Priest from Ghana visits St. Joseph School, thanks students for donations

 

Father Stephen Amoah-Gyasi poses with the Grade 5/6 class that organized a pair of fundraisers for him.

Father Stephen Amoah-Gyasi poses with the Grade 5/6 class that organized a pair of fundraisers for him.

Father Stephen Amoah-Gyasi greets students as they enter the St. Joseph School gymnasium.

Father Stephen Amoah-Gyasi greets students as they enter the St. Joseph School gymnasium.

By Ron Giofu

 

A priest from Ghana who received a pair of donations from St. Joseph School was at the school last Friday morning to thank the students in person.

Popcorn sales last December brought in $1,000 that Father Stephen Amoah-Gyasi put towards uniforms for schoolchildren in his village. The school added onto that donation last Friday by giving the priest, simply known to the students as Father Stephen, another $700 that was raised through a Freezie fundraiser.

The fundraisers were headed up by Grade 5/6 teacher Mary Lou Holland, who helped organize an assembly with Father Stephen last Friday morning. The priest is in the area on a visit and is based temporarily out of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in south Windsor.

“Since he’s here from Ghana helping parishes in our community, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity for (the students) to meet Father Stephen,” said Holland.

Holland said providing a quality education is important to Father Stephen and that the uniforms are key for the children.

“We were connected with him through Rotary International,” added Holland.

Approximately 60 students of the school in Ghana – St. John the Baptist School – were helped with new uniforms from the initial $1,000 donation, Father Stephen noted.

“I count myself blessed to have all of you behind me in my mission to provide education to the children that are less fortunate,” he told the students.

Father Stephen also told the students they are helping people in Ghana that may, one day, be their business partners or be the ones that will educate their own children.

Many people and groups in Windsor-Essex County have assisted him and his cause in Ghana, he explained, and that some of those groups have been Rotary Clubs and Catholic churches. He came to the area to give a face to the cause and to let donors know in a face-to-face format where their money went and how appreciative he was to receive it.

Father Stephen said he was “really amazed” to see the support from St. Joseph School and was thankful the River Canard school stepped up.

“I’m really surprised of the generosity of the children,” he said.

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