The Senior Sisters of Riruta / Nairobi are greeting you
There are five of us who are above 80 years of age and between 52 and 62 years in Africa, two more are still working in their mission field. We in Riruta enjoy retirement after many previous years working in different mission stations. It is like a new life without responsibility. Yet, we are still left with the very important part of any mission work, namely that of prayer. WE call it Apostolate of Prayer. For this we have a very suitable opportunity in a daily adoration of one hour before the Blessed Sacrament. For other prayers and meals we join the Sisters of the Community. Our Superiors and Sisters do their best to make us feel happy and often give us something special to enjoy.
However, when Sr. Damiana Maria came to our Community in 2010 for her second service in our Province of Kenya, she felt, that still something was lacking: a get-together among ourselves. Our Superiors were
enthusiastic about the idea as well. Therefore, a room was chosen, called AbbotFrancis Room, laid out with tiles, furnished with new easy chairs around a round coffee table and even a new TV set. Then Sister Damiana Maria arranged, that we would meet every Thursday afternoon from 3 to 4.15 p.m. Often, she shows us a nice DVD, on other times we sing the old hymns we still know, or we read and tell stories. It is always very nice, and we enjoy our coming together, even if Sister Damiana Maria would be prevented from coming.
At our last come-together, Sister read some nice Christmas stories and we told others we sill remembered. One of them, in the memory of one of us for many years, received a special applause from all, and we would like to share it with you. Whether it is still the same as at the time when it was fresh, is doubtful, but does actually not matter as the “kernel” is the same.
There was a young couple, let us call them Christine and John. John was desperately looking for a good job, but was not successful. What they could get together was hardly enough for food and the rent. Christmas drew ever nearer, and both of them knew, that there would be no chance for something special for the feast. But when still on the last day before Christmas people where rushing up and down the street in front of their window with big plastic bags full of things, the heart of Christine burnt incredibly. Should Christmas really pass without even a small present for her dear husband? Chasing her thoughts in her mind, she suddenly stopped: there was the idea which would bring the solution: her hair! How many times was it admired by people – that long golden hair, which would sometimes hang loosely over her shoulders, at other times be plaited or laid like a crown around her head. She quickly ran to the hair dresser asking whether he would be willing to buy her hair for making a wick. She was overjoyed when the kind man agreed, took a scissor and cut her hair. The money she got for it would perhaps be enough to buy a wrist band for John’s wrist watch from his grandmother, which he highly treasured but could never wear on the arm, because it could not be fixed. Again she was lucky, when she ran into a shop where they sold all kinds of watches and could purchase a most beautiful golden wrist band which would fit to the watch. When coming come, she hardly could await the time, when it would be evening, and she could surprise her husband with such a valuable, unexpected present.
Christine did notknow that her husband felt the same burn in his heart, and after long thinking, he thought he got the best answer to his restless searching: he would sell his nice watch which he anyhow could never wear and buy an extraordinary big hair clip for the beautiful hair of his wife – and that he did!His heart and his face were beaming for joy, when he imagined how his wife would enjoy the totally unexpected present and how she would look in that charm!
Coming home, just before dark, John rang the bell and was thrilled when he heard the fast, light steps of his wife with a hum of a Christmas song on her lips. There, the door opened - but, instead of a yell of joy, which had come already on his tongue –his lips closed fast and his eyes sank! Only after a long while could he ask why she had cut her beautiful hair, but received no answer – and he showed her the extraordinary hair clip, which she took with both hands, striking over it dearly. Then she went and gave him the very valuable wrist band for his watch which he took, turning it over and over again, admiring it with a sweet smile. Then they laid their gifts aside and embraced and hugged each other as never before, because instead of a useful present, they had received signs of each other’s deepest love! - Their love was indeed a symbol of God’s love , who had,through the Child Jesus, given Himself to us.
May we, not only on Christmas, but always, try to be true signs of love, to God and to one another. With this, our best wish for you, besides the good wishes for an abundance of God’s favours, we greet you heartily, according to our age:
Sisters Fidelis, Benigne, Reginalde, Leonardi amd Maria Gertrud CPS
WELCOME HOLY FATHER, POPE FRANCIS
Indeed we are collectivelly and individually blessed as the Pope visits Kenya. As preparations are underway to welcome Pope Francis, all roads and parks are being prepared to welcome the great man of God. Karibu Baba Mtakatifu. Kidero's grass is being watered daily, birds in the air are praising in preparation to welcome the man of God. All denominations of the world have taken this chance to visit Kenya and join Kenyans in the event of recieving our lost glory over 2007 skirmishes. They join to witness as we recieve the NATIONAL BLESSINGS.
We rembember 2007, during the general elections, the skirmishes brought us apart, we recieved a national sin, but this year 2015 God has remembered us and indeed Kenyans are ready to recieve the national blessinsgs. Never agian shall we see blood shed in our country after this blessed event of the Popal visit to Kenya. It is our prayer that no one will ever think of repeating the behaviour of 2007.
Our God is merciful, He send His Servant to Kenya to rain on us the blessings that we had earlier watered down due to hatred and greed. It is a good timing as we look forward to general election in 2017, the Popal visit will be a sign to unite all of us to be one as a nation and to promote Justice as Jesus Christ himself did.
The Pope will be recieved by John Cardinal Njue and President Uhuru Kenyatta. This is a state visit as well as a religious visit. The Pontiff visit is double-fold, as he visits as a leader of Vatican state as well as a religious leader. The nucio to Kenya also acts as his ambassador and therefore that is why the state and the church are working hand in hand in the preparation of his coming.
RIRUTA WOMEN PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
As the year strikes towards the end of its 366 days, our collective wallets also signals to runs dry as the nation’s economy encounters some turbulence. This indeed is tough for all of us! However, rather than sit down and begin to blame someone else, its wise to take up our personal responsibility as mature people and adjust our budget line.
Imagine, in your own home, when things get tough you, don’t sit down and complain as you blame others. You evaluate your better option as you wait for the end month, or someone who owes you something to pay back.
Gone are the days, when we used to sit down and wait to be fed, clothed by our husbands, friends or charity groups somewhere. This is it with Amani Precious women group, a self help group that came together in Kawangware informal settlement. They decided to form a chama, (self help group) to support themselves to curb the challenges ahead of the nation’s economic glitch
Most of these women, widows, single women and divorcees, while others separated from their husbands due to the wide spread gender based violence (GBV). They realized that there was not short-cut to financial stability, apart from that little savings from organized women groupings. They gather every week for table banking and some inputs organized by Precious Blood Sisters in Kawangware/ Riruta and they have saved some money to promote their small businesses from table banking savings.
Now, Amani Precious group finally registered as a self-help group and are still saving weekly through table banking. The weekly inputs have been a source of energy and blessings to them, as they often express. They have been able to get energized through knowing their constitutional rights, tips on how to express themselves and business management skills. “We shall no more be ignorant of grabbing available opportunities” a statement they keep on expressing whenever they meet. “It is not enough to rely on men for the family financial growth. “I am a cripple following domestic violence, my man friend came home, we had nothing for supper, he attacked me and broke my foot. I decided to live alone with my 2 children, I have never experience terror and I am at peace with the support I got after I joined Amani Precious Women Group, expressed Jendeka, chairlady of the group, a divorcee.
The women are happy, as they look forward to open a group account. Their table banking exercise will continue with the contribution kshs 50 a week, but next year their will increase from kshs 50 to kshs 100. The account they want to open will be for saving the profit they will make from Kenya Women Fund Enterprise (KWFT), loan of kshs 100,000. Once its in their account, they purchase a push cart and provide catering services at the building sites in Kawangware area/ Riruta.
These women are determined, as they express having wasted time begging money from their husbands /friends and through prostitution, which have left them more vulnerable. We are happy that collectively as a group “we can rise from nothing to blessings” now we are aware that opportunities are available to support us women” said Ms. Magogo, on the day of Certificate of Participation Award held recently at Precious Blood Children’s Family Centre.
A lesson that instead of blaming others for the state of economic strain, learn to be accountable for your finances by adjusting your budget lines and sourcing for better options as Amani Precious Women have done!
The Amani Alumnae Team Building Activity, October 31st, 2015
It was all colour and pumps as Precious Blood Amani School launched its mentorship.
Program for the class 5,6 and 7 pupils. imagine a Saturday morning, just when the moon had gone to rest and the shinning sun is waking up to brighten the day. As the sun prepared to lighten the day, so was the Alumni of Preciuos Blood Amani school prepared to gather for the great day.
The preparation was planned by the Amani Mentorship Team steering committee, led by its leaders Ms. Grace Mbogo, Sabina Mwashegwa and Bruno. Congratulations for the success!
Sr. Damian Maria, the current director of Precious Blood Children's Family, to which Amani school is part of the projects that are run along side the Social Department and the community out-reach program.
Sr Damian was impressed by the way the alumnae group has come in to give back to the community in which they were once sheltered and nurtered. She also thanked the Friends of Precious Blood for being ready to journey and work together in the mentorship program whose aim is to mentor Amani School pupils and high school students.
Prominence on Bottom-up concept
It is very true, when the American President Barrack cautions African Presidents on issues to do with how to strengthen a nation’s economy. He has it right indeed, as he critically pointed out they failure to empower women and youth. It’s a reality in Kenya and in Africa at large. President Obama simply said, “Invest on this group and see the outcome”
There is no other strategy, “you have what is needed for development, the resources both natural are available in the motherland, while human resources are within your citizens, talk to them, listen to them, give them enabling environment and you will be shocked on what these can do” the man behind America’s power noted.
There is nothing new, “no magic, allow people to dream, facilitate their rights, and let them form association as they lay their own destiny “he added.
“Just do things differently from the usual way”. Employ new ways and discard the notion of being tied down by out-dated traditions, cultural practices and norms that are long passed by time. One major drawback for development is where old system and old mindset are in practice, without one daring to think out-side the box or beyond the dictated norms. Things are done the same way that everyone else does”, he stressed.
We in African nations are guided by bureaucracies that are outdated, handed over from one personnel who ride on the same routine to other personnel from one generation after another.
Some of these bureaucracies hinders progress, especially where procedures have never been reviewed, they do not empower, socially, cultural and economically. The powerful man directed the president to allow a system that enables the main players in development to pave their destiny by allowing them to dream and bring their vision to a reality” and not to oppress the dream and the dreamer
As Presidents Barrack rightly observed, The Kenyans Constitution is one of the best in Africa, “it has all that is needed for a sovereign and democratic nation”, he said. This document has been reviewed and renewed 27 times since colonial time. For sure it can never be completely minus flaws, as times change, the same way challenges come up. But the good news is that the document that governs us Kenyans was collectively accepted in August 27th 2010. Indeed even The President of United States praised the document as one of the best as it avails opportunities that empowers its citizens at any level.
He observed that it has freedoms and rights that allow an environment for growth. “If these opportunities are well facilitated, through implementation of articles that allows grassroots sovereignty, Chapter 1, article 174/175, with goodwill. The marginalized groups such as women and youth can become productive and prosper and as a result the economy will improve”
On social governance, Presidents Obama gave a round of applause to Kenyans. He emphasized that the governance approach embraced by Kenyan entails bottom-up empowerment which is key to citizen’s involvement. This means that devolved governance is inclusive of all in its operations, where local people at the grassroots, their leaders at the local levels and the national government leadership. This stress that development begins by listening to the locals, (Wanjiku’s), what is their need at that point and time in terms of development for the good of the community, then to local county leaders who should document and present to the national leaders for budget allocation.
For this system to work successfully it has to adhere to allow local people to elect their representatives at the local level, who will represent them in decision making board as committee members. The only challenge posed at this level is that during election of local committee members, the process is not done democratically. Leadership at this level elects members through nepotism and tribal lines, locals from the grassroots are not set free to elect their own chosen representatives. This kills the spirit of the constitution, whereas Mr. Obama condemned such a move as an enemy of any kind development.
Usually, Wanjiku’s(the local or common mwananchi )lacks information or knowledge of when these elections are held at the grassroots level, meetings are held minus other key elected members. Sometimes in meeting, crucial information such as meeting date and venue are deliberately with held to ensure some key people are not involved. This therefore calls for civic education on popular participation for citizens and proper flow of information through public forum (Baraza) at all public places, in markets and Churches/ mosques for information to flow and for this process to be free, transparent and fair. The other challenge is where the chair person dictates the final say in the process of an election e.g. a parliamentarian, governor or senator state who to be recruited regardless of ability or gender mainstreaming aspect.
THE COMING HOME OF A HERO!
“It does not matter, where you come from, what matters is whether you have defined your destiny”, the words of the great man. Hussein Nelson Barrack, Son of Obama. The man jetted in Kenya at 8; 10 PM, African time, on the 24th July, a date that will remain historical to Kenyans and indeed to the African continent at large. The man stays in the country for 3 days, where almost all business will have to stand still, and this defines his greatness indeed.
Yes, certainly he is the Son of Africa. He has proved this by his grand visit to his home country to be and listen to his fellow Kenyans.
In his speech, the great man remind, the world that the voice of ordinary people in any nation is key. The bottom-up governing system proves to be the only system that can engage citizens to participate effectively. For any meaningful development and for democratic nations who are focused to boast their economy” added the super power man from United States of America.
Creation of a Deaf Society
It is a trend, that almost every public vehicle, homes and pubs should have music, especially in informal settlements. It is not just music, but loud and noisy. Surprisingly, it’s like everyone in that vehicle, house or pubs is comfortable with that environment. However, it’s worthy to note that if this continues we shall breed a deaf society. Imagine a community of deaf! This will be regretful indeed. For fear of being indifferent no one is bold to challenge the loud music culture in the named places.
It is of worthy to note that when the music is loud, those who are outside the vehicle, house or pub hears the content clearly than those that are inside. Accordingly, when volume is moderate everyone is comfortable. Nevertheless, it is very important to note that our ears are delicate organs. They help us to hear sounds and noises; therefore they need a lot of care. There is need to clean them with a wet cloth occasionally as they produce wax that protects the ear which at sometimes can be much to a point of making someone discomfort. This wax is said to play an important role in the ear as it cleans the ear canal. It traps dust and dirt from entering the ear drum and when it’s not available the ear becomes dry and itchy. According to the ear specialists, removing this wax is not healthy, especially when we use sharp objects such as pen covers and match boxes among other objects. This may cause damage to the ear drum when the ear wax is pushed deeper from its usual position. It can stick along the ear canal and the ear drum may rapture.
Incase your wax blocks the ear, the best solution is to see a doctor. Here are some precautions to remember, 1. Dry your ear well after a bath or shower 2. Do not swim in dirty water. 3. Avoid noisy environment and if you cannot avoid wear ear-plugs to safeguard the drum.
How your disability to hear begins, this can be through injury, you’ve fallen down on a motor-bite or from anything that injures you When you have persistent pain it is advisable to see a doctor. Symptoms of disability hear, a need of louder radio or telephone volume than usual, straining to hear conversation, frequenting people to repeat themselves or hearing noise in the ears or head.(Tinnitus) From the net, 2015
Justice in the eyes of women
By Sr Njau
Women’s day is here again, March 8th 2015. As women we have a reason to say we are almost there! We have achieved a lot especially for women in the urban-rural settings, though a lot remains to be achieved for ruralwomen.
In leadership roles, there is a silver line that gives hope to women, in the government and private sectors which indicates the nation is on its road towards a changed attitude as it distributes roles. Formerly, the roles women hold today were different from what one could see in the past.
Indeed, there was discrimination on gender basis both in public and private appointments, and men enjoyed the better part after independence. That is why women in Kenya we have a good reason to celebrate the day with pride when we look back; we say we are almost there.
As we approach towards the end of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) deadline. What some believed as impossible, we have all seen it’s possible with a change of attitude. There is a call for women to be involved in the process of evaluating what they have achieved and the challenges their have faced in every achievement.
After the close assessment, the use of their collective voice should be used to improve their lives and claim their space for sustainable development. The world summit closes the MDGs goal so as to evaluate and see how to sustainthe prioritized goals, to attain Sustainable Development Goals which have been identified as 17, SDGs which are drawn from the former 8 MDGs.
A quick look at some reasons why women should celebrate their 20th anniversary women’s day in style since it was acknowledged as their day. We have the joy to welcome the first lady’s beyond zero initiative. We’ve women in counties benefit from service that will help end health mortality, a realized dream in line with the MDGs.
We have Rachel Ruto, the wife of the deputy president who works tirelessly to ensure through her home banking initiative both rural and urban women save a penny daily to improve their lives. These are just but an example among many there who are out to improve the status of women and girls for a better and brighter future. Many are there who despite lack of mainstream coverage for the society to acknowledge their efforts their do a lot! In our small and big ways, we know that women to women empowerment activities have increased in the 21st century.
It is no longer the famous quote “women are their own enemies”slowly women are out of this mindset.
Where there is a positive, there must be a dark cloud which is obvious, good enough if the society is aware as some mitigation can be put in place. There are certain cultural practices such as lack of education access for a girl, which is not only a right but a social necessity that may not be merited to one gender, issues of early marriages, Female Genital Mutilation, (FGM) whose consequences are untold
Then the increased girl child school dropout, draught and violence in some parts of the country. The situation threatens the goal to achieve the MDGs, particularly in education sector. Once this is affected it shatters all other goals. In this case principles of good governance cannot thrive. Its only quality education which will enable women to be good leaders, able to criticize, evaluate and reach sustainable decisions and sit on decision making boards. They will question structures that are oppressive and see accountability and transparency is upheld.
However, despite all these there is still a reason for us to believe we can forge the society a head, with courage and determination. While we may not forget to uphold moral authority as we oversee that God given gift of raring the children as their primary teachers.
Congratulations Sr Ingeburg, CPS ! General Superior of The Missionary
Sisters of the Preciuos Blood for your 50 years of religious service. The missionaries celebrated
the gift of their general superior as a member and a mother, They congratulated her for her faithful service
in the vineyard Indeed she has been a model, to all of them.
Rev. Sr Ingerburg landed shortly in East African province on her way to DRC Congo. A region that is under
the generalate, which is located in Rome. In her speech the general superior reminded the sisters that among
the five pilars of development that the congregation has to focus on in its stratergic plan 2012 to 2016 is
She rightly put it that sustainability is not addition of projects, but its proper management of the
existing projects in all dimension, accountability, transparency, time and both human resource management.
She added that these are very crucial in any project management and therefore has to be adhered to. " Indeed
all of us have a lot in our hands and therefore we may not think of adding of any project, but to manage what
we have effectively", she added.
Precious Blood Missionaries, Riruta Welcome year 2015 in Jubilations
As a tradition or a norm when the year ends. There are sounds of trumpets and jubilations from Riruta and Kawagware neighbourhood. At the same time other individuals are keen to listen if the world will slide into the next year, to feel its movement. For sure there is no silence to allow one to feel the slide from old year to the new one.
Nonetheless, New Year is being feted differently in Riruta, Kenya. With the group of candidates and aspirants filling the compound with songs and dance to welcome year 2015. Indeed it’s a brand new year, as its felt with its freshness!
The day begun very cool mood, business as usual. As evening approached, the mood become gradually solemn, until when vespers was prayed every sister entered into a mood of festivity. The theme of evening prayer was blessings and thanks giving for the past year 2014. The year seemed sad to say goodbye as it paved way for the brand new 2015.
Certainly, we welcomed the New Year with joyful jubilation as a community at mid-night. The aspirants and candidates and some sisters had kept vigil to usher in 2015. There is no doubt year 2015 has been warmly welcome, with the celebration of Holy Mass which was celebrated by Rev. Fr Robert Abulala, CMM.
In his homily, he reminded each sister that as the year ends, it’s always a moment to take stock of the old. As religious he said, it’s time to review what we have done well and add some creativity. Where we have not been faithful, to improve and be ready to be humble as we serve each other. Where we were not able to say sorry, excuse me, please and thank you to try and improve. He also said its everyone’s hope and prayer that the NEW YEAR carries lots of blessings for each one and as a community too and nation at large “None of us hopes to welcome a year full of issues, we all wish and hope, that God will be with us and let the year be of favor to us”.
Father Robert reminded the sisters to make clear their resolutions, as they focus on three key areas, “reflect on moments and events of past joys and sadness. Secondly, he urged them to review their newly established strategic plan and see how far they have implemented it and what is not yet tackled. Thirdly, he asked the sister to reflect on what their had not done the right way and try another strategy, and not to give up. He challenged the sisters to remain focus and always hold on prayers as a tool towards success.
By Amani school team
This year Precious Blood Amani School closed in style. At already 6 am, all staff headed to the kitchen Centre where the day is determined to be great or boring. The place where every local dish was being defined, from this small corner, the day was crowned a success.
Both men and women were very busy each preparing the best out of themselves and guess what! Cooking talents were show cased. Local dishes from Kisii, Ukambani, Luya land, Luo and kikuyu were all available.
Among it all, was the chicken stew and Mbuzi choma (roasted goat meat). These local dishes were cooked traditionally to show-case individuals and group talents and to crown the day.
The day was later graced with Holy-mass at eleven. The main celebrant was Rev. Fr James Wambugu, a council member of the Augustinian Missionary order. In his homily, he reminded the Precious Blood Amani staff, that the readings of the day were a pointer that we can all live lives of holiness even in our time. “It is possible if only we take each other seriously, by being dedicated and committed in our everyday living” just as in a family, couple strive to take each other’s life passionately, every day renewing the first love commitment in order to live faithfully” he added.
In her speech Sr Damian Marie, sister in-charge of Amani school applauded the staff for their faithfulness at work and she promised them her prayer support, next year 2015. “I am happy to see another time of the year, which no one had an idea it would reach so soon and with all of us gathered here again. It is God’s grace that we are here again to celebrate together this occasion with joy; I wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy new year of prosperity”.
On his speech the head teacher, James Wambogo commended the continued spirit of sharing among the staff. “I am grateful to see the spirit of solidarity among us (staff)”. For the sisters we thank you for the support you show through the leadership of Sister Damian Marie, we thank you all.” He added.
Among those present for the occasion were family representatives of the teachers, their relatives and friends of Amani School.
Workshop for Our Novices in Arusha
By Sr Theresa Ann, CPS
The following is a write up from our novices who had a week long workshop on Human Trafficking. We, the Novices at the House of Formation Poli attended a one week seminar on Human Trafficking. It was a very educative seminar; therefore, as a group, we thought of sharing with our Sisters in a nut shell what we acquired in the seminar.
The seminar on Human Trafficking opened with the question, “Where is your brother? I do not know, am I my brother’s keeper? Gn. 4:3-11. It is the same question that God is asking us today because we are all involved in Human Trafficking. In Genesis 37:1-36, we read the story of Joseph sold by his brothers. This story is one form of Human Trafficking.
What is Human Trafficking? Human Trafficking is a form of modern day slavery where people profit through control and exploitation of others.
- ØAbuse of power or abuse of a position of vulnerability
- ØGiving or receiving payment or benefits
- ØForce or other forms of coercion
To achieve the consent of a person, or of the person who has control over another person, in order to exploit the one trafficked.
Exploitation shall include:
- ØForced labor /services
- ØProstitution or other forms of sexual abuse ( in unfaithfulness to the vows)
- ØThe removal of organs
Victims of Human Trafficking include children and adults who are exploited for the commercial sex industry, forced labor/services and organ harvesting. Human trafficking is also taking place in our religious life; Human Trafficking is a “hidden crime”. It is not easy to get accurate statistics and documentation.
Why Awareness of Human Trafficking in our Religious Life?
- ØTo encourage advocacy i.e. speaking on behalf of the victim
- ØTo reflect on ways that resolve conflicts in individuals, communities, and society…to prevent war
- ØTo prevent corruption that dehumanizes people especially those at risk (Women and Children)
- ØTo promote good governance and to encourage documentations
- ØTo network with organizations and people who fight human trafficking
Reflect on the element of Human Trafficking present in the two stories of Abel and Joseph and how they are taking place in our community living today
Do you think the incidence could as well happen in our Religious Communities?
These are some factors of Human Trafficking
- ØLooking for better work in another area (not necessarily to escape their current situation)
- ØLack of educational opportunities
- ØLack of protective service for children trying to escape an abusive home, employer, or early marriage
- ØLack of recreational and social opportunities
- ØTrafficked labor is cheaper
- ØTrafficked person may depend on traffickers for accommodation because they may end up in an unfamiliar place hence exploitation
- ØAgricultural, domestic work, prostitution and sexual exploitation i.e. provide cheap labor
Impact of Human Trafficking on communities
- ØLoss of cultural knowledge – trafficking separates people of different generations
- ØIntroduction of new values into rural centers by returning victims
- ØDelinquency and crime increases
- ØDepression of wages and working conditions
- ØLoss of human resources- fewer people to care for the elderly and children
- ØDeterioration of public safety and rules of law
- ØCorruption of law enforcement, immigration and judicial officials
- ØStronger organized crime network
Method used to traffic:
- ØMet victims on his/her own
- ØThrough friends
- ØThrough an agent
- ØA member of the family of the origin
THE DIGNITY OF THE HUMAN PERSON
- ØHuman Trafficking degrades the human person and undermines the essential dimensions of the person
- ØHuman trafficking reduces the person to the level of an animal and sometimes, even below the dignity of an animal, the person becomes a mere object or even a toy.
- ØHuman trafficking doesn’t allow us to listen to our conscience even if you listen to it you can allow it
HOW TO TACKLE HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND ATTITUDES IN OURSELVES AND OTHERS
HEALING SHAME AND OTHER EMOTIONS
- 1.Self-disclosure – come out of hiding, reveal your secrets to self and to trusted other (preferably an expert) who can help you process the past.
- 2.Accept and understand the past
- 3.Healing of memories by working through emotions/attitudes
- 4.Integrate disowned parts of self
- 5.Choose to love yourself realistically
- 6.Listen to and confront inner voices/tapes
- 7.Build sense of esteem
Working Through Emotions:
- 1.Awareness – emotions come with physical components – body sensations –become aware of these and accept them as they are.
- 2.Accept and understand them – own them – they are yours – do not blame someone for them – listen to them – they have a message for you. Befriend your emotions/feelings/memories.
- 3.Mental analysis – reflection – are these emotions realistic – appropriate to the situation? How are they linked to the past? Am I transferring some emotions from the past into the present?
- 4.What do I do? What is the appropriate action in the context of my value system?
- 5.Action – that is appropriate.
RESTORING DIGNITY OF THE TRAFFICKED PERSONS
Begin from the Ten Commandments. (Deuteronomy 5:6-21). Here are the guidelines as to how to protect people’s dignity. The entire Law rests on two commandments: loving God and loving one’s neighbor as oneself
Loving God and loving others are interdependent. We cannot do one without the other (James 2:10). The more we love God, the more we must become involved in meeting the needs of others. If we need to love others, we need to ground that in the love of God.
All formees of different Congregations were asked by the facilitator to sit together and discuss their Charisms. The aim was to reflect together and see how sometimes congregations go against their Charisms hence becoming agents of Human Trafficking.
We, the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood, are called to live the Paschal Mystery and to witness to the redeeming love of Christ. Our Father Founder stated, “You are meant for the missions.” We dedicate ourselves primarily to the task of evangelization among those peoples and nations who do not know Christ and His Gospel. We also minister in areas where the local Church is not viable. “Our Mission Field is the Kingdom of God and that has no boundaries! “We journey with all people knowing that God is already present in every culture and religion. The goal of our missionary service is to bring the Good News that God became flesh in Jesus who redeemed the whole world with his Precious Blood.
Questions to reflect about?
- 1.Do we sometimes overlook the dignity of the people who work with us? Are we just to them?
- 2.Do we respect our workers? How is our speech to our workers when they do something wrong?
- 3.Do we sometimes traffic the people who work with us by the way we treat them?
- 4.Are all the Sisters treated the same?
- 5.Our Spirituality is “Ora et Labora” Prayer and work; Do we sometimes work more than we pray and vice versa?
We really leant a lot that will help us as we continue with our discernment.
Formation House Poli Singisi
ARUSHA - TANZANIA
Amani Choir Returns from Mombasa Triumphantly
There was great excitement on the return from the singing festival in Mombasa. They really did amazingly winning first prize in the singing competition. After winning the competition, they got to go to the Indian Ocean for an outing. They left Mombasa at 6 am and arrived back at the school about 5 pm.
We thank God that they had a safe and successful Friday the school closed for a 2 weeks holiday.
From Sr. Chabanel, cps
Precious Blood Nun clocks 70 yrs of Faithful Service
It was jubilation at Precious Blood Riruta on the 3rd February 2014, as Rev. Sr Mary Fidesta, Cps clocked in 70 years of age as a religious nun in the order
It was all joy and jubilation as the sisters celebrated with her. The celebration begun in the morning with Holy Mass, which was graced by Fr Paul Gitonga, a helping priests at St John’s the Baptist Church, Riruta. In his words Fr Paul congratulated her and expressed his admiration for her, “when I see sister , I see in her a nun with a strong will, young and one who has a strong spirit of hospitality”
Among those who were present for the occasion were, the Provincial superior, Sr Mary Caroline Mjomba, Cps, the Provincial Secretary, Sr Teresa Ann among other sisters. For the Precious Blood sister it was a blessing to see Sr Mary Fidesta strong and happy in her services as a member of their order “We admire you for your cheerfulness even when the work load of being more than just a superior is on your shoulders and you still manage a smile” added the provincial superior who was among those who gathered for the occasion.
At the same time, the occasion came along with the celebration of the Precious Blood Secondary school that scoped position 3 countries wide. It was all jubilation in the two communities, the school and the sisters. The day was filled with God’s blessings as both communities