2023 Lenten Snapshots

During the 2023 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.

Lenten Snapshot #3: Clean Water is the Key to Life

The water system at Lemfu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was upgraded in September 2021.

The Sisters’ site in Lemfu contains community buildings and housing for the Sisters, a medical campus (with a hospital, health center buildings and laboratory) and a girls' high school. The goal is to supply potable water at four locations on the site. The satellite image on the bottom right shows the Sisters’ site including the proposed piping and potable water outlets. Click on the photo to view an enlarged image with details.

Potable water will be achieved through the following process:

  • Pumping water from the source to supply tanks on site using power generated by the photovoltaic system.
  • Filtering water for bathing, cooking and cleaning.
  • Running water though the first step in the purification process using ultra filtration.
  • Piping filtrated water to four output locations equipped with UV filters to provide the final step in purification needed for potable, safe drinking water.

With your support, safe, clean drinking water in Lemfu is becoming a reality!

Making known God’s goodness,



Sister Ann Fanella, SNDdeN
Clean Water for Life Volunteer

Above: The Sisters' high school in Lemfu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The school operates a technical cutting & sewing curriculum that helps prepare young women for employment who do not continue on to university studies.

Girls' high school dormitory at Lemfu.

Birthing suite at the medical facility in Lemfu.

Photovoltaic equipment in Kinsaku, DRC: The gray inverter (on left) converts the direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC) that supplies electricity to the site. The blue equipment (on right) charges the battery throughout the day. At night, the action reverses and they draw from the battery and supply AC to the site.