Global Outreach

Sponsor a Child: CARITAS Teens Give Back

Posted by Jennifer Ostrowski on Oct 5, 2015 3:35:00 PM

This past Saturday afternoon, the CARITAS students who attend St. Peter Secondary School met at the Nkokonjeru Parish to help clean up the church and the grounds. Tasks included scrubbing the church floors, weeding along the church steps and weeding, raking and hoeing the parish yard. The activities occurred just in time to spruce up the parish for the Feast of Corpus Christi on Sunday, June 7th.

Frank, a seminarian whose education is sponsored through CARITAS, organized most of the event, encouraging the students to act responsibly and give back to the community. He prepared a light lunch of rice and cabbage for the students and assigned them to various tasks. I had the pleasure of photographing it all and helping out where I could. 

college intern having lunch with high school students Eating a lunch of rice and cabbage. The rain forced us inside.
teenage girl kneeling on stone church steps Sarah, sponsored by Olivia, pulling weeds along the church steps.
Akoth, sponsored by Pat F. and Agnes, sponsored by Christine R., helped with scrubbing the church floors. Akoth, sponsored by Pat F. and Agnes, sponsored by Christine R., helped with scrubbing the church floors.
Four teen girls posing by statue of Jesus. Left to right: Akoth, Judith, sponsored by Mike W., Agnes, and Elizabeth, sponsored by David G., take a break from cleaning to pose with a statue of Jesus inside the church.
Male teen standing with stick and broom. Robert, sponsored by Monica M., bravely takes on the job of cleaning the church toilets!
Male teen bent next to wheel barrow. Lawrence, sponsored by Edward R., helps clear weeds from the parish yard.
Male teen hoeing grass area. Joseph, sponsored by Thomas and Julia C., hoes in the parish yard.
Three teen girls resting on steps. Justine, sponsored by Amy K., Norah, sponsored by Sylvia U., and Immaculate, sponsored by Thomas and Robin D., on the church steps after clearing weeds from the cracks.
Three teens by church entrance. Several volunteers assemble a rendering of a chalice and host made from sand and stones to decorate the church steps for the Feast of Corpus Christi.
Teen girl raking grass area. Maria Assumpta, sponsored by Jackie and Steve S., rakes the parish yard.
Young woman hoeing weeds. Even the muzungu can use a hoe.
Two male teens working on large, sand and stone image. Susan (SOO sahn), sponsored by Steve and Cathy Hoelter, works on the chalice and host art with his friend (red shirt). Cathy Hoelter is Sponsorship Coordinator at CARITAS For Children.
Two teen girls standing and eating mangoes. Viola, sponsored by Kathleen C., and Maria Assumpta pause to enjoy a few mangoes while cleaning the parish yard.
Nun hoeing contently. Sr. Carolyne, Program Coordinator in Uganda, gets in on the action.
Image of a group of people posing together. At the end of the day, the group poses next to the finished monstrance decoration in front of the church. The students appear approximately in the following order, beginning on the left: "back" row - Francis O. sponsored by Joel S., Laurence S. (blue shirt), Sarah N. (yellow shirt, plaid skirt), Immaculate K. (orange shirt), Akoth G. (orange shirt, part of face hidden), Robert O. (red shirt, standing), Justine N. (blue shirt), Norah N. (green shirt, back, standing), Bonny B. (green and black shirt, middle, standing) sponsored by Steven and Kristijana J., Angela N. (back, black shirt, standing) sponsored by Lawrence M., William M. (orange collared shirt, back, standing) sponsored by Peter and Carole G., Francis K. (blue shirt, back, standing) sponsored by Chuck and Janice A. "Front" row, from the left: Viola N. (red skirt, standing), Agnes B. (yellow shirt with sweater), Judith N. (pale pink skirt), Susan's friend (non-CARITAS volunteer, red shirt, crouching), Susan K. (green shirt, crouching), Sister Carolyne, Richard K.(red shirt, standing behind Sr. Carolyne) sponsored by Mike H., Maria Assumpta N. (orange shirt and patterned skirt, standing), Joseph L. (standing, gray pants), Frank the Seminarian (striped shirt and boots).

The sponsors who support these teens through CARITAS' Child Sponsorship Programs can be very proud of them! When one chooses to sponsor a child, good works can grow exponentially.

Find out more about our  Child Sponsorship Programs



Topics: Africa

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