The Mission Hub

The Pontifical Mission Societies include the Society for the
Propagation of the Faith, the Missionary Childhood Association, the Society of St.Peter Apostle, and the Missionary Union of Priests and Religious. These Societies promote a prayerfulmissionary spirit among baptized Catholics and to gather a fund of support for the evangelizing and pastoral programs of more than 1,150 local churches of the Developing World.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Face of The Holy Childhood Association

Her name is Blenda.   
She is 7 years old and attends the Mushanga Parish School in the Archdiocese of Mbarara, Uganda.  I met Blenda last June when I traveled through Uganda and Zambia, visiting mission projects funded by the Pontifical Mission Societies.  She is a bright and curious little one, always ready to step forward and show she can keep up with the older students - during my visit to the school, while the upper grades sang and danced for me, Blenda always seemed to make her way to the middle of the stage and knew all the routines!
Our regular Propagation of the Faith donors will recognize Blenda from our Mission Calendar – she is the face of February!
Blenda’s school receives support from the Holy Childhood Association: classroom materials, food supplies and faith formation are provided to all.  The students at Mushanga Parish School are also active members in HCA. Although their town is poor and most of their parents are subsistence farmers, the children of Mushanga understand that they are richer than many children of the world because they know how much God loves them. Through the programs of the Holy Childhood Association, they learn about children in Ecuador or Indonesia, for instance, whose poverty keeps them from school, health care, and most importantly, faith formation. 
As this post was written, Blenda’s school principal, Sr. Angelica, was in New York, attending a UN sponsored conference on the economic plight of women in rural Africa. Because she lives it, she already knows the facts. Girls in rural Africa are much more likely to be removed from school when there is hardship at home, whether it is a crop failure on the farm, a family illness or death of a parent.  Caring for sick elders, gathering food, cooking fuel and water still falls mainly to girls in rural cultures; many are forced to give up their education to complete these vital tasks. When education is sacrificed, along with it go future employment opportunities and the ability to break the poverty cycle.
Thanks to the Holy Childhood Association, a free school is available for Blenda to attend.  She will learn to read and write, study math and science, and come to know how much God loves her.  Through HCA, she has also learned that as she receives, so she must give as well.
To receive our donor calendar and see Blenda and many others in the missions directly impacted by your prayers and sacrifices, call 617-542-1776 or email us at [email protected]

-Maureen Crowley Heil

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