Success Story in Sierra Leone
A motorcycle to mobilize a priest!
In recent years, the West African country of Sierra Leone, has seen very few peace times. A brutal civil war from 1991 to 2002 lay claim to thousands of human lives and left behind widespread devastation, the traces can still be seen to this day. The economy and the infrastructure are ruined. Over 70 percent of the country‘s 7 million people are living in poverty today.
The situation worsened with the onset of the terrible Ebola epidemic in 2014, followed by a series of natural disaster necessitating that the Church focus on the concrete day-to-day needs of the population over many years. Now, the focus is shifting again back to the psychological and spiritual rebuilding of a nation.
More frequent visits to the faithful
Father Paul Karim is one of the priests at the service of the Gospel. Since his ordination in February 2019 he has been working in the parish of Saint Charles Lwanga in the city of Bo, in the south of Sierra Leone. With a population of over 200,000 it is the second largest city in the country after the capital, Freetown.
The parish also includes a number of villages and smaller settlements in the surrounding area, some of them up to 24 km from the parish centre. Father Paul celebrates Holy Mass in these villages, visiting the sick and elderly and bringing them the sacraments, ministering to the schools and also taking part in parish gatherings.
Until recently there was only one vehicle in the entire parish! Meaning, the young Father Paul often had a hard time reaching some of the communities where he was needed. But, thanks to the generosity of our benefactors, we were able to give him $1,350 to buy a motorcycle. Now his work is much easier and the people of the parish are happy that he can get to see them more quickly and more frequently.