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 Justin. I am 12 years old and a student in Form 1 at the Sacred Heart Bilingual College of Lada II.
I started school when I was six years old. It’s thanks to God that I can go to school and survive, because my home life is very difficult.
I get up at 4.00am every day, and after school I go to the market to earn money by helping people with their shopping.
My mother produces and sells cassava sausage. With my money and my mother’s, we can earn a living and I can continue to go to school.
Despite these harsh conditions, we still survive, thanks to God.”
This summer, we’re working to provide a safe, comfortable space for students like Justin to learn and grow. If you can, please help us to build a brighter future for the Sacred Heart community.