Monday, September 26, 2011

Meeting the Challenge

Father Andre Coindre, founder of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, met the challenge of his day when he secured support from his friends to help the orphans in Lyon, France back in 1821. Today, we are trying to help the orphans and other poor young men and women in Amatongas, Mozambique. Thankfully, we also have support from so many friends. It is a good time to celebrate the Brothers of the Sacred Foundation Day on Friday, September 30.

Thanks to all the volunteers helping to
"Meet the Challenge" at their 1st car wash fundraiser

“Meeting the Challenge” is a great title for this blog entry. A Non-Profit Organization, "Meet the Challenge", started by students from Catholic High, St. Joseph's Academy, University High, and Episcopal from Baton Rouge, LA designed to promote equal educational opportunities to help break the cycle of poverty throughout the world was gracious enough to partner with "Mission Amatongas". Because of their efforts Mission Amatongas will be able to support more orphans during the next school year beginning in January. Young people from across the globe helping other young people to have an education, proper and adequate nutrition, improved hygiene and health opportunities as well as a formation that includes social, physical and spiritual needs is indeed a breath of hope. Please help this group when you get a chance.

Also thanks to another organization of young people in college, HIA (Health Initiatives Abroad),  who had a great fundraiser called “Art for Africa” They are raising funds to help our school build a health clinic and infirmary.

SSP (Sustainable Support Project Update)

These four little pigs took their time arriving in their new home, but here they are enjoying a nap in their feed trough. Thanks to the Catholic High School class of 1984 these Sustainable Support Projects will hopefully help support the school and help us become self-sufficient as soon as possible. 

Along with the pigs, we now have goats, chickens and even a few new dogs to help with security. The German Shepard puppies may not look mean now, but wait a few months.

"Ama" and "Tongas"
 We received good news from the Bishop last week about expanding our land for the farm. After the war ended in 1992 there was apparently a land grab and people just used whatever land they wanted to raise crops. Unfortunately, a large portion of the original mission property, which was quite huge before the war, is being used by the local people or abandoned. It's difficult when you don’t know what land you can and can’t use for growing food for the school. However, after his recent visit, we received the permission to use more land next to the old pig house. It will help us expand our corn crops to 2 hectares, which we hope to plant next month. Again, all the work of clearing and maintaining the property, as well as buying the seeds, was made possible through the SSP program and the CHS ’84 class.

Bathroom Update


Though they are not finished, we wanted to include updated pictures of our bathroom renovations. The renovations were made possible by a generous donation in the memory of the mother and father of Br. Noel Lemmon, SC, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Louis Lemmon, Sr.,  We are hoping the renovations will be completed in the next few weeks. You can see by the pictures how much the renovations were needed. More pictures will be posted in a few weeks once completed.

LSU Tree

Mozambique celebrated LSU’s new number one ranking by sprouting beautiful purple flowering trees. We are grateful for three days of rain in the last two weeks helping our vegetables, bananas and flowering trees to flourish.

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