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Bishop blesses new school, crèche

MERCURY REPORTER

Mandini

A NEW pre-prirnary school and crèche near Mandini village in Zululand has been blessed by the Bishop of Eshowe, the Right Rev Mansuet Biyase, and officially opened by the chairman of the International Committee of the Federal Association of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta in the US, Mr Daniel Meehan. The school and crèche are a project of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard, a relief organisation of the order. The brotherhood carries out many works of charity and relief internationally. Two years ago, the community of Whebede, a poor rural area north of the Tugela river, approached the brotherhood for assistance in setting up a crèche to enable the mothers of the area to look for work. The executive council decided that a crèche was not enough and took the idea one step further to a pre-primary school, and began canvassing for donations. Large donations were received from the Action of the Three Kings and Malteser Hilfsdienst, both of Germany, the Swiss Foundation and a personal donation from Mr Meehan, of Milwaukee. Through their generosity the brotherhood was able to go ahead with building the pre-primary school and crèche. Among the dignitaries who witnessed the opening of the school and crèche and the work which the brotherhood does in the Mandini area were Dr Albrecht Count of Rechberg, who is co-ordinator for the help of Malteser Hilfsdienst to South Africa, Mr Manfred Schulz, managing director of Malteser Hilfsdienst, Bavaria, and Mrs Ruby Martin, the former minister of administration for the state of Virginia. They were given a presentation on a proposed new care centre to be built next to St Anthony's Catholic church in Mandini. Construction is due to begin within a month and the centre will be built and run with donations only. It will be staffed by volunteers and will give people the opportunity to care for themselves.

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NEW SCHOOL: Daniel Meehan of the Knights of Malta and Johannes Hlongwa, a member of the relief organisation Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard, at the recent opening of a much-needed pre-primary school and crèche in the Mandini area.


THE MERCURY · TUESDAY, AUGUST 8 1995


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