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The Saint Kizito Foundation invites you to journey with us through the eyes, ears and experiences of our volunteers, associates and students.  Get to know the students we serve and the ways in which we make a difference in their lives.

Education Empowers All Students – Especially Girls

Education Empowers All Students – Especially Girls
Education Empowers All Students – Especially Girls

One important objective of the St. Kizito Foundation is to support the female child by giving her access to a good education to help empower her and make sure she has a secure future.  A nation with educated women is a nation that will thrive!

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The St. Kizito Offers a Future of Hope and Promise to Many – Part 2 of 4
The St. Kizito Offers a Future of Hope and Promise to Many – Part 2 of 4

The following post was written by Sempa Don who serves the St. Kizito Foundation “on the ground” in Uganda

The St. Kizito Foundation reaches out to every person regardless of their situation.  We believe in the oneness of the human family and we uphold those values that promote human dignity.

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The St. Kizito Offers a Future of Hope and Promise to Many Part 1 of 4
The St. Kizito Offers a Future of Hope and Promise to Many Part 1 of 4

The following post was written by Sempa Don who serves the St. Kizito Foundation “on the ground” in Uganda.

Having the opportunity to work with the Saint Kizito Foundation has brought me so many amazing opportunities. I have had the opportunity to help young children reach a bright future.  Hearing their stories and learning what they aspire to do with their lives has been one of the best parts of working with the Saint Kizito Foundation.

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U.S. Efforts to Reunite Victims of LRA Violence with Their Families
U.S. Efforts to Reunite Victims of LRA Violence with Their Families

An article appeared in the Wall Street Journal recently which is worth highlighting on the Saint Kizito Foundation’s website.  The article, entitled “U.S. to Rebels: Listen to Mom”, was written by Michael M. Phillips in the Wall Street Journal (Saturday/Sunday, March 11-12, 2017).

The article details the rise of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) started by Joseph Kony, beginning as an ethnic war between various ethnic groups in Uganda, Africa.

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Turning Trash to Cash – Part II
Turning Trash to Cash – Part II

The making of the beads from discarded paper products – and creating useful and desired merchandise with them such as jewelry, purses, and other lovely items has greatly helped improve the financial wellbeing of the bead makers and merchandise creators.  The bead makers and merchandise creators are often times women who have little or no marketable skills.  This work offers them a way forward.

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Turning Trash to Cash – Part 1
Turning Trash to Cash – Part 1

African beads which are used to make a number of beautiful items – necklaces, bracelets, earrings, purses to name a few – can be made from different materials such as eggshells, ivory, bone, and other materials occurring in nature.  Recently, however, discarded paper products such as flyers, posters, calendars, and magazines have been used to make beads. The use of what could be termed trash – is used to make beautiful beads which are then used to make beautiful products – which are then sold – essentially turning trash to cash.

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A Visit to Uganda Africa
A Visit to Uganda Africa

The joy and excitement of the Saint Kizito students was evident when Father Dunson began his visit with the celebration of the mass when he visited Africa in August, 2016.  Over two hundred students and their families gathered at Saint Monica’s school in Gulu to celebrate the liturgy and to share a picnic lunch prepared by the Sisters who reside at Saint Monica.

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St. Kizito Foundation Receives Martin Luther King Jr. Award from St. Edward High School
St. Kizito Foundation Receives Martin Luther King Jr. Award from St. Edward High School

Members of the St. Kizito Foundation gathered together on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio to take part in the student assembly honoring the life and work of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. During the assembly, the St. Kizito Foundation was presented with the school’s Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. award.

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St. Kizito Foundation Receives Martin Luther King Jr. Award from St. Edward High School
St. Kizito Foundation Receives Martin Luther King Jr. Award from St. Edward High School

Members of the St. Kizito Foundation gathered together on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio to take part in the student assembly honoring the life and work of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. During the assembly, the St. Kizito Foundation was presented with the school’s Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. award.

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St. Kizito Student's Christmas Reflection
St. Kizito Student's Christmas Reflection

As the Christmas season officially comes to a close this weekend with the baptism of Jesus, we offer a description of Christmas in Uganda from one of our students:

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St. Kizito Christmas 2016
St. Kizito Christmas 2016

A favorite time of day for many of the 300 girls and boys we serve in Uganda is story hour just before lights out at bedtime.  When I am among them they beg me to tell them stories, especially stories about you, their American friends.  They are highly inquisitive about your life, how you raise your kids and grandkids, what you like to do just for fun.

In preparing for this Christmas message to our St. Kizito supporters, I thought it would be marvelous to hear their description of how Christmas is celebrated by them in East Africa.  I asked both our students and staff to describe for us their way of embracing this holy feast.

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Another Successful Fall Fundraiser for the Saint Kizito Foundation
Another Successful Fall Fundraiser for the Saint Kizito Foundation

The annual fall fundraiser for the Saint Kizito Foundation took place a few weeks ago on Saturday, October 22, 2016. 

The event started with mass celebrated by Father Donald Dunson at Saint Ladislas Church in Westlake.  A fun filled dinner event took place immediately following mass in Cullen Hall at Saint Ladislas.

The hall was filled with great music and lively conversation while attendees scoped out silent and Chinese auction items and browsed and purchased beautiful African bead work.  Many opted to memorialize the evening by taking a photo booth picture.

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One Woman's Life Changing Journey to Uganda
One Woman's Life Changing Journey to Uganda

Paula always felt that God had blessed her with the knowledge, passion, and desire to help the less fortunate as her life’s purpose.   Her pathway to fulfilling her purpose was right on schedule.  She married, raised a family of four and taught in the urban city of Cleveland.  After retiring, Paula continued to bear witness to the movement of the Spirit reminding her of her purpose.  She got involved in volunteer work which led her to meet Sr. Mary Francis Harrington who was engaged with the Lost Boys of Sudan project.  It was through Sister Mary Francis’ involvement with the Sudan’s Isaac Water Well project that Paula first met Father Donald Dunson, the founder of the Saint Kizito Foundation.

What began as a planned trip to the Sudan to check on the Water Well project ended up, due to civil unrest in the Sudan, in a trip to Uganda.  Fr. Don put Paula in touch with the St. Kizito Foundation representative in Africa who met her at Entebbe airport along with some Good Samaritan sisters who she ended up staying with for over a month in Uganda.

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A Visit with Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe
A Visit with Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe

Today provided an opportunity to visit with our founder, Father Donald Dunson and a special guest from Uganda, Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe at Saint Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio.

Sister Rosemary is from the country of Uganda in Africa.  She is known internationally for her advocacy for women and children, particularly those displaced and marginalized by the LRA rebellion and war in Northern Africa.  Sister Rosemary was named in 2014 by Time Magazine as one of the most influential people and in 2007 as a CNN Hero.  Her travels are based upon invitations; the invitee covers her travel costs.  Sister Rosemary uses the opportunities presented to her to speak on behalf of Saint Monica’s and the women and children she and her community serves.

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St. Kizito Foundation News
St. Kizito Foundation News

The Saint Kizito Foundation invites you to journey with us through the eyes, ears and experiences of our volunteers, associates and students.  Get to know the students we serve and the ways in which we make a difference in their lives.

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