Conceived from Sr. Lorraine’s vision of connecting our Sisters in Africa to places beyond their isolated villages, the African Photovoltaic Project (APP) began to take shape in 2003. Today, the dream has become a reality in Fugar and Awkunanaw, Nigeria and in Kitenda, Lemfu, Ngidinga and Pelende, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with wonderful life changes and options. Convents, schools and clinics/hospital in two countries are now experiencing life with electricity for lighting, refrigeration, water purification and communications. Rooms set up with basic technology equipment in these ministries provide access to the Internet for teachers, primary and secondary classes as well as health care personnel. The Congo compounds organize these facilities by using available materials. Now, the wider community also benefits from technology at these four sites.
Women in Congo bear the load of work in the home and in the fields. Women fetch wood, find food and prepare daily meals while attending to all the needs for their families. The work continues even while women are pregnant. Lack of good nutrition, poverty, malaria, infectious diseases, complications of HIV/AIDS and the inaccessibility of good health care contribute to high mortality of women following the birth of their babies. The babies become abandoned orphans, left to tend for themselves without food, clothing, shelter or education. The Sisters have assumed responsibility for more than 50 orphans in the towns and villages where we minister: Kimwenza, Kisantu, Kisenso, Kitenda, Lemfu, Mpese, Ngidinga, Nselo and Pelende. Continue Reading: Sisters Care for Orphans in the Congo
The people of Kimwenza, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and its surrounding villages marveled at the opening of the René de Haes Health and Maternity Center (Centre de Santé/Maternité René De Haes), a new health care ministry of the Congo-Kinshasa Province. In a poor and confined milieu, adjoining the property of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Monseigneur Fidèle Nsielele, Bishop of the Kisantu Diocese, officiated at the opening of this center (“the Clinic”) on October 31, 2009. Many religious, civil and political leaders joined the SNDs and the people for a joyous ceremony of blessing, marking direct access to a clinic in this area, so deprived of medical care for those living in poverty. Continue Reading: SNDsOpenClinicinKimwenza, Congo