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St Monica’s Epping reaches out to Pakistan

Tuesday 29 October 2019

Media and Communications  
 
The hands of friendship reach many thousands of kilometres as staff at St Monica’s College, Epping assist a number of schools in Pakistan by financially supporting the teachers of these schools.

For nineteen years St Monica’s College, Epping has sponsored an annual visit from a religious Sister from Pakistan to coincide with College celebrations for St Monica’s Week. The Sisters, members of the Presentation Order, run several schools in Pakistan’s Sindh region teaching students from poor families who would not usually have access to an education.
 
An issue faced by the Sisters is securing ongoing funding for their teachers who are amongst the most poorly paid in the world. The staff at St Monica’s College Epping decided that it was timely to help solve that funding problem. An internal appeal was launched to secure funding through regular staff giving and enough money has been raised to sponsor 20 teachers across 19 schools.

Extra funds are raised on campus by sales of refreshments to students by volunteers. This increases the pool of money able to be sent to Pakistan to support its teachers.

St Monica’s College Epping Principal, Mr Brian Hanley, applauded the staff’s generosity. “This is a great example of our College staff reaching out to help fellow teachers in a very needy situation. The Monican spirit extends across the waters and I am sure their generosity will help many underprivileged children receive an education that offers them hope for their future. It is important our students realise that the world extends beyond Epping and our Pakistan Sisters’ visits mean that the children get to explore life in a country where an education is not assured.”

Fifty-three staff members have committed to the regular giving program with money now flowing through to Pakistan on a regular basis.
 
 
 Teachers standing before the Fr Cyprian Elementary School, offering education to children from remote villages and the village of Francis Nagar. The community of priests and nuns commenced from this community over 20 years ago. From these humble beginnings, there has been established a further 19 village schools, employing 50 plus teachers of both genders and varying ages. 
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