Friends of St. Anthony (FOSA) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization which enables and assists in alleviating the causes of poverty in identified Primary and Secondary schools in the Abia state of Nigeria by providing infrastructure, education, school supplies and scholarships for our students in need. At present we are working with St. Anthony Secondary School, Amaekpu Ohafia, and we look forward soon to work with Okpocha Primary School of that same region.
Our well attended schools, with dedicated school Heads, have buildings in such dire need of renovations and the need for new buildings, clean water and proper sanitation as well as electrical power. These issues are being given top priority.
Our members of staff dedicate themselves to the strong formation of our students in their academic, spiritual, family and community lives. They do so under the weight of incredible challenges. Our faith and determination have allowed us to claim success after success in building young people of strong character who are well prepared to contribute to their families, their employers and their communities based on our enduring school-wide ethic of “Hard Work, Honesty and Service.”
Friends of St Anthony seek to “Catch them young”, and prepare them for the future. We would like to achieve all that with your help.
Take a moment and, see for yourself some of the works we are presently undertaking to improve facilities at St. Anthony’s secondary school. Please consider becoming a friend of St. Anthony, and as a friend, get involved in this all important work we do.
We have great need to build a multipurpose hall that will serve as kitchen and dining hall, as students must currently cook their meals outdoors in a shack. A top floor of the proposed hall shall be a chapel.
Our goal is to break ground by November 2020 and complete the project by June of 2021. We need $114,000 to accomplish this. We presently have about $17,000 toward this goal. Help us, please, to complete this project. Your one time donation (or monthly donations) will help us to reach our goal and begin this project which is so desperately needed.
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Donations may also be made by check payable to Friends of St. Anthony, US Headquarters, 814 Moss Glen Trail, Arlington, TX 76002. Your gift is important to these needy students. Please consider becoming a donor.
When you leave a share of your Estate to Friends of St. Anthony, you practice works of mercy admonished in the Gospels. With Planned Giving, you feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and support the works of FOSA who depends on your generosity to sustain needy students in the missions where Friends of St. Anthony operates.
As you write your Will to protect and provide for your loved ones, including those you provide for through your giving to various charities, please consider Friends of St. Anthony (FOSA), who serve the poorest of the poor, in your Estate Plan.
By giving securities instead of cash you may benefit from tax savings that would allow you to make a larger charitable gift at the same cost to you.
Amaekpu Ohafia, where our mission is primarily situated, is located in the Old Bende Province of pre-colonial Nigeria. The United Nations has described the region as one of the most depressed areas in Nigeria. The community is populated by mostly peasant farmers, whose income are less than US $1 a day. The economy of this community is sustained by funds generated outside this community. The economic situation remains challenging to this day. Though Catholic Missionaries arrived in the area in the 1950's, it was not until 1984 that St. Anthony’s Secondary School was founded. Okpocha Primary School began in about 1974.
During the past 700 years, millions of people have been attracted to the work of St. Anthony, the great Franciscan wonder worker. St. Anthony loved the poor. We do also. We are poised to follow his work by providing to the poor via education. Our beneficiaries will become future friends of St. Anthony and keep this mission alive.
The excellent expression of devotion to St Anthony known as St Anthony’s bread goes back to the thirteenth century It has been a source of many favors and graces, and has also been of great aid to the poor and needy.