Sisters Susan Gatz and Elaine McCarron left Louisville, Kentucky yesterday to travel to Botswana. Sister Susan, Vice President of the SCN Congregation, will visit the ministry sites for two weeks. Sister Elaine will stay for two months to help in numerous ways.
Sisters and friends gathered at St. Vincent Church in Nazareth, KY to bless the travelers during the morning liturgy. Then, a group of Sisters and Associates bid them farewell at the airport.
The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth began ministry in Botswana in September 2000.
Botswana is in Africa, just north of the country of South Africa. It is about the size of Texas. Approximately 1.6 million people live in Botswana, which has a high rate of HIV/AIDS infection.
SCN Family Ministries in Botswana include:
– Outreach for those infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS
– Day care services for children in need, including those orphaned because of HIV/AIDS
– Administering a 10-bed Hospice for those affected by HIV/AIDS
– Skills training for women so they can support themselves and their families
– Efforts to provide easier access to basic necessities like water