A worker surveys a project to repair a school in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Salisa Bana School receives aid from Oregon Catholics. (Courtesy Deacon Jim Pittman)
A worker surveys a project to repair a school in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Salisa Bana School receives aid from Oregon Catholics. (Courtesy Deacon Jim Pittman)
Last spring, a tornado hit Salisa Bana School in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The school is a project organized by Deacon Jim Pittman of St. Philip Benizi Parish in Oregon City and backed by many local Catholics. There were only a few bruises and scratches on the 280 students, teachers, other staff and volunteers who manage the 35-acre school and grounds. “God was truly watching over the most precious part of our school,” Deacon Pittman says.

Repairs have begun. Local supporters are sending $30,000 for the effort, which includes new roofs and replacement solar panels to provide power for classrooms and a water pump. Almost 100 new desks are needed. To help, call Deacon Pittman at 503-312-5692.