Our presence in Zambia & Malawi
The Religious Sisters of Charity were founded in 1815, by Mary Aikenhead where she laid the foundations for the work of our congregation, by founding a hospital, founding a school, and visiting poor people in their homes.
Our work today still falls into those same three categories of ministry, as our foundress, Mary Aikenhead’s work did:
- Education ministry
- Healthcare ministry
- Pastoral/social ministry
See the form our work takes in the Zambia & Malawi Region, detailed below.
Zambia - 1948
On 28th September 1948 three sisters left Dublin to travel to the Southern part of Zambia. This was to answer a request made by the Irish Jesuits in Zambia who asked for a group of sisters to take over from the Notre Dame Sisters who had been working in Chikuni since 1920. They were responding to the educational needs of the girl child and the needs of the sick poor in Chikuni and the surrounding villages.
The Sisters made their one-month long journey by boat, road and rail. They set off with the Athlone Castel to Cape Town, South Africa and continued overland to Zambia. This was a journey of the heart as the Sisters travelled with great desire to give their ‘all’ to God and to the people of Zambia.
The Sisters arrived at Chisekesi Siding on 28th October, at 3 o’clock in the morning They were met by a Jesuit priest who drove them to Chikuni – and so began our presence in Zambia. This humble beginning has blossomed into a number of foundations, which today urged on by the love of Christ attempt to respond to the various needs of the Zambian people.
Malawi - 2011
In January 2009 the Apostolic Nuncio of Zambia/Malawi came to say Mass at an international formation meeting that was been held in Zambia. Hearing of our interest to move into a new country he asked the Bishop of Chikwawa Diocese, who was in need of personnel, to invite us to Malawi and a new community was opened in Konzalendo, on 8th October 2011. Three of our sisters, two from Zambia and one from Nigeria were the pioneers.
When our mission opened in Malawi we agreed that we would operate from a model of Participatory Development, which promotes true sustainable development: the ultimate goal of any development initiative.
Our sisters simply work beside the people. And this model works on every level of provision – from healthcare, education and welfare. Our sisters advocate on behalf of the people and encourage them to become involved in making the future better for themselves and their children.
The sisters are encouraging the people to get involved in their local communities and for them to make the difference. Of course, our sisters help them by advocating on their behalf to the local, regional and national authorities, but they bring the people with them and show them that they have the power to change their lives.
Our Ministries in Zambia & Malawi
Zambia & Malawi Safeguarding Policy
- Child and Vulnerable Adult Safeguarding Policy