For all those who contributed to Sister Gaudensia’s Tanzania Project, here is a recently received update (email, July 1) from Sister Gaudensia. We quote:
. . . We decided to drill our own borehole water [well] to use for the
construction because buying water will be more expensive. The water
will be also used for the school. We will buy a pump to pump the
water from the borehole to the water tank. We are going to be done
this week. Next week we will start the construction [of the school].
These are pictures on how we are drilling water from the ground. . . .
Some of our readers may not know who Sister Gaudensia is. For those who don’t, Sister Gaudensia Mwanyika is a Benedictine Sister at St. Gertrud Convent in Imiliwaha, Tanzania, East Africa; it is one of our Twinning Communities.
She came to our monastery several years ago to earn her B.A. in Educational Studies from The College of St. Scholastica; she stayed on for an M.Ed. During her studies, she developed a dream of building a school near her monastery which would educate handicapped children. When brought to fruition, she thinks it will be the first such school in Tanzania.
Sister Gaudensia is not just a dreamer. She is able to do the hard physical labor as well as the complex planning and coordination to make a project like this come to pass.