We are delighted to be working with the Knights of St Columba for the second of a three year project. Thank you for your continuing support of Missio in Scotland and in England and Wales, living out our baptismal call to be missionaries of God’s love.
Your spiritual and financial help will enable children living in some of the poorest areas of our world to know that someone cares for them and to experience the mercy of God.
This year’s campaign focuses on 12 year old Eunice (right), who is helped by a free school meal programme we are supporting in Kenya, run by the Assumption Sisters of Nairobi. This invaluable project enables children living in poverty to go to school and receive a healthy meal every day. Without the programme the children would have to work with their parents to earn enough money to buy food for their families.
What the Sisters do for the children is more than simply physically feeding them. They are also nourishing them with love, empowering them with hope and fuelling a more positive future for them.
At World Youth Day in the Summer, Pope Francis spoke these challenging words not just to the young but to us all:
We are called to serve the crucified Jesus in all those who are marginalised, to touch his sacred flesh in those who are disadvantaged, in those who hunger and thirst, in the naked and imprisoned, the sick and unemployed, in those who are persecuted, refugees and migrants. There we find our God; there we touch the Lord.
Supporting the Thika Feeding and School Programme is one way in which you can ‘touch the Lord’ in those who are disadvantaged and need our support. By keeping us in your prayers, giving what you can and telling others about this great work, you will be helping to support Missio in Kenya and throughout the world.
Resources to help you get people involved
You may want to get your community involved in the National Project. Why not encourage children to collect money in jam jars to support the project? You can download labels to print out and stick onto empty jars below.
You can also download the newsletter with more information about the project the Sisters run in Kenya, and a poster to display. There is also a donation form to use to send in your generous gifts.
You may want to deliver a short PowerPoint presentation to introduce your parish or local community to the work of the Sisters in Nairobi, supported by Missio Scotland and Mission England and Wales. You can download the presentation below, complete with accompanying notes.