Project 6596 - Renovation of the roof of the monastery
Benedictine Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, Tororo (Uganda)
Uganda is a landlocked country in East-Central Africa. The southern part of the country includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, shared with Kenya and Tanzania. Uganda is in the African Great Lakes region. Uganda also lies within the Nile basin. Uganda takes its name from the Buganda kingdom, which encompasses a large portion of the south of the country, including the capital Kampala.
The territory of Uganda contains several sites of unexploited minerals, including copper and cobalt, as well as hydrocarbons, including oil. The climate and rich soils favour agriculture: coffee, sugar cane, cotton, potato.
Uganda has a population of more than 38 million in 2016. The country has one of the highest population growth rates in the world, with an estimated fertility rate of about six children per woman. The country’s population increased eightfold between 1950 and 2015.
The monastery of Tororo was founded in 1960 by the German Federation of Benedictine Nuns of Blessed Sacrament of Breda (Netherlands). They are contemplative nuns who pray and work within their monastery.
In 2014, the community consisted of thirty-one sisters, thirteen of whom were young people in formation.
The priory has some small income generating activities such as host baking, livestock which includes dairy cattle, rabbits, piggery and goats. A guest/retreat house and a small vestment and church article shop, candle shop and garden crops.
The project aims to renew the whole roof of the monastery, built 58 years ago, beginning with the most damaged sections. Part of the roof was renewed in 1999/2000, but the quality of the material used was bad, and it soon corrupted.
The renewal will require the purchase and positioning of sheets of metal on the roof before tiling (this prevents slippage of the tiles), purchase and replacement
of broken tiles and purchase and replacement of ceiling panels.
The work will be done by stages in order to leave the nuns somewhere to live and work.
Requested amount: € 10,000.