Our Holy Father Pope Francis has inaugurated a World Day of the Poor to occur every year on the Thirty-Third Sunday of the Liturgical Year. This year the date fell on Sunday 19 November, and the student leaders of our Student Council met to consider what our community’s response to the Holy Father’s invitation would be this year. As a community, we are launching an $8,000 campaign this week in response to Pope Francis, to provide support for three institutions:
1) Catholic Relief Services and their emergency responses in South Sudan and Central Africa where famine and food shortages are in a most severe state, and collaborating with Caritas Bangladesh to assist with the Rohingya Refugee Crisis. Further information may be found here: https://www.crs.org/get-involved/learn/resource-center/responding-rohingya-refugee-crisis
2) M-Lisada Organization – a school and orphanage located in the slums of Kampala, Uganda reaching out to orphans and refugees by means of music and educational support, led by Mr. Segawa Bosco. Begun in 1996, Bosco’s work has impacted the lives of many troubled children. He visited with our students in October to discuss his work. We have already received correspondence from the students at M-Lisada and our students will be responding soon to establish friendships. A documentary about Bosco’s mission may be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQgtZNFVInA&app=desktop
3) Zarqa North Catholic School – our sister school in Jordan championing good relations between Muslim and Catholic students amidst a community experiencing an influx of Syrian refugees. Information about the Zarqa North School may be found here: http://en.lpj.org/2010/10/13/al-zarqa-north/
Our campaign for the World Day of the Poor will run through 22 December. Working together, let’s assist these communities and institutions and support the crucial work they are doing for people in these most difficult situations.