Worth Noting....Worth Quoting
Letters We Have Received

I am very pleased to bring you up-to-date with the developments of our irrigation and dam project—and to thank AIM USA once again for its initial donation for this project. Last year we were able to do a bit more deepening on the main water basin, build a permanent water gate and riff raff the northern bank with rocks and concrete. We want to do the same with the southern bank which will be a less daunting task as there is a gradual slope down to the water's edge. The overall effect on the surrounding area is peaceful and picturesque. Incidentally, our rice production has increased considerably and is much more secure.

Filomeno Cinco, OCSO
Our Lady of the Philippines Abbey
Guirmaras, Philippines

Our community has an old age home with 30 people. We are providing food, medicine and accommodations for them. The money we received as mass stipends will be spent for this mission.

Fr. George Nellyanill Chandy, OSB
Shantivanam Ashram
Tamil Nadu, India

As you will know from the press, the situation in Zimbabwe is bleak. People living with HIV/AIDS suffer the added difficulty because the government does not seem to be able to guarantee the steady supply of the necessary medication. The Health Delivery system is in complete collapse. We try to use the money given us to support those who need antiretroviral treatment. This requires transport to hospitals and regular blood tests—all of which are very expensive. Your very thoughtful gift will therefore keep a number of individuals alive for much longer.

Fr. Robert Igo, OSB
Monastery of Christ the Word
Macheke, Zimbabwe

A big thank you for the money you sent us to assist us in our work with HIV/AIDS patients. We still hope that God will help us handle this pandemic. In August last year all our HIV/AIDS home-base care givers managed to have their annual retreat, which is much needed because of facing the dying. At the end of the day one feels sick emotionally and psychologically. Now and then one needs to share all the worries and concerns, and heal the hurts encountered while nursing the dying. Our patient support group is now well-established and meets every month. They can air their problems and help one another live with HIV/AIDS positively with God and neighbor. Also, they get lectures on HIV/AIDS-related diseases given by the Councilor and professional nurses. They are taught to make gardens and plant their own vegetables. We teach them how to prepare vegetables in a way that they do not lose their nutritional value. Presently there are 25 members of the group who are ambulant. Some already have lived with HIV/AIDS for 10 years. 70% of the group is female who are the pillars of their families. A family without a mother is lifeless; the future of the children lies in these women. We have given our home base care group the name LETHUKUKHANYA. It means "bring light," and this group has really brought light to our local people.

Sr. M. Margaret Sibisi, OSB
Director of Lethukukhanya, Twasana Convent
Vryheid, South Africa

It is a great pleasure to receive new books for our community and for the sisters' library. We cannot afford to purchase such books. With the books we can study and research more on human development, the economic aspect, spiritual, social and political. Whatever knowledge comes from our study and research is shared in our apostolate with those who are poor in spiritual and moral values. Benedictine Sisters of the Rural Mission.

Bacalod City, Philippines

I had just told our three novices, "Bad luck; we don't have books of the old fathers, as mentioned in RB 73." Then, what a wonder, two days later you sent these books and I could hand them out to the novices. They were very much surprised.

Abbot Dionys Lindenmaier, OSB
Benedictine Abbey
Ndanda, Tanzania

With joy we have received the check for mass stipends. With that money we can help some poor people who come to the monastery. Lastly we must help some women victims of abuses and their children. They have only their clothes and nothing more. We give them beds and other needful things. We are also very thankful for the books, always welcome in our library. In our country good books are very dear and we cannot buy them. Hna.

María Teresa Ferrari, OSB
Monasterio N. S. de la Esperanza
Rafaela, Argentina

Due to lack of biblical commentaries, theological and philosophical books, our major seminarians are forced to spend a lot of time outside of the monastery daily. They spend a lot of time in the Institute which is 18 kilometers from our monastery.

Fr. Bekele Gheda, OCist
Monastery of St. Joseph
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

As our monastery is a young monastery we do not have enough books to satisfy the monks' needs. The books you have been sending to our monastery are really important and useful for our spiritual growth. Besides, as we are located far from any library these books help us carry out efficiently our pastoral activity and formation of young people. Furthermore, the mass stipends we received are a great help to cover our provision expenses which have become unbearable. Although we have a small piece of land we can produce vegetables only in rainy season; in dry season wecannot produce anything.

Abbot Woldetensae Balewold, OCist
Cistercian Monastery of the Holy Trinity
Hosanna, Ethiopia.