- Cecilia Nya SHCJ, an UNANIMA board member from 2009-2014, was recently elected to her community leadership team in Rome. Cecilia, a member of the African Province, is currently the Clinic Administrator of their community’s Cornealian Maternity and Rural Health Care Center in the rural area outside of Abuja, Nigeria.
- We also heard from Helen Eluagu Ozoro RSC, in the Delta State of Nigeria. She said that in spite of the fact that Nigeria is going through an economic slump with
the new government and falling oil prices, the sisters are doing their best to continue to create awareness on the danger of trafficking. They organized seminars and other events for the feast of St. Bakhita on 8/2/16.
- Catholic priests and nuns joined fishermen and environmental activists in an April 4 protest against the Sri Lankan government’s decision to go ahead with the Chinese-funded Colombo Port City project. The people fear that the project, called “anti-democratic and unfair to the people,” will create social problems and negatively impact the economy, since it will displace about 50,000 families living on the coast and ruin one of the best fish breeding grounds near the city. President Maithripala Sirisena is accused of reneging on an election pledge to do away with the project. Around 50 police halted the march as it neared the President’s office, and demonstrators sat on the road to continue their protest. There is former UNANIMA Intern Amila Rodrigo SDS in the front row, just left of center. (Photo by Quintus Colombage)
- UNANIMA and three other groups collaborated on a parallel event during the Commission on the Status of Women. The topic was “Dynamics of Human Trafficking: Catastrophe, Migration, Demand and Restoration.” UNANIMA was represented on the panel by Michele Morek OSU (third from right)
- RJM sister Anne John wrote about a new project the Catholic Nurses Guild of India started in the Baroda Diocese. In response to the diocese’s invitation for programs for the poor and the marginalized, a group of retired nurses and a few teachers accepted the challenge to work with migrant construction workers living in slums. After conducting a survey to discern the needs, they started providing free medical care and they set up classes in spoken English, sewing/ stitching/ knitting and crocheting, artificial flower making, and medical help. With the donation of two sewing machines the sewing classes made sling bags, cushion covers, small purses and aprons. Dresses are next! The motto of the volunteers is to help the “student” become self-reliant with a small income-generating business. They ask for our prayers.