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Our Network > Community of Dhadim, Ethiopia

Dadhim is the remotest pastoralist area in Borana land. The main occupation of the people is keeping livestock -- camels, sheep, goats and cattle. They have little awareness about education, health and hygiene. They have large families of 8-10 children. Polygamy, early marriages, marriage between teenagers and elderly are common. Alcoholism and use of local narcotics among men and women is wide spread. AIDS, gender insensitivity, and superstitions grapple them. Facilities for communication, transportation and healthcare are poor. The people mainly depend on traditional treatments. Fights between the tribes and resultant migration pose problems. The main job of missionaries is to become peace builders among them.

Dadhim Catholic Mission has a history of forty years. It was established in the year 1973, by the Holy Ghost Fathers, serving the three ethnic groups of Guji, Gabra, and Borana. The people of Borana are nomadic Pastoralists. The Holy Ghost Fathers reached here at the request of the spiritual leaders (kulu) from the Borana Pastoralists and the Ethiopian Govt. They put up schools and their presence facilitated peace among the tribal groups.

The congregation of Medical Missionaries of Mary to Dadhim started a health programme with a mobile clinic. After 30 years of service they left in 2008. Then the Bishop of Awassa requested the Sisters of Charity to take up this mission. The community was opened on 25 August 2010. It is their third mission in Ethiopia. The pioneers are sisters Annie Joseph (superior), Sherly Joseph and Anila Joseph. The community was officially inaugurated on 16 October 2010, by Bishop John Milgorati of Awasa.

The ministries they engage in are holistic care of the sick who come to the clinic and out reach centers (28,000 people in 17 out reach centers), mother and child care, immunization, health education, nutritional support, and curative service, carried out in our clinics, 24x7 hours, value oriented, formal education from KG to 8th class, faith formation in different age groups, assistance at animating the liturgy, training of catechumens, BCCs, family visits, supporting the malnourished and the under weight with supplementary food and treatment, basic education to nomadic children, and women employment to promote gender equality. Living as Sisters of Charity they make Jesus’ love, compassion and reconciliation a reality for these people.

Our Network > Community of Modjo

Modjo town, located in central Ethiopia at about 75 KM south east of Addis Ababa, has been defined as a ‘fast growing town’ because of its geographical position. It is the capital of Lume Woreda and is one of the towns of Oromiya Regional State under East Shewa Zone. Different ethnic groups coming from all over the country inhabit in the town. They are Oromo, Amara, Kambata, Tigre, Gurage and other minor groups. As the Woreda is located within the Rift valley Region that crosses Eastern Africa it largely falls in the low land Agro ecology. The food production is not as expected because of inadequate rainfall, lack of irrigation facility and also of poor farming method.

Though there are two elementary schools and two high schools in the town, they are inadequate for the whole population. The health status of the town is poor as reflected by the high infant mortality rate and maternal mortality rate. Access to sanitary facilities in the Woreda is very poor in rural areas. The youth are exposed to moral danger due to low socio- economic situation, ignorance, want of caring parents and educationists. Vast majority of Modjo population are Orthodox Christians. Currently there are about fifty Catholics. The parish has three stagnant out stations-Dibandiba, Ejersa, and Dekabora 4, 15, 20 KM. respectively from Modjo.

The community of Modjo was erected on 25th April 2009 and opened on 24th May 2009. Modjo Catholic Mission was established in 1994 by Consolata Missionary Fathers. As the mission got established, Consolata missionary sisters were involved in the running of the dispensary, kindergarten and pastoral work. They had been actively involved in all the sectors of the population with several programmes, like women empowerment, credit union and other developmental programs. In February 2009, Consolata Sisters withdrew completely from this mission. Then the Consolata Provincial superior Rev. Fr. Antony Vismara approached the Sisters of Charity to collaborate with them to take ahead the apostolic activities. Accordingly, the Metropolitan Archbishop Berhaneyesus D. Souraphiel, CM of Addis Ababa made the official invitation.

The clinic started to function on 19th March 1990, the formal kindergarten in 1994, and the Modjo parish dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul was established in 1997. The pioneers were sisters Pauline Joseph (superior), Annie Joseph, Bhavya Raphael and Ancia Gopurathinkal.

Our Network > Addis Ababa -- Offshoot

This offshoot of Modjo is located in Kolfe Keraniyo, the capital of Addis Ababa. It is 3 kms from the Vatican Embassy and 10 km from Bole International Airport. It has almost the same cultural elements of Modjo. Archbp. George Panikulam - the Apostolic Nuncio to Ethiopia, Archbp. Berhaneyesus of Addis Ababa, and Bishop John Migliorati of Awassa together blessed the house on 27th April 2012.

The sisters engage in health, educational and socio-pastoral services. Their services include educating women to hygiene and good health, caring the sick in the clinic, ante-natal health check up and Immunization programme, collaboration with the ministry of health, providing safe delivery service to Ante- natal mothers to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates, assisting the management for an effective administration, kindergarten, value education to students and staff, educating the less gifted, providing snacks, study material and school fee for the needy children, engaging with the formal education in primary and secondary schools of FSMA sisters, family visits, liturgical preparation, catechesis, English class to the seminarians and the poor children of the locality.

Like Jesus the sisters strive to spread his love, compassion, concern and respect to every one,’ thus to give the Good news to the poor.

Our Network > Community of Fullasa

The presence of the Sisters of Charity in Ethiopia is a proof of its missionary zeal. Fullasa Catholic Mission is situated on the south of Ethiopia and is under the Diocese of Awassa. The Sidamo tribe here follows their traditions and culture in all the aspects of life -- birth, death, marriage, etc. Majority of the people are Catholics and but a good percentage of them now belong to other Christian groups. Their life situations and living conditions are miserable. They lack basic necessities like water, food, access to health care, education, transportation and sanitation.

In 2005, responding to the repeated invitations from the Bishops of Addis Ababa, Adigrat and Awassa dioceses, Mother Pier Carla Mauri requested the Calicut Province to consider it in the Provincial Council. Thus, the sisters were sent to take up the mission at Fullasa in the diocese of Awassa. Through their life in Fullasa, they communicate the compassionate love of God to the people.

The pioneers to this mission were sisters Roshni Devasia (superior), Sherly Joseph, Christina Thomas and Prasanna Lonappan. On 21 Nov. 07 the community was erected and on 13 April 2008 the sisters took up mission from Comboni sisters. This new missionary presence has been a remarkable event on the occasion of the 175th birthday of St. Bartholomea Capitanio.

The sisters strive incarnate themselves into the new culture to uncover with respect those “seeds of Word hidden among them.” Giving the “Good News to the poor” has many expressions. In the health sector they attend to holistic health care of the sick, in the clinic and the T.B.Shelter, ante-natal health check up, Immunization programme and preventive health care, in collaboration with the ministry of health, and nutritional and supplementary feeding programme. In the educational sector they engage in formal education from classes 1-8, value education, and assistance for efficient managing of the school, school clubs, teaching personality development in the context of adult responsibility and the preparatory school. To meet the social and pastoral needs of the people, the sisters attempt faith formation in different groups, animation of liturgy and pious associations (Girls of Mary), adult education, women and gender promotion activities in collaboration with the diocese, residential programme for girls in preparation for marriage in view of women promotion and upbringing of good Christian families, family visits, participation in prayer groups, visits to the substations and help the people to harvest rain water for domestic purposes.

Already the development among women is remarkable. In collaboration with the government we have introduced microfinance saving system and programmes to eradicate harmful traditional practices which has very badly affected the women of reproductive age. These attempts have been very fruitful. They have also started rain water harvesting. About 100 families avail of this service. There is better awareness about health and hygiene. The sick make use of the healing services and preventive care programmes. The faith life of the little girls has remarkably improved through the association called “Mariami senne”.