This summer, the Irish Province of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart are raising funds to help the Sacred Heart College in Cameroon, where students gather every day in classrooms that are still under construction. For most of these students, poverty and hardship mean life is a daily struggle, and education is their only hope for the future. Here, the students share their stories, telling us what the Sacred Heart College means to them.
“My name is Athanase. I am 15 years old and a student in Form 2 at the Sacred Heart Bilingual College of Lada II. I walk a distance of 2km every day to reach the college.
In order to make money, I sell bananas and groundnuts after school, and during the weekends and holidays. My parents are not working but my father is a bricklayer – sometimes he has work, and sometimes he has nothing, which becomes very difficult both at home and at school.
I thank God for sending me the Sacred Heart College, because even though I missed paying my fees, they permitted me to still attend class.
I’m doing my best.”
This summer, we’re working to provide a safe, comfortable space for students like Athanese to learn and grow. If you can, please help us to build a brighter future for the Sacred Heart community.