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The Southern Cross : April 2012
The Southern Cross Page 6 April 2012 www.thesoutherncross.org.au | news A Burundian-born Adelaide altar server, who raised $4000 for impoverished children in his hometown last year, recently returned from the war-torn African nation after personally handing out uniforms and soccer balls to 290 underprivileged students. Ferdinand Ntahonziye, a Sacred Heart College old scholar and Aquinas Catholic Residential College student, has been so affected by his first visit to Burundi since fleeing as a refugee when he was two-years-old that he has vowed to return next year with more funds for the education of children and youth living in his family's local region. The 20-year-old University of South Australia student visited his 55-year-old mother Leacardia in Kiramvya, a community in the Rutana province, in December. It was the first time they had met in 17 years. He returned from Burundi to Adelaide in February with mixed emotions. "She was in poor health, has no running water, no sewage, no electricity and she works all day on her farm to come home with very little food," says Ferdinand. "There is no future there." Ferdinand said the local primary school of about 700 students had just seven classrooms and 13 teachers. He said there was one book per classroom, very few desks, dirt floors and rudimentary blackboards. "I was shocked," he said. Ferdinand said after consultation with the area's primary and secondary school principals, it was decided the students and their families most needed uniforms to lift self esteem and encourage higher school attendance and retention. "Many of the children cannot afford to go to school and they sit around doing nothing all day," says Ferdinand. "I want them to have an education because it is the key to their future." Donations towards the education of Burundian children can be made by contacting the Business Manager at Sacred Heart College on 8294 2988. Bitter sweet reunion REUNITED: (far left) Ferdinand outside his mother's mud-brick hut in Burundi with (L-R) his brother Michael, mother Leacardia, nephew and brother Cyriaque (who lives in Adelaide). Fr Dean Marin Ph: (08) 8232 8688 www.adelaide.catholic.org.au Priesthood looking for... may be what you ve been What will stick with? you You are welcome tothe' Inquirers Mass' *St Mary' s Church, 179 Stanley St, North Adelaide Next Masses 7.30pm Fridays 6th July 2012 and 3rd August 2012 All are invited to attend, especially the youth of the diocese, to pay respect to the fallen and to pray for those who serve, or have served, the nation in a military or civilian capacity in the defence of Australia. The Mass will be followed by a procession to the War Memorial, North Terrace for the Anzac Day Eve Youth Vigil. Further info: John Luttrell, Events Coordinator T: 8210 8220 E: email@example.com ANZAC DAY EVE MASS Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 6pm St Francis Xavier's Cathedral WakeÝeld Street, Adelaide Celebrant: Archbishop Philip Wilson Photo: Christian Le Ray