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Fr. Terry Charlton, SJ, Appeals to Purchase Land
For Building Dormitories for St. Al’s StudentsSt. Al Students
It has been my dream for two years, and maybe the dream of much of the St. Al’s Community for even longer, to build dormitories for our students. Our original vision for our school was that we would be a day school serving our very needy youth from Kibera, and we would strive to make up for the deficits of our AIDS orphans and other orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) living in Kibera slum. Over time, I have come to recognize that we are unable to make up for certain deficits.
To begin with, we are aware that our girls do not do as well academically as the boys. While there is probably some difficulty in more chores in the home being demanded of the girls, the biggest issue concerns self-esteem. Girls are told directly and indirectly in their homes and all around Kibera that they are second class. Additionally, it has become clear to me that our girls are regularly being hit upon for sex by men, whom they pass on their way home every evening. While most are successful in resisting over the long term, what does it do to one’s self-image to be treated as a sex object day-in and day-out!