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The Pallottine Missionary Sisters opened a mission in Magogo Village, Dakawa Parish, Mororgoro, Tanzania, in 2017, at the urgent request of the Parish priest. It is in the Bush about nine km from the main Morogoro Road. The people of this area are mainly Maasai Nomadic Pastoralists, who live in the forest of Mvomero. To help the Maasai children to get an education, the Sisters opened Elisabetta Sanna, a Day and Boarding School. They began in 2018 with 21 pupils, and this year 163 have enrolled, with 53 of them living at the school and nearly 40 walking to school.

Boarding is expensive, so the greater number is day pupils. As many Maasai are subsistent villagers, we accept children from other areas outside the locality, whose families can afford to pay the school fees. Our aim is to make the school viable and self-sustaining. We managed to buy a second-hand Hiace minibus with a capacity of carrying 16 pupils but, as the number of pupils increased, we desperately needed a larger bus to take them to and from school.

Last year we began fundraising. On Wednesday, January 20th, with great joy, the Sisters, teachers and pupils at Elizabetta Sanna welcomed a new 34-seater Tata minibus. During the last year, the Sisters had struggled to collect the children using the Hiace and their Land Rover, but they were so overcrowded, it was quite dangerous driving through the Bush.

Dear Friends, we thank you for the sacrifices you have made to support us, so that we can now provide safe transport. May the good Lord bless and reward you abundantly! The two buses are now carrying 76 pupils from Dakawa Centre and Mbigiri Prison, which is 15km away from the school. We thank God for our kind benefactors, for our General Mission Procurator, Sr Marta Litawa, and our Sisters in England, who made our dream come true!

May God bless you all!

Sr. Basilisa Jacob/ Provincial Superior

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"Our diverse talents and abilities, our differences in culture, nationality and age are assets for the richness of the community. Although we may be engaged in a variety of ministries, we all share the common call to apostolic discipleship in a community of the Catholic Apostolate of St. Vincent Pallotti."(OWL, 91)

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"Christ, the Apostle of the Eternal Father, and his mission are central to our personal and community life, giving meaning and direction to our thinking, our spirituality, our prayer, action and suffering." (OWL, 19)

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"As a community of disciples we are gathered around Jesus, the Apostle of the Eternal Father. Like the first disciples, we want to be with Jesus, be sent out by him and return to him to evaluate our service in the light of his presence." (OWL, 88)

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"As Pallottines, it is our special charism to foster growth in faith and love among the laity, to awaken them to awareness of their apostolic call, and to cooperate with them in furthering the apostolic mission." (OWL, 21)

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"Our relationships with one another should be marked by a love that bears all, believes all and hopes for all, a love that is neither conceited nor jealous, which hurts no one, nor is embittered or resentful. It is never discouraged but remains patient and kind. It rejoices with others and shares their suffering. It is with this kind of love that we should help and support one another." (OWL, 90)