Sr. Joyce Meyer, PBVM of Global Sisters Report recently interviewed Sister Constance Fonju about the Holy Union Sisters’ ministry to the Baka people of Cameroon. For many years the sisters provided health care to the Bakas, a migratory tribe who live in the forest and are often looked down upon by the government. In 2007 the Bakas asked the sisters to start a nursery and primary school. The school, Alfred Therese Nursery and Primary has special significance to Holy Union Sisters in the United States. Sr. Alfred Therese, an America, was the leader of the first Holy Union Sisters who arrived in Cameroon in 1932. She died of a tropical illness shortly after her arrival and is buried in one of the first Holy Union Missions.
(blurb by Mary Lou Simcoe, SUSC)
Click on this link to read the full interview and view some photos. Photos provided by Constance Fonju, SUSC.
Sr. Constance Fonju poses with a shelter the Baka people use in the forest
Sister Colette, matron of the Catholic Health Center in Massea, gives multivitamin syrup to the children at Alfred Therese Nursery and Primary School.
Students at Alfred Therese Nursery and Primary School in Massea
From left: Sister Sophie, a nurse; Sister Lucy, who teaches at Alfred Therese Nursery and Primary School; Sr. Constance Fonju; and Sister Nathalie, head teacher of Alfred Therese Nursery and Primary School