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Sunday, December 11, 2016
Pancakes for South American Indians
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¬†Amerindians of South America and displaced people in South Africa will benefit from a Pancake Supper organised by Jesuit Missions in Wimbledon, south London, just before the start of Lent. The event ≠ on Saturday, 21 February ≠ will include genuine tribal food in addition to filled pancakes, as well as music and crafts from communities of several areas of the world that are supported by Jesuit Missions. Proceeds from the Supper will support the work of the Jesuits working with the Patamona and Macushi Amerindians in the interior of Guyana. The project there is called 'Wakupe!', meaning 'Good'. It is providing the tribal peoples in this region with literacy and numeracy skills so that they can develop their own community programmes. However, the project is about much more than just raising funds, and this will be reflected in the things that will be happening during the Pancake Supper. One of the organisers of the event is Ben Ramsden who spent several months working among the indigenous people of Guyana: "Wakupe! is about building friendship and cooperation across continents and cultures," explains Ben. "So we want our supporters here to get to know the people they are supporting. That's why there'll be food, music and crafts from Guyana ≠ alongside the pancake tossing!" The other organisation that is being supported by the Pancake Supper is the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in South Africa, and the Bienvenu Shelter for Refugee women and children. At the moment, there are 24 women and 39 children living there. Most of the children are under 10 years of age and in need of good nutrition and education. "The refugees who come to South Africa are fleeing war and persecution in their homelands of Angola, Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo," says Kasia Wawernia who works with the JRS in Johannesburg. "Many of the children have been orphaned in the wars and genocide of Central Africa. All have a story of horror and devastation to tell about their journey so far. At the centre we provide them with a place to sleep, friends, food, clothes and when possible furniture and household items when they leave. The shelter is there to welcome them to a new phase in the journey that is their lives ≠ one of hope " The Pancake Supper takes place at 7pm on Saturday, 21 February, in the Sacred Heart Parish Hall, Edge Hill, Wimbledon, London. Tickets are £10 (concessions £5) and are available in advance from Jesuit Missions (020 8946 0466) or Sacred Heart Church. Source: Jesuit Communications Office
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