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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 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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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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