The Catholic Diocese of Damongo in Ghana is transforming lives by evangelizing the poor and empowering communities to foster generational change. In the Diocese of Damongo, Father Clement Aapengnuo educates children and plants the seeds of faith that will last a lifetime. In 2015, the diocese established a kindergarten in Damongo, and, with the support of Cross Catholic Outreach, built a primary school soon after. Today, the children in kindergarten are taught prayers, learn simple Bible studies, and sing songs of praise. With both a kindergarten and a primary school, the children have a path to a brighter future. As they learn to read and write, their chances of a better life increase with every lesson.
In October 2018, a severe thunderstorm blew the kindergarten’s roof off its rafters, causing severe water damage to the classroom interiors. This tragedy was devastating to the community that considers St. Theresa’s Kindergarten one of the best schools in northern Ghana.
The kindergarten building has not been used since the incident, and all kindergarten children are holding classes in the adjacent St. Theresa’s Primary School. Cross Catholic Outreach has funded the rebuilding of the roof. With support from the Catholic community in the U.S., we will witness the kindergarteners returning to their classroom.
Fr. Clement is thrilled about the ways St. Theresa’s Kindergarten expresses the Gospel to children and ignites the love of Jesus Christ that can live on in future generations. Through our collaboration with Fr. Clement., we are further expanding Catholic education in the Tinga parish by building four new schools, scheduled to open next school year. Cross Catholic Outreach is committed to collaborating with the Catholic Church to promote integral human development throughout the developing world.