Building a Future: The Story of St. Jerome School

UPDATE: This fundraiser was successful! The church raised $125,000 and the dorm is being constructed. Read the full story here and check out the photos below.

A bloody civil war left much of Uganda in poverty as crops were destroyed and a whole generation went without education. In 2009, a local priest converted land that was once a refugee camp into a small school for the town of Kapeeka and surrounding areas, christened St. Jerome School. As more and more children began to attend, St. Charles Borromeo Church in Bloomington, Indiana decided to “adopt” St. Jerome to financially support these children and the facility. Now the church is raising money to build a new dormitory for St. Jerome’s booming student body. They are also searching for individuals willing to sponsor children who cannot afford even the most basic tuition fees. 

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Originally posted April 24, 2017.

Building the Dorm

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Father Tom Kovatch, left, pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Bloomington, sprinkles holy water July 4 while leading the students of St. Jerome Primary School in Kapeeka, Uganda, around the site where a new dormitory for their school will be built. The parishioners of St. Charles Borromeo raised $125,000 for the project.

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