fr. Tony Wach the Director of Ocer Campion Jesuit College. They graduated 70 more students in 2015 of which 52 scored in the 1st Division for O-level exams and 18 scored in the 2nd Division. An amazing accomplishment for such a new school. They are progressing forward slowly by slowly with the development of the school. The Jesuits are looking to add on more boarding sections and classrooms to extend the school to include Senior 5 and Senior 6 by 2018. This will increase their need for teachers, thus they remain grateful for our commitment to build a house for volunteer teachers.
I also met with the mothers that formed Community Children’s Care to provide safe, clean and stimulating learning environment for children with special needs as part of a community nursery school. They also strive to build awareness among the community about the children as many are misinformed regarding the causes of their issues. They prepared a wonderful Ugandan lunch for me and showed me the newly remodeled class room. They still need to tile the floors and lay paving stones outside, but the place looks great! They are very appreciative for any on-going support we can provide for medical services, special therapy equipment and advocacy efforts.
An afternoon and evening was spent meeting with our various sponsor students. Some have graduated from their current schools and are looking to attend secondary (high) school, senior secondary school, vocational or university. All were enthusiastic to learn more about smart phones, smart phone Apps and sending messages or emails!
One day was spent facilitating a retreat for the Catholic young adult leaders at the John Paul II Justice & Peace Centre. We had 20 youth and several that travelled long distance to join us in the capital. I was moved by their strong commitments at the end of the day to work ever diligently with their little resources to help make Uganda a more just and peaceful country. Pray for the country as presidential elections are being held in February 2016. Twelve are thrilled to be able to participate in the World Youth Day in Krakow Poland this year presuming we can raise the necessary resources to make the pilgrimage.
Any support you can provide in these regards is very much appreciated.
Blessings upon you, Laura