Challenges for rural substance farmers in Zambia.


By Douglas Ogato, M.AfrDouglas-Ogato-2014

While travelling along the Great North Road in Serenje area, I came across a number of women and children by the roadside selling big and cute looking sweet potatoes. For a distance stretching about 15 kilometers, there were about 10 groups of them at different points airing their commodity for sale. One group of sellers after another kept on waving at moving cars begging them to stop. It became blatant to me that those sellers shared the same serious challenge; lack of market.

sweet potatoes copieMy mind and heart got immersed in the daily lives of these people. As I did so, I took a mental flight to the month of October when they were toiling on their farms under the scorching sun to plant sweet potatoes. While working, their hearts must have been full of vigor and hope for the future. They must have hoped for bumper harvest; enough for household use and for fetching some income for the family. At the end of my mental flight, I landed at their present lives. These women and children virtually spend their whole day by the roadside. At the wee hours of dawn, women are already by the roadside hoping to catch up with a generous motorist. And as the day goes by, their children come to join them. This explains why one always sees children accompanying these women selling by roadside. It has become their life; they cook lunch and supper from there. They only go home late at night to lay their heads. During school days, it must be very difficult for schooling children as they won’t have time to do their homework from home, perhaps they do it by the roadside.

As I kept on reflecting on my mental flight and its eventual landing, I made a decision that on my way back to the parish I will stop by one of this “stop and buy roadside markets” not to extend a hand of solidarity. As I parked my car, they all rushed to me with a bucket of sweet potatoes. And no sooner had I came out of the car than they began one by one promoting their commodities. For the few minutes, I realized that, due to lack of market for their produce, they end up disposing them at a throw away price.

As I drove back home, I kept on thinking about these hardworking women of Serenje who tirelessly work hard to break the chains of poverty. May Saint Joseph, the hardworking worker and patron of all workers, intercede for them and all those in similar conundrums!

Workshop on training and advocacy for persons with disabilities, Lusaka, Zambia


By Ogato Douglas Momanyi ,M.Afr

A very interesting three-day workshop on training and advocacy for persons with disabilities is going at Garden House Hotel in Lusaka West. This workshop has been organized by Cheshire Homes Zambia in collaboration with Lillian Foundation. It’s an ecumenical workshop as it has drawn participants from different Christian faiths. It’s being facilitated by persons with disabilities who have been advocating for an integration and inclusion of persons with disabilities into the Zambian society. It begun today and will end on Wednesday evening (21/12/2016). 

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Forthcoming Oath and Diaconate in Merrivale, South Africa


From the Media Team of Merrivale, South Africa

Dear brothers, at the end of this missionary month, it is with great joy that as Media Team of Merrivale Formation House in South Africa, announce and invite you to the Oath and Diaconate ordination of our six brothers. Kindly join us or unite with us in prayer. Happy all Saint Day to all and the mission continue together with Jesus.

Chers frères, à la fin de ce mois missionnaire, la maison de Formation de Merrivale vous annonce et vous invite au serment missionnaire et aux ordinations diaconales de six de leurs frères. Associez-vous à nous dans la célébration de leur engagement. Bonne fête de tous les Saints et que la mission avec Jésus continue. 

Oath diaconate SA 2015To be ordained: Tanzanian Milanzi Konrad Simon, Burkinabe Kondemodre Albert, Rwandese Byishimo Alphonse Marie, Zambian Simbeye Robbin, Ugandan Damian Ahimbisibwe and Kenyan Ogato Douglas Momanyi.

Dates: Oath on the 27th November and the Diaconate on the following day at St. Raphael Catholic Church KwaMzimba