A self-sustaining poultry raising project for Sisters in Kisa
The parish of Kisa in the diocese of Mbeya was established in 1927. It has around 3,500 Catholic faithful, who are ministered to by two priests, five religious Sisters of the local congregation of Our Lady Queen of Apostles, and 25 catechists.
In 2009 the parish opened a primary school, which is run by the Sisters. The sisters also give catechetical instruction, help the elderly and sick, instruct those preparing for baptism and help out in other schools in the area. At the same time they serve as sacristans in the parish church.
The parish has an additional 12 outstations, lying anywhere from 15 to 50 km (10 to 30 miles) away from the centre of the parish, causing the Sisters often to travel considerable distances. The parish budget is minimal and the ordinary faithful live from hand to mouth, so that there is no way the parish can fund both the living costs and the travel expenses of the Sisters. To support themselves, they have been growing fruits and vegetables in their garden for sale locally. But despite their effort, it does not produce enough income to live on.
The Sisters came up with a creative idea! They would set up a chicken rearing project, they would sell the eggs, and the hens for meat.
Thanks to the generosity of our benefactors, we were able to help with a contribution of $4,785 – the set-up cost of a henhouse and 200 hens. The project has been successful and now the Sisters are able to support themselves and no longer depend on outside help. Sister Felista wrote to us saying:
“I really want to thank ACN and your generous benefactors. May Almighty God pour out his heavenly graces upon you all. Our community promises to always pray for you and all your benefactors and to have Holy Mass celebrated for your mission and your well-being.”
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