As we mentioned in this week’s e-zine, this week’s POOR BOX Contributions go to The Sandra Lee Centre.

The Sandra Lee Centre in Mbabane, the capital city of Swaziland, is an orphanage for abandoned children, many of who are victims of HIV/AIDS. The Centre currently provides a loving and stable family environment for 31 children, but has the potential to house many more.

The children are all in need of sponsorship for their food, clothing and school fees, and many also require funding for medical treatment as a result of malnutrition, abuse and HIV infection.

Donna E. Chinonye is a former member of St. Ignatius and the Peace & Justice Committee. She has recently relocated to Eswatini (formerly Swazliand) in Southern Africa to work at the US Embassy as a Public Health Specialist with the CDC. In her spare time there, is a volunteer at the Sandra Lee Centre, an orphanage for abandoned children affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. They’re currently seeking to raise about $2000 for 8 computers for the children who are advancing into middle and high school and are in need of them for computer literacy programming and completing school assignments. Donna is asking the St. Ignatius Community to contribute to this effort.

Here is the website to learn more about the organization which was started by an American couple who have been running this program for the past 17 years.

To contribute, the Poor Boxes are located in the Chapel of Grace and in the narthex of the church at the bottom of the choir loft stairs. – Thank you for your kind generosity.