Arusha, July 12: God has blessed our Delegation with another affiliation in a new diocese in Singida. Surely the Holy Spirit Delegation is growing with its missionary activities. The bishop of Singida invited us, the Sisters of Notre Dame to help him with Education and other activities. Our great hope is that we start an orphanage in 2013and be a help to our many little ones who suffer due to no home and education. We have already started a pre-primary school and two classrooms are already full with students. We reached out to the people in the parish with pastoral work. I t had been a privilege to work with another tribal group in Tanzania. Much work is awaiting us but we wish we had more personal. “The Harvest is ready but labourers are few.”
Arusha, January 6: We had the most joyful day in the Holy Spirit Delegation when we celebrated the Golden Jubilee of our dear Sister Mary Lalita. Sister is a great educationist and she has a passion for art and prayer.
Sister Mary Lalita has been the Educational coordinator, Head teacher, Local superior. She is a person who reaches out to people and the old students continue to contact and keep in touch with her. Right now she is local superior at the Holy Spirit Delegation centre.
We have named our school in Simanjiro as Notre Dame Osotwa school. For these children to go to school wearing a uniform was great. The parents could not believe their eyes.
June 16th: A dream came true for us as we opened our new mission in Simanjiro a Masai village about 150 kilometers away from Arusha. These people were longing for a school in the village. They are so happy to see their children going to school with uniform and books. They have never gone to school, their parents have never gone to school but they see their children go to school and learn many things in few days. They feel that the door of heaven has opened for them. We the sisters of Notre dame are privileged to touch the lives of these people who need us most.
What a great joy it was to welcome our dear Sisters Mary Christine, Pascalia,Elizabeth and Magdalene as finally professed sisters in the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame. they are a great gift to our Holy spirit Delegation.
Arusha 16th December: “Girl guides – be prepared!” were familiar words we heard coming from our 15 Junior sisters as they participated in a special programme prepared for them during their Junior Get-together this December. Thirteen of them, as well as three teachers from Notre Dame Primary School: Benedicta, Zainas and Margaret, became “Certified Trainers for Guiders of Girl Guides.”
The programme planned by Sisters Mary Shobana, Neelima and Sangeeta was supported and also conducted by Patricia, the Regional Girl Guide Trainer, Esther, the Regional Girl Guide Commissioner, Mama Annatoli, the Regional Treasurer and Nancy and Grace from the Girl Guides of Tanzania. All that can be said for all that took place, is “Bravo, Bravo, Bravo!”
In 1909, Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, decided that girls should not be in the same organization as the boys, and the Girl Guides were founded in the UK in 1910. Many, though by no means all, Girl Guide and Girl Scout groups across the globe trace their roots to this point. Agnes Baden-Powell was in charge of Girl Guiding in UK in its early years
The Tanzania Girl Guides Association is the national Guiding organization of Tanzania. It serves 17,233 members (as of 2003). The first Guide Company was founded in Tanganyika in 1928, and the girls-only organization became a full member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 1963.
Arusha 12th December: Eighteen young women were brought to the Formation House by Sister Mary Roshini, SND and our postulant Gladness. These young women came from Rombo in the diocese of Moshi, Tanzania. Rombo is especially noted for its faithful Christians and so it is no wonder that the response was so positive for the invitation to Come and See. These young women were from five different parishes and most of them were studying in Form III or IV. They have come with a strong desire to join the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame after their studies.
wonderful young women
Sisters Mary Annete and Roshini, with the help of the postulants and novices, conducted three days of workshop for them. They seem to have already fallen in love with the congregation and their way of life. Since the Formation house regularly conducts such programme for the young women of Tanzania in the month of June and December, they already look forward to the June gathering.