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What is “Partners in Mission to Our Lady of Grace”?

Partners in Mission (PIM) to Our Lady of Grace is a U.S.-based non-profit fund-raising initiative to support Our Lady of Grace School in Kisumu, Kenya.  No outreach could be more worthy.  At this pre-K to 8 school, we serve the poorest of the poor–vulnerable, orphaned, and at-risk children in an impoverished area of western Kenya. The initiative began in 2014 with faculty, parents and friends at St. Agnes Academy in Houston, Texas, a girls’ college preparatory school founded by the Dominican Sisters.  Members of the school community had traveled to Kisumu to assist the School.  That work grew to incorporate the efforts of likeminded and like-hearted supporters of the school at St. Denis parish, a Dominican-led parish in Hanover, New Hampshire.  Their “Hearts Open to the World” outreach worked specifically to advance Our Lady of Grace.  The PIM Board includes members from both teams, and it was created for one sole purpose: to support Our Lady of Grace School’s mission of providing an excellent education in the Catholic tradition for at-risk Kenyan children.  Key members of Partners in Mission have assisted in the formation of Our Lady of Grace School, and maintain strong ties with the School’s current administration and faculty.  All our Board members have spent time on the ground at Our Lady of Grace and stand fully behind the school and its mission.

PIM is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, which ensures that all donations made through the organization are tax deductible in the United States. Literally 100% of all donations to PIM go directly to support Our Lady of Grace School.

Partners in Mission Board

Carmen Garrett Armistead, Chairperson  (Austin, TX)
John Carroll (Norwich, VT)
Catherine Clay (Houston, TX)
Robert Clay (Robert Clay, TX)
Mary Beth Klee (Naples, FL)
Sister Jane Meyer, OP (Houston, TX)
Charles Wira (Plainfield, NH)

Mary Oguom Casiraghi, Head of School (Kisumu, Kenya)

“Our Lady of Grace transforms the lives of so many children who have so very little. How can we not support them – especially at this moment of crisis? The book I was reading to the kids was, “The Tortoise and the Hare.” It’s a story about striving, persevering, and succeeding against overwhelming odds. That’s what these children and their classmates do everyday. Strive, persevere, and triumph against all odds.”

Mary Beth Klee

Mary Beth Klee reads to Our Lady of Grace students.