2022 Lenten Snapshots

During the 2022 Lenten season, we’ll share the work of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur from around the world. We hope you in turn will share their work with your family, friends, students and faculty. If you are interested in the Lenten Handout, please click here. Click here for the Lenten prayer card.

Lenten Snapshot #5: Clean Water is Key to Life

Ngidinga is the largest of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur rural communities in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The Sisters operate a general hospital and a large school complex consisting of both primary and secondary schools. The Sainte Julie de Ngidinga Reference General Hospital provides care in pediatrics, obstetrics, internal medicine, and surgical procedures; it also operates a laboratory and pharmacy.

In 2021, significant repairs were made to the photovoltaic system. The system and site distribution were split into two distinct electrical systems. The Sisters’ community buildings and schools are served by the north system. The site water system and hospital complex are served by the south system.

In 2021, the site water system at Ngidinga underwent upgrades:

  • The 750-liter overhead water tank was replaced with a standard 3,000-liter tank.
  • The five-branch water distribution manifold was reconfigured to a standard ten-valve configuration.
  • The main water pump control panel that was damaged in a lightning strike was repaired.

Water system work planned for 2022 includes:

  • Installing pump control cables in flexible plastic conduit to protect them from the elements.
  • Installing site electrical equipment lightning protection on the water tower.
  • Installing a roof on the water tower to protect the overhead water tank from degradation due to the long-term effects of exposure to direct sunlight.
  • Refurbishing the source pump house to make the enclosure more weather and rodent proof to protect the source water pump and control panel.

With your support, Ngidinga has become a regional bedrock for medical care and education!

Making known God’s goodness with you,

Sister Ann Fanella, SNDdeN
Clean Water for Life Volunteer

 P.S. If you'd like additional information about the Clean Water for Life project, please contact Angie Weisgerber at [email protected].

 

Ngidinga Secondary School

Ngidinga Secondary School

The Sainte Julie de Ngidinga Reference General Hospital Maternity Ward

The Sainte Julie de Ngidinga Reference General Hospital Maternity Ward

Photovoltaic electrical system at Ngidinga

Photovoltaic electrical system at Ngidinga

Ngidinga water system piping

Ngidinga water system piping