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Lenten Outreach Focus: Maranyundo Girls School

Did you know that Maranyundo means “a stone so firm it cannot be broken?” We pray that each girl’s spirit grows ever stronger and is wrapped so tightly with God’s love that it never breaks.

 

Since 2012, our children and youth have focused on the Maranyundo Girls School (MGS) during Lent. It is an independent private middle school in Nyamata, Rwanda , that opened in 2008 thanks in part to the initial efforts of eight Bostonian women who established a non-profit called the Maranyundo Initiative. The Benebikira Sisters agreed to run the school and they welcome students of all faiths. Sister Juvenal, the Head of School, has visited Trinity a few times since then. Financial support, dedicated leadership, and the hard-working students, propelled MGS to be rated the #1 girls school in Rwanda for several years (until national school rankings were discontinued). The girls work hard, but also enjoy playing sports, hip hop dancing, singing in chorus, putting on fashion shows, or being involved in art club, culture club, or coding club. As of January, 2017 MGS expanded to include a full secondary school of science and technology, doubling its size to 360 students.

 

Mite Boxes for Maranyundo. Throughout this season of Lent, we pray for these girls and their families, as well as their teachers. Find the mite box in your child’s Lent In A Bag, or pick up one in the narthex today. Slip a few coins into the box every day, and return it on Easter Sunday, April 21.  Together, may we cover the tuition for three or more girls! They are so appreciative!  Click here to read their poem of gratitude to all who have contributed to MGS: https://www.maranyundo.org/thank-you/

 

What to learn more?

  • Right now, two members of the Maranyundo Initiative plus a student from Tufts University are visiting the school and sharing their experiences through a blog: https://maranyundoschool.blogspot.com/2019/03/arrival-and-sunday-day-of-beginnings.html.
  • Check out the bulletin board in the Undercroft and learn a few words in Kinyarwanda!  Watch a short video with your children: http://www.maranyundo.org/videos/. I highly recommend the “Short Slideshow” or “A Day at the Maranyundo School.”
    In what we say and do, may we be mindful and thankful of the presence of Jesus as we journey this Lent towards the cross.

    Y
    our fellow pilgrim,
    Carol Brady, Director of Christian Formation

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