The COVID 19 pandemic has affected most of the countries in the world, including the countries of sub-Saharan Africa.
Sr. Teresa Mulenga is a Teresian Sister and Programs Coordinator for the African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC) in Malawi. She recently wrote a successful grant proposal to supply sanitation materials to 5 HIV/AIDS support groups in the Dedza District in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sr. Teresa is also an alumna of ASEC's Sisters Leadership Development Initiative (SLDI) program, where she learned valuable grant writing, technology, administration and finance skills to help her be more effective in her ministry to the poor.
Individuals with a chronic illness (like those affected by HIV/AIDS) have a low immune system and are prone to contracting any diseases including COVID-19. Those who are vulnerable need special care during these challenging times.
Sr. Teresa says,
"... I managed to supply tap buckets for keeping water for washing hands, bar soaps and hand wash to members of 5 support groups, reaching a total 125 households."
In Nigeria the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (SNDdeN) are feeding the poor in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Sr. Veronica Fatoyinbo, SNDdeN, is a Program Director in the country for ASEC. She writes,
"It is a good thinking to impose lock down to safe the lives of the citizens from being infected by this virus. However, there is hunger in the city and the Nigeria government have no plan how to feed people who are lock down indefinitely. It is difficult to stay indoor when one’s stomach is empty."
So, in the spirit of solidarity and love, the Notre Dame sisters shared what little resources they have with the poor in their community. The poor were very close to the heart of Jesus as well as the foundress of their congregation, St. Julie Billiar.
You can learn more about ASEC and the efforts of Catholic Sisters serving in sub-Saharan Africa by visiting our website at asec-sldi.org.
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