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 Michel. I am 17 years old and a student in Form 4 at the Sacred Heart Bilingual College of Lada II.
My mother died when I was 10 years old, and my father became dependent on alcohol.
Because of this, I left school for 3 years, and I worked on building sites to earn money. However, it was not enough to pay my school fees and cover my basic needs. During these 3 years of hard labour, I was able to save enough to start a small business. I now sell cloths in the evenings, and during weekends and holidays. I thank God for the good he has done for me, and I now wish to get my education so I can help my father and my family.”
This summer, we’re working to provide a safe, comfortable space for students like Michel to learn and grow. If you can, please help us to build a brighter future for the Sacred Heart community.