Doreen Ajiambo is the Africa/Middle East correspondent for Global Sisters Report based in Kenya. She covers the missions and ministries of Catholic women religious and writes about humanitarian and environmental issues across sub-Saharan Africa that affect the people they serve. Her previous work has been published by Religion News Service, Catholic News Service, Refugees Deeply, USA Today and the Global Post, among other outlets.
Hundreds of women in Kenya are benefiting from a project of the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco. In Dagoreti, the project provides microloans to help women start small businesses in order to provide for their children.
When Sr. Miriam Duggan was sent on mission to Africa, she had no idea what she was going to face, but her passion was always serving those who live in poverty and the less privileged as a doctor. She was first posted as an obstetrician in Uganda, where she headed the maternity unit of St. Francis Nsambya Hospital in the capital Kampala for 30 years.
Dominican Sr. Astridah Banda and other sisters in Zambia are working together to ensure that educational messages on the coronavirus reach communities in rural areas where there is little access to information.
Religious are among those trying to find a solution to rising cases of teen pregnancies, as some men use the COVID-19 lockdown to lure girls into sex in exchange for money to meet basic needs that schools would have provided.