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.
2018 provides another opportunity to consider how our local concerns are dealt with at the United Nations and how we contribute. The 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is commemorated this year. Continue reading “United Nations Update no. 30”→
Here comes Update No. 29. Read is as we make history! Take note of the meaningful words of UN Sec. General and UN President of General Assembly on United Nations Day 2017. Continue reading “IBVM at UN Update 29”→
The International Mary Ward Schools’ Conference was held from June 25th to July 2nd 2017. It was hosted by Loreto Queenswood, South Africa and over 60 members gathered from Mary Ward schools worldwide. Coming from this conference is a letter from the Generalates of IBVM and CJ. Continue reading “A Mary Ward Schools’ Compass”→