Friday, April 23, 2010
Recently the Rotary of Libby, MT arrived to our mission for a water project in a community that we serve. I was delighted that the Rotarian and translator for the Group was Eileen Driscoll Carney. Eileen was the first lay missionary in Guatemala in 1965 for the Diocese of Helena. She is also a CARROLL COLLEGE graduate and worked with many community projects. She has a Masters degree in Spanish and presently continues to work part time in her retirement and also volunteers for the HUMANE SOCIETY in Libby.
I have stayed in contact with Eileen over the years. In the eighties we went together to the Guatemalan Refugee Camps in Mexico. She visited Guatemala the last time, twenty eight years ago, as WITNESS FOR PEACE. This organization monitored Human Rights for the people suffering and working within Guatemala for Peace and Justice. All former missionaries of our Guatemalan Mission have returned to visit us. All are overwhelmed by the changes and progress that have occurred, especially in Health and Education. Another notable change is the overwhelming presence of vehicle ownership in the area; when we arrived we owned two of the ten vehicles in town. Now it is impossible to count but it is in the hundreds. There are over 100 small three wheel taxis that take inhabitants for short runs, including to our clinic.
THANK YOU EILEEN AND ALSO THE OTHER ROTARIANS FOR THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THE LIFE OF THE PEOPLE HERE AND FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO WATER AVAILABILITY IN THE AREA. WE DO EXPECT TO SEE THEM AGAIN SOON FOR THE INAUGURATION OF THIS IMPORTANT PROJECT.
Posted by Sheila at 6:22 AM