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Sierra Leone school complex construction well underway thanks to donations to Missio Scotland

Supporters of the pope's charity for mission can see the fruits of their donations as a new school complex in Sierra Leone is being built.

Last year, Missio Scotland’s Extraordinary Mission Month focus was the Love of God Schools Complex in Calabatown, Sierra Leone.

Thanks to Scottish donations to Missio, the school is now well on its way to completion and pupils will soon enjoy its facilities.

Gerard Gough, communications officer for Missio Scotland, said: “I’ve only been with Missio Scotland for four years but in that relatively short space of time we’ve managed to support the construction of two new schools: St Columba’s Secondary School in Lukasa, Zambia and the Love of God Schools complex in Cabalatown, Sierra Leone.

Gateway to a good life

“That is fantastic because education is the gateway to a better life for people wherever they may be.”

Missio Scotland credited Xaverian priest Fr Eugenio Montesi, who lived in Sierra Leone for many years and was integral in supporting the school project.

The school’s headteacher, Hilton Santigue Kamara had been a student of Fr Montesi’s and through him, reached out to Missio to ask if they could financially support the construction of a new school build, which the charity agreed to.

Worldwide support

Mr Gough said: “That’s one of the strengths of Missio Scotland and our partners in the Pontifical Mission Societies, the fact that we are of the Church and supporting the Church worldwide.

“In many missionary countries and territories, the Church is the epicentre of life and life flows from it, be that through the likes of healthcare and education, which benefit people regardless of whether they are catholic or not. That is truly fantastic and uplifting.”

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