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.
The plight of refugees in Uganda worsened when the coronavirus struck. Refugee camps endured ration cuts and food shortages. But a sister and Salesian missionaries helped refugees survive by training them to farm crops.
The late Sr. Marianna Hulshof, a Medical Mission sister from the Netherlands changed the lives of many members of the Samia people of Funyula. Her work touched almost every aspect of life in the small rural town.
Tanzania's government stopped publishing COVID-19 data almost a year ago, and the president has stated that vaccinations are dangerous. The recent deaths of the 60 nuns and dozens of priests in the span of about two months has left religious sisters stressed about their safety.
The goal is as simple as it is complicated to achieve: Shift the care of children from institutions like orphanages to a family or family-like environment.