News From Nigeria

Dear Fr Barry and parishioners,

A huge Thank You once again for your generosity.

Sister Antoinette has been home in Ireland for a health issue and sent me the following ‘Thank You’ to forward on to you.

She returns to Nigeria next Thursday 19th.

Renewed gratitude and blessings

Sister Alice KilBride

Greetings to all our friends in Eastbourne, and again thanks for your ongoing support for our project in Nigeria. Over the past few years you have been supporting our Women’s Centre in Jalingo. As we told you in our Christmas letter, we are now encouraging them to try to become more self sustaining, so we have supported them in buying canopies and chairs which the Women Centre will rent out for celebrations in the surrounding areas. So we are not sending your donation this time to the Women’s Centre.

The Sisters in Jos, Plateau State, are involved with over 60 families who fled from Boko Haram in Borno State and they have been living in a refugee camp in our local town for the past two and a half years. We go there at least three times a week, to teach the children. When they arrived they could neither read or write and had no word of English. Although we were dealing with secondary school students (age range 12 -18), we had to start with Primary 1 English! They are very happy to be learning English and hopefully they will be best in their class when they eventually return to Borno State.

The hardest thing for the children and their families is the constant insecurity…how long more will they be in the Camp… how long more will they be totally dependent on the charity of others .

With your contribution we buy books, school materials, food when necessary. If they get sick and the family have nothing we take them to the Clinic and pay medical bills. If a family decides to go back to Borno, we usually try to give them some money to help them begin again.

On their behalf , thank you for your generosity and support.

Best wishes from Sr. Anne O Neill

                              Sr. Antoinette O Callaghan.

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