Clean Water Project News

During the 2021 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 by email or by posting each Lenten Snapshot on a bulletin board.

In 2020, in spite of the pandemic, substantial work was completed on several sites in the Democratic Republic of Congo — in Ngidinga and Kinwenza

 

In 2020, substantial work was completed on several sites in the Democratic Republic of Congo — in Nselo, Mpese and Lemfu.

 

 

Sister Grace Amarachi Ezeonu, SNDdeN, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Representative at the United Nations, attended 2021 virtual 59th Session of the UN Commission for Social Development.  The major theme of this year’s session was the role of digital technologies in promoting sustainable development and the well-being of all.

Kitenda, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is the last of the Congolese sites that was initially developed in 2010 and slated for refurbishment this year with new photovoltaic equipment and lithium-ion batteries.

 In Pelende, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the refurbishment of the electrical system is now complete and the operation of the Photovoltaic system is fully restored.

In April 2020, Sister of Notre Dame de Namur Carolyn Buhs sent an update from the Solidarity Teacher Training College in Yambio, South Sudan. Read an excerpt from her letter.

 

On June 6, 1894, at the behest of the Jesuits, seven Sisters left Antwerp, Belgium, for Congo. Today, in the Congo-Kinshasa Province, there are currently 131 professed Sisters, 10 postulants, and three novices in training to become Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. 

 

The Sisters in Nigeria provide the transformative power of education to form young people for life. In the words of St. Julie, they “exist for the poor, absolutely for the poor.”

 

 

 

 

  Committed to Clean Water

Clean Water is the Key to Life

March 6, 2020

During the 2020 Lenten season, we’ll share the work of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur from around the world. 

 

Clean Water Projects in Lemfu and Kinsaku

March 13, 2020

In the African countries where our Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur live and work, clean water is an ongoing challenge. Sister Henriette lives and works in Lemfu and Sister Patience is based in Kinsaku.

 

World Water Day

March 19, 2020

March 22 is World Water Day. Learn more about the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur’s Clean Water for Life Program and how it provides clean, safe water to vulnerable people throughout the world.

Clean Water Progress in Nigeria

March 26, 2020

Recently, the struggle for clean water has improved in rural Nigerian villages, but having enough water continues to be a frustration and concern for the Sisters, schools, medical facilities and local communities.

Clean Water Progress in Pelende, Congo

April 3, 2020

This week we look at the clean water facilities in Pelende where our Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur live and work.

 

Clean Water Progress in Itenge and Kitenda, Congo

April 10, 2020

Our Sisters in Itenge and Kitenda work to develop reliable clean water sources and photovoltaic (solar energy) systems in their communities in Congo.

 

Photovoltaic Project Sustainability Plan

April 17, 2020

In our final 2020 Lenten Snapshot we focus on the self-sufficiency of photovoltaic systems.