On September 3, 2013, just three months after we arrived in Malowa; we opened an orphanage and preschool to welcome 29 desperate children who had nothing. In 2014, 11 more came to live with us, bringing the number to 40 children. In 2015, this figure doubled to 84. Today there are 193 children at the elementary level and 62 boys and girls at the secondary level with over 80 more hoping to join us January 2018.
The space to grow is plentiful. We have used only 7 acres of our 70-acre site. The future holds more classrooms, dormitories, a university, expansion of our medical facility, a well that will alleviate the worry of providing enough water for our needs, a convent, a shrine (chapel), and the opportunity to build schools in other villages. We are daring to think big and we hope you will continue to support us and transform all of our future leaders. You make the difference!
clothing & shoes
Each child is given new, clean clothing and shoes twice a year. Something as simple as a new pair of shoes can do wonders for our children's life.
With your gracious support, we are able to provide nutritious meals for the children of our orphanage.
education & RELIGION
With your support, our children prosper from an enriched education including regularly updated textbooks and religious workbooks.
Under the loving care of the Sisters and staff life is vibrant and structured. Formal education starts in Preschool and continues through Secondary (i.e. High) School. A typical day consists of the matron helping the children get ready for morning prayers followed by breakfast. School starts at 8:30 a.m. with classes until lunch at 12:30 p.m. After lunch, the younger children have nap time while older students return to the classrooms. The children play games and other extracurricular activities in the afternoon. You might imagine nearly everyone loves soccer! Dinner is at 6:00 p.m. followed by recreation and evening prayer. Then it’s off to bed.
Sisters of the Poor
The Saint John Vianney School has become a safe haven for children, those that are orphans and those from the poor Village of Malowa where the School is located. Many of the families from the Village are themselves physically unable to care for their children; these children become as desperate as those without parents. We cannot find it in our hearts to turn them away knowing they otherwise end up on the streets and suffer unspeakably as scared, vulnerable children with no hope. As a result nearly all have become a cherished part of our community.