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Gifts speed goal of sewing center in Congo

Sep 26, 2016


Bishop Steven Ayule-Milenge inspects work being done on the pro-cathedral complex in Congo.

by John Omwake, editor of The Trinitarian

Thanks to more than US $7000 received during June, the Missionary Diocese of Congo has gone a long way toward its goal of providing a sewing center where woman who are victims of rape or other forms of sexual violence can learn to be seamstresses.

The work was done in two parts, Bishop Ayule-Milenge explained.  First came repairs to a stone wall protecting the diocese’s pro-cathedral, Sainte-Trinité, which was damaged in an earthquake that struck the eastern Congolese city of Bukavu and surrounding regions in August 2015.  

The second stage involved an underground room, which is the foundation of the pro-cathedral complex, the Bishop said. This room will be used to teach sewing, he added.

While much has been accomplished, work remains to be done, Bishop Ayule-Milenge said.  Parties who would like to help may do so by making an online donation to the Saint Paul Mission Society.

For more on this story and others like it, see the current issue of The Trinitarian.

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