DAUGHTERS OF CHARITY
OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
INTERNATIONAL PROJECT SERVICES
In the isolated village of Masanga, the Daughters of Charity provide a high quality education for impoverished young girls from the local Kuria tribe as well for girls from surrounding villages at the St. Catherine Laboure School. When the school opened in 2006, students would receive only a bit of porridge and a small lunch but now the Sisters offer a full breakfast and lunch to feed the growing minds and bodies of these village girls. St. Catherine School has gone from offering only a nursery school education to now providing complete primary school studies. The number of children attending the school has increased from 35 to 340 in 10 classes. The Sisters understand through education and nutrition these very young girls have an opportunity for a better life and in the future support themselves and possibly their families. This offering of nutrition at the school helps their parents who struggle to feed their families even one meal a day. Because the children come to school hungry, these meals prevent the young students from leaving the school grounds to forge for food. Although the Sisters are providing this education and nutrition, in this isolated place they do not have the resources to sustain this support because impoverished families cannot pay school fees. In fact, the only way for many families to offer some kind of support to the school is through the collecting of firewood to cook their children’s school meals. This project is seeking assistance for the Sisters’ offering of breakfast and lunch, so that young girls can absorb their studies and parents will continue to bring their children to school for the education and all important nutrition.
|Main Category||Education, Human/Social Services|
|Sub Category||Girls (under 18), Nutrition, Operational Support|