Nairobi (Kenyan Delegation)
Alice Sarry – from Nairobi, Kenya
CTF-SOS DRS Kenya has been serving in the slum of Kibera in Nairobi for more than a month now. The slum, a man-made disaster of some 750,000 people , is home to many who often lack the basic necessities of life. In fact, their physical, material and spiritual health is threatened by poor sanitary conditions, high prevalences of infectious disease (HIV, TB), poverty, violence, corruption and other social ills. It is not a pretty picture. There is hope though. And CTF-SOS DRS wants to carry out its mission to help sustain this hope.
The members of CTF-SOS DRS – Alice Sarry, Theresia Sinaga and Fr. John Mosoti (the director of Servants of the Sick Pastoral Training Center) witness to the merciful love of Christ for the poor and the sick. They collaborate with the Kenyan Delegation of the Camillians and Sr. Benta, a Kenyan member of the Ministers of the Infirm who works at Christ the King Parish in Kibera. SOS DRS in the USA financially supports their efforts.
Alice offers a personal reflection about her work during the week of September 29-October 3. She has been a member of CTF-SOS DRS Kenya since May 2009. Alice started with SOS DRS by working at its headquarters in Milwaukee,Wisconsin (USA) in December 2008.
Alice writes, “I thank God Father Almighty, the author of life, who has given me this opportunity – a call to attend to the poor and the sick. I normally start at 9.00 am, which gives me a great opportunity to start the day first with daily mass at the Holy Family Basilica before going down to the village to work. On Tuesday and Wednesday I was working in the Holistic Care Health Clinic at Christ the King Parish under the good guidance of Sister Benta – the Camillian Sister in charge of the clinic. I am learning to measure the weights of babies, and I am applying my knowledge in foods and nutrition teaching mothers how to provide a balanced diet for their children and also themselves. Most of the afternoons I go to counsel people (patients) who normally are home-based. I recently finished a unit of CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) so I have had some training in that. Fr. Scott asked me to do that before I started working in the slum. In addition to listening to the people I take the opportunity to teach them about the importance of prayer. I also introduce the Divine Mercy Chaplet and inform them how to pray the daily rosary as a family while listening to our local Catholic radio – Waumini (Kiswahili for “the faithful “) at 8:30 pm. For the non-Catholics, I teach them about Divine Mercy; how our Lord wants us to live on this earth. I am providing spiritual nourishment because, after counseling the patients, I realize their hope in life is very low and they think they will only get poorer. They want to pray after I share my experiences and listen to theirs. We are both uplifted in faith. On Saturday, the Good Samaritan group that was formed by Father John Mahone and tends to the sick and the poor, gathered to celebrate mass at Christ The King Church. I had the opportunity to read the 2nd reading. The mass was wonderful!
CTF-SOS DRS was fully represented: Father John Mosoti read the Gospel; Theresia Sinaga was actively taking pictures, and she also participated by preparing the altar. Father John preached afterwards introducing the Samaritans on what works we do at SOS DRS, and it blended so well with theirs. On Tuesdays at 10.00 am the Good Samaritans hold their weekly meetings at Christ The King in the African Hut. I have participated twice in their meetings. I am looking forward to Tuesday this week to go out and help the poor and the sick, to give them hope and courage to use the resources and talents that God has given them in life, to listen to them and to show them that in the eyes of God we are all equal. Our souls are no different – one from another.”
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