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April Solidarity with Southern Sudan

Sr Katherine Mary O’Flynn visits  the FCJ sisters in  Malakal, Southern Sudan

The FCJ Society has committed both personnel and financial support to the ‘Solidarity with Southern Sudan Project’ , an initiative of the UISG (Union of International Superiors General).

In April, after working with the Sisters of the Assumption in Eldoret, Kenya, Sr Katherine Mary O’Flynn fcJ, General Superior, travelled to Malakal in Southern Sudan to visit the FCJ sisters, Betty Ryan and Margaret Sheehan, who are missioned to this collaborative venture.

Katherine Mary fcJ in Malakal with Betty and Margaret fcJ.

Betty and Margaret are both involved in the Educational Project, (a 4-Year In-Service leading to a Primary Teachers’ Certificate) which will soon begin in Malakal. They have been working with others in the Project to prepare the teaching modules. The trainee teachers are very keen to improve their teaching skills and increase their knowledge as they had few opportunities for this during the years of civil war. Once this time of “In-service” is over, the sisters will monitor the trainee teachers in their schools.

Betty and Margaret with some of the Student Teachers.

In Wau, another group of religious are preparing to set up a Heath Training Institute for Nurses and in Rimenze work has started in setting up satellite Teacher Training Programmes. All of these UISG projects are being developed in collaboration with the local Church. Currently, the two fcJ sisters and two sisters from other congregations are living in accommodation owned by the Diocese. Hopefully before long they will be able to move into a purpose built house which will offer much more space. Margaret fcJ has done amazing work in supervising this new building and in coping with the many difficulties which have arisen.

Betty has been appointed “house co-ordinator” by the group and Margaret is the house bursar. Although Malakal is on the White Nile, it is a very dry and infertile area and there seems to be little tradition of crop cultivation. There is little variety of food available and some of it is quite expensive. The people hope that the present peace settlement allowing Southern Sudan to become a “semiautonomous country,” will hold.

One can only admire our sisters and their companions in the Solidarity with Southern Sudan Project as one witnesses their service of these people who have so little, many of whom have known the horrors of war and displacement over the years.

Refugee areas in Malakal.

This collaborative project offers much hope but also needs prayerful support.

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           por todos los medios a su alcance…     (Marie Madeleine)