Escrivá Canonization a Boost for Education Projects in Africa

ROME, JUNE 25, 2003 ( A solidarity fund established on the occasion of the canonization of Opus Dei founder Josemaría Escrivá will make possible the implementation of 18 educational projects in Africa.

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The projects, helped by the Harambee 2002 fund, are promoted by organizations in 12 sub-Saharan countries. “Harambee” in the African language Kiswahili means “all together.”

Among the educational projects is that of the Diocese of Fort Portal in Uganda, which hopes to see a secondary school improved.

A project proposed by the Family Home Movement of Freetown, Sierra Leone, is focused on the social reintegration of 218 child- and youth-soldiers, who had been forced to fight in the civil war and who now will be able to attend school.

Other projects are planned in Rwanda, Mozambique and Nigeria. A complete list is at

The fund has received 700,000 euros ($813,000), most of which was collected during Josemaría Escrivá’s canonization. The first liturgical feast of St. Josemaría Escrivá will be celebrated Thursday.

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