Local parish communities support little miracles

You may recall reading about the Ladies’ High Tea Fundraiser, hosted by the Forster Tuncurry Parish, in March this year. Eighty ladies came along to support the work of three Australian nuns, working in Tzaneen, South Africa, at an AIDS referral centre.

These nuns, Sister Christine, Sister Helen and Sister Sally, care for “child families” left to fend for themselves after the deaths of both parents from AIDS.

Humanitarian Projects International (HPI), is an Australian organisation which has partnered with the Australian sisters in Tzaneen since 2013. Last year, seven HPI volunteers, including Mike and Linda Norris from Old Bar, travelled to Tzaneen to build a Day Care Centre in the nearby village of Marirone. The Centre now cares for over 45 babies and preschoolers every day, some of whom are from the child families. This allows their siblings to go to school and also allows mothers and grandmothers to go to work, knowing their little ones are safe, fed, happy and learning.

This year’s fundraiser was held to help build four small houses for some of the “child families” in the Sisters’ care. Over $5000 was raised at the High Tea – enough to build one complete house. How exciting for Linda and Mike, NSW State Managers for HPI, to receive these photos from the team working in Tzaneen right now. Not only are the houses well underway, but the HPI team is also working on a variety of different projects planned by the Sisters. So far they have also helped renovate the small convent, run a holiday program for the orphanage, prepare Christmas packs for the child families and much more.

So THANK YOU to all the generous parishioners from Forster Tuncurry and the Manning for making these miracles happen!

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