Christmas Appeal 2019

This Christmas…help children in Tanzania!

Soon we will celebrate Christmas and the birth of Our Savior. We honor that great gift by giving gidts of our own. In the nation of Tanzania in East Africa, Maryknoll Sister Celeste Derr, M.M. has been working to give children in need a truly wonderful gift: that of a brighter future through education.

Sr. Celeste Derr feeding one of her students!


Last year, thanks to the generosity of friends like you, Mercy Montessori & Pre Primary School was able to complete construction of its permanent home there.


The children in this area live in conditions that are hard for us to imagine. A  large number of them are orphans who have been abused, they live in dirty and unsafe conditions, with no electricity or running water. In addition to malnutrition, many have diseases like HIV.

Mercy Montessori offers a sliding scale for tuition based on what each family can afford, including those who can afford nothing. The need, and the demand have been very great…the school now has more than 200 students! The resources to educate and care for so many students in this impoverished area can be hard to find. The school is always financially vulnerable, and only through the dedicated support of our benefactors can it continue to operate.

You would be amazed at how far a financial contribution will stretch, and how much of a difference it can make in the developing world!


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YOUR GIFT will help these children have the opportunities they deserve.


This is just one example, Sister Celeste Derr and all of our missionary Sisters, work directly among the needy on a day to day basis around the world. You can be certain that your Christmas gift this year will go directly where it is needed, and will make a real and immediate difference in the lives of people who are so in need of compassion and a chance at life!

Again, a dollar stretches much further in these countries. Even a small donation can save a life, and your generosity can literally work miracles—give what you can!

May God bless you for your caring, your prayers and your support, and may He grant you a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year!

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