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 Contact: Delis G. Alejandro, Staff Contact  |  310 566-1530  |  

About Us

Since 2002, St. Monica Catholic Community has enjoyed a sister relationship with Holy Cross Parish in Dandora, Kenya, creating avenues of mutual support and opportunities for prayer and service with one another. The Holy Cross Africa Ministry team coordinates various activities throughout the year including speaker nights, fundraising events, prayer and worship experiences in order to raise awareness and advocate for the spiritual, educational, and health needs of our sister parish.

 

Make a gift to any of these three areas:

 

hcam educationhcam generalhcam veronika

 

Dandora Updates

We are grateful to continue our outreach to support and serve our sister parish Holy Cross Church in Dandora, Kenya through this difficult time of need due to COVID-19. To date, there have been 29,334 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 465 deaths in Kenya.   

 

Holy Cross Church reopened in the summer but St. James School remains closed. There is still much need during this pandemic but St. Monica continues to provide hope and light!

 

During time, here are some of the needs that we are helping Holy Cross with: 

  • Partnering with the Holy Cross Small Christian Communities to support 222 of the most needy families from August through October. The families are receiving maize flour, cooking oil, salt, and soap bars.  Our first food distribution was on 8/6/20. ($5,000 donation)
  • Helping Holy Cross Parish & School with parish salaries for teachers and staff. These funds have helped with the parish re-opening and will support school staff until end of September. ($5,000 donation)
  • Helping the community of sisters (Daughters of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus) who work tirelessly to take care of the parish and school. The funds will help the sisters with food, house maintenance, transportation and other basic needs. ($3,600 donation)
  • Helping to feed more people through Veronika's Place this fall (Sept-Nov). This monthly food distribution provides vital nutrition to those living with HIV/AIDS. ($2,700 donation)
  • Supporting the Parish Dandora Youth by helping the most needy with food and rental assistance this fall. ($2,500 donation)

 

In addition to our work directly at Holy Cross Parish, we've also reached out to two of our favorite ministries in Nairobi that are doing so much to serve the community.

  • Providing food, soap and blankets to the Missionaries of Charity for the residential home they run for women with severe neurological disorders. These items have been shared with the 59 patients and 22 staff members and sisters.  Given the patients' low immunity, all sisters and staff have been staying in the house. Each year, we visit the sisters to celebrate mass and help cook, clean, and spend time with patients. ($1,000 donation)
  • Purchasing food for the Nyumbani Children of God Relief Institute. This amazing place provides a loving home for orphans living with HIV/AIDS.  Each year, we look forward to visiting the children and bringing gifts such as sport toys and equipment. ($500 donation)

 

It is through prayer and our faith that God continues to work through us, especially during these troubling times. Our connection to Holy Cross and the relationships that we have built remind us that we are not alone in this worldwide struggle and that God’s Grace is everywhere.

 

God is Good, All the time. All the time, God is Good, And that is his nature.

 

 Contact: Delis G. Alejandro, Staff Contact  |  310 566-1530  |  

About Us

Since 2002, St. Monica Catholic Community has enjoyed a sister relationship with Holy Cross Parish in Dandora, Kenya, creating avenues of mutual support and opportunities for prayer and service with one another. The Holy Cross Africa Ministry team coordinates various activities throughout the year including speaker nights, fundraising events, prayer and worship experiences in order to raise awareness and advocate for the spiritual, educational, and health needs of our sister parish.

 

Make a gift to any of these three areas:

 

hcam educationhcam generalhcam veronika

 

Dandora Updates

We are grateful to continue our outreach to support and serve our sister parish Holy Cross Church in Dandora, Kenya through this difficult time of need due to COVID-19. To date, there have been 29,334 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 465 deaths in Kenya.   

 

Holy Cross Church reopened in the summer but St. James School remains closed. There is still much need during this pandemic but St. Monica continues to provide hope and light!

 

During time, here are some of the needs that we are helping Holy Cross with: 

  • Partnering with the Holy Cross Small Christian Communities to support 222 of the most needy families from August through October. The families are receiving maize flour, cooking oil, salt, and soap bars.  Our first food distribution was on 8/6/20. ($5,000 donation)
  • Helping Holy Cross Parish & School with parish salaries for teachers and staff. These funds have helped with the parish re-opening and will support school staff until end of September. ($5,000 donation)
  • Helping the community of sisters (Daughters of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus) who work tirelessly to take care of the parish and school. The funds will help the sisters with food, house maintenance, transportation and other basic needs. ($3,600 donation)
  • Helping to feed more people through Veronika's Place this fall (Sept-Nov). This monthly food distribution provides vital nutrition to those living with HIV/AIDS. ($2,700 donation)
  • Supporting the Parish Dandora Youth by helping the most needy with food and rental assistance this fall. ($2,500 donation)

 

In addition to our work directly at Holy Cross Parish, we've also reached out to two of our favorite ministries in Nairobi that are doing so much to serve the community.

  • Providing food, soap and blankets to the Missionaries of Charity for the residential home they run for women with severe neurological disorders. These items have been shared with the 59 patients and 22 staff members and sisters.  Given the patients' low immunity, all sisters and staff have been staying in the house. Each year, we visit the sisters to celebrate mass and help cook, clean, and spend time with patients. ($1,000 donation)
  • Purchasing food for the Nyumbani Children of God Relief Institute. This amazing place provides a loving home for orphans living with HIV/AIDS.  Each year, we look forward to visiting the children and bringing gifts such as sport toys and equipment. ($500 donation)

 

It is through prayer and our faith that God continues to work through us, especially during these troubling times. Our connection to Holy Cross and the relationships that we have built remind us that we are not alone in this worldwide struggle and that God’s Grace is everywhere.

 

God is Good, All the time. All the time, God is Good, And that is his nature.

 

Mission & History

The mission of St. Monica Holy Cross Africa Ministry is to share, pray, learn and join with our sister parish, Holy Cross Dandora, in their mission to “humanize city life and help people recognize their God given dignity” (Rev. Bob Dowd, CSC)

 

Contact:  Ann Chervenak, Ministry Chair, for more information.

 

Get Involved

 

Please find below updates on what is happening in our sister parish in Dandora and how our ministries in collaboration with Holy Cross Catholic Church are faring.

 

Our Holy Cross Africa Ministry also offers a wide variety of ways that you can participate in the ministry. Details below. 

 

  • Education Committee

    The mission of the Holy Cross Africa Ministry Education Committee is to support scholarship students and their families in their efforts to break the cycle of poverty.  Donations fund scholarships for over 30 disadvantaged, yet promising youths in the Dandora community.  The scholarships cover tuition, books, and meals for Nursery and Primary Schools.  Our scholarship commitment to these children extends all the way through high school.

     

    In addition to scholarships, donations from St. Monica parishioners have provided funding for books, education supplies, projectors, sewing machines and so much more!

     

    We look forward to continuing our partnership with our brothers and sisters in Dandora in an effort to provide a high quality education in a safe learning environment.  If you are interested in supporting this mission through donations or otherwise, please contact our Education Committee at 

     

    Tailoring School

    We provide full scholarships to men and women who attend the Vocational Tailoring School at Holy Cross Parish.  The three-year program for tailoring students teaches a trade that allows them to seek quality employment and provide a better life for their families.

     

    Concerned with the spread of COVID-19 in Kenya and wanting to provide employment for parishioners of Holy Cross St. Monica Holy Cross Africa Ministry Team just approved a donation of $2,700 to fund the making of face masks by the tailoring students. 14,000 cloth masks are being created and will be distributed for free to parishioners at Holy Cross.

     

    If you are interested in supporting these and other educational efforts in Dandora please contact the Education Committee at

     

    Supporting the Staff at St. James School

    The Holy Cross Africa Ministry (HCAM) recently approved sending $5,000 from the team's General Fund to support salaries for staff at our sister parish, Holy Cross Parish in Dandora, Nairobi, Kenya. During the pandemic, St. James School has been closed and all but a few essential parish staff have been staying home. The Holy Cross Mission Center at Notre Dame has provided funds for very limited salaries for parish staff (between 30% and 50% of their normal salaries) for the months of April, May and June. The HCAM Core Team voted to provide $5,000 that Fr. Luke, the pastor at Holy Cross Parish, will distribute to staff members with the most urgent needs, which include paying for rent and food. The HCAM Core Team will continue to monitor the situation in Dandora and may send additional funds based on the needs of our sister parish.

  • Veronika’s Place

    Veronika’s Place is a food distribution program at our sister parish, Holy Cross Church in Dandora, Kenya, that supports 500 men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS in the parish and local community. 

     

    In spite of the challenges with COVID-19 Veronika’s Place monthly food distributions continue because it gives food to the most vulnerable,  Their antiretrovirals will only work with adequate nutrition.

     

    The monthly food distributions are entirely funded by St. Monica.  For May, June and July, St. Monica’s Holy Cross Africa Ministry (HCAM) has sent our sister parish additional money to increase the monthly food distributions in these so difficult economic times in Nairobi.  Faith Kago (parish social worker) and her many volunteers have been courageous in distributing the food.  For the May distribution, beneficiaries were given cloth masks  (funded by St. Monica) and social distancing was practiced to protect both beneficiaries and volunteers.    

     

    Veronika’s Place food distributions are supported by the funds raised each year by St. Monica’s team of runners and walkers participating in the Los Angeles Marathon (Race 4 Veronika’s Place).  

     

    HCAM Race for Veronika's Place

    Earlier this year our Race 4 Veronika’s Place team raised $47,031 (exceeding our goal!) through the Los Angeles marathon. Thanks to all of our runners, walkers and 525 donors!

     Special kudos to the following:

      • Patrick Keeley for reaching the Giraffe Level ($650), our top full marathon fundraiser AND completing his first marathon. 
      • Dennis Hardwick for reaching the Lion Level ($2600), our top half marathon fundraiser, This was his 5th race.
      • Loraine Lerner for reaching the Gazelle Level ($1300), top 5K fundraiser. She with Angela Castellano built a team of seven with Gary, Kat, Kathryn, Regta, and Robin. 
      • Top fundraiser goes to  Trevor RodriguesThe cheetah is the most challenging level to reach. This is his 3rd year reaching Cheetah ($5000). 
      • The chairs of the R4VP Committee: Anna RodriguesSharon Arnett and Mary Jane Sahagun

     
    Asante Sana, thank you, to all!

     

  • Trip's Committee

    The ministry organizes trips to visit our sister parish in Dandora, Kenya, offering parishioners an opportunity to meet face to face with our brothers and sisters, witnessing the progress of joint projects, and participation in prayer and worship activities together. So far, over 170 St. Monica travelers have experienced the beauty of Kenya and the faith of her people.

     

    Is this the year God is calling you to join us? Contact Peter Heller at   for more information.

     

    A special message for Summer of 2020

     

    It is with deep regret that Monsignor, the Africa Ministry and the Trip's Committee have recently decided to postpone the Africa 2020 trip to Kenya and to our sister parish in Dandora. There is a possibility of a smaller group traveling sometime in the fall.

     

    This decision wasn’t taken lightly and there was robust debate on whether or not to proceed...and when. Weighing all the benefits as well as the downside of postponing now - rather than deciding next month - we felt this was the best way to care for our sister parish in Kenya as well as our travelers. Indeed we still do not know the possible extent of the virus in Dandora although, to date, there have only been 303 cases reported in all of Kenya (including 14 deaths). When the pandemic would reach its peak there and how long the recovery would take all factored into our decision. As of now the borders are still closed to all international flights and travel."

     

    We hope to reschedule. Watch for future announcements.

     

  • Merchandise and Crafts Sales

    Each year our parish travelers bring back wonderful crafts, treasures and handmade gifts from Kenya – in fact, many of the items are handmade by the Dandora Catholic Handcraft Group, the local trades association at our sister parish, Holy Cross Church.  We sell these items a few times a year after Masses at St. Monica, with all proceeds benefitting Holy Cross Dandora Parish.  We invite you to get involved in any of the following ways:  marketing and arranging the items, helping with after-Mass sales, and giving feedback about the types of crafts to bring back next time. 

     

    Please contact Delis G. Alejandro at if interested.

     

  • Faith and Culture Committee
    The Faith and Culture committee organizes opportunities to pray with our brothers and sisters in Dandora (for example, at the First Friday Masses celebrated concurrently in the two parishes) and organizes events to introduce the faith and culture of Kenya

     

     Volunteers welcome and can contact Delis at  

     

  • Medical Committee

    The HCAM Medical Committee works to develop sustainable health care at our sister Parish, Holy Cross, in Dandora, Kenya. By providing medical supplies and sharing of medical knowledge and technology, we strive to improve health outcomes at the Brother Andre Dispensary. 

     

    Contact Delis at  

     

     

  • Capital Projects/Building Committee

    The Building Committee of HCAM supports infrastructure projects at Holy Cross Parish. In the past, the Building Committee has sponsored the building of classrooms at St. James School and the drilling of a borehole to create a well that provides fresh water to thousands of residents of Dandora. (dedicated in 2006).

     

     Contact Trevor at  

     

     

  • Maternity Visitation Hospital
    Mortality of both mothers and babies is high in many developing HCAM supports maternal and infant health through its partnership with Dandora Africa Wellness Network (DAWN). Its first initiative is building a maternity hospital on the grounds of Holy Cross Parish. For more information or to provide financial assistance, visit www.newdawnafrica.org.

     

    Our Lady of Visitation Maternity Hospital

    Like most institutions worldwide, Brother Andre Medical Center suffers the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic. After a two month hiatus, the Medical Center’s 24-hour patient services is gradually resuming. Besides maternity, patient services were suspended due to a government imposed curfew and drastically reduced numbers. Staff reductions and salary cuts depress a community already on the margins. Despite these challenges the Visitation Maternity Hospital is also a place of joy as baby girl triplets were born on April 17 at the Clinic, and were placed in incubators. Mother and babies are in good health and have just been sent home.

     

    For more information and how you can help please contact the Holy Cross Africa Ministry Team at .

 

 

 

 

 

 


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