New Diocesan Partnership to support Kajiado programme

Posted by Roger Cooke on Tue, 06 Nov 2012 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to Post this to Facebook

At their recent synod, the Diocese of Tuam, Killala and Achonry (TKA) announced a new initiative to support global mission. Working in partnership with CMS Ireland and the Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal, the diocese has committed their support to ACK Oloosuyian Girls’ Secondary School in Kajiado Diocese, Kenya.

As part of its strategic engagement in education, Kajiado Diocese has identified the need for an investment in Secondary Schooling for Maasai girls. Thanks to their long-established partnership with CMS Ireland, the diocese has received funding from parishes in Ireland and from Limavady Grammar School. As a result, Oloosuyian Girls’ Secondary School was officially opened last summer and is currently catering for over 30 students.

But the school is far from finished. The plan is to build a Dormitory Block to accommodate up to 50 students and thus attract more girls to the school. It is this part of the project that will be supported by TKA Diocese in a three-year mission partnership that will hopefully include a visit to Kenya as part of a CMS Ireland META (Mission Experience Team Abroad).

Speaking about the initiative, Mission Director Ronnie Briggs remarked:

“This new partnership between Tuam, Killala and Achonry, Bishops’ Appeal, Kajiado Diocese and CMS Ireland represents great news for many, many Maasai girls. The relationships that will develop, the interest that will be raised, the prayers that will be prayed and the money that will be raised as a result of the partnership will make a huge difference – hopefully in Ireland as well as Kenya”

To read the stories of 3 of the students at the school, click here.

This is the second such Diocesan partnership that CMS Ireland has recently initiated with Bishops’ Appeal. Last year, The Diocese of Cashel and Ossary launched ‘Education for Life’ in partnership with CMS Ireland, Bishops’ Appeal and USPG Ireland. The diocese is raising funds in support of an agriculture training scheme in Shyogwe Diocese, Rwanda and a schools’ programme in Swaziland. In addition to helping oversee the fundraising for these projects, Bishops’ Appeal uses the initiatives as a strategic focus for its education work with schools and Sunday Schools in Ireland.

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