Chicken for the hospital

To provide the entire Mission with eggs and important proteins, a new project, “Chicken for the Hospital,” was started. A large henhouse was built to house 250 laying hens, and in September 2011, thanks to a sponsor, the hens were able to move in. Since then, more hens were added. Schools have signed up to buy eggs. The project is financially self-supporting. One half of the eggs are sold in order to buy more chickenfeed and the other half is used as a nutritional supplement for patients in the hospital, the hospice, and for the children in the Nutrition Center. A chicken costs about $12, including the transport from Lusaka to Mpanshya. Thanks to this project, new job opportunities for local residents have been created.

Depending on the sponsorship, the henhouse will be expanded and additional chickens will be bought.

Henry’s Project

Henry was a regular patient at the hospice with an incurable disease, and he gradually became weaker and more dependent on others. Despite his life-threatening illness, he was a happy boy. When he stayed at the hospice, he loved putting together puzzles. Henry died on July 15, 2010. In his memory, Henry’s Project was established. Puzzles, simple board games, books, and toys are collected for the hospice.

Moms 4 Moms Project

There are about 50 births per month at Mpanshya hospital. Pregnant women often have to walk for several days before they arrive at the hospital and giving birth there is still not widespread. Many women remain in their villages, which is often dangerous for the mother and the newborn child. The nuns have started to deliver presents for the expectant mothers, trying to make it seem more attractive for the mothers to deliver in the hospital. The mothers receive baby clothing, cloth diapers, soap, baby powder, and sometimes baby blankets. The nuns also would like to be able to give sanitary pads to the new mothers. A lot of the women bring their own, self-made pads, which are not sterile and using them can result in infections. Until now, a pack of these pads is not calculated in the budget. Who would know better than a mother how important these pads are after giving birth. The nuns had the idea that mothers throughout the world could help mothers in Zambia by supporting the purchase of sterile pads. A pack of maxi pads, made for women who just delivered, is something that most of us take for granted, but it is something that the women of Zambia consider unaffordable. Using sterile pads could prevent many painful infections. The mother could recuperate from the delivery, gather strength, and take care of her newborn.

Chamilala Rural Health Center

Sister Josepha is currently busy with the construction of a rural Health Center in Chamilala. Chamilala is located 95 kilometers  (60 miles) east of Mpanshya. Once a month, a medical team (doctor, dentist, midwife, etc.) travels to Chamilala, in order to treat the approximately 250 to 300 patients and to administer medication. The patients are treated in a classroom of the Mvuva Basic School. In a second room, the midwife holds her pre-natal consultation. The people, mainly women and children, come from far away and have to walk for several hours to obtain medical advice.

A simple Health Center should be developed.

When such a Health Center can be opened depends largely on the amount of sponsorship and donations for this project.

Planting Moringa trees and lemongrass

The nuns have a goal of planting 10,000 Moringa trees and have already planted 8,000. The leaves are dried, crushed, pulverized, and processed as a spice.

Moringa  is a  tree which is increasingly well known, and which is considered a miracle tree. In many places the tree is called “tree of the long life” or “Mother’s best friend.” This summer-green tree is the fastest growing tree on earth (up to four meters per year) and is cultivated as a useful and ornamental plant. It thrives in almost any soil and forms feathery leaves. The leaves contain lots of vitamins and minerals. Even small amounts of the dried leaf powder covers the recommended daily allowance of many essential nutrients.

Moringa trees grow to about eight meters high. Almost the entire tree can be used for medical purposes (root, bark, seeds, flowers, fruit, and leaves). Moringa leaves when freshly picked can be eaten raw right away.

Moringa leaves contain high levels of protein, vitamin A, calcium, minerals, amino-acids, and other vital nutrients. Moringa can be considered the best natural multivitamin.

The nuns are also planting lemongrass. When it is dried and crushed, it makes a delicious tea.


Sister Martha, counseling and taking blood samples for AIDS from a baby.

Patients come from far away...

People patiently wait, sometimes for hours...

Sister Josepha treating children.

Sister Josepha checks out the site of the future Health Center.

Pre-natal consultation