As Academy prepares for Halloween, one group of children will not be forgotten – the students in Lesotho who attend schools run by Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM). On Monday, October 31, high school students will donate $2 to Lesotho schools in order to wear Halloween decorations on their school uniforms. Student Council is sponsoring this fundraising effort.
Last year Academy was able to provide scholarships, pay school fees, and buy uniforms for children in three of SNJM Lesotho schools in South Africa: St. Bernadette’s Primary School, Holy Names High School, and Mabathoana High School.
The Sisters announced this scholarship at the Blessed Marie Rose dedication on October 6. Each homeroom class will have an envelope for the collection and will submit money each day to Sister Lillian Schneider during homeroom each day. The drive will end on Tuesday, October 18.
During the next week, Religion teachers will talk with their classes about the life of Blessed Marie Rose and how she wanted all children to have a good education. Sister Eugenia, Academy’s contact in Lesotho, has sent photos and updates as to what last year’s donations have provided. Posters of these thank-you letters have been hung in Academy hallways so that teachers can use them in their classrooms to show their students.
The history of the Lesotho missions is remarkable in itself. The first six Sisters of the Holy Names arrived in Lesotho in September 1931. These missionaries arrived from Canada and the United States. St. Theresa of Avila Mission near in the district of Berea was their first mission.
From those six missionaries the Sisters of the Holy Names have expanded their presence in Lesotho to nearly 100 sisters and 54 associates in over 16 missions.
The sisters are involved in preschool, primary, secondary, high school and computer college education. The sisters also work in health clinics and homes for disabled children and the elderly