Twinning

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 nearly 20 years ago acting on a suggestion by a General Chapter 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 African schools who twin with RELAN schools >

Additional Information and Resources

District of Eastern North America (DENA) 2014 Twinning Summit

2014 Twinning Prayer

2014 Twinning Poster

Remittance Form

Twinning Stories

Lwanga District website

News from Lwanga:

September 2014 - Lwanga La Salle Gazette

June 2014 – Newsletter

April 2014 – Newsletter

February 2014 – Newsletter

December 2013 - Lwanga La Salle Gazette

August 2013 - Newsletter

Email Elizabeth Jodice, Twinning Coordinator, at ejodice@cbconf.org or call 202-529-0047 with questions.