The Hope Tree Group is the charity/mission group of the Parish which operates in conjunction with the Parish Schools. Direct Funding Projects are assisted from anywhere to those who need immediate help. These have a set monetary limit and timeframe and are agreed on by the group for the Parish to contribute.So far 12 projects are supported by the group for detail read the report ( link given below)
Latest Project.Project# 12 – Gas stoves for Burundi Community
The congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Bene Mariya) is a missionary congregation founded in 1958 and located in the Diocese of Ngozi, Burundi, East Africa. Bene-Mariya’s mission is “to help families to live according to the Christian Spirit”. They have communities in four countries in Africa including Burundi, Tanzania, Chad, Niger and in Italy.
Burundi shares its borders with Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania. Burundi (called the heart of Africa) is a country located in East Africa, south of the equator and is a total of 27,830 square kilometres in size. The population is approximately 12,541,010. The political capital is Gitega.
In the city of Bujumbura the sisters have five communities of Bene Mariya sisters and they are ministering in different places to serve God’s people.
The sisters are asking for assistance with the purchase of gas stoves for these communities.
Changes have recently been made to transportation due to the large number of deaths of people who ride bicycles, motorcycles and three-tired cars. The government has decided to stop the use of any of these vehicles in the city of Bujumbura where the sisters live.
These vehicles were often used to transport goods cheaply within the city. So now the cost of getting firewood or charcoal is very expensive due to the dangerous nature of transporting.
The Government is also promoting the use of gas stoves to decrease deforestation causing climate change. Large number of trees are cut down every day for firewood and making charcoal.
The use of natural gas stoves by the Sisters will be more cost effective and far better for the environment.
Each stove will cost $630, so for five stoves the total is $3150. The sisters can buy the gas in the city of Bujumbura and they estimate using 25kg per month at a total cost of $122.26/month.
This will be the new project for the Hope Tree Group to be launched in October 2022.