From Zambia to Ireland
Edmund Rice Development was delighted to host three Brothers from Zambia in 2017.
Br. Kephas Ndalama and Br. Tatenda Chimbima traveled from Zambia to Ireland to talk to schools, community groups, funding partners and other friends about the Edmund Rice Mission today. From Cork to Belfast, the Brothers visited 12 schools and spoke to over 2,250 students over two weeks to share their stories of life in Zambia.
Br. Kephas talked about his experience as a teacher at St. Edmund’s School and about the journey of that school community over the past 50 years. Br. Tatenda is a member of a new Journeying Together community in Luampa – where Brothers, staff and volunteers are living and working amongst the people. Luampa is in the Western Province of Zambia, where 2 out of every 3 people live in extreme poverty. Br Tatenda gave those he met an insight into the significant challenges children and families face in the area. While in Ireland, the Brothers had the opportunity to meet with several other groups, including staff at Misean Cara who have been supportive of the Edmund Rice Mission in Zambia.
Br. Alfred Banda, District Leader of South Central District and board member of ERD visited Cork with Jenni Barrett, CEO of ERD during 2017. Br Alfred had the pleasure of meeting students and teachers who travelled to Zambia as an immersion group.
We sincerely thank all the groups who welcomed us so warmly during our visits, and to the Brothers for taking the time to visit Ireland.