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 www.harambee2002.org.
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.