The Sisters of Saint Teresa of the Child Jesus is a native African congregation founded in 1929. Today, it ministers in Malawi and Zambia in southern Africa, and has 168 fully professed Sisters. Amazingly, the congregation is still growing, as young African women continue to join the community.
In Malawi, the congregation runs its own primary school and kindergarten. In Zambia, they run a school for older children, offering education to girls who would otherwise have no chance of attending school. This is one important aspect of the Sisters’ work, but other Sisters also care for the sick and for expectant mothers in rural areas where there is no other form of health care and often not even clean water available. They sometimes have to travel long distances to reach these villages.
Malawi, among the smallest countries in Africa, is a land-locked country in south-east Africa. The nation, also nicknamed "The Warm Heart of Africa" is among the world's least developed countries. The economy is heavily based in agriculture, with a largely rural population, and is making efforts to overcome decades of underdevelopment, corruption and the impact of an HIV-Aids problem, which claims the lives of tens of thousands every year.
There is a diverse population of native peoples, Asians and Europeans with several languages spoken and an array of religious beliefs. Mark Riedemann interviews Fr Daniel Chasowa Kamanga to know more about the situation of the Catholic Church in Malawi.