Kensekka Appeal - Our friends in Uganda need our help

One week to donate Monday 30 November - Friday 4 December

Dear families of St Joseph’s
This school year has been extraordinary with our community challenged in so many ways and on so many levels. Our sense of what is normal has been tested, firstly by the tragic death of students and later by the strictures of lockdown and coming to terms with a lengthy period of remote learning. 

Additionally, many of our families have had to deal with financial hardship due to loss of job or loss of income. I write to you today acutely conscious of the financial impact of COVID-19 on many families and direct my appeal ONLY to those families on whom the crisis has had minimal or no impact.

Each year we fundraise through the College community to support a number of worthy causes within the school, the community, Australia and in the developing world. A major beneficiary of the fundraising is St Joseph’s Vocational Secondary School in Kensekka, Uganda. 

Kensekka is a desperately poor community with most families engaged in subsistence farming on very small plots and very little opportunity to work in paid employment. A government lockdown in response to the pandemic has exacerbated the situation. The school offers basic education along with courses in tailoring and woodwork which offer students the prospect of jobs into the future. 

In recent years we have funded the purchase of the site for the school and a small farm to grow food, development of their first classroom block, toilet facilities, a dam and clean water supply to the school and community and provided wages for teachers and a daily meal for students. The goal for 2021 is to continue to provide teachers wages and lunch for the students and fund the completion of the second classroom block which currently stands partly built.

The major sources of the funds that we direct to Kensekka each year are Edmund Rice Day and the Parents and Friends Fashion Dinner. Both were cancelled this year and as a result of its cancellation the Edmund Rice Day appeal generated about 20% of the amount raised in recent years.

We are asking that if you are in in a position to help you consider doing so. Options are outlined below. The College staff have responded generously to this appeal in recent weeks contributing over $10,000. I hope that with your generous support we can help ensure a more hopeful future for the young people of Kensekka.

Thank you for considering this request

Tony Paatsch, College Principal

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