Greetings from Sr. Mary
Greetings from Arusha. I hope you are all well. I am writing to thank you for your donation sent in January. Thanks so much for it. It will be used especially for paying the students’ school fees. Everyone has reported to school and returned back to school by now. However, girls in colleges are closing for their term holidays, so our doors keep opening and closing to welcome students and to send them off.
We have 6 girls studying to be clinical officers. Two of them are in a hospital near Moshi which is not far from us. Last weekend, one of the girls, Rebecca, was checking patients in the wards and she saw one of our students admitted in the ward. She is in a near-by high school. Rebecca informed us immediately as we had not been informed by the school. The girl seemed seriously ill and the hospital wanted to refer her to a hospital in Moshi town. We felt it would be better for her to come to Arusha so we could care for her more easily. Rebecca helped us to get the proper referral and paid her hospital bills with money we sent by the mobile phone.
So now she is with us at Emusoi and going to the Regional hospital here in Arusha. Recently, a new hospital opened here is Arusha which has the equipment for many tests which are only available in Dar es Salaam. We are lucky to be so close to these facilities. It is also helpful when we have students in some of these different hospitals. Former students are also so helpful when we meet them working in hospitals or other offices. They are always so willing and eager to help us with their “younger sisters”.
This month, we have been blessed with many guests—an Australian volunteer, Grace, who worked with us for 6 weeks teaching the pre-secondary students and our older girls and helping us with our data base. We said farewell to her last week with songs and gifts. A college friend of mine, Pat King (who writes historical murder mysteries under the name of Annamaria Alfieri), stayed with us a few days and met all of our students. The Estonian sponsor of one of our students also came with boxes of donated clothing and school supplies. It was like Christmas for our students. Everyone found shoes or at least a piece of clothing.
Tomorrow, some photographers will come to take pictures of the students and the Center. They are from the tour company, Tanganyika Wilderness Camps who are one of our benefactors. They are preparing brochures and advertising materials for their companies and they want to show pictures of those they are helping.
Next week we will be visited by a Maryknoll Father and deacon with 9 parish workers from the United States for a mission immersion trip. They will spend the morning with our students and have lunch with them. I always enjoy welcoming visitors to Emusoi and giving them a chance to meet our students. Such experiences help to open the minds of our students to the wider world. Most have only known their own home villages and now is the first time that they have ever been in Arusha. So learning about Australia and the United States and even Estonia widens their horizons.
I thank you all for your generosity and for your support. Our prayers are with you all as we enter this holy season of Lent. Please keep us all in your prayers.
Sr. Mary Vertucci
Note: All donations should be sent via Maryknoll Sisters, Box 311, Maryknoll, NY 10545-0311. Checks need to be issued in the name of “Maryknoll Sisters”, with “Emusoi Center” written on the memo line. Please include a note designating the gift for Emusoi Center, Arusha, Tanzania. You will receive an acknowledgement from Maryknoll which can be used for tax purposes. I will also send you a thank you from here. If you do not hear from me, let me know about your donation. It will take 2 months or so for me to get news of your donation. EMAIL ADDRESSES: If any of you would like to receive this newsletter by email, please send me your address.