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Our friend and supporter, Diane Andrews, a reporter with the Santa Clara Weekly, wrote another article about us. This time we're not blushing. Thank you Diane!

Happy GirlsParchibell Feka and her students at Government High School

Nothing to Blush About
By Diane Andrews

Thirteen high school girls in the town of Bafia in the Republic of Cameroon in Central Africa received the first personal hygiene kits from Santa Clara. They were so excited that they jumped up from their seats in their coed classroom and waved their new, washable sanitary pads in the air, posing for ‘thank you’ photos to email to Santa Clara resident Susan Stasi, who had single-handedly made the kits and the washable pads. If the girls' cheeks were flushed, it was from excitement, not embarrassment.

Stasi is the founder and CEO of St. Mary di Rosa Academies (SMRA), a Santa-Clara based nonprofit established in 2014 "to improve the quality of educational programs for deaf children and impoverished girls in the Sub-Saharan region of Africa."

"It bothers me that 16.7 million girls are out of school in the Sub-Sahara due to [in part] the lack of toilets at schools," says Stasi, who learned that many impoverished girls drop out of school when they reach puberty. Read more...

 

 

Giving Deaf Children a Voice

By Diane Andrews

Santa Clara resident Susan Stasi already spoke English, French, Spanish, and Italian. She never dreamed when she entered the Deaf Studies Program at Ohlone College in 2012 that it would change her life. Not only that, it would change the lives of deaf children and impoverished girls in the Republic of the Congo.

Immersing herself in the deaf world to practice American Sign Language (ASL), led Stasi, a graduate of Santa Clara High School, to a worship service for the deaf and hearing impaired at St. Lawrence the Martyr Catholic Parish Church in Santa Clara.

The mass was celebrated by Fr. Bazikila Ghislain with the San Francisco Diocese, a deaf priest originally from Brazzaville, the capital and largest city of the Republic of the Congo (not to be confused with the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the other side of the Congo River). It had long been Ghislain's dream to open a school for deaf children and impoverished girls in Brazzaville.

"It's a God thing. Fr. Ghislain asked for help, and I raised my hand. That was just
the beginning of my new journey," says Stasi, who is retired from careers in business, teaching, and catering. "I'll go wherever God takes me." Read more