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MASAKA CATHEDRAL

MASAKA CATHEDRAL
Kitovu Village, Uganda
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BACKGROUND

In 1909, a small church was built in the Ugandan village of Kituvo. Less than two decades later, the congregation had grown and Masaka Cathedral replaced the modest thatched building that has served the parish. This larger redbrick building was designed by Brother Flera Martin and was constructed exclusively from local materials, using bricks, timber, and iron sheets. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

Decades of harsh weather and seismic activity caused Masaka Cathedral to become structurally unstable by the 1990s. At that time, the local community began searching for financial and technical assistance to repair the structure, especially the roof, which was sagging dangerously. Missionaries of Africa, Inc. nominated Masaka Cathedral to the 1998 Watch. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

At the Masaka Cathedral World Heritage Event in 1998, then-Prime Minister of Uganda Kintu Musoke called the community to action: “We have a proverb in Luganda whose message is international. When you see a friend joining in weeping, you weep more. (...)