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ACN Project of the Week: Transportation Help in Western Africa

Success Story: Providing a  car to enable pastoral work by the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of the Apostles

The congregation of the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of the Apostles (Soeurs de Notre Dame des Apôtres) was established in 1876 in Lyons,France. The religious offer their expertise and presence in many different fields including education, catechesis, healthcare and the formation of catechists. They’re   care also extends out to  children from deprived backgrounds. The congregation of women is present today in more than twenty countries and on all five continents.

Among these are six of the Francophone countries of West Africa where the congregation is currently welcoming plenty of new vocations. At this time, twenty young women are active in their main training facility in Ivory Coast and are preparing for a future life within the congregation, to serve God and their fellow men.

In need of a robust vehicle!

The regional province for Burkina Faso and Niger is still relatively new, although the Sisters have been active in Niger since 1950.  The province now has twenty-nine Sisters working in seven different communities across various parts of Niger and neighbouring Burkina Faso. Both countries lie partly within the Sahel region, and Niger, according to the UN‘s Human Development Index, is the poorest and most underdeveloped country in the world. Burkina Faso is not far behind, lying in eighth place among the poorest countries of the world. In both these countries the sisters have a great deal of work to do and in the most difficult of circumstances. For they are there to help all who turn to them, regardless of religious faith.

Until recently, one of their biggest problems was that they did not even have a vehicle! This causes a serious problem because the the Mother House is locatedalmost 1350 km from the furthest community!

But now, thanks to the help of our generous benefactors, we were able to give these devoted religious  an amount of  $31,465 =to purchase a vehicle resilient enough to cope with the added challenge of difficult road conditions.

Their heartfelt thanks to all of you for your help!

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