Stories of Impact through Clement Commits: Divine Mercy Centre in Tanzania

Stories of Impact: The Difference Our Parish Family Makes through Clement Commits

Divine Mercy Centre in Tanzania

August 2021

Did you know that every time you make a donation to Saint Clement, you are contributing to our Clement Commits program and supporting the work of organizations serving the common good? Through Clement Commits, we donate 10% each fiscal year from our parish collections to worthy organizations.

One of our recipients is Divine Mercy Centre in Tanzania, which was awarded $5,000 through Clement Commits.
 
The Divine Mercy Centre will be a free home for the elderly poor of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania run by the Sisters For Christian Community (SFCC). The center will provide high-quality medical care and emotional support for residents. Without social services dedicated to the elderly, like social security or medicare programs, the elderly poor in Tanzania face great hardships when they are unable to earn their own income. The majority of Clement Commits funding will help to secure the plot of land on which the center will be built. The rest will support the organization's ongoing feeding program, providing rice, beans, sugar, oil, and other food items to elderly poor in the community. 
 

Letter of gratitude sent to Saint Clement:

Dear Fr. Wojcik and the Clement Commits Committee,
 
We are deeply grateful to receive the Clement Commits grant. Please thank your parishioners for their generosity and kindness! We are so thankful for this financial support and know it will go a long way towards helping the elderly in Tanzania. We are so excited to see how God will use these funds to further our ministry. Your gift encourages us to keep persevering in our work.
 
Our founder, Sister Columba, also expresses her deep gratitude for choosing us to receive this grant. She is so excited to see this bridge formed between your parish in Chicago and her work in Dar es Salaam. She gives all the glory to God for bringing our ministries together in this wonderful way.
 
Together with the Tanzanian Board, U.S. Board, and all of the elderly we serve: Thank you! We look forward to discovering how we can further the partnership between the Divine Mercy Centre and Saint Clement Church.
 
Respectfully yours,
 
Alyson Rockhold
Head of the U.S. Board of the Divine Mercy Home
Pictured: Sister Columba, founder of Divine Mercy Centre