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Completion of Water Project, Tanzania

Completion of Water Project, Tanzania

Completion of Water Project, Tanzania

Region:

Africa

Country:

Tanzania

Missioner Responsible:

Fr. Edward R. Schoellmann, M.M.

The project will remain as the main source of water for the mission, community members who will use it, and the adjacent Health Center.

The windmill which supplies water to the mission is old. It breaks down on an average of once every 6 weeks. The system is the source of water for the mission compound. It includes water for the Children’s projects.

There are also three tanks which are available for public use. The source of water is a dry river bed a mile and a half away. There is water in the sand at the bottom of the river bed. A well has already been dug on a piece of land purchased from a local land owner. Concrete lining and cover is in place. Two miles of piping from the source has also been purchased. The well is in place, but needs surrounding equipment to bring water to the mission. A health clinic on the adjacent property presently depends on water brought by hand from the river. This clinic is intended to be patched into the water supply.

Fr. Ed hopes to continue providing clean water to this poor community.

Tractor for The Brothers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Africa

Tractor for The Brothers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Africa

Tractor for The Brothers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Africa

Region:

Africa

Missioner Responsible:

Bro. Loren Beaudry, M.M.

The Brothers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a Religious group of Brothers in the Archdiocese of Mwanza. Bro. Loren Beaudry wants to help educate the Brothers to be mechanics, carpenters, teachers etc.

The Brothers are running a farm of about 30 acres. They have 15 cows, 20 pigs, 30 goats and some chickens, and Bro. Loren Beaudry hopes to help the ‘Brothers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus’ to purchase a tractor. In order to help the Brothers of the ‘Sacred Heart of Jesus’ to raise money for up-keep of their proposed tractor, they will be cultivating the neighbors fields for profit.   They also have a grinding mill for corn and rice.  The profits from this machine will also bring them some money.  They can also sell some pigs, chickens or cows to bring them some more money, if need be.

This program will allow prospective Brothers to come and live with the Brothers’ Community to see if a life of prayer, community living and manual labor is right for them.

Well, St. Augustine Outstation, Itooni, Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, Kenya

Well, St. Augustine Outstation, Itooni, Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, Kenya

Well, St. Augustine Outstation, Itooni, Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, Kenya

Region:

Africa

Country:

Kenya

Missioner Responsible:

Fr. Lance P. Nadeau, M.M.

Located in southeastern Kenya with a population of approximately 1 million, Makueni County is an impoverished area of Kenya. About 70% of the population is under 30 years old, 44% under 15 years. Over 60% of the population lives in absolute poverty, 57% in food poverty. The county’s need manifests itself in other socio-economic outcomes such as poor nutrition, health, and education, as well as a lack of a ccess to basic services.

Unemployment is a major challenge in the county, especially among youth. Approximately 80% of the population is employed in rain-fed, small-scale farming and has limited opportunities in commercial ventures and public service. There is one doctor for every 23,000 inhabitants. With regard to HIV, Makueni is clustered as a medium burden, medium incidence county with prevalence slightly below the national prevalence of 6%. Annually, slightly over 50% of the population suffers a serious bout of malaria. About 15% of the population has access to piped water. Most inhabitants rely on rivers, seasonal streams, ponds, and public wells for water. Infant and under-five mortality are often connected with unclean water and dehydration due to diarrheal diseases, including cholera, and other waterborne diseases such as guinea worm, typhoid, and dysentery.

Kibwezi West with a population of about 175,000, is a semi-arid area that suffers from serious water scarcity, severe environmental degradation, chronic drought, and low agricultural productivity. Schools and health institutions in the area often close due to lack of water. Unlike many other areas in Kibwezi West, Itooni has no river, dam, or nearby water source; the area does not receive any piped water. Residents must travel several km for water or pay for tankers to transport water into the area.

The well to be drilled, which will be located on parish property, will serve the Itooni outstation area, which has a population of about 6,000. Located on 3 acres of church-owned land, St. Augustine outstation chapel is located in a trading station near the Nairobi-Mombasa highway. Located near the outstation are a primary school for 450 pupils, a government polytechnic with 300 students, and a Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) with approximately 100 pharmacy students. Residents and institutions near the parish will be able to access the well.

Fr. Lance Nadeau will help many with this well project, including local residents who will have access to clean water supply, and children who will be less exposed to waterborne diseases.  The local educational and health institutions which will not have to close during water shortages, and the local parish will be able to charge a small fee for water and, thereby, support some of its social service initiative.

Marriage Encounter, Tanzania

Marriage Encounter, Tanzania

Marriage Encounter, Tanzania

Region:

Africa

Country:

Tanzania

Missioner Responsible:

Fr. John Eybel, M.M.

Growth in the number of couples and priests “encountered” in Mwanza and in the number of those who take up team leadership roles – are measures of success.

Fr. John Eybel’s project helps to subsidize Marriage Encounter Weekends for those in Mwanza Archdiocese who cannot pay the total cost of a weekend.  This project is for couples in Mwanza Archdiocese coming from parishes and the catechetical school for couples’ weekends at several suitable centers in Mwanza. It also covers educational materials for the instructors used during the seminars.

 

Clinical Pastoral Education at Bugando Medical Center Subsidy, Tanzania

Clinical Pastoral Education at Bugando Medical Center Subsidy, Tanzania

Clinical Pastoral Education at Bugando Medical Center Subsidy, Tanzania

Region:

Africa

Country:

Tanzania

Missioner Responsible:

Fr. John Eybel, M.M.

With your help, we will subsidize school fees for the Clinical Pastoral Education Program (CPE) at Bugando Medical Center (BMC) in Mwanza.

There are two 12 week sessions scheduled for 2021. Maryknoll priest Fr. John Eybel. M.M., supervises students in the program two days each week while living at Mabatini Parish in Mwanza Archdiocese.  His education project is not self-sustaining but is paid for by student fees and contributions from the hospital and from the Tanzania Episcopal Conference. Most participants are seminarians currently coming from Musoma and Mwanza.  

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