Congo education fund launch Summer 2013


undefinedA sponsorship scheme for the education of Congolese pastors' children has been started in our diocese. Education is a major issue for clergy in Aru and Boga � our link dioceses in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The typical cost of primary schooling is £120 a year. Secondary schooling costs £240 (plus £150 if boarding), and further education between £500 and £1,000.  Pastors are paid by their parishes and struggle to meet these costs.

This difficulty that  priests have in paying for education for their children makes it very difficult for the local bishops to send younger clergy with children to work in pioneer parishes – and that stunts Church growth.

It is to meet this need that the sponsorship scheme for the education of pastors’ children has been started.

The Aru Boga Chester Link committee is asking individual sponsors to commit themselves to giving £10 to £20 a month for a minimum of three years. Individual sponsors are asked to commit themselves to giving £10 to £20 a month for a minimum of three years.

Larger groups, schools or parishes may be able to give enough to provide for a young person to go through tertiary education. Although communication in rural areas of DR Congo areas can be difficult, sponsors will be given basic details of the young person they are sponsoring, their family and their progress. In some cases it may be possible to establish some correspondence.

Helping in this way removes the massive stress of educating these children, who are very much the future of their family and their support in old age. And it frees up the clergy and other full-time church workers to provide better evangelism, pastoral care and teaching in this growing Anglican Church of the Congo.

To register a personal or parish interest please phone Bishop John Hayden on 0151- 6320448 or email

Alternatively, phone John Owens on 01663-762068 or email   

Pictured above - schoolchildren from Aru Diocese in the DR Congo