Council #81 has adopted the Home of the Divine Mercy Institute for Vocational Training in Kabale, Uganda. This Christmas, you can make a gift to help support the school. A $10 donation will buy a new skirt or shirt for one of the students.
In case you missed it, we have reprinted our earlier coverage of the Divine Mercy Institute below on this page. Or you can click here read about our member Rich Pulice’s visit to Africa and see the photos of his visit with his wife, Maureen. Phase I is complete and has produced this new classroom building. Phase II of their expansion program has started and they are in need of donations to help buy building supplies for the new dormitory building. The project is already under way. The dormitory will house up to 50 orphaned or abandoned girls. The total project cost is estimated to be about $21,000.00. Along with other building materials, Fr. Gaboysa’s urgent need right now is about 25,000 more bricks to complete the exterior construction. Council #81 has committed to help buy lots of bricks. Buy a Brick! Your donation goes directly toward the acquisition of building materials.
- A $5.00 donation buys 20 bricks.
- $10 buys 50 bricks.
- $25 buys 140 bricks
- $50 buys 250 bricks
Buy a whole ton of bricks for $50 and help save a child!
[Reprint from March 21, 2019]
This month, Council #81 was pleased to support the Home of the Divine Mercy Institute for Vocational Training in Kabale, Uganda. The Institute was founded by Fr. Evarist Gaboysa from the University of Kisubi, a small Catholic College, founded by the Brothers of Christian Instruction. The program serves vulnerable girls, ages 8-18, some whom were orphaned, and all very poor and at risk of sexual exploitation. Forced marriages are common. At present, there are 40 girls in the program. The Institute’s goal is to teach them skills that will help in providing income and lift them out of poverty. At present, they are taught sewing, knitting and hairdressing. Some girls will return to or begin school.
Located on several hilly acres, the Home presently consists of a two room building where the training takes place. There is a plan to build a small dormitory to house those who need it and to fence the property to make it more secure.
In addition, there is a serious need to raise funds to provide a lunch program, as many of the girls go hungry each day, and to buy sewing machines and other supplies.
Council #81 was proud to support this effort with a charitable donation.
Specific funding needs over the next five years:
Complete the two room Instruction Building – floors, ceilings, interior walls and lighting – $5,500 has already been raised and committed, with building completion expected by January 2019.
New dormitory building – $29,000 ($5,000 committed thus far by a donor at $1,000 per year over 5 years )
Security Fencing – $18,000
Lunch program– $1.00 per day per girl (40 participants) or $200 per week- seeking support from organizations
Materials / Supplies – varied costs – seeking support from organizations. They have two sewing machines. A donor purchased a knitting machine in late October.