Irish Ambassador Visits OLA Mission in Bugisi, Tanzania

 

Ambassador 'impressed' with work of OLA Sisters.

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Sr Rita, Amb Sherlock, Sr Edwige, Sr Cassie, Sr Kate and Bronagh Carr. Image courtesy of Fr Kim, SMA Associate.


The Irish Ambassador to Tanzania, Mr. Paul Sherlock, today [Wednesday, 18th April] visited the OLA Mission in Bugisi, Tanzania. Ambassador Sherlock was accompanied on the visit by Ms. Bronagh Carr, Deputy and Ms. Olivia Kinabo, Programme Manager.

The visit included a whistle-stop tour of the OLA compound in Bugisi which is located in the Shinyanga Region of northern Tanzania.

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Sr Kate Costigan and Amb Sherlock at Bugisi Health Centre. Image courtesy of Fr Kim, SMA Associate.

 

Sr Kate Costigan, a native of Co Tipperary and who has been working as a nurse in Tanzania since 2000, was very happy with how the visit went.

"We are privileged that they visited us and all three received a warm welcome from everyone here in Bugisi. They visited all of our projects including the OLA primary school, vocational training centre and primary health centre. I feel they were very impressed with our services in the areas of health and education. We are hoping that they will return again in May with members of the Irish government who will be visiting Tanzania.

"Orla McGurik from Drogheda, Co Louth recently donated some hurls so we decided to hold a exhibition hurling game for the Embassy delegation. I am not sure if it was the first game of hurling ever held in Tanzania but it was certainly a first for Bugisi! Ambassador Sherlock also took some time to teach the children how to hit the ball."

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Amb Sherlock spends some time showing the pupils of Bugisi Primary School the skills of hurling. Image courtesy of Fr Kim, SMA Associate.

 

Ambassador Sherlock took to Twitter after the meeting to express he delight with his visit to Bugisi.

"Great morning in Shinyanga with Sister Kate and all her colleagues."

In reference to the fledgling hurling team in Bugisi, he encouraged everyone to 'keep working on the hurling'.

Mr. Sherlock previously worked for Concern in Tanzania before joining the Department of Foreign Affairs in 2004.

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Image courtesy of Ambassador Sherlock's Twitter account.

 

The OLA Sisters have been present in Tanzania since 1991 and current have missions in Mwanza, Mwamapalala as well as Bugisi. All three are located in the northern region of the East African country. 

The population of Tanzania has been steadily rising in recent years and is set to become one of the most populous countries in African by 2050.

 

Links

- New HIV/Aids project gives hope in Tanzania. Read more here.

- Read more about BVTC here.

- New school bus brings joy to primary school students in Bugisi. Click here for more.

- A history of the OLA mission in Tanzania. Read more here.

 

More Photos from Amabassador Sherlock's Visit:

 

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OLA primary school students perform karate for Amb Sherlock. Image courtesy of Fr Kim, SMA Associate.

 

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Pupils of the OLA Primary School, Bugisi with the hurls donated by a Co Kildare family. Image courtesy of Fr Kim, SMA Associate.

 

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Amb Sherlock, Bronagh Carr and Sr Kate at Bugisi Vocational and Training Centre [BVTC]. Image courtesy of Fr Kim, SMA Associate.

 

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Amb Sherlock with Kate and Emmanuella [left] and staff of the OLA Health Centre. Image courtesy of Fr Kim, SMA Associate.

 

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Srs Cassie, Rita, Edwige, and Kate along with teachers and pupils of Bugisi Primary School during Welcome Ceremony for Amb Sherlock. Image courtesy of Fr Kim, SMA Associate.