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Friends in Africa

Angola

St Augustine’s Viana, Angola

St Augustine’s in Viana was established in 1988. The congregation initially gathered under a tree but moved into their first consecrated church in 1993. In 2016 they completed the construction of a larger one for their 500 members. It is a lively parish with a flourishing Mother’s Union, youth group and men’s guild.

Viana is a shanty town of about 40,000 people on the outskirts of Luanda, the capital of Angola – a country that was embroiled in civil war between 1975 and 2002.  The numbers in Viana soared during the conflict as people fled more dangerous areas of the country. It is an on-going struggle to cater for the growing population.

Our link with St Augustine’s

Our relationship with St Augustine’s was initiated through  the Angola London Mozambique Association  (ALMA) – the association that links churches in the Diocese of London with parishes in Angola and Mozambique.  In the past ten years, two groups from All Saints have spent time in Viana sharing worship and learning about the challenges that the church there faces.  Reciprocal visits have been made by a group from St Augustine’s and the Bishop of Angola, Right Revd André Soares, and we also send money via Alma, to help the congregation build for the future.

Grade 3 learners in class at Amasango

Amasango Career School, Grahamstown, South Africa

This special needs school enables street children to obtain a primary education and build self-esteem. All Saints support the school through giving grants to the Friends of Amasango , fundraising and sending volunteers.

The Friends of Amasango

Friends’ grants mainly provide:

  • two meals a day and food parcels at weekends – without these, children at the school would not eat
  • school uniforms, shoes, coats and other clothing once a year – without these, the children could not attend school
  • uniforms, schoolbooks and rent (if needed) for ex-pupils who go on to high school
  • teaching equipment, tools and vocational equipment that are not provided by the education authority.

Children often have no financial support or much family backing, so the food, clothing and transport supplied make attendance at school possible.

Volunteering 2017

In February 2017 six parishioners visited the school for two weeks to support staff and learners, act a informal classroom assistants and help with after school clubs.