Holy Cross Students raise funds for school in Africa
The Monmouth Journal, June 28th, 2013
Rumson – On saturday, June 15, 2013, Holy Cross seventh-graders participated in a garage sale to benefit an organization named the Tawawami Children’s Project, a non-profit formed by Holy Cross teacher Maryjane Gallo and two PTA members in 2012 to assist developing and vulnerable communities worldwide.
The project’s first endeavor is to help build and support a grammar school for up to 90 orphans and underprivileged children in Mwanza, Tanzania, where Gallo taught for five months in 2011 as part of the Catholic Medical Mission. To date, the Tawawami Children’s Project has been able to pay the rent for the next 12 months on the current school, which currently consists of an open air structure with a few desks. It has also provided books and blackboards for the school, as well as toothbrushes and toothpaste for 90 children.
The abundance of opportunity and resources in America are some of our greatest gifts. The yard sale demonstrated that unwanted household items in many homes can be a a valuable resource in providing a foundation not only for the school but for the future of the children in need of an education – in need of hope. It is the goal go the organization to raise enough funds to acquire the land needed and build a boarding school to attend the educational, medical, and housing needs of these vulnerable and disadvantaged children.
The seventh-graders eagerly pitched in, as they begin their preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation as eighth graders in the coming year. Public service is an important part of this preparation, as they learn to put their faith in action as young adults in the Church.