The tireless and life-saving work of an African nun working among the poorest people on earth continues to be aided by Kilkenny people through a local woman touched by what she saw there.
When Margo Wallace went to the Copperbelt region of Zambia for a break to be with her husband Eoin who works there in the mining industry, she made contact through Eoin with the extraordinary Sr Josephine Mulenga.
“Sister Jo is a 72 year old nun with the order of St Francis of Assisi, who works tirelessly day in and day out to feed the poorest of the poor in Chililabombwe,” Margo said.
“Every day she feeds 200 children and many of these are HIV positive who have lost one if not both parents to AIDS or other diseases and are been cared for by relatives or Grandparents,” she added.
Last October Margo completed the Dublin City Marathon for Sr Jo and she raised over €2,500 which helped to keep the feeding station open after it had been threatened with closure because of lack of funds.
The food is given to the children at the nutrition centre which is beside the local community school at midday.
Funds are running low and €500 provides 200 children with one meal a day for a month.
Sr Jo also needs a truck to bring the food she has harvested to market and to transport the prisoners from the local prison to work where they sew and harvest the crop.
And Sr Jo she doesn't believe in handouts. The women who attend her nutrition station and collect the children from school next door make concrete blocks from basic equipment that Sr Jo got hold of some time ago.
If you feel that you can contribute something to the work just call Margo on 0876399805.