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.
"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.
To mark World Humanitarian Day, GSR asked Catholic sisters and those they work with in four countries — Malawi, Kenya, India and El Salvador — about their humanitarian ministries in the face of the pandemic.
The Daughters of the Redeemer use produce grown on their 15 acres outside Chilanga, Zambia, to feed young students and vulnerable families, and have taken training in organic farming to villages in the area.