Dear Parish Family,
Our Holy Father, Pope Francis continually calls all the Christian Faithful to do all in their power to help the poor especially those who live on the periphery of the world. Through the efforts of Change-A-Life, a new ministry here at St. Aloysius Church, and those who partner with them, this small village on the periphery of the world community is being raised up.
On Thursday evening fourteen lay leaders of the parish met with Clare Polatschek (Parish Coordinator for the Change-A-Life Ministry) and Jean Semlar (President of Change-A-Life Uganda) for an information evening on Change-A-Life Uganda. Jean had just arrived home that morning at 1am and hand carried a letter from a 5th Grader who wrote on behalf of all her schoolmates to thank the parish for what we have done thus far. So I am dedicating the remainder of this page to Teopista Nakanemba’s letter to you, really a letter of love from the periphery of poverty!
Peace and Good – Fr. Bambrick
Dear Community and Church of St. Aloysius Jackson, N.J.
Before the water project was brought to our village, we used to buy water from the water-sellers, the water they sold was very expensive and used up a lot of our money. I myself was in boarding school and sometimes we used to not be able to bathe because of a lack of water for our community.
We mostly used unsafe water which led to a lot of suffering from many diseases like diarrhea, dysentery, typhoid and other sicknesses because the community lacked water which was safe to drink. We used to fetch our unsafe drinking water from contaminated wells and retention basins which were filled with garbage and waste products, especially run-off from the road next to the basins.
Before constructing a water project, people in the community had to fetch water from very far areas where the old person, young children and pregnant women could not afford to walk such long distances carrying cans to collect the water for the house. This was a real burden.
So when the Change-A-Life brought a water project to our area we were very anxious to see it! Now people are taking clean water and people have stopped suffering from diseases which have shortened their lives.
People are very happy to see the water project which will help them to run their homes, businesses and our schools. Our school no longer lacks clean water for preparing meals. Having clean water for meal preparation means students will be healthy and have energy to comprehend what our teachers are teaching us. So we, the students, are so very glad and happy to see the water project because you have solved a problem of water for our community.
The presence of water in the community, which has been brought by the Change-A-Life Uganda program, will at-tract many people in the area for safe water. Also on behalf of all students I thank your Church and community who participated in the provision of water for our community. I assure you that we are going to be well!
May God Bless You!
Yours Sincerely, on behalf of all the Change-A-Life Students,