This year’s Lenten Project will be organised through the Friends of the Holy Land (FHL).
We will be supporting a designated project called ‘School of Joy’ in Beit Sahour, in Bethlehem run by Father Mamdouh Abu Sada. This is a school for children with Special Needs where the parents who send their children to the ‘school of joy’ require guidance from the school as to how to look after their children. Click here to watch a video about the School of Joy.
All too frequently, the experience is that parents do not want to bother to spend time with those with ‘special needs’. They are not worth it. The School aims to change this attitude by inviting parents with students in different grades to visit the School once a month to assess the progress that is being made.
The School is edging towards a financial crisis, a situation that is being carefully monitored by FHL who receive monthly audited accounts and who advise Father Mamdouh as to how costs have to be managed to meet anticipated income. This term the time when heating is turned on has been reduced and the food costs have been halved by no longer serving hot food at lunchtime. The teachers have had no increase in salaries.
Mr Peter Rand the Vice Chairman & Executive Trustee of FHL will be visiting the parish over the weekend of 11th/12th March to give a more detailed appeal. Special Collections will be taken over the following weekends during Lent: 11th/12th March, 25th/26th March & 1st/2nd April.
I hope you will be moved and as always give your support to the ‘School of Joy’.