Happy 2019 from the NGO Office, New York. We pray for blessings on your life and work and on ours during
this year. Enjoy Update from the United Nations No 35 and explore the content in the links which aims at deepening and expanding our knowledge of the many dimensions of our work with the United Nations. Continue reading “UN Update January 2019.”→
The Loreto Sisters arrived in Kenya in 1921 and will celebrate their centenary here in 2021.
Some have been in Kenya for 60-70 years. They knew the pioneers personally and give an insight into what it has meant to educate half a million to one million African girls. They don’t know the exact number! The pioneers were all Irish and came here after periods in India and Australia.
They started the first school for African girls in East Africa in 1936:
Loreto, Limuru. Before that education for African girls was unknown. They changed culture.
Their stories narrate what the Church in general, and Loreto in particular, has done for education in Kenya and by
extraction in the whole of continental Africa. Similar stories, as far as I know yet undocumented on video, can be told of other supernatural families in the Church on all continents.
It is a story of development and evangelisation through education.
Most of the prominent women in Kenyan history have come from Loreto schools, notably Wangari Maathai, who became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for “her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace” in 2004.
In 2013, on the 50th anniversary of Kenyan independence, the sisters received a special award from the President in recognition of their services to education
Sr Ephigenia Gachiri IBVM
Sr Maire O’Nolan IBVM
If you know people who have studied at Loreto Schools in Kenya or elsewhere please let them know of the existence of these interviews.
If you have difficulty accessing the interviews through the links, try typing “Early Loreto Kenya” or the name of the interviewee. Or open You Tube first and then search. All the links have been tested.
This project was compiled by Fr Conor Donnelly, Nairobi.
Today is the day and probably for the first time the nerves are beginning to set in. It is Wednesday, November 21st. Sr Adina Balan CJ from Romania and I are staying in a small hotel just down the road from the Acton community house. Continue reading “Investiture Day at Buckingham Palace”→
We are happy to offer edition No 34 of UN Update and to celebrate one year of IBVM and CJ collaboration at the United Nations. Read about aspects of the United Nations such as the General Assembly, its present President and how it works when our Heads of State and Government go back home. Meet our Youth Representatives. Cynthia CJ had wonderful education and awareness raising opportunities in India in September and October. See the Mary Ward Family interfaith contributions to the Parliament of World Religions held in Toronto. Note recent steps taken on Human Trafficking at the United Nations and please pay attention to the proposal made by our own Network to Stop Human Trafficking. ” Demystifying the other” provides us with insights that are essential to bring tolerance and peace to our world. And, read about the inter-faith advocacy on behalf of Asylum seekers. Let this be an opportunity to consider yourself a part of the United Nations and of the efforts of the Mary Ward Family through the NGO Office and our worldwide network.
Review of 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda 2018
Our NGO was happy to have 9 representatives present for the Review of the Sustainable Development Goals and
National Voluntary Reviews, at the High- Level Political Forum held in New York from 9 –18 July 2018. Continue reading “UN Update no. 33”→
Loreto Rumbek, 10th Anniversary celebration, Visitation to South Africa and Zambia, Comings and goings in Casa, Loreto Ladies on Tour and a gallery of Loreto’s in Formation and Circle of Life participants. For more details of these articles read our update.