Six young women who have come up through CARITAS’ Uganda child sponsorship programs started their first year at Kyambogo University just outside of Kampala this fall. They are fortunate to have their sponsors continued support of their education. Spending my fall semester as an intern with CARITAS through my own university in the states, I was eager to get more information about what university life is like in Uganda and talk to some of my peers!
Every October St. Francis Hospital in Nkokonjeru dedicates one week to seeing and treating patients from within the community for free. During my time in Uganda, I have had the honor of shadowing the medical professionals and helping out around St. Francis Hospital. “Hospital Week” really put the team to the test.
This was the first time I’ve ever been this far north in Haiti. I accompanied Felix Joseph, CARITAS’ Location Coordinator for the Haiti child sponsorship programs, to visit the schools at Rivière Mancelle and Bassin Bleu. It was a bit of an adventure.
Sr. Elizabeth's university education is sponsored through CARITAS For Children's Adopt-a-Nun program. In an effort to support our ministry partners in Uganda, CARITAS initiated this program to seek assistance from our CARITAS community to help advance the education of the Little Sisters. Sr. Elizabeth shares her story here.
I am Sr. Elizabeth Barisal Ologe. I belong to the Congregation of the Little Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, whose Mother House is located at Nkonkonjeru in Mukono-Uganda and its Generalate House at Jinja-Uganda. In May 2011, I qualified as an enrolled Midwife after studying in Kamuli Midwifery School-Jinja and thereafter worked in Cumuli Mission Hospital for 2 years. In November 2014, I qualified as a registered Midwife after studying in Lubaga Training School-Kampala for one and a half years.
After enjoying the music blasting from Stella Maris Primary Boarding School for a few hours, I decided to walk up to the school to see what was going on. To my surprise, the whole school was out dancing on the common grounds, with a DJ at the top of the school stairs, and trophies and cake on a table out front!
Fr. JohnBosco Wasswa is in the United States visiting the American parish with which his parish church, Our Lady Queen of Apostles in Nkokojeru, Uganda has a twinning relationship. Since many of the children of his parish attend school through CARITAS’ Catholic child sponsorship programs, he has come to meet with Chris Hoar and the Milwaukee office staff as well.
Alex, another intern, and I went to the Stella Maris Primary School campus in Nkokonjeru to seek out three girls sponsored through CARITAS’ child sponsorship programs who had been named to hold an honored post among students, that of a prefect. We spoke with Bridget Kevin, Primary 5; Judith, Primary 6; and Ritah, Primary 7. Bridget is 10 years old and Judith and Ritah are 12 years old. They explained the role of a prefect and how the three of them came to serve in this capacity. Our conversation follows in a question and answer format.
We visited Blessing today! Blessing is a sweet, 16-year-old girl sponsored by teen students at the International American School of Warsaw in Poland. She attends Bishop West boarding school in Mukono, Uganda with a focus on vocational skills. Bishop West is one of only a few schools in Uganda with a special needs program. The support of her peers in Warsaw has allowed Blessing to thrive and learn valuable skills in spite of her disabilities. My fellow interns and I were able to see firsthand how happy Blessing is attending classes at Bishop West.
“I would hope that the sponsors know they’re doing an important job. They are doing the work of Christ,” said Sister Marie Délivrine Lops – Secretary of Education of the Little Sisters of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, CARITAS For Children’s ministry partners in Haiti. Farron Horton, who is working for CARITAS’ Haitian child sponsorship programs in the position of Volunteer Mission Liaison, recently had a conversation with Sister Lops and had asked her what she hoped sponsors gain when they choose to sponsor a child. Their discussion follows in a question and answer format.