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As Franciscan Missionary Sisters for Africa, founded and inspired by Mother Kevin,
our Mission is to spread the Good News of Jesus.
We strive to do this by the joyful and generous, prophetic witness of our vowed lives, which challenge today’s negative influences,
replacing them with meaning, simplicity, joy, and hope.

Sustained by a reflective, prayerful lifestyle in an intercultural community,
we commit ourselves to respectful service of others
in ministries that empower, transform, and heal.

We journey with others as ‘instruments of peace’,
promoting friendship with all Creation, leading to the Fullness of Life that Jesus promised.

   

      

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Secondary School, Lusaka 

What an amazing achievement!! writes Seamus Gleeson... This fabulous Secondary School project - St. Frances and Clare construction has been managed by Sr. Loice of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters for Africa. A few years ago while we were in Lusaka we introduced an acquaintance of ours Mr. Jody Surtie to Sr. Loice as we knew she was looking for land to build a school;    

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Empowering out of School Youth as a Way our of Poverty in Kenya

As well as running two primary schools and a secondary school for disadvantaged children, the Franciscan Sisters also have an out-reach programme for disadvantaged youth who are idle, and feeling hopeless, and see no way out of their poverty.  Read more

   
     
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From the Fires of Belfast to Africa's Slums

Chai Brady hears about what love and hope truly mean Night had just fallen when a Belfast parish priest called an 18-year-old girl to help battle a blazing fire caused by a bombing, living a life devoted to others she immediately responded to the appeal.  Click on the Irish Catholic link https://www.irishcatholic.com/from-the-fires-of-belfast-to-africas-slums/?fbclid=IwAR1AqrOx9JOsii4IQFDx8b1NIEmknFzXXy0GtnwkMRw5hQQPBKhbEiQqZjQ
   
     
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Sr. Ann McAllister gives Kenyan Update 

This article contains some photos of the distribution of the Braille hmachines that were funded by SCIAF. As you can see the arrival of the machines brought sheer joy to the visually impaired children in Marigat Integrated Primary School.  To read article click here>>>


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news from mbikko thumbnail.jpg More News from Twzimbwe Centre, Mbikko, Uganda.

The Widows Programme is a component of the Twezimbe Integrated DevelopmentProgramme at St. Charles Lwanga Parish, Mbikko, where the Franciscan Missionary Sisters for Africa have been since 1998. The programme, initiated by Sr. Catherine McCrave and MS. Sarah Nsaja, herself a widow and a qualified Development person/counsellor.  To read more Click here>>>

   
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Sr. Loice Kashangura gives us an update on the construction of St.Francis & St. Clare School in Lusaka, Zambia.    Read here>>>

   

tn_sisters in wau 2016(1).jpgFMSA in Wau, South Sudan continue to be positive and hopeful in the face of great difficulties.    

Read here>>>   (Please allow time for pdf file to load)  

   
 For more news of our Sisters working with displaced persos in South Sudan following the link   http://globalsistersreport.org/news/migration/south-sudan-cathedral-compound-shelters-displaced-47426
Reprinted by permission of Global Sisters Report, 115 E Armour Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64111 GlobalSistersReport.org. 
   

 tn_youth alive project in pictures presentation-10.jpgYouth Alive Zimbabwe

 Click here to view 'Project in Pictures' (pdf file)

 

 

   
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Hands of Care and Hope, Kariobangi, Nairobi, Kenya

The Annual Report for the year 2016 for Hands of Care and Hope, Kariobangi has been presented.  It give a very comprehensive account of the 'tangible' effects of mission in this project.  It has facts, figures and photos and is a good read.  To view Report, click here>>>

   
Sr. Lucy Wambui Waweru.jpgTeaching - a Noble Profession: Sr. Lucy Wambui Waweru writes of her experience of teaching in Nairobi, Kenya

... A society whose springboard is technology, and where youths stagger vulnerably in the face of drug abuse, crime, broken families, peer influence, diseases, secularism, undeniably requires a teacher! ...   Read more>>>

   

sr. wilkista at korokocha.jpgSr. Wilkista writes of the challenge of teaching at Korokocho, Nairobi, Kenya 

Teaching in Korochocho is very different from teaching in other schools.
I teach in St John Bosco preschool in a large slum area. It is a very poor school made from Iron sheets and mesh wire as windows. It caters for children from the surrounding area
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Ngwnenya Literacy ProjectNgwenya Literacy Project, Zambia

The Ngwenya Literacy Project was started about eight years ago by a group of people who lived and worked near the stone quarry in Ngwenya Compound.  Their desire was to enhance their quality of life by improving their literacy skills and other skills such as knitting, sewing, embroidery and mat-making and to increase their income by selling their products. 

 
   
 Quarry workers breaking stonesAdult Literacy Programme in Livingstone, Zambia

They sit in small groups armed with hammers and for long hours each day, in the hot sun, they break stones into small pieces which are then sold on to the Lorry Owners who come to collect them.  They wanted to be able to write their names, to be able to sign documents for their children, and thus a group for adult literacy began... Read more>>> 

 

   

Residents and Staff of Cheshire HomeGiving the Elderly a Home

Kariobangi Cheshire Home was opened by Sr. Victoire Kennedy FMSA to serve a great need.  Kariobangi lies on the outskirts of Nairobi.  Its primary focus is the care of destitute, frail and vulnerable elderly people.  
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Nurtured With Love, is a documentary about the ministry undertaken by FMSA's Love and Hope Centre at Nakuru, Kenya.  The film's production was funded by Trocaire. 


 

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