The benefits of owning land far outweigh the benefits of not. Currently, St. Irene’s Orthodox Mission Center pays rent for the small portion of land they use. The structures in which the children learn and live are constructed for temporary usage. Water must be brought in.
It would allow the Mission Center to put a solid roof on each building rather than the current tin. When it rains, the sound of it hitting the tin is quite loud. That kind of atmosphere is not conducive to a good learning environment and is quite distracting. Teachers must raise their voices to be heard, if they can be heard at all. Children cannot think clearly for the pounding above their heads. As Fr. Silouan said, “A solid roof would immensely improve the learning environment.”
Dormitories can be built for the children to live in and a residential area for guests are included in the plans. A well can be dug to provide water!
Most importantly, it will bring about the sense of permanency, something these children do not have in their lives now. With joint ownership between the Archdiocese and Orthodox Africa, the parish would remain intact should the priest be transferred to serve another parish. This ensures the children a permanent home and education center until adulthood.
Donate to this worthy cause and may God multiply your gift. Mark your donation “St. Irene Enlarging the Land.”
*This article first appeared on Orthodox Africa June 4, 2017