A VERY GENEROUS SPONSOR HAS STEPPED FORWARD AND AGREED TO MATCH EVERY CONTRIBUTION MADE TO OUR PROJECT, DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR, UNTIL THE GOAL HAS BEEN REACHED.
After he left Uganda in 1969, after living and working there as a volunteer, over 40 years passed before Chris Phillips was able to return. It had been his long held belief that education, particularly vocational training, was the key to a better future for many Ugandans. After retiring in 2013, he travelled to Kampala with his wife Meg, wanting to introduce her to the country and the people he had grown to love, and to scope out areas where they might be able to help. In their effort to assist, they came to know and be close friends with Brother Charles Nuwagaba, Vicar to the Superior General of the Bannakaroli Brothers, or Brothers of St. Charles Lwanga. The Bannakaroli Brothers, who run St. Joseph's Secondary School, are the first indigenous group of Catholic lay brothers in Africa. They are based in Kiteredde, in southwestern Uganda, an area that was ground zero for the AIDS epidemic that ravaged Uganda for decades, leaving many AIDS orphans in its wake. The Bannakarolis operate orphanages, primary schools, secondary schools and vocational training schools in the Kiteredde area and have spread their operations into other areas of Uganda as well as into parts of Kenya and Tanzania.
In supporting the Bannakarolis' efforts to provide meaningful education to the poor, Chris & Meg learned of a need they thought ideal for a GoFundMe campaign.
As is the case in much of eastern Africa, Kiteredde is an area that has been plagued by drought in recent years-- drought so prolonged and severe that once the sorely inadequate rain water collection system at St. Joseph runs out of water, the school must shut down and the children sent home to their villages. Chris & Meg are committed to raising the funds necessry to drill a well on the campus so that the school can function and students can receive the uninterrupted education they need.
The Bannakarolis' work with the poor is exemplary, and the life changing effect of an education for the poorest and most vulnerable children of Uganda and East Africa is a cause Chris & Meg deeply support. Every single contribution toward the goal of providing water will be significant. Your contributions to this campaign will be directly sent to the Brothers of St. Charles Lwanga Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 entity.
Thank you you for your support of this important campaign.
Meg & Chris Phillips
- Ken Kirk
- Nancy Townsend
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