Missed Our Fabulous Alumni Events Last Year? You Can Join Us in Paris in March!

We have a new venue this year: Paris! St. Stephen's is on the road again and this spring, we look forward to welcoming to an all-new get-together, the first-ever Paris alumni event!

 

Kick off your 2018 Easter break by catching up with former SSS classmates and faculty. Agnes Martin, St Stephen's French Teacher, Director of the Cultural Center, SSS Trustee and former Head of Boarding, will join us as our distinguished guest of honor.

 

 Join us at the American University of Paris on Thursday, March 29th from 6-8pm!

 

Food, wine, friends...how does it get any better than that?

 

Check your email for more information and remember to RSVP if you're in Paris and you want to stop by.

 

You can see our previous alumni events on Facebook by clicking here.

 

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From the St. Stephen's Refugee Committee

Activities which include talks, presentations, photographic exhibits, meetings, charitable work and even football matches are the focus of the work of the SSS Refugee Committee in order to raise awareness of the ongoing plight of refugees. While not a new theme for St Stephen’s, this year faculty decided that an organized and coordinated school-wide effort needed to be made to explore some of the issues around the reasons of what Amnesty International is referring to as the “worst crisis of our time.” 

 

Last week, students heard a first-hand account of the crisis from Jonathan Dumont, a former parent and Head of Television at WFP, who also shared his photographs in an exhibit at the SSS Cultural Center. Students and the Refugee committee have organized a GoFundMe campaign to bring much needed medical care to an orphan Mr Dumont met int he Congo. You can read more about their efforts to raise money in the Head’s Newsletter. 

 

And this past Wednesday evening, a football match was organized with a team of Eritreans, who fled their home country under great duress and difficult circumstances to create new lives in their host country of Italy. They met St Stephen’s' team of footballers, scored some goals and had a chance to exchange stories.

 

Throughout the year, we will be bringing you more stories about the work of the SSS Refugees Committee and hope to also share student impressions about the ongoing crisis.

You can also read more on this topic in the upcoming issue of The Cortile magazine due out in January 2018.

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SSS Students Organize a GoFundMe Campaign for a Refugee in the Congo

As a follow up to last week's presentation of "Refugees: Displacement and Survival" photo exhibit in the cultural center, courtesy of Jonathan Dumont, St Stephen's School parent and Head of Television Communications, United Nations World Food Program.  Mr Dumont has made event organizers and SSS Refugee Committee members aware that a child in one of his photographs is in need of immediate assistance.  So moved by this young girl's plight, Jon Dumont has written the following appeal. If you are interested in donating, information may be obtained by clicking on the link below. 

 

Dear Friends,
Being one of the selfish stone hearted damned people who spend too much time going from war zone to war zone, I don’t usually do this sort of thing so, pls forgive any awkwardness. Despite my job, I am not one to reach out to friends to solicit funds. My personal satisfaction from capturing and disseminating the images of the people WFP is trying to help comes from sharing the stories of people who would otherwise be forgotten. But, in September I met Mbuyi in a clinic in the Kasai region of DR Congo where thousands have been killed and over 1 million have fled their homes due to hunger, fear, hate, power, greed and all the other stupid reasons people find to kill each other.
Mbuyi is 15 and was shot in the leg when her village was attacked in March. She is alone. She has not seen her parents since the attacks. She will lose her leg and then her life if she doesn't get treatment soon in Kinshasa. It will cost $10,000. The amazing kids and faculty at St. Stephen's School Rome have set up this GoFundMe page:
https://www.gofundme.com/fund-for-mbuiy

If you can spare some hope for the holiday maybe you can share it with Mbuyi!
(Feel free to share this too)
Thanks!!!
Jon

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