Several years ago, Father Pirmin Ngolle, the former Associate Pastor of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Klamath Falls Oregon, dispersed a DVD to our parish made by Christian missionaires, Mark and Judith Upton, called "Hanga Abbey: A Model of Hope." Father Pirmin's apostolic mission was working for the poor, raising money and collecting goods in the United States for his people in Tanzania, East Africa.

The Clean Water Project was Father Pirmin's great love. Our parish was introduced to this project when Father Pirmin was traveling through the parishes of Oregon raising money to purchase water pipes. The pipes carry fresh water from the summit of surrounding mountains into the villages - much like an aqueduct. He said many people in East Africa live their entire lives without ever having tasted fresh drinking water, and as a result, there was a high mortality rate secondary to water-borne diseases, such as Malaria.

Through Father Pirmin's efforts, many villages in Tanzania have fresh drinking water today. The mortality rate has dropped dramatically.

"Hanga Abbey: A Model of Hope" is a testimony to Father Pirmin Ngolle's life mission: that of giving hope to his people. We've dedicated this wonderful documentary to our very dear brother-in-Christ, Father Pirmin Caspary Ngolle, who died in a car accident in Africa in the Winter of 2007 while working for the poor. May God bless his soul.

Helping the poor was Father Pirmin's passion. When he was touring the States to raise money for Hanga, he'd sleep overnight in his car at rest stops, spending his hotel room budget on additional water pipes for the Clean Water Project in Tanzania. We truly believe he's in Heaven right now interceding on our behalf, once again working for the poor. One of our parishioners once said to him, "What are you going to do, Father, spend an eternity in Africa?" Father Pirmin's response was, "No. I'm going to spend an eternity in Heaven."

Father Pirmin's project continues despite his departure. The Clean Water Project is ongoing. More villages still need clean drinking water. People in the monastery and surrounding villages need supplies, such as sleeping bags, clothes and school supplies. Hanga Abbey is raising funds to build a church. If you'd like to contribute to Hanga Abbey or to the Clean Water Project, please send your tax-deductible donation to:


Saint Maurus Mission Appeal
St. Pius X Catholic Church
4880 Bristol Avenue
Klamath Falls, OR 97603


If you have questions about St. Maurus Mission, you can view the Hanga Abbey Website.

We'd like to thank Mark and Judith Upton for giving us permission to put this video on the Internet.

Last, but not least, Father Pirmin - this webpage is dedicated to you, our dear and much missed friend.

God Bless!



A Model of Hope - Part 1 of 5

A Model of Hope - Part 2 of 5

A Model of Hope - Part 3 of 5

A Model of Hope - Part 4 of 5

A Model of Hope - Part 5 of 5





Maji Safi Brochure Page One

Map of Clean Water Project

Maji Safi Brochure Page Two

Clean Water Project Contribution Form

You may right-click on this Contribution Form and select "Print Picture", or you may save it to your computer and print it later.

Hanga Abbey Brochure Page One

Hanga Abbey Contribution Form

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Hanga Abbey Brochure Page Two

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