Sister Community: Ghana

Sister Community with FST Sisters in Ghana

The Loretto Community began service in Ghana some 24 years ago. In 2003 discussions began with the Daughters of the Most Blessed Trinity – a Ghanaian community founded in 1984 to minister to the poor – about building a school in Akokoamong on land that had been given to them by the village’s queen mother. The need for quality education in this impoverished area was a good fit for a value that has been part of our Loretto heritage since our founding in 1812. As part of our 200th anniversary celebration in 2012, we are committed to global outreach.

On November 21, 2009, Sisters Marie Ego, Mary Ann Gleason, Pauline Albin and Lydia Peña attended the dedication ceremonies of Blessed Trinity Leadership Academy (BTLA). After a bumpy ride on very bad roads, we got a view of the school building strung with orange, white and lime-green cloth ready for the big day. Our dream of a school had become a reality.

The attendees who touched us the most were the “would like to be” students who came with high hopes of one day being students at BTLA and wearing uniforms(left). The school opened in September 2009 with 25 students. Today enrollment is at 71 students and anticipated to climb to 110 students in 2011 (below).

Our immediate needs are transportation, tuition, food and salaries. Many children are waiting with the hope to be transported to the school where they may join those already enrolled in pre-school, kindergarten, first grade, and second grade. (Second grade was added in 2010. Classes will be added annually, through the eighth grade.)

– A new 32 seat bus will cost $87,000.
– A donor has given us a $45,000. challenge grant
– To date we have raised $27,160.11
– Total on hand for bus is $72,160.11
– $14,839.89 needed to reach our goal of $87,000.

We would like to raise an extra $3000 for maintenance and operation.

Annual Needs

Tuition and fees— $300 annually per student
$100 per trimester per student

Food — $100 annually per student
$34 per trimester per student

Headmistress/Assistant Headmistress Salaries
$4803 annually/$534 monthly

Teacher Salaries
$9486 annually/$282 monthly

Non-Teaching Staff Salaries
$2537 annually/$ 282 monthly

Major Needs

35 seat bus — $77,000
Last Wing of School — $110,000

You can donate online here.

Checks, payable to “Sisters of Loretto,”
can be mailed to FST/Loretto School Ghana
4000 S. Wadsworth Blvd, Littleton CO 80123

Lydia M. Peña SL (303) 922-2034

A Dream Becomes Reality — video of Akokoamong School
Blessed Trinity Leadership Academy, Akokoamong, Ghana Is sponsored by the Sisters of the Most Blessed Trinity (Ghana) and the Loretto Community (USA.) The school was dedicated on November 21, 2009.

Students working and playing:

Twenty-four travelers from the United States visited Blessed Trinity Leadership Academy in February 2011. Here, a portion of the group tours the computer lab.

Students attended a gathering to welcome the visitors — February 2011.

Two views of the construction of the new wing of the school. Donations for this wing are a major need.

Global Loretto Committees and Projects
Loretto Mission in Pakistan
Sister Communities: Holy Family Sisters (Guatemala), FST Sisters (Ghana)
Latin America/Caribbean Committee
United Nations/NGO
Loretto Hunger Fund
Loretto Mission Areas
Justice and Peace
Global Loretto