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Holy Rosary Sisters in Ethiopia
P.O. Box 7103, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, East Africa.
Regional Leader: Sister Ruth Chetambe
Telephone: 00251 11155 1303.
Vocations Directress: Sister Celestine Nnadi
Telephone: 00251 912 057 189
Wonji: Holy Rosary Sisters, Wonji, P.O. Box 92, Nazereth, Regio 4, Ethiopia.
Saguree: Holy Rosary Sisters, St Mary’s Kindergarten/ Primary School, PO Box 70 Sagure, Ethiopia, E. Africa
Into the year of 2019
Two words ring bells in our minds as we face into the new year of 2019: hope and gratitude. Our world throughout the past year has tempted and tried us with its miseries: news of war, conflict, poverty and despair. Yet with eyes of faith we can also see hope all around, count the blessings we have received, and name the accomplishments-both small and great- that we have attained as a region and as a congregation.
First, from the home of the Queen of Sheba, Lalibela, we the sisters in Ethiopia region, welcome and glorify the Lord for the person of Sister Workinesh Admasu, newly professed and newly assigned to our Region.
The pupils, sisters and staff of St. Mary’s kindergarten and primary school , Sagure, wish all our friends “melkam gena”, – Happy New Year! The children whole heartedly thank all the sisters and benefactors and their family members who made sacrifices to support them in their education. We thank you for all your support, for without you some would not have seen the four walls of a classroom and more so, benefit from Catholic education. Thus, they all voiced out their gratitude saying a mighty God bless all of you!
The Sisters working in Wonji Catholic Medium Clinic have recently uplifted the face of the clinic, answering the ardent need of the patients with the provision of a new ULTRA SOUND MACHINE which will be affordable for all their patients. We say ›Ó²=›wQ` ÃeƒM” ! Thank you to them.
In Addis, Sr Celestina Nnadi works at the Blessed Mother Teresa Friendship Center for the poor and marginalized of the area. She is seen here with some young people whose schooling was cut short for one reason or another,who are learning hair dressing. They are delighted to get the opportunity and so wish all Holy Rosary sisters and friends a happy and grace-filled new year.
Eye camp at Wonji Clinic
In Wonji we have always had patients with eye problems and when we noticed many people with Cataracts and other eye problems we decided to organize an eye camp twice a year. On 19th – 25th February this year 1080 people attended the eye camp. They came from as far as Assela, Meki and Boset.
The screening of the patients and eye surgery went on simultaneously. A total of 1,080 patients were screened and 118 were operated upon. The post-op patients were observed for 24 hours before being discharged.
“Now I can see!” Little Joseph, aged ten, rejoices that he can see again!
Ministry in Saguree: St Mary’s Nursery and Primary School
In 2015 the Holy Rosary Sisters were invited to the Vicariate of Meki, by Bishop Abraham Desta, for St Mary’s Nursery and Primary School in the village of Saguree. This is an area with few Christians; there were 4 Catholics in the church when the sisters arrived, this has now increased to 10!
Saguree is a village 25 km from its main town, Asello, in the Teff and Wheat-growing area of Ethiopia. Although there are 4 primary schools in the village, attendance is low because people find it difficult to pay the monthly school-fee of approximately €3.00 and the children are needed for farm work. However there are over 500 boys and girls on the register of St Mary’s. Generous donors in Austria contributed to the building of 16 classrooms.
Above you can see pictures of the children and staff at assembly.
Below, visit the classrooms for participative learning.
Daily life in Sagure
Sister Cellestina encourages the hair stylists, bakers, sewing graduates, and business women to make a new life for themselves.
Repair of people’s homes is another way to a new life.
Ministries in Wonji
Wonji Clinic is a source of refuge for many people: Food, and healing, especially for parents with kwashiorkor children, the handicapped, and people living with HIV and suffering from TB.
Sister Angela on food distribution day.