Reaching the Pygmies MinistryFor over 20 years, Ascension Episcopal School and The Episcopal Church of the Ascension have been active contributors to the Reaching the Pygmies Ministry, dedicated to the service of the displaced Batwa Pygmies of Uganda by helping with housing, medical care, and children’s education. From this ministry, the Epiphany School was established to help educate the Batwa Pygmy people, the indigenous tribe that has been displaced by their Ugandan government into the Bwindi rain forest. In 1999, The Church of the Epiphany in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania established a resettlement program for the Pygmy people and built the Epiphany School, which currently accommodates approximately 225 students and 14 faculty and staff members.
Over the past several years, funds raised by Ascension during Lenten fundraisers have been used to build a library, kitchen, classroom space, and a freshwater system on the school's campus. Each year, 80% of Epiphany’s annual school budget has been made possible due to donation raised by Ascension families. In 2018, our community raised approximately $20,000 for The Epiphany School, as well as sent 30 iPads for officials to take back to the school in Uganda.
Please join us during the 2019 Lenten season to help raise money for our sister school in Uganda!