Global Outreach

THE KIDS are back in School Uganda!

Posted by Staff Writer on Jun 29, 2017 8:38:16 PM

Dear Caritas Friends and Sponsors,  

It gives us great pleasure to share a message we received this week (see below) from our Chief Coordinator and Technical Director in Uganda, which confirms all school funding for the Second Term is in place and all of our sponsored children are in school!

From: kkonde joseph  
Sent: Monday, June 26, 2017 2:14 PM
To: Chris Hoar <cthoar@caritas.us>
Subject: The funding for Second Term has arrived and the children are happy in school....thank you... 

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Topics: Africa, global relationships, Uganda-St. Anthony, CARITAS, Catholic Child Sponsorship, Child Sponsorship, Education in Africa, Boarding Schools, Nsuube

Little Angels; a light in the darkness

Posted by Staff Writer on Apr 13, 2017 4:37:54 PM

It’s another muggy predawn on the equator, as children young as six trudge miles down the dusty dirt roads from their local villages and mud huts to the Central Region Ugandan municipality of Nkokonjeru.

The children make this daily trek so they can attend one of the schools in town. Even discounting the trucks and mini-buses flying by in the pitch dark, it’s still a major challenge.

 A large number of children, orphaned by HIV/AIDS, are cared for by relatives, straining family budgets past the breaking point.

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Topics: Africa, faithbound, global relationships, local impact

A Sweet Treat in Uganda

Posted by Jennifer Ostrowski on Nov 14, 2015 4:07:00 PM

During my internship in Uganda, I'm rooming at the CARITAS Learning Center on the same campus as the Stella Maris Primary and Secondary Boarding Schools. I'm fortunate to have Teddy prepare meals during my stay here.

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Topics: Africa

Child Sponsorship Programs Celebrate Feast of Corpus Christi

Posted by Jennifer Ostrowski on Nov 14, 2015 3:17:20 PM

On Sunday, June 7th, Teddy and I attended Mass at the Stella Maris campus church for the celebration of the Feast of Corpus Christi [The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ].

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Topics: Africa

What You Should Know if You Sponsor a Child

Posted by Staff Writer on Nov 5, 2015 4:09:00 PM

"The sponsors should know that what they are doing – it is not just a one-time sponsorship, but it is a lifelong relationship, [by] which they themselves are transforming those individuals into becoming human persons that they never would have been." That's the message Mother Anne Nasimyu, superior of the Little Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, said she would like to convey to every CARITAS sponsor.

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Topics: Africa

On the Road to Nkokonjeru with Child Sponsorship Programs' Founder

Posted by Christopher T. Hoar on Oct 20, 2015 3:37:00 PM

After 20 hours of combined air travel to reach Uganda’s capital city of Kampala from the US, I am finally back on a familiar country road heading to the east toward the town of Nkokonjeru. A feeling of joy grows in me, anticipating the time ahead to be back with friends, our children, sisters and many I have come to know and love over the past 13 years.

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Topics: Africa

Clean Drinking Water for Nkokonjeru

Posted by Staff Writer on Oct 9, 2015 1:45:00 PM

"Why is he missing school all the time?" The answer Sr. Carolyne, Program Coordinator in Uganda, gave to that question created an awareness about risks to the health of the boys and girls in CARITAS' child sponsorship programs in Nkokonjeru due to waterborne illnesses. 
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Topics: Africa

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.

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Topics: Africa

Slowly finding the comfort zone

Posted by Van Le on Apr 24, 2013 9:31:00 AM

Sometimes, I realize that I don’t give much thought to boarding schools. I spent my whole life in public education, so there was no reason to ever ponder about the life of boarding school children. So many things make a lot of sense, but yet are totally new to my worldview. For example, it makes perfect sense that boarding school teachers live on the school compound and that they might bring their family and children to live with them. It was seriously mind-blowing to me when I found out, but that might also be because everything feels different being in a new environment. Anyways, sometime in the first week of school, I went to the nearby Internet café sponsored by USAID. The internet was free (another mind-blowing discovery)! I ran into one of the teachers’ kids on my journey back with Flavia. The walk was long and hot with little shade for comfort. After this first day, I doubted that I would make the walk to town from Stella Maris very often. I was right about that. Come visit during dry season and you’ll understand.

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Topics: Africa

Calm Before the Storm

Posted by Van Le on Mar 26, 2013 6:09:00 AM

During my first few days in Nkokonjeru, I was given time to adjust and acclimate myself to my new environment. Bless my on-site coordinator, Joseph Kkonde, for this. It's definitely a different experience waking up to the sound of chickens, roosters, and cows as opposed to the city noises that I am used to in Chicago and Madison, Wisconsin. It is so peaceful hearing the wind rustling banana tree leaves, which sounds like light rain. I could go on and on about how beautiful this place is, but a picture is sometimes worth a thousand words.

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Topics: Africa