The 4th Islamo-Christian Marian Day in the Basilica of Our Lady of Africa in Algiers highlighted « Woman, the driving force of Africa ». In the context of the 150th anniversary of their founding the White Sisters were in the spotlight because of their participation in two round table discussions, one of them animated by Zawadi Barungu. The three women speakers and three MSOLA , spoke of their professional life: Chantal Vankalck spoke about the Houses of Study in North Africa, Elisabeth Herkommer about traditional Berber embroidery patterns, and myself about the integral formation which women receive at the library in Oran. I shared the experience of these last years… Read more.
Pierrette Pelletier invited Mrs. Sokhna Astou Niane Diop to give a presentation on May 19th about the luminous dimensions of Islam to the JPIC-ED animators and all the Sisters of Montreal who could attend. Pierrette presented Astou to the group: « You are in a convent of Sisters, a sort of zaouia, a large religious confraternity.
Astou engages in dialogue with Christian and Muslim feminists at Maria’M, a group of university students who meet in Montreal. She belongs to the Sufi Mouride confraternity of Senegal, whose holy city is Touba (the second Mecca which receives 3 million visitors each year). Read more.
The International Day of Street Children was celebrated in Tamale for the first time, thanks to the initiative of the Centre for Development and Policy Advocacy (CEDEPA) supported by ADAMFO Ghana and with the collaboration of some religious institutions. To mark this celebration, a forum was organized for those committed to this cause. Sr. Sabine Dakouo participated.
The Forum, which had as theme “Commit to equality for street children”, aimed at analysing the existing strategies… Read more.
The Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa in Spain are committed mainly in two of the Apostolic Orientations: the fight against Human Trafficking and the Migrants and Refugees, as well as with those in the margins of society.
In the fight against human trafficking, Begoña Iñarra volunteers in a Security Home of the Adorers for victims of human trafficking and is a member of the Inter-ecclesial group against Human Trafficking composed of ecclesial institutions, religious congregations and catholic organizations working against human trafficking… s…Read more.
The MSOLA JPIC-ED group in Canada met three times during the 2018-2019 school year. The themes – the G7, Immigration and Islam for Encounter and Dialogue – generated a lot of interest among the delegates. Everyone appreciated the resource persons invited in February and May; this is part of on-going formation. In May all the MSOLA were invited to the conference on « the luminous dimensions of Islam ». Many responded, a sign of real interest in this subject. Read more.
In Barcelona, I discovered holistic “arqromerterapy”, a non-aggressive therapy to discover and treat diseases through kinesiological testing and the use of archetypes. Its founder, Dr. Jaume Feliu (naturist), heals with: plants (herbal medicine) and other techniques that yesterday and today are at the service of humanity. He gave me his know-how to be, to do and to transmit that I use at the Kapokier Center in Deli (Chad).
In our current world disrupted by climate change, the arqromerterapie respects the creation and solves problems such as allergies and emotional imbalance so prevalent today. Read more.
An intensification of the systematic expulsion of migrants has resulted in the absence of some faithful participants in the Reading Club at the Library on the fourth Thursday of each month.
One Togolese man who has been with us for 2 years was expelled in January. As for those who are still with us, moving around town is dangerous because they risk being arrested and brought to the border with Niger. Read more.
In February Celina Natanek, animator of the islamo-christian group, organized a showing of the film « Of gods and men » followed by a discussion. This was a follow-up of the group discussion about the beatification of the martyrs of Algeria in December 2018. Lucy Nabweteme also participated. Read more.
At the last meeting of the library Reading Club, we chose the theme of ecology and the safeguard of creation. We were inspired by Pierre Rabhi (of Algerian origin), one of the greatest « human consciences » in the world on these issues. A long time ago, as a simple farmer, he became involved in agriculture that respects the biosphere. He lives « happy sobriety » about which he has published a book. Read more.
At the end October 2018, a smiling and eager staff and a festive atmosphere awaited us at the Centre for Migrants and Refugees in Ottawa. There were about 60 of us, men, women and children. All of a sudden each one turned into an animator and we all became the true animators of the evening. On the tables the pumpkins seemed to dance to the rhythm of the music, eager to receive a new face, an identity. Everyone got busy with a lot of enthusiasm, cutting out the key areas of the big orange balls which willingly let themselves be shaped under the more or less agile hands of the children… Read plus.
On the occasion of the feast of St Josephine Bakhita, 8th February 2019, the Lavigerie community of Karlsruhe, Germany organized an evening of awareness raising about human trafficking, in collaboration with « Justice Project », a local NGO.
Weeks before, we had distributed posters in the parishes, universities and public areas… Read more.
Commitment against human trafficking
Begoña participates in the Inter-ecclesial group against trafficking composed of ecclesial institutions: Bishops’ Conferences, J&P, Conferences of Religious and congregations that work against trafficking. The group’s objective is to sensitize ecclesial institutions, as well as members of the Church and of society… Read more.
Tunisia is facing problems of migration more than ever before. Speciosa Mukagatare must often travel south to Sfax to arrange housing for those who cross the border with Libya.
A conference, where Speciosa was in charge of the logistics, brought together in Tunis Caritas agents from the Sahel and Mediterranean regions (Algeria, Ivory Coast, Spain, France, Italy Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Tunisia) who are involved in international mobility . Read more.
Jacqueline Picard a assisté au lancement de la ligne d’urgence pancanadienne contre la traite des personnes. Mme Barbara Gosse, PDG du Canadian Center to end human trafficking (CCEHT) a donné un exposé sur le lancement de cette ligne pour dénoncer la traite des personnes et offrir des suggestions de collaboration entre les services communautaires, les forces de l’ordre et le CCEHT. Read more.
Sabine participated in the annual national session for JPIC coordinators of the religious congregations of women and men in Ghana. For 3 days the participants shared their JPC activities of the year which were carried out together as a sector. Each of the two sectors, North and South, presented their plan of action for the coming year. Read more.
I am part of the Advocacy Committee against Youth Migration and Trafficking in Northern Ghana, which encourages and supports communities in their efforts to reduce the number of young people heading south. To continue the work done last May during the advocacy campaign of the Conference of Major Superiors we have revisited the three village communities where migration of young people to the south is the biggest.… Read more
On Christmas day, Archbishop Paul Ouedraogo of Bobo Dioulasso, came to celebrate the Eucharist at the prison, much to the delight of all the Catholic prisoners and those who accompany them every week. Muslim and Protestant communities were invited to participate in our celebration.
For me it was a real Christmas celebration with the little and forgotten ones.… Read more
For some years I have belonged to the group of volunteers at the Jiménez Diaz Foundation, one of the social security hospitals of Madrid. Our job is to visit patients in their rooms on different floors according to their medical condition. I find that my fellow volunteers have great human qualities, because they have the vocation and love for the sick, as well as great discretion and delicacy…. Read more.
As part of « Welcome to Villeurbanne »,the theme for the year in the city of Villeurbanne (Lyon), the local elected officials together with the Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities organized an encounter and sharing in the Community Life Cutural Center on the afternoon of November 25th. Almost 500 people including numerous families and children eagerly attended.
« Welcoming our religious traditions » was presented by the young Rabbi of the Keren Or synagogue, by Fr. Damien Guyot (pastor of our parish) and by the imam… Read more…
On my arrival in Madrid in September, I began looking for a commitment to fight against human trafficking. I already knew the Sisters Adoratrices and their « Project Hope » which accompanies women victims of trafficking in their reconstruction and their integration into the society where they live. The Sisters invited me to collaborate with them in the shelter they run for women in the first stages of their journey. I spend the night there once a week. There are women of every nationality and continent. At present most are Africans. We spend a good time together preparing the supper we will share and then doing the dishes and cleaning up. … Lire la suite
I am in my 7th year at the Association of the Fields of Boaz, which welcomes and accompanies single women seeking asylum in France. At the beginning of the year I received a text message from one of them: « Thank you for giving us hope and for believing in life. I am grateful to you. Thank you to God for the grace He has given me to cross your path and for His light in you which enlightens everyone who approaches you…Lire la suite
Ever since the foundation of the « Karibu » Association for the welcome of African migrants in Madrid, the MSOLA have been committed to it. Celsa Jimeno was one of the first volunteers and she collaborated there for years, until her death. She knew the Africans who passed through the Center and many had become her friends. Gradually, other Sisters who returned to Spain definitively or who spent time in Madrid, followed her example. Currently 4 MSOLA are collaborating there. … Lire la suite
In my commitment against human trafficking, I see the importance of beginning by raising peoples’ awareness. Sessions to make this reality known are the means used by the team of Talitha Kum Burkina. In November Sr Yvonne (Good Shepherd Sister) and myself animated a workshop on human trafficking. On December 3rd we gave a session in Banfora to raise awareness about human trafficking. … Lire la suite
The day after Christmas we welcomed 22 women, including 4 younger ones, around the lit Christmas tree. It was an encounter full of joy and the witness of friendship. At the moment of introductions, we recalled the names of the Sisters at the origin of this friendship. This was a strong link between the present and the past. Among others : Marguerite Tortel (RIP), Maria Peral Del Pozo (Maruja), Danuta Kmieciak, Valérie Kabore, Beatrice Wêndpouiré,… Lire la suite
Development and Peace, the Catholic organisation in Quebec for promoting development, invited us to participate in the « Share the Way » campaign so as to help us experience through role-playing what migrants, who are forced to leave their countries and endure unbearable situations, must go through…… Lire la suite
Kordula Weber shares with us: At Karlsruhe Central Station with Caritas (Catholic) and Diaconia (Protestant), I accompany asylum seekers who are transferred to other parts of Germany. I explain to them in French, English or Arabic, the way by train … Lire la suite
I give a service of a few hours in the Senior Centre where 18 of our sisters are cared for almost every afternoon. Every week for the last two years I have accompanied, with all that this implies, a young … Lire la suite
In recent years the population of Mbobero located 15 km from Bukavu, suffers from the injustice of those in power. More than 300 families have been dislodged and their houses destroyed … Today these families are housed by other families … Lire la suite
On the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita we celebrated the World Day of Trafficking in Human Beings. In the parish during the three Masses and in four sub-parishes, after the prayer, there was a sharing and a short talk in … Lire la suite
Peace Education Maite Oiartzun animates peace education clubs in 3 secondary schools in Gitega, together with a team of lay people: two professors, the head of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Diocese, a woman lawyer and a young … Lire la suite
One of my first concerns when I came to the Ottawa community was to get involved in helping in one way or the other the refugees arriving continually in our country and at the Centre. I knew I would meet … Lire la suite
Discovering nature in Nouakchott In April, the community of Nouakchott welcomed 40 children from the Coeurs vaillants-Ames vaillantes (CVAV) movement of our parish. The purpose of the meeting was to make children aware of the nature that surrounds us, of … Lire la suite
May 16-20 Maggie and Anna attended an advocacy workshop in Tamale, on the migration of girls from northern Ghana to the south, on human trafficking and on child marriage. This advocacy learning was the initiative of the Africa Faith and … Lire la suite
The South C community has decided to learn more about the reality of human trafficking in order to commit ourselves to fighting it. I belong to the RAHT group (Religious against Human Trafficking) which meets every month. It is still … Lire la suite
In April Maggie Kibola and Anna Nduku participated in a 2-day session on building JPIC strengths and on the scourge of modern slavery and human trafficking. The session was organized by the Missionaries of Africa, to mark the 150th anniversary … Lire la suite
Malindi, a town in Kenya’s coast is recognized as the city with the highest percentage of child abuse, and sex toursm in kenya. An unfortunate dominance!!! In the Pope Francis Reception and Rescue Centre for children in Malindi, which welcomes victims of sexual abuse and trafficking, the MSOLA have a community, whose mission is to offer a comprehensive approach to vulnerable children exposed to sexual abuse, so that they can get back on their feet… Currently they are three Sisters … Read more .
By Gerda Slaghekke, MSOLA (Boxtel, the Netherlands)
In our Care Home, the World House in Boxtel, Netherlands, greatly value the respect and appreciation for everybody’s culture and tradition. Often on Sundays we have lively cultural demonstrations. We had a Turkish feast … Read more
By Domenica Ciliberti, London community (UK) As my personal participation on the occasion of the 150 MAfr/MSOLA Jubilee, I considered helping the refugees in Calais (France).
Fr Johannes, a Benedictine offered me accommodation. The project offers spiritual and material support to The project offers spiritual and material support to 20 male Eritrean refugees. … Read more
By Simone Dislaire, Evere Green (Brussels – Belgium)
Since the beginning of 2016, I became a volunteer in a solidarity grocery store. We welcome people sent by the social services, who come to buy food and household products at very low prices… Read more
By Jacqueline Picard (Ottawa, Canada)
At the last meeting of JPIC-RD animators from Canada, Jacqueline Picard prepared an excellent presentation with photos and comments on the Colwod project, initiated by Sister Connie Gemme in Tamale, Ghana. Connie seeing the plight of many women reduced to poverty, set up Colwod Center (Collaboration with Women in Distress). After Connie’s departure, Jacqueline took over and ran the centre for eleven years. … Read more
In octobre 1985 in Mombasa, Lea Ackerman (MSOLA) a started SOLWODI (SOLidarity with WOmen in DIstress), to help women defend their rights in Kenya. Lea tells us about her work.Speaking with women and girls from Mombasa, I realized that poverty was at the root of their prostitution. Read more.
Prepared by the MSOLA and MAfr. JPIC-RD coordinators, the MSOLA were invited to live it in community and if possible with MAfr. We present what has been done and communicated in different communities. Download the Recollection.
We present what has been done and communicated in different communities. At Rome (Italy) The community lived the … Read more
Neunkirchen Community By Heidi Arnegger Last year Hildegard Nagel explained to us that our JPIC-RD commitment has to take place in our own community, as only few of us can go out because of physical and mental handicaps. So this … Read more
In the interreligious meetings of these last months, I perceive a thirst for God, a desire to know each other better, and especially a will to do together actions of solidarity.
As member of the Gabriel Judeo-Muslim-Christian sharing group, which meets every month, we often go together to interreligious meetings. Thus, two ladies and I participated at the interreligious conference « prayer: ascetic way, path of joy » where three prayerful persons of different religions testified about what prayer is for them. … Read more
By Sr. Corrie Vork (Boxtel, the Netherlands) .
When I came back to the Netherlands after a long period in Africa, I wanted to do something useful. In a nearby village I found Zorgboerderij (caring farm), a day centre for people with dementia. They do farm activities and are taken care of by professionals and volunteers. Many of the clients are old farmers.
I was the leader of the group cleaning vegetables and potatoes for lunch… Read more
The look of an animator By Angela Kapitingana (Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina).
I had the opportunity of preparing and animating a session on Trafficking of persons, for the Justice and Peace religious animators that took place in Koudougou. It was encouraging to see the change in mentality and attitude towards victims of trafficking. Yes, we are all concerned and we need to collaborate to end this scourge…Read more
By Hélène Kavula (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso) .
I live my JPIC-RD mission in my internships at the health centres and at hospital. During the time I am on duty I meet many people, but I am particularly attentive to girls and am concerned about helping them to express their distress. Often, it’s the lack of money to pay for the consultation or to buy drugs which worries them… but sometimes there are more serious problems… Read more
By Hélène Mbuyamba, (Bukavu, R.D. Congo) The celebration of the 2018 Women’s Day in Bukavu raised an important question … “How can we celebrate with joy when the reality is that women endure so much suffering on a daily basis, … Read more
An elderly French lady had come with a group of tourists to visit Algeria. On the day of her arrival in Ghardaïa she fell in the hotel and broke her hip. Poor lady…she remained on her bed in the hospital. Zawadi was asked to come and rescue her, to speak to her in French… Read more.
This month the meeting of the Reading Club at our library in Oran was on migration. We took care to invite sub-Saharan migrants who have lived in Algeria for many years, to allow for an exchange close to reality. Our reflection and discussion were not limited solely to the current migration in Algeria of the Sub-Saharans, but also to the world and the history of Algerian migrations to various horizons, especially after independence. Read more.
« We are glad that there is someone who can visit these prisoners; you can count on us » said to Mari Angeles the director of Laghouat prison, when she went there to get to know the place. The joyful reception received from the staff and especially from the director of this large modern prison buried in the desert of Laghouat has edified and encouraged her to go twice a month despite the distance. Read more.