July 05, 2018
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jok Ayella Joel is a grateful recipient of the St. Kizito Foundation and one of the Foundation’s promising graduates.

Joel was the first born in a family of five children. His father was a soldier who worked in the Kireka Army Barracks in the Kampala district. The rest of the family resided in the district of Gulu. In the mid-nineties, Joel’s mother and siblings joined his dad in Kireka. It was here Joel started school. Tragedy struck in 1998 when Joel’s father dies changing the family’s circumstances.

Joel’s mother and the family relocated to an area called “Acholi Quarters” where most of the population was from northern Uganda due to war in the north part of the country. Joel’s mother took a job in a stone quarry with Joel joining her whenever he was not in school. Joel was sent to St. Paul Primary school - his mother had talked to the school administration at St. Paul and was able to arrange for the school fees to be paid in installments. Eventually, Joel was able to finish Primary School.

June 01, 2018
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s many of you will recall, there was an article posted a few months ago in February about the donation of chairs received by the St. Kizito library in Gulu, Uganda. The chairs were donated by a former St. Kizito student, Sharon Ocwee Opio. These chairs were very appreciated! The reason is that the St. Kizito library is a popular place to access textbooks as well as a place to find good books to read for pleasure. It welcomes, on average fifty to eighty students daily. Students come to read, study, research, and for discussions.

May 11, 2018
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llow me to introduce you to Claudine, a wonderful young lady, who is currently pursuing a Diploma in Social Work and Social Administration at Bugema University.

Claudine was able to complete her four previous years of education – years we think of here in the United States as high school years – due to the support she received from the St. Kizito Foundation.

February 14, 2018
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onderful news was received today from our St. Kizito Administrator, Chris, in Uganda. He shared that St. Kizito was the beneficiary of a much-needed donation of fifty chairs for the St. Kizito library.

First, let me begin by telling you a little about the St. Kizito library. It is a two-room library that St. Kizito students, as well as members of the nearby community, can use. Students are not permitted to take books home from school; rather they are collected at the end of each day. If a student wishes to study or read, he/she needs to visit the library. Students walk for miles to go to the library to read and study there. A St. Kizito board member, who visited Uganda this past summer, was struck at how quiet the library was – full of students and all were deeply engaged in their studies. He also noted that the library had no monitor to maintain the silence. The fifty chairs will be a welcome sight at the St. Kizito library – making trips to the library not only enjoyable but more comfortable too!

August 18, 2017
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ne important objective of the St. Kizito Foundation is to support the female child by giving her access to a good education to help empower her and make sure she has a secure future. A nation with educated women is a nation that will thrive!

Uganda, being a developing nation, particularly needs to ensure that the female child is not left behind. At the beginning of each term I make visits to the schools where St. Kizito students are being educated. I make sure that all students, and especially female students, are safe and have everything needed to focus on their studies. As I visit each school I check on our students to learn how they are doing in their studies and health wise as well as encourage them to work hard to achieve the best grades.

June 14, 2017
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he following post was written by Sempa Don who serves the St. Kizito Foundation “on the ground” in Uganda

The St. Kizito Foundation reaches out to every person regardless of their situation. We believe in the oneness of the human family and we uphold those values that promote human dignity.

June 06, 2017
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he following post was written by Sempa Don who serves the St. Kizito Foundation “on the ground” in Uganda.

Having the opportunity to work with the Saint Kizito Foundation has brought me so many amazing opportunities. I have had the opportunity to help young children reach a bright future. Hearing their stories and learning what they aspire to do with their lives has been one of the best parts of working with the Saint Kizito Foundation.

May 25, 2017
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he following is a reflection written by Sempa Don who serves the St. Kizito Foundation “on the ground” in Uganda.

The month of May witnessed our scholars returning back to their homes for first term holiday. I was blessed to visit one of the children’s homes who was a recipient of the Global Solidarity Ministry outreach program coordinated by the St. Kizito Foundation office in Kampala.

May 10, 2017
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acrina Dodson, a teacher at a Catholic school here in Cleveland, wrote a wonderful tribute about Father Donald Dunson and the Saint Kizito Foundation. Both Father and the Foundation have played an important role in the formation of her confirmation students. The following is the wonderful tribute she shared.

Fr. Don Dunson can be described as being small in stature, but gigantic in heart, mind, spirit and ministry. While to our knowledge, he has never “leapt over buildings in a single bound,” he crosses the ocean to minister to God’s children in East Africa. His priesthood does not end in Africa. He ministers and educates children in the Diocese of Cleveland.

April 19, 2017
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very fall the Saint Kizito Foundation invites its’ friends and benefactors to a fall fundraiser. Each fall a dinner with Fr. Donald Dunson is auctioned off – with the proceeds benefiting the Saint Kizito Foundation. This year (and last year too) the dinner was won by Lou Fodor.

It was my privilege to interview Mr. Fodor at his office, Fodor Companies located on Lorain Road in Cleveland a few blocks west of the West Side Market. Fodor Companies has been in business since 1916 and is involved with real estate development, rental, and travel. It has been in the same location since 1916.

April 10, 2017
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n article appeared in the Wall Street Journal recently which is worth highlighting on the Saint Kizito Foundation’s website. The article, entitled “U.S. to Rebels: Listen to Mom”, was written by Michael M. Phillips in the Wall Street Journal (Saturday/Sunday, March 11-12, 2017).

The article details the rise of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) started by Joseph Kony, beginning as an ethnic war between various ethnic groups in Uganda, Africa.

March 21, 2017
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frican beads which are used to make a number of beautiful items – necklaces, bracelets, earrings, purses to name a few – can be made from different materials such as eggshells, ivory, bone, and other materials occurring in nature. Recently, however, discarded paper products such as flyers, posters, calendars, and magazines have been used to make beads. The use of what could be termed trash – is used to make beautiful beads which are then used to make beautiful products – which are then sold – essentially turning trash to cash.

February 28, 2017
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he joy and excitement of the Saint Kizito students was evident when Father Dunson began his visit with the celebration of the mass when he visited Africa in August, 2016. Over two hundred students and their families gathered at Saint Monica’s school in Gulu to celebrate the liturgy and to share a picnic lunch prepared by the Sisters who reside at Saint Monica.

January 26, 2017
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embers of the St. Kizito Foundation gathered together on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio to take part in the student assembly honoring the life and work of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. During the assembly, the St. Kizito Foundation was presented with the school’s Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.award.

Father Dunson accepted the Martin Luther King Jr. award from St. Edward High School President Jim Kubacki. Father Dunson gave a short talk following the acceptance of the award in which he shared that the Foundation grew out of his experiences in Africa while on a sabbatical in 2001 – seeing youth who had seen both parents killed and who were now orphaned, some youth were even captured and forced to be soldiers. He saw children raising themselves; kids who were hungry all the time.

January 13, 2017
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s the Christmas season officially comes to a close this weekend with the baptism of Jesus, we offer a description of Christmas in Uganda from one of our students:

What a wonderful day Christmas is!

Christmas is the day our Jesus Christ was born. We celebrate it in the whole world. On Christmas we enjoy and celebrate because our Father send his son on that day.

So let us rejoice with Emmanuel.

Emmanuel means that God is with us.

In our school we celebrate it before we go back to our homes.

December 19, 2016
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favorite time of day for many of the 300 girls and boys we serve in Uganda is story hour just before lights out at bedtime. When I am among them they beg me to tell them stories, especially stories about you, their American friends. They are highly inquisitive about your life, how you raise your kids and grandkids, what you like to do just for fun.

In preparing for this Christmas message to our St. Kizito supporters, I thought it would be marvelous to hear their description of how Christmas is celebrated by them in East Africa. I asked both our students and staff to describe for us their way of embracing this holy feast.

October 10, 2016
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aula always felt that God had blessed her with the knowledge, passion, and desire to help the less fortunate as her life’s purpose. Her pathway to fulfilling her purpose was right on schedule. She married, raised a family of four and taught in the urban city of Cleveland. After retiring, Paula continued to bear witness to the movement of the Spirit reminding her of her purpose.

She got involved in volunteer work which led her to meet Sr. Mary Francis Harrington who was engaged with the Lost Boys of Sudan project. It was through Sister Mary Francis’ involvement with the Sudan’s Isaac Water Well project that Paula first met Father Donald Dunson, the founder of the Saint Kizito Foundation.

June 17, 2016
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oday provided an opportunity to visit with our founder, Father Donald Dunson and a special guest from Uganda, Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe at Saint Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio.

Sister Rosemary is from the country of Uganda in Africa. She is known internationally for her advocacy for women and children, particularly those displaced and marginalized by the LRA rebellion and war in Northern Africa. Sister Rosemary was named in 2014 by Time Magazine as one of the most influential people and in 2007 as a CNN Hero. Her travels are based upon invitations; the invitee covers her travel costs. Sister Rosemary uses the opportunities presented to her to speak on behalf of Saint Monica’s and the women and children she and her community serves.