Dear DENA Lasallians,
The traditional Lenten Twinning season is upon us and I am pleased to offer the resources that have been developed by the Christian Brothers Conference and the District of Eastern North America for 2019. I am inspired by the efforts of our DENA ministries to support the educational and pastoral works of the Lwanga District. Most importantly, our ministries have been able to deepen their relationships with their “twinned” ministry through SKYPE, the emailing of letters between ministries and the 2017 visit of Brother Ghebreyesus Habte, FSC, Brother Visitor for the Lwanga District. I encourage you to look at the information page for Twinning. If you are interested in learning more about the Twinning program please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your continued support,
DENA Twinning Coordinator
The twinning program connects schools in the Lasallian Region of North America (RELAN) with 13 ministries in four of the five countries in the Lwanga District of Africa: Kenya, Nigeria, Eritrea and Ethiopia. Our Region created the school-to-school twinning program in 1995 in response to a call from the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools to financially support Districts in need. The type of ministries in the Lwanga District that participate in the twinning program varies, including traditional secondary schools, skills training centers, and centers that serve homeless and at-risk youth by providing housing and education. RELAN schools are twinned with ministries in the Lwanga District, not only to support them financially, but also to build relationships as brothers and sisters in the Lasallian family.
Students in the Lwanga District face many challenges, including the fact that the majority of young people are from very financially poor families and cannot afford education. Some of the children are orphans and lived on the streets before being taken in by a Lasallian ministry. Additionally, they often do not have access to basic needs, such as water, food, electricity, adequate housing and health care. Access to the internet through the school is often unreliable, if available at all. Lasallian schools in the Lwanga District prepare young people to face challenges in life and shape them professionally and morally to contribute to society. The schools give them hope and help them not to be discouraged by the challenges they face.
Having twinning coordinators in RELAN schools who are committed to building relationships, educating and fundraising is essential to the success of the program. RELAN schools are each encouraged to appoint a twinning coordinator who can be a champion for twinning. Beginning educating students about twinning at the start of the academic year and carrying the relationships throughout the year can help the connections thrive.
Christian Brothers Conference (CBC), the office for RELAN, coordinates the twinning program, facilitates communication between twinned ministries, and serves as a resource center. CBC works closely with the RELAN District twinning coordinators and the Lwanga Visitor in these efforts.
Let us remember that we are in the Holy Presence of God.
Loving God, we offer our prayers for young people and educators in the Lasallian Region of North America and the Lwanga District. As fellow Lasallian sisters and brothers, we live in association through our Twinning Program. We pray for one another, learn from one another, and support one another. Dear Lord, we pray that you will touch our hearts as we deepen the connection twinned schools share. May we gain a greater understanding that, although distance separates us, we have more in common than we may realize.
We pray this in the name of Jesus, Your Son and our brother, Amen.
Saint John Baptist de La Salle … Pray for us. Live Jesus in our hearts … Forever!
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