The SCN Congregation is celebrating the ten-year anniversary of ministry in Botswana as President Mary Elizabeth Miller, SCN, looks forward to travelling to Africa to mark the occasion with the Sisters there. Together, members of the SCN family recall how our Sisters from the Eastern Province (India and Nepal) arrived in Botswana on September 7, 2000 and our Sisters from the Western Province (United States) arrived the following day, September 8, 2000. Over the years SCNs have been involved in life-changing ministries in Jwaneng, Lobatse, Kanye, Nthantlhe, and Metsimotlhabe.
Botswana is believed to have one of the highest known rates of the HIV/AIDS infection in the world. SCN ministries include health care, education, pastoral and social services for those infected and affected by AIDS; daycare services for children, including those orphaned by AIDS; and youth ministry. And just this year, as part of a collaborative ministry, SCNs helped open a groundbreaking facility, a much-needed hospice.
Later this month when Sister Mary Elizabeth travels to Botswana, she will be joined by Angela Hicks, SCN, one of the Botswana pioneers who now is in ministry in Nazareth, Ky. View photos here of the past ten years in Botswana as we recall the groundbreaking efforts of SCNs in Africa.