The St. Martin De Porres Orphanage Centre was founded in 1963. It is run by a small congregation of African Sisters known as Our Lady Queen Mother of Africa. The 86 children who currently live in the orphanage range from infant to age 6 — and come from Tanzania, Zambia and Congo.
“Since the Tanzanian contractor estimates the wall will cost $90,000, we have been asking our parishioners during masses at the end of each month to contribute by passing the collection plates,” DePew said. “The cost of the build-out is $38 per foot of wall, and I am overwhelmed with the generosity of our parishioners as we near our overall goal.”
A video of the project and orphans served by the orphanage can be seen on St. Mary’s website: http://home.catholicweb.com/stmaryspringlake/.