Twinning 2020
Celebrating 25 Years

April 9, 2020
Holy Thursday Update

Dear DENA Lasallians,

It is with a heavy heart that I report the pandemic has arrived in Africa, and is having a profound effect upon the lives of our Lwanga sisters and brothers.

As you know, the health care systems in the developing countries will be under great strain to assist the population. Prayers are indeed needed, as will be our assistance as they cope with the pandemic.

The Twinning coordinators have had the opportunity to stay updated with Brother Ghebres as to the current status of the Lwanga ministries. Please see the updated information posted above regarding several of the schools.

Regarding your annual support for the Twinning schools…

Given our current situation with our schools out of physical session, your annual practice of raising funds has been understandably disrupted. After consulting with Twinning coordinators from around the Region, please know, per your request at the District/Regional level, we will produce new and updated resources for your use for fall 2020.

For now, continue to care for your educational community, your family and yourselves. If possible, reach out to your twin school with a word of care and the offer of your continued support through prayer.

It is in times like these that our logo of “walking together in solidarity” truly takes on a deeper meaning.

Peace,

Maryann Donohue-Lynch
Associate Executive Director
Office for Mission and Ministry

Current Resources can be found at www.lasallian.info

The traditional Lenten Twinning season is upon us and we are pleased to offer the resources that have been developed by the Christian Brothers Conference and the District of Eastern North America. Our DENA ministries really step up to support the educational and pastoral works of the Lwanga District. Most importantly, DENA ministries have been able to deepen their relationships with their twinned ministry through Skype, the emailing of letters between ministries, and the 2019 visit of Brother Ghebreyesus Habte, FSC, Brother Visitor for the Lwanga District. We encourage you to look at the information page for Twinning. If you are interested in learning more about the Twinning program please contact donohuelynch@fscdena.org


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.

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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.

TWINNING PRAYER

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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