Expansion and Renovation of Parish School

Project Leader:

Reverend Joseph Domfe

Father Joseph Domfe, SMA seeks to expand Sacred Heart parish school to meet increasing enrollment. The school opened in 2016 with just five preschoolers. Today, there are 65 students and more enroll each year. Plans are underway to build a second floor for additional classrooms and to renovate the first floor to include a dedicated kitchen and larger restroom. Right now, all cooking is down outside and there is only one toilet for students and staff. Father Joseph has already received enthusiastic support for his project from the parishioners of St. Jude Parish in the West Region of the Archdiocese of Boston. For the past 15 years, Father Joseph has spent his summer months at St. Jude's providing support for various ministries. In fact, Sheila King, who teaches Religious Education at St. Jude’s encouraged Father Joseph to post his project on MISSIO, hoping to help him reach his total goal of raising $100,000. The children who attend Sacred Heart parish school receive a quality education and a daily meal made from corn and plantains grown on parish land. For some children, this meal is the only meal of the day. The Franciscan Missionaries of Mary staff the school and provide the stipends for teachers. Sacred Heart parish school provides children and their families hope for the future – it is a haven and place where all in the parish can come to learn more about the Catholic faith.

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$1,320

of $5,000 raised



Anonymous donated $25.

Mary donated $100.

Diane donated $50.

Matthew donated $25.

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Fr Mike donated $20.

Diana donated $25.

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Richard donated $30.

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What your donation can do!

  • $10 10 concrete blocks
  • $20 8+ hours of labor a day
  • $50 one door with installation
  • $100 one large classroom window with iinstallation
  • $500 two toilets, a shower and installation


Project Updates

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Anonymous donated $25.

7 hours ago

Mary donated $100.

4 days ago
  

Project Leader:

Joseph Domfe
Dear Mary, Our expansion and renovation project could not move forward without support from kind donors like you. Your generous donation is very much appreciated and brings hope to our project. God bless you, Father Joe

3 days ago

Diane donated $50.

4 days ago
  

Project Leader:

Joseph Domfe
Dear Diane, Thank you for your generous donation. You have added hope to the success of our project. God bless you, Father Joe

4 days ago

August 2019 - Sacred Heart Parish School Expansion and Renovation Project Update from project leader Father Joseph Domfe. Sacred Heart School Expansion and Renovation Project had unexpected challenges since posted on Missio in the summer of 2018. Enrollment continued to grow; however, it is now in a wait list status due to the space limitations. The project has moved forward with the installation of a bathroom that has made a tremendous difference in the daily lives of the students and teachers. This convenience means no one has to use the make-shift toilet area beside the school. The school continues to offer a solid education including math, English, environmental studies, music and religion. The school is fortunate to have a cheerful and resourceful staff that make the best of over crowed shared classroom space and minimal supplies. The hot weather added much discomfort to students and teachers since the fans in the school no longer work along with the only TV/VCR. The teacher’s monthly stipends were increased to $80 a month by legal demand which the school supports; however, this expense raise the school’s financial challenge. Even though the corn crop was devastated by the weevils, the school children received a hot meal each day. Due to the excessive rain the plantain crop was plentiful and its surplus was sold for rice to substitute the corn. The school meals continue for many students to be their main or only meal of the day. The heavy rains and wind this spring caused the school roof to blow off. The repair expense and the other unexpected expenses put a halt to the expansion plans. In addition, a front iron gate to the school was installed to prevent vagrants from using the porch at night.

4 days ago

(continued August 2019 Update) No doubt there will always be unexpected challenges; however, the desire and need for the expansion and renovation of the school still remains. I am grateful for the new donor support through Missio and the continued support from St. Jude Parish, in Waltham, MA which keeps his Expansion and Renovation Project in Winneba, Ghana hopeful. The school continues to be a haven of safety and nourishment for the minds, bodies and spirits of children in Scared Heart Parish School. A few items of additional interest - A “communication exchange” between the school children of Sacred Heart and Saint Jude Parishes was initiated to promote cultural understanding, universal Catholic teaching and friendship between the two parishes. The “exchange” launched with Easter cards sent in May by Saint Jude students were reciprocated by notes sent back by Sacred Heart students in July. Plans are underway to expand this activity seasonally. I was able to motivate my parishioners to acknowledge and take action against pollution and careless trash disposal in Winneba. To support young working families the school has dedicated a small area for infants. This added feature of day care in the school has made it possible for about 10 mothers to work in the local hospital which is close to the school.

4 days ago


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