Christmastime in Uganda is a beautiful season, and at the St. Jerome COVE Center it is filled with cheer and wonder. The annual COVE Christmas party gives the children the opportunity to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and thank God for what they have been given and achieved through education.
At this year’s party COVE also celebrated the achievements of many of the students. Four young women graduated from vocational school, eleven students completed seventh grade, four students completed senior four (junior year of high school), and three young men joined universities.
The celebration began with a mass led by Fr. Jerome; the Deputy Chancellor of Kasana Luweero Diocese. Co-celebrants were Frs. Hilary, Peter and Vincent. Christmas party attendees included: board members, health unit management committee, school management committee members, parents, COVE staff, community leaders, and of course the COVE children.
The children decorated the COVE campus with crafts, flowers and balloons, and felt proud to see their contribution appreciated by the guests. Another excellent Christmas activity the children participated in this year was a play about the birth of Jesus Christ. The play was a definite hit with everyone that attended.
All of the children also had a present to receive! This year their Christmas gifts were colorful blankets.