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 Elie. I am 11 years old and a student in Form I at the Sacred Heart Bilingual College of Lada II. During the week, I get up at 5.00am and I prepare myself for school. I live 2km away from the college and I have to leave early in order to arrive on time, which is not always easy.
I have no breakfast and I often have no money to buy lunch. The road is dusty during the dry season and muddy during the rainy season.
I come back from school around 4.30pm, but I don’t have dinner until around 10.00pm. My mother doesn’t live with us anymore and my sister has to come back from school also before cooking. My father is a tailor and he does not have a lot of money. I thank God that I am able to get my education at the Sacred Heart College.”
This summer, we’re working to provide a safe, comfortable space for students like Elie to learn and grow. If you can, please help us to build a brighter future for the Sacred Heart community.