Sister Carole shares the following from her journeys to SCN missions in Botswana.
This first photo was taken in my hotel room inJ’burg, just prior to my departure to Botswana. Wanted to find out the South Africa news.
My brother Bob told me the wanted an elephant, or at least a husk. At the Gaborone airport is this life-sized elephant made entirely of tusks from elephants who died in the wild, of old age or whatever. No poached tusks here! pretty impressive entrance to the country. Here you go, Bob!
Sunset from convent yard on my first evening here. I feel very honored to be in this environment.
Street scene in the less affluent part of the city of Gaborone; a little of everything along the way. How many off you would be interested in purchasing this wedding dress?
We, Sr. Vinyana and I,
visited the free Nutrition Center that SCNs started for challenged and/or economically poor 3 to 6 year-olds who are not accepted in the state-funded pre-schools. This center has the children from 9 – 2 each school day. When they graduate to the government-run primary schools, many of then are better prepared than the children who attend the private pre-schools. I’m placing a sticker I brought on the hand of each child.
Each child goes to the kitchen and returns with a plate of food. Then each sits down, next to each other, and waits until all return with their plates. Then they mix the nutritionally rich cereal that’s been topped with sorghum. Finally one of the teachers comes along the line and pours milk into each bowl. Then the children eat.
Most amazing to me is that when each one finishes, he/she takes the plate and spoon to the middle of the column, then goes over to the play area. The all are peaceful, relaxed and healthy looking thanks to the two meals a day the receive at the Center.
This is a group of nice houses in the general area. I hope to show you others as my journey progresses.
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This is what white ants do to dry sticks. If you kick the pile, the “stuff” comes off like dust. Then gets redone…
I l love the smile on this tailor-shop woman.
This is the energetic Sister Sunila taking care of one of the challenges in her work. Below is the hospice for the dying where Sunila is director.
This is the yard of the Sisters house in Metsmothlhabe ( I know— it’s pronounced Mets moth lah bay) which is a kind of suburb of the capitol, Gaborone (Hab a row nee). It is very hot and dry; each of the two dogs finds shade to survive the intense, humid heat. Note how sandy and dry the ground is. Botswana is going through a severe drought. Water is very scarce. We are creative in the use of this very limited element.
The parish priest is from Viet Nam and teaches local women tailoring skills. He and they have made patters and then all the garments you will see in the next picture. Very impressive work!
This is the Adoration Room inside the local Catholic Church. I really like the traditional huts and the “fire” as the perpetual light.
Cacti grow well here; trees are watered to keep them going. The Sisters are so creative and generous with all they have. They run a hospice, the child care center and another center for underprivileged and disabled children. We’re going to see that center tomorrow.