Holy Cross students raise money for African school

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For the first time in nearly a year, fresh water is now available at the Ngamo Secondary School in Zimbabwe thanks in large part to students at Holy Cross School in South Portland.

Thanks to the generosity of students at Holy Cross School in South Portland, fresh water is now being supplied to the Ngamo Secondary School in Zimbabwe for the first time in nearly a year.

Ever since Christine L’Abbé, the principal at Holy Cross, visited the Ngamo Primary School on a trip through Africa several years ago, the school community at Holy Cross has collected funds to help students there pay tuition fees, as well as provided donations of school supplies.

Now, the Holy Cross School community has expanded its reach to the Ngamo Secondary School where the well collapsed last summer. Money raised by the students at Holy Cross this fall has now paid for water to be piped from the primary school to the secondary school.

With the help of students at the All Saints School in Bangor, nearly $4,000 was raised for the water project. In addition to fresh water, the funds also assisted in renovations for the teacher’s cottage.

In addition, the two Catholic schools in Maine continue to donate items like clothes and sporting equipment to the village and the ideas for fundraising ideas just continues to grow. Students in Maine are also trading letters, pictures and videos with the children at Ngamo.

“It is exciting to see the impact that a small amount of money can do for a school and community across the world,” L’Abbé said in a press release. “My goal is to raise $10,000 this year. (With that money), we could help provide uniforms, more tuition assistance and additional infrastructure work. It is just great to see kids helping kids.”

Anyone interested in donating to the Ngamo project, should make checks out to: D3 Foundation, c/o Holy Cross School, 436 Broadway, South Portland, Maine, 04106.

Kate Irish Collins

For the first time in nearly a year, fresh water is now available at the Ngamo Secondary School in Zimbabwe thanks in large part to students at Holy Cross School in South Portland.