Our Links with Africa

Our Communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda are working with some of the poorest and most vulnerable people on the planet.   We do what we can to support them meeting the needs of the poorest of the poor. They are a constant source of inspiration to us.

There are now 3 autonomous Priories in Africa – Mirhi (DRC), Rwanda and Kindu (DRC). Kindu was granted autonomy in 2019. Each of the African Priories has several smaller houses in different locations, from where they serve the local people. Their Priories are growing, as is their task.

Do read our latest Africa Newsletter, and this recent report from the United Nations World Food Programme which helps to put the work of the sisters into perspective: https://www.wfp.org/countries/democratic-republic-congo

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Light an Advent Candle for Africa

Sincere thanks to all who bought gift certificates or gave donations last year to our Christmas ‘Gifts of Hope’ appeal which raised just under £750.

This year, in COVID-19 lockdown, we have needed to rethink our fundraiser and are pleased to tell you about a new initiative ‘Light an Advent candle for Africa’.

Our Community will light a candle for Africa and pray for your intentions during Advent.

If you would like to take part in this initiative just email your name and prayer intention to projects@canonesses.co.uk.

You can donate whatever you are able using the DONATE button on our website or by sending a cheque, made out to Canonesses of the Holy Sepulchre, to the Community at 74, Howe Close, Colchester CO4 3XD.  Mark the envelope Light an Advent candle for Africa appeal.

 

 

100% of the proceeds raised from this initiative goes directly to the sisters in D R Congo and Rwanda and helps them provide vital services to their local communities – healthcare, nutrition, skills training and education – as reported on in our Africa Newsletter.

If you would like a bespoke Gift Certificate for another occasion, please contact projects@canonesses.co.uk to discuss.

Closer Connections

We are encouraged to see that improvements in technology has given us closer connections with the sisters and are enabling them to provide news and pictures more instantly than before, particularly via the mobile phone network.   You can read a detailed update on the work of the sisters in our annual Africa Newsletter but we also aim to post shorter news bulletins on our News and Events page to keep you more closely in touch with their activities.

If you would like more information about any of the Priories – Kindu, Mirhi, Rwanda please contact projects@canonesses.co.uk .

We are extremely grateful to all our donors and fundraisers who give generously to help our sisters in Africa.  Your friendship, prayer and material support for our courageous sisters means a lot to them and to us.  2020 has been a challenging year for them.  We will try to bring you more news from them throughout the coming year.

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If you wish to join Valerie’s fundraising scheme, or for any other information with regard to fundraising for Africa please contact projects@canonesses.co.uk

Organised Events

This year we give great thanks to:

the Everett/Clayton family and to everyone of you who ordered tea boxes in aid of Africa this year. We raised over £4,000!! Although we couldn’t be together, we were definitely there in spirit.  We had great feedback, including about people’s favourite cake, and by all accounts everyone had a wonderful afternoon!

Thank you to all who had events planned but could not go ahead due to COVID-19 restrictions. It is these regular fundraising events which help the sisters on a consistent basis – and we hope we will be able to get back to these as soon as possible.

Special thanks goes to Valerie Nazareth, one of our volunteers who spent time in Rwanda, helping the sisters with their English. On her return, moved by the plight of the profoundly disabled children in Muhanga, Valerie organised a fundraising campaign.

Her idea is to get a minimum of 80 people to give £1 per week – less than a cup of coffee – for 3 years to meet the cost of food and basic necessities, such as nappies for the children. The result is that she is able to send a regular amount for the Lazare Home and Sister Marie Rose now has time to plan how they will be able to fund it into the future. The sisters have been particularly appreciative of this help in such challenging times.

Individual Donations

Thanks to those who give to Africa on a regular basis through a monthly direct debit, or on an ad hoc basis. Your gift is much appreciated and well utilised by the sisters.

Details on our website:

https://canonesses.co.uk/contact-us/donations/

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The Giving Machine

Some years ago we introduced a new fundraising idea to our readers. The Giving Machine is a now popular way for charities and schools to raise funds and without any cost to the donor. Perhaps you have thought about it but never given it a try?

As most of us are now much more used to shopping online, we would like to remind you about how to give without it costing you a penny! All it requires is a slight change in behaviour – to go via the Giving Machine when you are doing your internet shopping throughout the year.

How it works is that the Giving Machine generates a sales commission by directing you to the retailer (they work with many different retailers – Amazon, Tesco, Sainsbury etc). The commission generated is then converted into funds for your favourite charity.

We urge you to have a look at:

https://www.thegivingmachine.co.uk

and there is also a helpful YouTube video which shows you how it works.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xxc5RHI-IHY

The building of the new Priory and health centre in Kindu

Progress on the new buildings at Kindu (DR Congo) has been remarkable despite the many difficulties of transportation and rising prices.  The health centre is now open though still work to do on the building in the future when more funds available.  The new Priory was officially opened in August, with some work still to do on the ground floor.

You can see the sort of challenges there with regard to building projects in that part of the world in this remarkable short video clip of materials being brought to the building across flooded roads.

Creating a community of love, filled with hope