Ethiopia, the country on the Horn of Africa.
The country lies completely within the tropical latitudes and is relatively compact, with similar north-south and east-west dimensions. The capital is Addis Ababa (“New Flower”), located almost at the center of the country. Ethiopia is the largest and most populated country in the Horn of Africa.
We, Salesian Sisters, are serving at present in five locations with six communities: Addis Ababa (2), Adwa, Dilla, Zway, and Gubrie. We present you these five places where our adventure takes place every day.
Zway is a town on the shore of Lake Zway and a populated and poor area in the Oromia region of Ethiopia. The local people are very kind and generous.
We, as Salesian Sisters, are engaged mainly in the educational works. We administer two kindergartens, Mary Help Primary School, Secondary School, and Mary Help College. Since 1987, we have been educating people of various ages. Many young people have graduated and have been working all over the country.
We have been reaching out to very poor families and malnourished children through our feeding program. Many people have benefited from the special care and treatment they have received in our Feeding Center. The Feeding Center is open daily with one Salesian Sister who takes care of all those seeking help.
Following the example of St. John Bosco and St. Mary Mazzarello, we have the weekend oratory, where girls very much enjoy spending time and are accompanied by God’s love and care.
In Mary Help College, we have two departments, Information Technology (IT) and Fashion Design. When Fashion Design started, it was the first School in the country. As a result, the college is now highly recognized by the government for its achievements and the quality of teaching. Read more about the college here. There is also a degree program in IT. In order for more people to be qualified in the field of Information Technology, the college is part of the Catholic University Saint Thomas Aquinas in Addis Ababa.