In Loving Memory
School of Hope Foundation and St. Aloysius Gonzaga mourn the loss of Cedric Asiavugwa, our friend, Board Member, Social Media Director, and so much more. His dedication, passion, huge smile, and loving heart will be greatly missed.
Cedric was a third-year law student at Georgetown University. Before going to Georgetown in 2016, he served for a year as the Assistant Development Director for St. Aloysius. He died in the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 on his way home to be with his wife after the death of her mother. Please join us in praying for all of Cedric's family and friends, especially his wife Linet and their one-year-old son Jabali.
A Life Lived for Others
From Georgetown University's tribute to Cedric
Cedric was born and raised in Mombasa, Kenya, and graduated from the University of Zimbabwe with a B.A. in Philosophy, with highest honors. His commitment to issues of social justice, especially serving refugees and other marginalized groups, led him to Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Among his many accomplishments, he helped found a community-based organization that addresses the protection of vulnerable women and children fleeing the war in Somalia, researched issues ranging from international conflicts to food security across East Africa, served as the Editor-in-Chief of the philosophy journal Chiedza, and directed a television series on peace and reconciliation.
Deeply committed to Catholic and Jesuit education, Cedric also spent eight years in the US and in Africa discerning a religious vocation as a Jesuit Scholastic. At Georgetown, he was a beloved member of Georgetown’s Campus Ministry offices and an intern in the Law Center’s Campus Ministry office. Cedric’s deep commitment to social justice informed his many pursuits at the law school. A Blume Public Interest Law Scholar, a Global Law Scholar and a Pedro Arrupe, S.J. Scholar, Cedric was studying toward a joint J.D.-LL.M. degree in International Business and Economic Law. This semester, he was enrolled in the Center for Applied Legal Studies clinic, assisting refugee clients seeking asylum in the United States. Last year, he participated in the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic. Cedric’s goal was to return to Kenya after his studies to pursue a career promoting the rights of refugees in East Africa and beyond.
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School of Hope Foundation Launched 2017!
Founded in 2004, St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School provides an education for 280 high school students from Kibera slum who would otherwise be unable to attend school. St. Al's serves impoverished, academically-motivated students whose lives have been impacted by AIDS, and other vulnerable children from Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya.
The school’s motto is “To Learn, To Love and To Serve” based on St. Ignatius Loyola’s saying “in all things, to love and serve.”
School of Hope Foundation was formed in 2017 to provide fundraising and operational support for St. Aloysius.
St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School’s 15th Anniversary!
St. Aloysius Gonzaga just completed its 15th academic year. In January 2004 St. Al’s began its mission by welcoming 56 students, all promising AIDS-affected youth from devastating poverty, who would not be able to access a secondary education without the scholarship we provided. Today we celebrate 600 high school graduates and 300 who have gone on to complete their college studies. For more information see our 15th Anniversary newsletter.
ABOUT THE FOUNDATION
After 14 years of support from the Midwest Province of the Jesuits, School of Hope Foundation was created as a US-based non-profit to provide fundraising and administrative support for St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School.
BE PART OF SOMETHING SPECIAL
Every year St. Aloysius receives visitors from the US to take part in the annual celebration. The experience is one of spiritual and cultural discovery that is enriched with the support of a Jesuit Chaplain. The next pilgrimage will be June 12- 26, 2018.
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT SCHOOL?
School of Hope Foundation celebrates the progress of St. Aloysius Gonzaga and the successes of the students with many stories and photos. Check out our collection and sign up for our e-newsletter below if you want this in your inbox!
Images of Kibera slum