In 2018 the parish opened a link with the parish of St. Monica’s in Lusaka, Zambia. The aim of this outreach is to develop and build a mutual relationship between the two parishes. In the interim volunteers will travel from Termonfechin parish to Lusaka each July for 2-3 weeks.
St. Monica’s is a parish community within the area of Makeni Villa in the capital city of Lusaka, Zambia. The community is largely an underprivileged people with high unemployment. The parish is led by Fr. Collins Munga and his parish committee.
Our fundamental view of the outreach programme is IMMERSION, CONSISTANCY AND EMPOWERMENT. This is practically demonstrated by our immersion, insofar as is possible, into the parish community. We will stay within the parish in host accommodation. By our ongoing and long-term engagement we will be consistent in our approach and relationship building. Our aim is to empower the locals to become strong, independent and self-sufficient.
What do volunteers do?
Volunteers will help in whatever way that is needed by St. Monica’s parish. To date, this has entailed assisting in classrooms, painting the school building, doing school retreats and host workshops to empower women to develop income generating programmes. The most important skill of a volunteer is to be a witness to gospel values by being present to the people that each one encounters. Physical and academic skills, whilst helpful, are not essential. But each volunteer should be able to be open to learning from those in St. Monica’s as much as to bring something of themselves.