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BCAF Announces 2018 Vita et Caritas Award Recipient

August 22, 2018


Recipient to be honored on Thursday, September 6 at the annual Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund Summer Reception at St. Pius X Parish, Manchester

(MANCHESTER, NH) – The Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, and the Board of Directors of the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund announced today that Hamisi Juma, executive director of the Safari Youth Club in Manchester, N.H., is the recipient of the 2018 Vita et Caritas Award.

After considering sixteen nominees, the committee submitted three candidates to Bishop Libasci for his review. Hamisi has been selected as the fourth recipient of the Vita et Caritas Award for his outstanding work as a volunteer with the Safari Youth Club.

Hamisi will receive a special trophy and be recognized at the annual Bishop’s Summer Reception on Thursday, September 6 at St. Pius X Parish in Manchester. In addition, the Safari Youth Club will receive an award of $2,500 that can be used to support the organization.

A brief biography of the recipient and information about the honor follows.

Hamisi Juma is one of the founders of the Safari Youth Club in Manchester and has been executive director since 2014. The Club educates and empowers youth refugees and immigrants through sports and arts, and provides training and mentoring to help youth reach all their goals in life. Safari Youth Club currently serves approximately 80 children and helps families adjust to their new lives in the United States.

Hamisi came to Manchester, N.H., having lived for seven years in refugee camps after fleeing his native Congo during the country’s civil war. Hamisi also works second shift at the Lindt factory in Stratham to support his wife and four children, but spends the majority of his time helping, counseling, and supporting his fellow refugees. By providing a safe place and activities for children, Hamisi is serving the families of the community as they work to get jobs and acclimate to life in New Hampshire.

The Vita et Caritas Award (For Life and Love Award) is awarded to a volunteer who makes significant contributions through service to the non-profit agency where they volunteer that help transform the lives of women, children, or families and who exemplifies, in his or her service, the Gospel message to love one another. The award is given in honor of Ruthie Ford, whose life reflected Catholic ideals and tireless dedication to service in the cause of helping women, children, and families.

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The Diocese of Manchester is the Roman Catholic Church in New Hampshire, serving the needs of nearly 235,000 Catholics. For more information, please visit www.catholicnh.org/overview.