In Rwanda there is a shortage of footwear among many communities. This leads to all sorts of illnesses and sometimes can exclude the children from attending school.
In the build up to Christmas 2015 we asked our parishioners to donate $10 to buy a pair of shoes for our friends in Rwanda. These donations could be given in the name of a loved one or friend as their Christmas gift. We collected some $6,000.
Father Leonard Kayondo, a friend of our parish from Rwanda presently serving as Chaplain to St. Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, just recently returned from Rwanda after distributing over 500 pairs of shoes to various villages and school communities in his diocese. These shoes were truly a Christmas blessing for the youth of his communities.
Fr. Leonard brought back some moving photos of the recipients of your generosity, which will be placed in the entrance of our church.
Fr. Leonard was excited to relate the joy and the gratitude that the shoes produced in these impoverished communities.
Thank you for your continued generosity to our friends in Rwanda and thank you to our Women of Grace Apostolate which facilitated this beautiful act of charity.