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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Colours in the making






Colours in the making
Here I’m to you a bit late. These days we’re working hard building up the new windows for the church. Few months ago I asked a confrere of Arenzano, Fr. Marco Cabula, for some drawings. Then Providence came on our side in such a way that we might buy the glasses and, after some ups and downs, we received them thanks to our Administration in Arenzano. At the end of last week we started preparing the job, and on Tuesday we began to create all 24 windows wide 2 x 1.40 meters. The new windows will be placed on the new wallsWe are almost done, and I hope that on Monday we will complete the job. ...

Meanwhile, during this week, which began with the Solemnity of the Assumption, the Orphans Centre was opened for several days of games and activities.
And despite the rain, everyone goes forward. And the windows too will sing the glory of God and His beauty! of the church.
The group of Cassina Amata (Pina, Lorena, Cinzia and Silvio, Mary and Eugenio) helped me, along with some young volunteers of the Parish. While I was cutting glass tiles (2 cm thick), the others were setting the parts and began to cover them with scotch tape in order to prevent them from getting dirty when pouring the concrete. We are almost done, and I hope that on Monday the artistic work will be completed.
Meanwhile, during this week, which began with the Solemnity of the Assumption, the Orphans Centre did stay opened for several days of games and activities.
Despite the rain, everyone goes forward. And the windows too will sing God’s glory and beauty!










Sunday, August 14, 2016

Some come, some go


 
dal parrucchiere
chez le coiffeur


Some come, some go
At Bozoum there is always a little movement. This August there are also friends who dedicate precious time of their holidays to come here to serve in our Mission. Last Saturday Fr. Norberto came back, after a few months in Italy, and with him came Pina and Lorena.
On Monday I’m on the roads again, driving towards Bangui to give a warm welcome to two couples (Silvio and Cinzia, Eugenio and Mary). Both couples will be here Tuesday night. On Wednesday I return together with the guests to Bozoum, and they immediately begin to get busy. The all six volunteers have met a few years ago while planning together the project of Orphans Center "Arc en Ciel" (Rainbow) based in Bozoum. Since then they continue to support the project along with other friends, especially with the parish community of Cassina Amata (Milan).
Eugenio is the architect who planned the church extension works. It’s up to him now the task of taking the measures, studying the solution in order to finish the roof ending also the all work. Silvio as for now gives me a hand in the preparation of the church windows: more than 70 square meters of windows to draw, prepare and assemble.
There are also the different planning and reorganization works. On top of them the preparation of the next week commitment with the summer reopening of the Center "Arc en Ciel". Next week the children and the animators will come together for a bit of activities, games and laughter ...




 




architetto al lavoro

Le suore in festa
nos soeurs en fete

foto di famiglia
photo de famille

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Youth














Youth
Central Africa Republic is a young Country and its population is young too. Think of this: over half of the population is under 18 years of age! It is therefore with a lot of attention that we followed the World Youth Day in Krakow. We invited all our youth during the Youth World Days, girls and boys, and with them we gave ourselves a few moments of reflection on Mercy: the love with which we love God the Father in His Son, the same Love that moves us to love and to be Mercy towards others.
We also managed to show live some moments of Cracow’s World Youth Day, thanks to the French television KTO. So we could see the Pope's arrival, the meetings with the youth, the Via Crucis, the vigil on Saturday evening and the great Sunday morning Mass. Our kids were following very carefully, because there was a small delegation from the Central Africa Republic (about twenty people), but mainly because there was a young guy of Bozoum, Luther Yapelendji, who is also the leader of the altar servers! (Photo Gosia Kiedrowska)
The work of the Church continues: we began to cover the sacristy and part of the new area.
Wednesday afternoon I went to Bouar. Being in the rainy season, this time I had to change my program, and instead of the direct route (100 km) I have to drive through Bossemptele-Baoro (250 km). On Thursday I met the brothers who work in Cameroon together with the other Carmelites working in Central Africa committed in training of our youth. The training work is ensured by the Seminary of Yolé (guys from the end of elementary to high school), the convent of St.Elie (novitiate), from the Carmel of Bangui (Philosophy student) and by those of Yaounde in Cameroon (Theology).    It is a long and difficult task that the Lord blesses: we have already some Central African friars and priests who work to grow the Church and the Carmel in Central Africa Republic. On Friday morning I went back, driving this time through on the direct road ... which in some places has become a river!
Come on, we’re young too, right?




il tetto della nuova sacrestia
la toiture de la sacrsite nouvelle



Sunday, July 31, 2016

The wealth of Central Africa




The wealth of Central Africa
Is true that in Central Africa there is not much money, but at least some little certainties there are. Wages, especially for a number of officials and teachers, a few shops, many informal businesses, and the fruits of agricultural work allow the population to have enough to live on. One of the difficulties of the people is to have a safe place to deposit their savings. Often you need to have a small credit for school tuition, or to start a small business.
And for this very reason in 2007 we founded the Bozoum Savings Bank and Credit. At present it is recognized by both the government and by COBAC, the Central African authority who supervises microfinance institutions. The Bank has 5 branches: Bozoum, Bocaranga, Koui, Ndim and Ngaundaye. In addition to the savings service, the Bank grants also loans and provides the possibility to transfer money among branches and, which is great, between Bozoum and the Capital.
Last Saturday the Bozoum headquarters held the General Assembly. The results that have been presented are impressive. Only here in Bozoum there are 2,253 members with an active account. If each account matches one family, it means that there are between 11,000 and 13,000 residents that have an account in our Fund. The reality is that more than half of the population is reached by this service! The total amount of money deposited exceeds 186,000 Euros!  It is such a great job to serve the people, raising with this help the ability to save and create development.
This week we go ahead with the extension works of the church, despite the rain.
On Wednesday I leave toward Bangui, along with a French Carmelite, Fr. Jean Baptiste, who came for a period of training for our youth. Thursday morning we gather together for common prayer and the Mass. It is exciting to see our lovely group of committed youth: there are students of philosophy and theology, novices, postulants and our young seminarians from Yolé seminar. There are also our students from Cameroon. At 8.30 am Fr. Jean Baptiste begins his conversation on St. John of the Cross our founder. A St. John of the Cross sentence stands out in the large room: “At the evening of life we shall be judged on love".