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Zambia…One year later

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Zambia…One year later

One of the highlights of my second trip to Zambia was the hours I spent in the Mother Theresa orphanage. I knew perfectly well it would be daunting and emotional but I hoped that this time it would not be so overwhelming.

When we arrived the little children, with smiling faces, were gathered singing “welcome, welcome…” They performed little poems and curtsied, presented us with flowers; their lovely dancing, brought smiles to our faces.

Then we went into the dormitories; rows upon rows of the small metal cots filled the small room. The little children were there, some of them only a few days old, were lying, standing, jumping from cot to cot. As we passed through, the children smiled and stretched their little arms towards us, desperate for a little attention, a little love. It was heartbreakingly painful to hear the coughs of the children and to realise that this was the way they spent their days.

The time spent in the nursery was a very humbling and rewarding experience.

While Father Chris was visiting the seminaries with Mons Girasoli, I went back to Mother Theresa’s, determined to help out. A very loud radio was blaring out in the little room, I turned it down and I started to sing, it was the only way I could reach all the children. “Ring a ring a roses”…“Here we go round a mulberry bush…

“The conductor on the bus goes move along please…”

The children were certainly interested, some were smiling, some clapping, everybody looking at me and stretching out their little arms. I picked them up and held them but I soon had to put them down again, for there were so many and I did not want to miss anybody.

At meal times, the toddlers could not wait to be on the floor, they started to run around like mad, laughing mischievously, happy to run free. It was such a joy to look at them…

In recent years the number of orphans in Zambia has risen very quickly; the estimate is over 1.500.000. The Mother Theresa Orphanage does amazing work taking in children who have no one else to care for them. The orphanage never turns children away, even when they are obviously understaffed. The women who care for the children are so busy, feeding the children, changing them, making sure each child gets the right food, washing their little faces, they literally do not have a minute to spare!

I came away determined to fundraise in order to help these children. I hoped that if the orphanage could afford to have more people looking after them, then, maybe, they would not have to stay in their cots all the time.

Teach us, good Lord, to serve you as you deserve:
to give, and not to count the cost,
to fight, and not to heed the wounds,
to toil, and not to seek for rest,
to labour, and not to ask for any reward,
save that of knowing that we do your will.

The Dioceses of Monze
Letter from Sister Maria Mazzone

  1. Ruth Hickox Litchfield says:

    I am traveling to Zambia and working in the Community Schools of Lusaka through Communities Without Borders from the USA this June for the 5th year. I have been making/collecting knit dolls and would very much like to bring some to your children in late June or early July. I do hope this will be acceptable.
    I would like to have an adea of how many children you have so that I can try to make sure each child will have a doll.

  2. If you want to get in touch, Ruth, then I can put in touch with the person who will give you the details you need.

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