Project of the Week in Tanzania

A sturdy vehicle for the parish of Namswea

The parish of Namswea lies in the far south of Tanzania, in the diocese of Mbinga. It is a large parish with over 11,300 faithful and 13 outstations lying anything up to 30 miles (50 km) from the parish centre. For many years the priests working in the parish were unable to visit the outlying communities because they had no vehicle to get them there. That meant that the people in these outstations had only the local lay catechists to minister to them pastorally and had little or no opportunity to get to Holy Mass or receive the Sacraments. Of course, they also had many material and medical needs which could not be met for lack of a suitable vehicle.

Many lives might have been saved if only transport to take them to a local hospital or clinic had been available.


Namswea Catholic Parish: Children receiving the Holy First Communion

But now, thanks to the generosity of our benefactors, we have been able to provide 27,550 CAD for a sturdy off-road vehicle that can cope with the difficult driving conditions they face.

Father Odin Kapinga, the parish priest, is speechless with joy and gratitude. “There is nothing I can say except that I will pray for you all,” he writes.




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