Zambia

ZAMBIA

Zambia

Holy Rosary Sisters in Zambia

The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts of all those who encounter Jesus. A joy ever new. A joy that is shared.” Pope Francis

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Regional headquarters: Holy Rosary Sisters, 9a Kaleya Road, Lusaka, Zambia.
Regional leader: Sister Maria Ogueji. Phone: 00260 976 447 415 Email: mshrzam@gmail.com
Vocation directress: Sister Anthonia Nnaike. Phone: 00260 978 792 090 Email: toniannaike@gmail.com

Zambia

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“The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts of all those who follow Christ.  A joy ever new, a joy that is shared.” Pope Francis.

About us: The Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary, founded by Irish Missionary Bishop Joseph Shanahan in 1924, established its branch in Zambia in 1963, just a year before Zambia gained its independence. The golden jubilee of this establishment was celebrated in 2013.

The first group of sisters to arrive in Zambia engaged in Health care, Education and Development ministries. As time went on other ministries were added.

The aim of our ministries is to reach out to the poor and marginalized. Therefore we venture into very remote areas where people lack basic necessities and formal education. Our service to the poor hinges on the principle: “help the poor to help themselves.” Holding on to this principle with the generosity of good-willed people over the years, the Holy Rosary Sisters have lifted many out of poverty to a more dignified life.

Our Vision: A just society with human rights for all, in a healthy sustainable environment.

Our Ministries: Education, Health care, Human/Rural development, Pastoral, HIV/AIDS awareness and care,Family ministry and resettlement of landless people.
Our convents are in Lusaka, Chipapa, Monze and Zimba. We work in the Dioceses of Monze,  Kabwe, and the archdiocese of Lusaka.

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Final Profession of Sister Samba Sakungo

The 29th April 2017 was the celebration day. It was a day filled with so much joy and excitement as the Holy Rosary Sisters, friends, parishioners and well-wishers gathered in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Choma, Zambia, to celebrate with Sr. Samba Sakungo on her final vows. This was a historic day in Choma. The church was beautifully decorated by the Women’s League. What a gathering – the whole church was filled with people of good will. The big attendance showed how important Sr. Samba Sakungo and the Holy Rosary Sisters are as a Region in Zambia.
Sr. Samba’s family presented her to the Lord and handed her over to Sr. MariaOgueji, the Regional Leader. The Bishop in his homily emphasized the theme of Vocation. He thanked God for the gift of Sr. Samba Sakungo for joining the Religious life. He also emphasized the need to help the poor people around us, and to recognize and listen to the needs of the poor in the society at large. He thanked the Holy Rosary Sisters for their great work in the diocese.

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The Joy of Easter; Joy in sharing. By Ada Adibe.
“There is inner joy and freedom even in difficulties when you come to God and worship him as you are and in sincerity, not the way people want you to. This is what the people of Chalala in Mpande have shown in their ardent quest for God. Mpande is a village in Kafue district in Lusaka Zambia. About fifteen kilometers to the tarmac. In November 2015, the Government relocated these people from where they were living to the “middle of nowhere” in Mpande; no water, no electricity, no school for the children not to talk of nearby market or shops to buy things. They set up their tents and kept on waiting for the Government who promised to allocate land to them so that they can put up permanent buildings. But since that November 2015, the Government has not stepped her feet there. Despite this, the Catholic faithful there had put up a temporary Church where they gather together to worship God. Some of them trek up to six kilometers to attend Mass.”

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   Holy Rosary Development Centre, Chipapa

Skills training school, offering courses in tailoring, catering, and food production to young boys and girls, many of them orphans or people who have dropped out of school. Recently we extended the kitchen for the school of catering, funded by Porticus.  Touch Ireland is helping to extend the space of the Tailoring Department.  This has enabled us to meet the demands of the National Accrediting body, as the number of students continues to increase.   
Training is also given in conservation methods of agriculture and dairy farming, offering skills to households.

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Sister Catherine Oguono with trainees on the farm

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Trainees with the cows

 

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Zimba Centre for Rural and Youth Development


Established to empower youth in rural areas for self-sustainability. The Centre gives training in brick-laying, carpentry, tailoring, IT, and agriculture. Hundreds of youth have benefitted from the project.

        Recently we have been able to extend the catering and agriculture departments to include fish ponds, rabbit rearing, and pigs.  We encourage the planting of Moringa  trees for their multiple uses and economic value.

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Orphans and Widows Development and Empowerment Club (OWDEC)

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Sister Chizo spearheaded the project

In the Ngombe shanty town in Lusaka thousands of people live in overcrowded conditions with no access to sanitation or water. They had come from rural areas seeking a better life but instead found misery.When Sister Chizo Chiedu began to gather them together to hear their stories, the common theme was, they wanted land where they could grow their own food, and they wanted a clean environment. The problem was, how to get land.
When after much searching they at last got land, 26 families were able to move to a new settlement about an hour and a half from Lusaka. (See more:Global Sisters Report.org “Create a Farm, Anchor a Community”)

 

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Courageous people take the huge step: Relocate.

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A journey into the unknown

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 “This is where the clinic will be.”                           The nursery of future crops.

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Moringa tree plantation.                                      And the first maize harvest.

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Chipapa: – A Testimony


In 2014 students from St Gerard’s Secondary School, Bray, Co Wicklow, Ireland, visited Zambia as part of their R.E. and Social Outreach Programme. They visited projects in Lusaka, Ndola, Kitwe, Sables and others, run by various missions and NGO’s. Katie Murphy, their scribe with the sparkling pen, describes their visit to Chipapa: “Our next trip was to the Holy Rosary Sisters Project, we were greeted by the nuns who run the project who were the most hospitable people I have ever met! They gave us a tour of the project which includes a cotton farm, livestock farm, bee-keeping, and a school. The moment when we made a donation to the head nun is one I will never forget. She made the most empowering inspirational speech overflowing with gratitude and raw compassion which moved us all.”

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With Sister Catherine Oguonu, the “head nun.”

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Visiting students helping out

Bishop Shanahan
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