Click here for 2015 resources.

Twinning is an Institute initiative that encourages Districts that are financially able to aid those most in need.

The twinning program of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools partners Districts capable of providing funds with Districts in need. The then United States-Toronto Region launched the program 20 years ago, in 1995, acting on a call from the Institute to financially assist economically poor Districts and new Districts that were forming. A goal was to help these Districts achieve financial self-sufficiency in the long term.

The schools in the U.S. Districts in RELAN are twinned with the Lwanga District in Africa, which includes the countries of Kenya, Nigeria, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and South Africa. The high cost of education in Africa presents a major challenge for most students who are financially poor and even without families in some cases. Therefore, the schools subsidize much of the cost. Schools use twinning donations for tuition assistance, maintenance and expansion of school facilities, the purchase of books and class materials, and other essential school expenses. To limit additional costs, students in Africa are responsible for many chores on campus, including cleaning buildings and maintaining grounds, growing food, and preparing, serving, and cleaning up after meals.

While the benefits for African students are many, twinning also impacts Lasallian students in North America by giving them an opportunity to learn about other cultures, customs, and viewpoints along with becoming more aware of their own blessings. It helps to build character and respect and develop responsibility. The partnership brings together Lasallian students on two continents, in solidarity as brothers and sisters, to share challenges, accomplishments, stories, and experiences.

Christian Brothers Conference coordinates the Region’s twinning program, facilitates communication between twin schools, and serves as a resource center.

Click here for the full list of Lwanga District ministries that twin with RELAN schools >
Click here for the full list of RELAN schools that twin with Lwanga District ministries >

Video: Exploring our Twinning Relationships

Download a video introduction and twinning fast facts >

Additional Information and Resources

Twinning Stories

2015 Twinning Prayer

2015 Twinning Poster

Invitation to join the District of Eastern North America (DENA) 2015 “Come and See” delegation to Kenya

Looking back: DENA’s 2014 Twinning Summit
More pictures and video from the Twinning Summit

Remittance Form

Lwanga District website

News from Lwanga:

December 2014 – Lwanga La Salle Gazette

December 2014 – Newsletter

September 2014 – Lwanga La Salle Gazette

Questions? Contact Elizabeth Jodice, Twinning Coordinator, at or 202-529-0047.