Several years ago Trinity Episcopal Church started buying school uniforms for some of the most needy children in Condega. They started small and are now able to purchase, with the help of the Bend Sister City Foundation, school uniforms for 195 children of all ages. School uniforms consist of a shirt/blouse, pants/skirt, shoes, socks and a backpack.
Our staff person in Condega, Nola Nackerud, and a community representative select the children who will receive uniforms. We have developed a relationship with a local merchant where by he provides the uniforms and we pay him when we arrive in Condega. The month of January, the month before the school year starts, is extremely busy for Nola and the community representative as they have to corral 195 children and get them fitted for school clothes. Often the kids wear their uniforms all day and by the end of the school year the uniforms are ruined and need to be replaced the following year.