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July 30th 2012
Published: July 30th 2012
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Over the weekend we were on the road to Lemfu and Kisantu to visit the Sisters of Notre Dame and to see something of their ministries there. Kisantu is about 40km south of Kimwenza, our home base, and Lemfu is about 18km farther. Sister Marie Dominique, the education director for the Congo Province, was our guide. Gerard, our driver, navigated some very challenging roads to get us safely to our destinations.

The SNDs have been at Lemfu since 1905. There are pre-primary, elementary and secondary schools there, as well as a hospital, including a maternity ward. The Lemfu mission is also one of the four sites in Congo for the photovoltaic project. We saw the inner workings of this project, which provides electricity and internet service to the whole compound. The Sisters also host a cyber-cafe for the people who live in the area. We couldn't help but be impressed with what has been accomplished here in the area of technology.

It was a special treat to meet the oldest Congolese SND, Sister Marie-Helene, who is 90 years old.

Photos of Kisantu will follow in the next blog entry.


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Photovoltaic system
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Batteries for the photovoltaic system
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Sister Marie-Helene, the oldest Congolese SND, 90 years of age
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SNDs together -- American and Congolese


31st July 2012

Following your work
I have followed this journey as a friend of Sr. Maureen's. The projects SNDdeN are doing in providing communication around the world are amazing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I have been most richly blessed in seeing your work.

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