I went to Nairobi in January at the invitation of Sr. Jane Wakahiu, the Executive Director of ASEC and the SLDI program. Sr. Jane arranged time for me to speak to the group of leaders of member countries of ASEC and with each of the SLDI directors in each of the 8 countries.
When I began planning my trip to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Daopong, Togo and Praia, Cape Verde, people teased me that I had found places off the map. But, I discovered that these places are very much on the map of sisters’ outstanding ministries.
After trying for several years to obtain a visa to enter Sudan, I finally received a permit in July 2006 from the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement, with the help of a Maryknoll Sister who lives in Sudan. From the United States, I flew to Lokichokio, a town in northern Kenya near the border of southern
The main purpose of my visit to Tanzania was to attend the Association of Women of East and Central Africa (ACWECA) Conference. The weeklong conference (August 15 – August 20) was partially supported by the Sisters’ Fund.
From July 12—August 2, 2004, Sr. Joyce Meyer, PBVM, Executive Director of the Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters visited the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Republic of Congo and Rwanda. The genocide that devastated Central Africa apparently ended 10 years ago but for the people living in these countries, the events of the
From December 26, 2003 to January 22, 2004, Sister Joyce Meyer, PBVM, Executive Director of the Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters, visited Cameroon and Nigeria in West Africa. While on her first trip to Africa’s Atlantic coast, Sr. Joyce was able to observe the many contrasts between the Eastern and Western regions of the
My visit to East Africa began with Uganda, a country with many natural gifts, fertile soil, many variety of bananas, Lake Victoria, and the most important, its people. The sisters I met were very impressive, energetic and industrious.
Since Ethiopians follow the Julian calendar, I found that I had "stepped back in time" to the year 1994 upon my arrival in Addis Ababa. This is just one of the ways in which I found Ethiopia to be unlike the Africa with which I am most familiar.