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: Adopt-a-Nun, Africa, CARITAS, Education in Africa, global relationships, Uganda, Haiti, Dominican Republic, 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, CARITAS, Catholic Identity, Catholic Child Sponsorship, Child Sponsorship, Education in Africa, global relationships, faithbound, 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, Uganda-St. Anthony, global relationships, CARITAS, Child Sponsorship, Catholic 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, global relationships, local impact, faithbound

A Sweet Treat in Uganda

Posted by Jennifer Ostrowski on Nov 14, 2015 4:07:00 PM

During my internship in Uganda, I'm rooming at the CARITAS Learning Center on the same campus as the Stella Maris Primary and Secondary Boarding Schools. I'm fortunate to have Teddy prepare meals during my stay here.

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Topics: Africa

Child Sponsorship Programs Celebrate Feast of Corpus Christi

Posted by Jennifer Ostrowski on Nov 14, 2015 3:17:20 PM

On Sunday, June 7th, Teddy and I attended Mass at the Stella Maris campus church for the celebration of the Feast of Corpus Christi [The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ].

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Topics: Africa

What You Should Know if You Sponsor a Child

Posted by Staff Writer on Nov 5, 2015 4:09:00 PM

"The sponsors should know that what they are doing – it is not just a one-time sponsorship, but it is a lifelong relationship, [by] which they themselves are transforming those individuals into becoming human persons that they never would have been." That's the message Mother Anne Nasimyu, superior of the Little Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, said she would like to convey to every CARITAS sponsor.

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Topics: Africa

On the Road to Nkokonjeru with Child Sponsorship Programs' Founder

Posted by Christopher T. Hoar on Oct 20, 2015 3:37:00 PM

After 20 hours of combined air travel to reach Uganda’s capital city of Kampala from the US, I am finally back on a familiar country road heading to the east toward the town of Nkokonjeru. A feeling of joy grows in me, anticipating the time ahead to be back with friends, our children, sisters and many I have come to know and love over the past 13 years.

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Topics: Africa

Clean Drinking Water for Nkokonjeru

Posted by Staff Writer on Oct 9, 2015 1:45:00 PM

"Why is he missing school all the time?" The answer Sr. Carolyne, Program Coordinator in Uganda, gave to that question created an awareness about risks to the health of the boys and girls in CARITAS' child sponsorship programs in Nkokonjeru due to waterborne illnesses. 
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Topics: Africa

Sponsor a Child: CARITAS Teens Give Back

Posted by Jennifer Ostrowski on Oct 5, 2015 3:35:00 PM

This past Saturday afternoon, the CARITAS students who attend St. Peter Secondary School met at the Nkokonjeru Parish to help clean up the church and the grounds. Tasks included scrubbing the church floors, weeding along the church steps and weeding, raking and hoeing the parish yard. The activities occurred just in time to spruce up the parish for the Feast of Corpus Christi on Sunday, June 7th.

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Topics: Africa