Rainwater collection tanks at the Agiermach Technical School in northern Uganda.
workers install water tanks

HEATHER KAUFMAN is director of development for the Comboni Missionaries, North American Province.

By: Heather Kaufman
This story first appeared in Comboni Missions Magazine fall 2021.

As we enter into the last few months of 2021, I can’t help but reflect on the year. As a community, country, and world it was a challenge. However, there was so much to be thankful for as well.

For example, our contributors allowed us to sponsor a project in northern Uganda. For $3,000 the Agiermach Technical School purchased and installed three 8,000-liter collection tanks for the storage of rainwater. Why is this meaningful?

The access to clean water allowed the students to stay in the classroom instead of trekking to a distant water source, one also used by cattle, to secure water. Agiermach Technical has a special emphasis on the vocational training of disadvantaged young women, many of whom reside on campus in a dormitory. This project provides access to clean water and allows the students to focus on their studies.

Projects such as this are designed to make a big difference with modest amounts of money. Every gift to the Comboni Missionaries improves the lives of others. No gift is too small, and all are so appreciated.

There are several ways to make a donation. One is to send in a check (mail to 1318 Nagel Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45255). Another is to make a secure gift online
at www.combonimissionaries.org/GIVE

Some of our friends choose to give appreciated stock, which provides a great tax benefit for the donor. Speaking of tax benefits, did you know the CARES Act allows most U.S. taxpayers to deduct up to $300 ($600, if filing jointly) in charitable donations from their taxable income even if you use the standard form? As always, we encourage you to speak with your tax advisor too.

Some of our benefactors choose to contribute through deferred gifts via a will, life insurance policy, or trust, while others have given by purchasing a gift annuity or rolling over their required minimum distribution from an IRA to the Comboni Missionaries.

There are many ways to give and, no matter the amount, $1 to $1 million, we appreciate it! For more information, please feel free to contact me at kaufman@combonimissionaries.org or 513-474-4997.

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