An Advent wreath acts as a form of meditation and focus in our preparation for the celebration in honour of the birth of Christ. [More ...]
Will you follow in the footsteps of this Mission Friend?
Last Christmas, UK Mission supporter, Tony Watkins, decided he wanted to experience life on the Missions. He spent the holidays with Father David Sithole and attended Christmas Mass at two rural parishes.
Tony brought with him toys and gifts for the Mission children. But it was when he visited the Catholic school at St Leo's – and saw how teachers struggle with limited resources – that he decided to do something special.
On his return home Tony, a professor of mathematics, rallied support from his colleagues at the university, as well as his parish. Along with his personal contribution, he raised enough money to give each grade at St Leo's their very own maths kit.
You cannot believe what a difference this has made, for both teachers and learners.
Government funding covers teachers' salaries but little else. There is a desperate need for additional text books, dictionaries and education kits in 19 Catholic primary and secondary schools in our Archdiocese, where parents can't afford to pay fees.
Subjects like mathematics, sciences, and language are
key to a good education. The teachers do the best they can,
but our Mission children – even those with potential – will
never master these subjects without enough books and
other teaching equipment.
Text books and teaching equipment may seem
like an unusual Christmas gift. But education
is a gift for life ... and you can give it.
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