EVENT: The Louisiana Marathon 2013
EVENT DATE: Jan 19, 2013
BROTHERS OF THE SACRED HEART FOUNDA TION OF THE NEW ORLEANS PROVINCE wrote -
We're raising funds to help feed and educate teenage orphans in Amatongas, Mozambique. Visit our blog to view our short 2 year history in Amatongas.
We have a donor who will match the funds on this campaign up to $5,000. If you donate $10, it's like donating $20.
In January of 2011, three Brothers of the Sacred Heart began a new missionary endeavor in Amatongas, Mozambique. They are Brothers Luc Favreau (originally from Canada but a missionary for many years in Brazil), Angel Monge (originally from Spain but a missionary for several years in Peru), and Chris Sweeney (New Orleans). They were soon joined by Brother Fabian Jongwe (Zimbabwe).
Why we're in Amatongas, Mozambique:
This new mission is the congregation’s response to an invitation by the Bishop of Chimoio, Mozambique, Most Rev. Francisco Silota, for Brothers to re-establish the Catholic secondary school in Amatongas. After studying the invitation presented by Bishop Silota, the general council of the Brothers opted enthusiastically and unanimously to accept his request, believing that the needs and the challenges to be met there are urgent and important. The Brothers help the local Church to rebuild its ministry of Catholic education that was destroyed during 25 years of a communist regime. This mission adds the presence of a religious community of Brothers to the ongoing evangelization efforts of the diocese.
The Brothers have the responsibility to direct all aspects of the re-establishment of a Catholic school: renovating the buildings, establishing programs, setting up pedagogical equipment, acquiring needed equipment, obtaining funding, and putting in place structures of sustainability. Finally, the inclusion of a residency or boarding department in the mission gives the Brothers a greater opportunity to form poor young people in Christian values and offers the boarding students a much improved environment for learning.
Since the arrival of the four Brothers in Amatongas, much has been accomplished thanks to the assistance of our Brothers throughout the world, friends and two NGO’s from Madrid, Spain, África Directo and Fundación Profesor Uría. Most of the classroom building, dining hall, dormitory, and Brothers’ Residence has been cleaned, repaired, and restored. Areas of land have been cleared and now are available for both farming and playing fields. Fifty-four resident students have been housed, and twenty of those fifty-two are orphans being funded by outside donations. The goal is to increase the number of boarders to 100 with 50 of those being orphans from the local area.