Terry Modica wrote -
Famine has struck Malawi in Central Africa because of disastrous floods. Families who had been barely surviving in subsistence farming are now in grave danger of starvation. To feed their children, parents in villages around the Mangochi area are turning to St. John Nursery School and Bishop Assolari Nursery School, where the little ones will be fed two meals a day.
This is the beginning of change as it introduces the value of getting an education, which can lead to an escape from poverty. BUT -- the buses that transport children from the various villages within a radius of ten km of the schools are too old and are causing many problems. It’s too costly to run them because of the constant repairs.
If we can raise funds for one new bus, 60 children can reliably get to school. Enrollment is higher than ever, and Father Joseph Kimu, who founded and runs the schools, doesn't want to turn children away any little children!
One bus seat costs $1,035.00. Donate what you can and ask your friends to help pay for the rest of the seat you want to purchase.
On Monday 5 October, the new academic year began. At first, 288 new three-year-old children were registered at St. John Nursery School, and 155 at Bishop Assolari Nursery School. The next day, enrollment increased to 588 at St. John and 355 at Bishop Assolari!
These two nursery schools are open to all children regardless of religious beliefs. They are a Catholic program of mercy in a Muslim-run country. Father Joseph says, "To assure each of these kids two meals a day means a lot! Thanks for your help and may God bless you!"