Participants of the District of Eastern North America (DENA) 2014 Twinning Summit are back home after a powerful experience visiting twin schools in Africa’s Lwanga District.
DENA created the summit as a pilot program with the intent of enhancing relationships between twin schools. The two-week program included an opportunity for participants to share common experiences and hopes for twinning, not only with one another but also with Lasallians in Africa.
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“One of the most touching things about African culture is their commitment to community,” participant Allison Amodie, Religion Teacher/Lasallian Animator at Saint Raphael Academy, Pawtucket, RI, wrote in a post-summit reflection. “Most believe that we are to take care of one another, that no one is to be left on the outside. What little is had will be shared by many … Community is the glue that holds them together.”
Participants experienced that sense of community throughout their visits. They spent time with Lwanga District administration and novices, took part in an immersion experience with the Maryknoll Institute of African Studies Program, and visited Child Discovery Centre, Rongai Agricultural and Technical School, Mwangaza College, and St. Mary’s Secondary School and Child Rescue Program. They also visited slums and went on a safari.
“I have been so humbled these past few days to visit so many schools and programs who are transforming lives and touching hearts,” wrote participant Mark Parisi, Director of Campus Ministry at Calvert Hall College High School, Baltimore, MD.
The trip took place Friday, June 20 – Wednesday, July 2, 2014. Read more about it here >
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