Greetings! My name is Sister Kathy Schmittgens, SSND. I am currently the Development Director for the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Province of Africa. I hope to use this blog as another way to share the good work of our sisters working in Africa. We are in five countries – The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya. I will also share some of my own experiences having worked in Sierra Leone just before and during the early parts of the civil war. I returned to Sierra Leone in November and December of 2011. It was interesting to see what changed and what stayed the same in the intervening years.