Mercy and Miriam

It’s been one of those weeks here.  So it’s nice to share a smile with you!


St. Mary's Mission Hospital

I found an interesting article from IRIN news this morning on the challenges facing PMTCT programmes in Namibia.

While we don’t have any partners in Namibia yet, the challenges are very similar in Kenya and Uganda.  And, as in many parts of Africa, progress is being made.


In an effort to save trees and money, we’ve decided not to print our annual report this year.  But you can download the PDF from Pediatric AIDS Canada’s site.


It’s Friday.  I don’t know about the rest of you, but I could use a smile.

Meet Gloria.  She wants to be a journalist.  And she is so grateful to the donors who make it possible for her to have dreams for the future.

And frankly, so am I.

 On the Road to St. Mary's Mission Hospital

Rob Crilly is a freelance journalist who has been living in Nairobi for the last few years.  As he packs up to leave, he’s evaluating his time there. 

This article made me smile.  I only spent a month in Kenya, but it has a way of attaching itself to your heart.

The “How are you?” inquiry was  a particular favourite of mine.  The man who ran the gift shop of one of the hotels I stayed in explained that in most of Africa, no conversation starts without it.  And if you try, people will think you’re being very rude.

Amazing the cultural differences in this world.  I picked up “How are you?” so enthusiastically that I keep starting conversations here at home with it.  Much to the annoyance of the busy vendors at our local farmers’ market.

Sister Gen

Adrienne and Sister Gen Sister Gen is the Director of St. Joseph Shelter of Hope, which reaches out to the poor and the sick in Voi, Kenya.  

A trained nurse, Sister Gen became interested in HIV/AIDS nearly 20 years ago when delivering a baby for a woman who was infected.  She noticed sores that she had never seen before and saw that the baby was very sickly.  She wondered why and was told that the woman had AIDS.  She spent some time getting to know the mum, the first person she had met with AIDS.  

Soon after birth, the baby died.  This experience affected Sister Gen deeply and she decided she had to learn more about this disease. 

She studied everything she could and knew that she wanted to work among people with HIV/AIDS. At first, her superiors said no.  There were no nurses to replace her in the work she was doing.  But she kept asking and eventually, it became possible. 

Sister Gen took a sabbatical year and went to the Minnesota to study, braving a winter on the frozen shores of Lake Michigan to learn more about her life’s work.  

When she came back to Kenya, she started working at the Archdiocese of Mombasa Community Based Healthcare and AIDS Relief Project and then in 1999 went to Voi to open St. Joseph Shelter of Hope. 

Today, she oversees a huge outreach program, and onsite Voluntary Counselling and Testing office.


It’s been a busy day in the office, but I wanted to be sure to stop by, give you a smile and wish you a happy Friday!