Columban nun reaches out to poor in Myanmar’s Mandalay

“We find Jesus among the poor… so we show the simplicity and joy to the people,” Sr. Kathleen said of her work.

Myanmar
February 19 2016, 3:46 PM
Columban nun reaches out to poor in Myanmar’s Mandalay
Irish Columban Sister Kathleen Geaney distributes meals to a mother and child at a Buddhist monastery in Mandalay on Dec. 20. (Photo by John Zaw)

Sister Kathleen Geaney is continuing her good work in Myanmar, where she has been working for many years as a Columban Missionary with the support of people in North Tipperary of Ireland.

Sr. Kathleen is part of an interfaith group of women comprised of Catholics, Buddhists, Muslims and Hindus. They have reached out to the poor people of the city of Mandalay, providing them with meals and comfort.

“We find Jesus among the poor… so we show the simplicity and joy to the people,” Sr. Kathleen said of her work.

She said the simple meal of rice and curry can go a long way to help the people, especially children, many of whom are malnourished. The group distributes about 400 eggs each week among families in need.

In Mandalay, thousands of people live illegally along the Irrawaddy River bank; the majority earn their living as labourers or by carrying goods from ships. These people have to move to higher land when the river's water level rises. They also are harassed by local government officials, who have tried to force them to leave.

The interfaith women's group has tried to augment the monastery's work, also providing assistance with school supplies and tuition and some medical assistance, Sr Kathleen said. The meal programme is for emergency response but education support is essential as a long-term solution, added the missionary from Nenagh in North Tipperary.

Source: Nenagh Guardian

 

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