My name is Maryanne Lawrence Ekam, from Mbiaso, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. I was born on Valentine’s Day 14th February, 1984. I’m from a family of three children; two girls and a boy. My father, the late Catechist Lawrence Ekam, was a welder. He died on the 6th April, 2011. My mother is a retired teacher now in trading.
I completed my Primary, Secondary and Tertiary education where I obtained Certificates including the Nigerian Certificate in Education (NCE) in Business Education. I got to know SSND through my Parish Priest and Sr. Dorothy Enang.
I like computer work, beading, knitting, decorating, cooking, gardening and singing. I’m a second year Postulant and I’m still discerning God’s will in my life. As a Postulant, I have com
e to know more about myself, my spiritual life and how to relate to people.
My name is Sarah Chepkorir Kipsang. I was born in Trans-Nzoia County, Western region of Rift-Valley Province in Kenya. I am from a family of five girls and I am the first-born. My parents are William B. Kipsang and Esther C. Kipsang. I am 34 yrs old and a primary school teacher by profession.
I got to know of the SSNDs through a friend who once worked with the sisters when they first came to Kenya, Mr. Terry Hannely. I was attracted to the SSNDs by their simplicity in life style, hospitality and their ministry of transformative education.
Currently I am a second year postulant, continuing my discernment through prayer and learning more about the SSNDs. I have a desire to grow continually in openness to God’s call in my life and in Mother Theresa’s words “Earnestly desiring to love God is striking a spark from a flint; doing God’s holy will is feeding the fire”. It is my prayer and desire to be one of her daughters.
My name is Uzoamaka Chimal Moneme and I am 26years old. My home of origin is Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. I was born into the family of Sir Moses and the late Lady Appolonia Moneme. I am the first in a family of four children (three girls and a boy).
I am a teacher by profession and presently a second year postulant discerning my vocation in SSND. I got to know SSND through inquiry after discussing my interest with an Augustinian Priest who worked with some of our sisters at the major seminary in Jos. My discernment continues to call me to trust and dare, following Christ in all he asks of me.
We received this news from Sister Joyce Nyakwama, SSND, who is the Principal of Notre Dame Secondary School, Mkar, Nigeria.
June 15th, at exactly 8.00 pm, a fire whose source we do not yet know, razed down the right wing of the old convent that is used as hostel for 50 of our students. Despite the fact that the students lost literally everything, we are so grateful to our dear and faithful protector God that there were no casualties or injuries. Students were in class for their night studies when this happened.
The right wing of the hostel burnt to a condemned state while the left wing of the hostel was finally saved by a generous crowd of youth and adults, men and women who responded to our cry of distress. Our parish priest, Fr. Michael Dogo was first at the scene. Really the gesture from everybody was just overwhelming. Even our bishop, Most Rev. William Avenya was at the scene in 30 minutes time and he, like everybody else was helping to put off the fire. He later addressed the students calling for calm among them, prayed over and blessed them. It is coincidental that Sr. Vic , a Provincial Councilor was with us in community on visitation when it happened.
We ask you to keep us in your prayers as we now embark on assessing the cause of the fire, soliciting for assistance to the students who lost everything, in particular JSS 3 (Junior Secondary Students, year 3)students who, upon completion of the BECE (Basic Education Certificate Exams) examinations, had packed all their note books and text books in the same hostel as they were preparing to leave for their long vacation on Saturday 21st of June, and reconstruction of the virtually condemned section of the hostel. Please see attached pictures.