B. Apostolate face to socio-economic situations
There are numerous and varied socio-economic situations which
involve Missionaries of Africa. Initiatives for solutions are not
lacking, from a social and agricultural training centre, at St. Marie
in Wukro, Ethiopia, to the domestic art club in Orange Farm parish
in South Africa. Since the 1998 Chapter, however, special attention
has been given to questions of Justice and Peace. Either in parishes
or among groups of people, these questions are raised to enable a
Christian commitment in this area. We can mention some groups of people
whose situation interests Missionaries of Africa:
1- Children and Youth.
Apart from youth movements, initiatives are taken to enable schooling
and even studies.
The Maghreb communities provide libraries and tuition
for pupils and students. (To see
Uganda, by contrast, Sharing Kampala community is involved
with several hundred youngsters full time. Workshops, libraries, sporting
and religious activities are just some of the features of this Youth
Centre. To see photos
South Africa, Tanzania and Burkina Faso, and Ethiopia,Missionaries
of Africa are directly involved with street children projects.
Every year on the Hill of Encounter in Tionkuy, Burkina Faso,
a group of young charismatics spend a year together.
Just about everywhere Missionaries of Africa are taking initiatives
to enable young people who are out of school or unemployed to learn
a trade. Manzese Parish, Dar es Salaam does this, in providing
workshops, as in South Africa, and elsewhere.
A confrere is involved in the Qedisti Mariam Tsegenat Centre for street
Another is the Director of Bruh Tesfa Youth Development Centre which
provides educational, receational and economic facilities for youth
particularly girls and young women). Gerry Murphy assists him, part-time
in this work. Both these Centres are in Adigrat.
Angel Olaran is involved in a Social outreach programme for orphans,
widows, people with AIDS in Wukro. He has set up the Wukro
Social Development Program -WSDP, in association with the Diocese
AIDS-afflicted men and women and their families.
Several Missionaries of Africa in Tanzania, Uganda, and elsewhere
find inspiration in Youth Alive for educating young people for a Christian
attitude to this pandemic.
A good number of Missionaries of Africa take on ministries of compassion
and being present for young people afflicted by AIDS.
3- Displaced Persons.
or other confrere is part of a pastoral team and others are at the
service of refugees in Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Malawi.
In Nairobi Ludwig Peshen directs the programme "Healing the
Healers" which offers counselling and rehabilation to traumatised
persons from Sudan.
others are involved in this apostolate in parishes where they
are one-off involvements at the time of natural disasters such as
floods, famines, drought. We also have a large presence in conflicts
aeras eg the Great Lakes, Ivory Coast.
The Missionaries of Africa have made a councious decision to remaid
with the populations affected by war in the DR Congo and other places.
4- An initiative among the Batwa in Burundi
(Elias Mwebembezi in Bujumbura and Bernard Lesay in Gitega,
in Burundi) (See Voix
d'Afrique on this topic)
A special commitment at the international, even intercontinental
to be where political and
other decisions are taken which affect Africa..
As Maurice Oudet in Burkina Faso (Rice, Cotton