When I was in secondary school I had it all planned out. I was going to be a teacher, get married have 5 or 6 kids and live in a house at the foot of a mountain near a lake, (because I love hill walking and nature.) This was no pipe dream; it was really my vision for the future. So here I am today, a Sister of Mercy and a nurse!!!! At least I got the mountain bit right as I am currently living 10,000ft up in the
I didn’t suddenly wake up one day and decide that I was going to be a Sister or to go nursing, or to work and live in
So, what do I do in
The other side of our work involves different projects. Searching for ways by which the income of the families, their standard of living, can be improved. These projects include a sheep project (which aims at improving the bloodline of the existing herds) a cheese-making project and an Internet café, helping out with medical supplies etc. It is quite demanding but interesting and I love it because the people get the chance to fight for a better life. This really is the social side of things I suppose. For me it is an important balance with the spiritual side. There is no use talking about God if the people are cold, without shelter or food. The people here really have a very low standard of living and working together we are beginning to explore more and more possibilities of improving it. Next year we hope to begin a malnutrition project and an adult literacy scheme. Many women were denied education for a long time because it was believed that the men were worth educating and the women not. So as a Sister of Mercy I feel very strongly in working for the rights and opportunity of these women to be educated.
We are also involved in youth groups and have a local soccer team for the parish – which means I get to put on my supporter’s jersey and shout and roar when they play their matches!
With all this, there is the community life. There are three of us sisters here in Mache. It is good to have our everyday life together of supporting, challenging and urging one another on. The centre of our life together is our time to pray and share who we are, whom God is for us, where our work and the people are calling us to go next.
I am extremely happy in this life; I feel that this is where I should be for now. I won’t even attempt to try to guess where I will be living or working in another 10 to 15 years – I have learnt something since my secondary school days!