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Congo Vice Province

The new Leadership Team of Congo Vice- Province - August 2016-2019
The Vice Province of the DR Congo Chapter was scheduled in Goma. We thank you for the prayers for their successful Chapter.
Sr. Bimla Minj Sr. Bernadette Mwavita and Sr. Nirmala Kujur from CLT were present for the Chapter.
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The New leadership Team

Vice Provincial - Sister Esperance Hamuli First Councilor - Sister Georgette Moya Second Councilor - Sister Marie-Louise Zawadi Third Councilor - Sister Olga Ilunga Fourth Councilor - Sister Pascaline Mawazo

We congratulate and thank them for their joyful and courageous response to the call of God for the service of the Vice- Province. We wish them God’s blessings and our prayerful support as they take up their new ministry of leadership for four years. May our Founders St. Angela Merici and Father John Lambertz accompany them every day in their leadership.
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Literacy classes for Women
The South Kivu Province in the DR Congo still suffers from the effects of war. As a result of these unsettled times, the area is not peaceful.
When the Sisters in Bukavu recognized the needs of the women in the Military Camp called Camp Saio, they responded with enthusiasm
Women who live there are the wives of the soldiers and they often suffer from discrimination in the camp and in the local area. These and other conditions in the camp make it difficult for the women to earn money and have their voice heard in decisions.

At the base of this situation is a lack of ability to read and write, exposing the women to suffer from violence on many levels due to their lack of knowledge of their rights.
Before the Sisters began to give lessons, many women were not informed of their rights and how to gain them. They were simply expected to fulfill required duties.
As a result they were prevented from fully participating in the various aspects of social life.

The literacy instructions allow the solders’ wives to become aware of their situation and to understand and defend their lawful rights on many levels: social, economic, political and cultural.
After 5 years of instructing women in the Camp, our Sisters are convinced that their apostolate is worthwhile.

Fifty women started the year in the literacy, sewing and micro credit classes. Twenty students completed the year’s studies.
Many had to drop out during the year for various reasons: transfer of their husbands, lack of ability to pay for the classes and lack of a meeting space when the Catholic Church was not available.
An added factor to the low number of students is the lack of cooperation and support from the man in the camp who is responsible for the meetings.
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Elected Leadership Team of Congo Vice-Province 2013

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