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.
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.
"May the Lord give them good health and safety as they work to heal and serve us." The nature of sisters' work in Africa — health care, education, community projects — has put them at risk during the pandemic.
With nearly half the population living on less than $2 a day, Zimbabwe is a place where people take risks to find jobs in other countries and where others take advantage of that desperation.