Global Outreach

Love answers the prayer of a Catholic Sister to serve others through nursing...

Posted by Staff Writer on Aug 25, 2017 2:59:58 PM

 As a Sister, the mission of my vocation is to reach out with compassion to the marginalized of society in the spirit of St. Francis, our core founder. We strive to reach many parts of Africa with limited resources; the uneducated, the oppressed and the less privileged.

Our calling, which empowers us with the knowledge and skills to better serve within the community we live, includes: nursing, education, and social work and is always imbued with our Francican spirituality . I am a registered midwife with great passion for mothers and children. It’s always my joy to see them thriving.

In Africa, women have always been neglected. Women are not allowed to own property, can’t seek leadership roles, and are even denied some basic foodstuffs. Because of a lack of education, girls are often forced to marry at an early age. As their bones are not fully ossified they end up with child birth complications like fistulas, obstructed labor, hemorrhage or even death. Those young mothers, a key component to the continuity of life in Africa, need to be handled with great care by a skilled person, especially during delivery.

As religious we serve in remote, doctor-free, areas where often the only assistance available are nursing assistants with limited knowledge.

The challenge I faced as a midwife was finding people with varied conditions that would turn up at the health center seeking more medical attention than I was qualified to provide. That challenge inspired me to expand my training for wider areas as a nurse. Training to manage different medical and surgical conditions would allow me to provide better health care for those seeking varieties of medical attention. 

My dreams came to reality when I was able to pursue a bachelor’s level nursing degree, which includes four years of clinical practice studies and a one year internship.

Nursing is a noble and interesting profession that requires a broad mind, critical thinking, total dedication and sacrifice. Thus far, I have completed two years of studies, and the resulting experience has been of immense value at school and at clinical practice sites. My studies have included general nursing, first aid, guidance and counseling, improved communication skills, and various medical and surgical conditions and their management.

I believe a nursing degree and my midwifery skills will greatly benefit any community where I am sent to serve in my role, both as a Nurse Practitioner and a religious sister. I’ll be able to take care of the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of many different people for God’s greater glory and honor. 


My special thanks go to my congregation for connecting me with CARITAS For Children to further my education. Thanks be to God for His call for us to be set apart to serve His people in different ways in His vineyard. I feel privileged to have had such a golden opportunity. God’s blessings be upon our visionary leaders and all our supporting congregational members.

Thanks to CARITAS for the unique works of love and care of God’s people. CARITAS, you have touched so many lives, far and near, and restored hope by providing them a future. I am extremely happy and grateful to God to be part of the CARITAS family of beneficiaries. May peace, love, unity and prosperity reign upon the entire CARITAS family and bless all the its collaborators throughout the world.  Long live CARITAS For Children. 


To Michael my dear sponsor and father, I have no better words of thanking you, nothing to give back, apart from my hard work, making you feel proud, and my prayers for you for God’s protection and guidance. You have a special passion and attribution for nurses and their work. It’s from this view you sacrificed your assets to educate a nurse and a sister. You are such a loving, caring and generous person to enable me to realize my goals, dreams and God’s plan for me. Thanks for your thoughtfulness and kindness of heart through CARITAS to ensure I am comfortable at school and many different clinical practice sites. It’s in giving we receive and God loves a cheerful giver. May He reward you abundantly for your generosity of heart and grant you good health of mind, body and soul. It’s my prayer that God inspires more people like you so more young people can seek knowledge, to become supported to achieve their goals and careers in life through CARITAS, empowering them with skills of service to Gods people. 


Finally, my special thanks to Mr. Chris, such a hardworking and dedicated person. Thanks for being a loving and caring father. Thanks for the coordination and collaboration with Michael, helping make everything run smoothly. You are always there for me to speak my mind, even when I feel I have nothing to say. Thanks for your total commitment in serving God’s people in CARITAS for His needy children.  There is joy in service, may God grant you His fulfillment here on earth and in the life to come.

Sr. Beth...with His love.

 

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Topics: Africa, global relationships, Dominican Republic, Haiti, CARITAS, Education in Africa, Uganda, Adopt-a-Nun, Missionary

All it takes is willingness...

Posted by Staff Writer on Jul 25, 2017 1:17:01 PM

Feed My Lambs, Peter 4:10

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Topics: Africa, faithbound, global relationships, Catholic Identity, CARITAS, Catholic Child Sponsorship, Child Sponsorship, Education in Africa, global outreach

THE KIDS are back in School Uganda!

Posted by Staff Writer on Jun 29, 2017 8:38:16 PM

Dear Caritas Friends and Sponsors,  

It gives us great pleasure to share a message we received this week (see below) from our Chief Coordinator and Technical Director in Uganda, which confirms all school funding for the Second Term is in place and all of our sponsored children are in school!

From: kkonde joseph  
Sent: Monday, June 26, 2017 2:14 PM
To: Chris Hoar <cthoar@caritas.us>
Subject: The funding for Second Term has arrived and the children are happy in school....thank you... 

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Topics: Africa, global relationships, Uganda-St. Anthony, CARITAS, Catholic Child Sponsorship, Child Sponsorship, Education in Africa, Boarding Schools, Nsuube

Little Angels; a light in the darkness

Posted by Staff Writer on Apr 13, 2017 4:37:54 PM

It’s another muggy predawn on the equator, as children young as six trudge miles down the dusty dirt roads from their local villages and mud huts to the Central Region Ugandan municipality of Nkokonjeru.

The children make this daily trek so they can attend one of the schools in town. Even discounting the trucks and mini-buses flying by in the pitch dark, it’s still a major challenge.

 A large number of children, orphaned by HIV/AIDS, are cared for by relatives, straining family budgets past the breaking point.

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Topics: Africa, faithbound, global relationships, local impact

Why Africa?

Posted by Madeleine Richey on Dec 27, 2016 8:39:00 AM

Former missioner Madeleine Richey is returning to Nkokonjeru, Uganda, where she served for a semester in 2014. While there for ten days she is building a protected spring well with the help of her community in Fort Wayne, and her Ugandan family. Madeleine is no longer working for CARITAS For Children, but is working in partnership with them to share stories from Uganda.

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DR Child Sponsorship Programs and Sister Josefina

Posted by Farron Horton on Nov 8, 2016 3:47:00 PM

I made the five-hour bus ride from Port au Prince to the Azua province in the Dominican Republic so I could meet Sister Josefina Acevedo Marmolejos and the girls in her care. Sister Josefina is a member of the Carmelite Sisters of the Teresas of Saint Joseph and the director of the Hogar Teresa Toda, a residence for girls and a refuge from extreme poverty or an unsafe home environment. When you choose to sponsor a child through CARITAS’ Dominican child sponsorship programs, you are giving a girl, living at the Hogar, the chance for a better life and an education.

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Side Trip During My Internship in Uganda

Posted by Sydney Olson on Nov 3, 2016 12:56:35 PM

Uganda is Africa’s leading coffee exporter and ranked seventh among worldwide exporters in 2015. Coffee is Uganda’s top-earning export crop. During my internship in Uganda with CARITAS’ child sponsorship programs this fall, I have found some time on the weekends to travel. Recently I was able to visit Mount Elgon on Uganda’s eastern border to tour the only certified organic coffee farms in Uganda.

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Empowering Girls in Child Sponsorship Programs

Posted by Sydney Olson on Nov 1, 2016 3:40:56 PM

Sister Carolyne, who coordinates CARITAS’ child sponsorship programs in Nkokonjeru, Uganda noticed a problem. In her role attending to the needs of sponsored children she became aware that some of the girls who attended day school were missing school and it was entirely preventable.

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Starting a School in Uganda

Posted by Sydney Olson on Oct 27, 2016 2:11:43 PM

Recently I was able to meet with Margaret Nakirigya, the founder and director of Little Angel’s Catholic Nursery and Primary School, which is one of the schools participating in CARITAS’ child sponsorship programs. Little Angels is affiliated with the Nkokonjeru Parish church, Queen of Apostles. Around 30 students are able to attend Little Angels thanks to their CARITAS sponsors.

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From Child Sponsorship Beneficiary to University Student

Posted by Sydney Olson on Oct 25, 2016 12:02:43 PM

Six young women who have come up through CARITAS’ Uganda child sponsorship programs started their first year at Kyambogo University just outside of Kampala this fall. They are fortunate to have their sponsors continued support of their education. Spending my fall semester as an intern with CARITAS through my own university in the states, I was eager to get more information about what university life is like in Uganda and talk to some of my peers!

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Love answers the prayer of a Catholic Sister to serve others through nursing...

 As a Sister, the mission of my vocation is to reach out with compassion to the marginalized of society in the spirit of St. Francis, our core founder. We strive to reach many parts of Africa...Read more

All it takes is willingness...

Feed My Lambs, Peter 4:10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.  Many of us volunteer in our Parishes, helping out in a variety of...Read more

THE KIDS are back in School Uganda!

Dear Caritas Friends and Sponsors,   It gives us great pleasure to share a message we received this week (see below) from our Chief Coordinator and Technical Director in Uganda, which...Read more

Little Angels; a light in the darkness

It’s another muggy predawn on the equator, as children young as six trudge miles down the dusty dirt roads from their local villages and mud huts to the Central Region Ugandan municipality of...Read more

Why Africa?

Former missioner Madeleine Richey is returning to Nkokonjeru, Uganda, where she served for a semester in 2014. While there for ten days she is building a protected spring well with the help of her...Read more

Local Impact

What Followed When I Chose to Sponsor a Child

I would like to share with you some of the wonderful correspondence I’ve had with the little girl I sponsor who lives in Uganda. Her name is Noeline and we have been writing back and forth for the...Read more

Teaching Children Values through Child Sponsorship Programs

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Faith Bound

Promises of the New Year

There is an animal here that cries late at night. A haunting sound I used to think was almost human. I lie in bed listening to all the sounds I have found nowhere else. They sound so wild, so unlike...Read more

Legacy of St. Francis Inspires Child Sponsorship Programs

Today is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to visit Assisi and see the sites where St. Francis of Assisi began the Franciscan order. While it was a joy...Read more

Love answers the prayer of a Catholic Sister to serve others through nursing...

 As a Sister, the mission of my vocation is to reach out with compassion to the marginalized of society in the spirit of St. Francis, our core founder. We strive to reach many parts of Africa...Read more

All it takes is willingness...

Feed My Lambs, Peter 4:10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.  Many of us volunteer in our Parishes, helping out in a variety of...Read more