" I am come so that they may have life and have it to the full. " John 10:10

Vice-Province of Congo

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Sr. Petronille explains her apostolate through photos

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On Sept 8, 2010 in an effort to put our charism into practice the Vice Province opened a Center for Literacy training and professional formation in sewing.
The center is called The Angela Merici Literacy and Sewing Center.

Thanks to a project directed by Sr. Georgette Moya and funded by CTB (Coopération Technique Belge), it was possible to build two classrooms for literacy and tailoring in Angela Merici Primary School in Kalubwe. The lofty aim of this Center is the development and self-sufficiency of young girls and mothers from Kalubwe to overcome the inability to read and write, idleness, and early unwanted pregnancies and poverty.
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To reach this goal, we guarantee a valuable formation both professional and moral to the beginners to help them to take charge of their life and to participate in the economic development of our country.
During the first three years classes were given in modules of nine months, but since 2013-14 we have been offering a shorter period of professional training. Fifty five beginners started in 2013-14, fifteen were mothers. Twenty one finished the year, the others had to drop out due to various reasons: transfer of their parents, birth of a child, the death of a guardian, or lack of money to pay the small tuition.

The following year, 2014-15, fifty nine began, among them ten were mothers. Thirty five courageously persevered to complete the year. This school year, 2015-16, fifty seven learners are enrolled: thirty four in
first year, seventeen in second year, and 6 in third year. To reach this goal, we guarantee a valuable formation both professional and moral to the beginners to help them to take charge of their life and to participate in the economic development of our country.
During the first three years classes were given in modules of nine months, but since 2013-14 we have been offering a shorter period of professional training. Fifty five beginners started in 2013-14, fifteen were mothers. Twenty one finished the year, the others had to drop out due to various reasons: transfer of their parents, birth of a child, the death of a guardian, or lack of money to pay the small tuition.

The following year, 2014-15, fifty nine began, among them ten were mothers. Thirty five courageously persevered to complete the year. This school year, 2015-16, fifty seven learners are enrolled: thirty four in
first year, seventeen in second year, and 6 in third year.
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Recognized for its fine work, the Center for Literacy and Sewing was officially recognized on August 21, 2015 by the Provincial Ministry for Social Affairs and National Solidarity. The finalists will receive a degree for their three years study. We are happy for this and thank the Lord.
At the close of the year, parents and friends are invited to visit and view the class notebooks and an exhibition of the finished work of the students in the sewing class.
The positive expressions of gratitude encourage us to continue moving forward in this endeavor.
As one of the four coordinators of the Center for Literacy and Sewing
program, I can say that we are convinced that we are serving a present need keeping in mind our charism of education of women in a broad sense.
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We will continue our campaign against illiteracy and unemployment which are far from being eradicated in our country.
Sisters Adolphine Mukekwa, Stéphanie Mukanya and Pascasie Furaha all served as directors for a period of time during the first three years of the Center.
Sr. Petronille Chibelushi
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I am happy and pleased to visit and admire the literacy formation and sewing lessons which are being given here in the Centre Angela Merici”
Bishop Floribert Songasong, Retired Archbishop of Lubumbashi
"The Social Supervisor of the city of Lubumbashi congratulates and encourages those responsible for this Center of formation of young girls who do not know how to read and write.
May God bless what you are doing for these girls.”
Mr. Lukunku wa Kitenge Inspecteur Social Urbain.
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The Angela Merici Literacy and Sewing Center

Students receive formation both professional and moral.
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Home economics classes include food preparation.

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Sewing lessons include making artistic home decorations.
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Basic sewing lessons are part of the program in the Center.

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Sr. Petronille pictured with three students showing their finely tailored dresses.

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" We come so that they may have life and have it to the full “