It’s hard to believe that our UUCV secondary school education project that started in 2005 with only 24 girls will be entering its 13th year come January! Since then, UUCV donors and other generous friends have provided secondary school support, known as bursaries, for hundreds of girls from rural Mozambique. In addition, several of our UUCV- funded students who have graduated from secondary school have completed teacher training and are now teaching elementary school near their home villages.
For the past several years, Sonia Saual Assane, a former Bursary student, has been our project manager. We are pleased to report that she has agreed to oversee the project for the coming year.
For several years, our UUCV steering committee contracted with the Kenya Office of Church World Service to oversee the project. Consequently, Sarah Tum and Michael Irungu have been traveling from Kenya to Central Mozambique with Sonia to review the project at the two secondary school sites in Namarroi and Molumbo on a regular basis. Although we’ve been happy with their work, their travel from Kenya to the project sites in Namarroi and Molumbo each year to review the project has been expensive and time-consuming.
The UUCV Bursary Steering Committee is making an exciting and efficient change in the project oversight. Although we will miss Sarah and Michael, we have engaged the services of Titos Macie, a native Mozambican who has worked with the Christian Council of Mozambique in the past. Martha, Dianne, June and Priscilla met Titos during their UUCV oversight visit in September 2014. In addition Titos is highly regarded by Karen and Bill Butt who helped UUCV start the bursary project in 2004. Titos speaks excellent English, and has considerable experience overseeing related projects for the Christian Council of Mozambique.
Photo: Distributing School Supplies to some of the 2016 Bursary Girls attending school in rural Mozambique
We will launch our campaign on Sunday November 20th by taking part in the regular UUCV 10:30 – 11:30 Church service. Then 11:45 – 1:00 we’ll provide a Mozambican style luncheon and an information session to celebrate the launch of our 2017 Bursary Campaign. ALL Bursary supporters – within and outside UUCV – plus anyone interested in learning about the program — are invited to UUCV on Nov. 20. UUCV is at 2 Forge Road, Boiling Springs, PA . See map at http://www.uucv.net Luncheon is in church dining room which is on the lower level.
Photo: Titos Macie and Priscilla Laws, September 2014, in Mozambique
2017 Bursary Steering Committee: Priscilla Laws, Martha Bergsten, Dianne Dusman, June Hoch,