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Periodically the parishioners of St Irene Parish embark on a very special project. Here are descriptions of some of their work.
Fresh Drinking Water
While completing his theological studies in Boston, Fr. Winiko served as a priest at St Irene's. His home village did not have a source of clean drinking water. St Irene's parishioners solved that problem.
Home is a village of about 500 people in Malawi. Chinyama Village, Thunga Area, Traditional Authority Bvumbwe, Malawi, Africa is about 20 miles east of Blantyre.This village of Chinyama obtained its water from two existing water sources.
One source, about half a mile away from the village, is a stream where people dug a pool to collect water. This is not protected and the pool normally dries up in the summer. It is also a source of contamination because people wash in the same stream, and put their feet in the water when collecting drinking water. Unfortunately, when the rainy season arrives, and this stream collects ground run-off water, the village sees an increase in water-related diseases.
The second source of drinking water is a borehole about 1 1/2 miles away from the village. This borehole supports three other villages. As a Thank You to Fr. Winiko for his contribution to our parish, St. Irene's parishioners provided his village with additional sources of clean drinking water.
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While completing his theological studies in Boston, Father Romain Rurangirwa served as a priest at St Irene's. When his home seminary needed help in switching from an ever dwindling supply of nearby wood, St Irene's parishioners provided a much needed solution to the Virgo Fidelis Seminary in Rwanda. Parishioners of St. Irene's generously contributed over $30,000 to fund this important project which will provide an environmentally sustainable source of fuel for the seminary and the surrounding village.
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