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 Kelly et cie au Congo

A soccer ball at Sunday mass…

13 avril 2009

 

 

Time has passed quickly…but the memories still linger on in my heart and mind. Here is one of those precious memories:

 

It is 5 :30 Sunday morning in Kinshasa, dark, quiet and humid. I got up and got ready to go to church with Pere Francis, our host.

He had explained that it was a very, very poor part of town, and that the people were extremely humble. I decided to wear my simple African dress, with a very simple bracelet, it was either that are my favorite khaki’s. (the one pair that I had for work )

I wanted to honor the fact that they had invited me, and I was proud to go.

I was ready, so I grabbed a soccer ball that I wanted to give to the children of the parish, put it in a bag, hopped in the truck…and off we went.

 

Driving through this poorer part of town, we arrived at this beautifully manicured court yard. We were early because Pere Francis was part of the mass. All of a sudden, the most

Beautifully dressed woman started to arrive, one more beautiful than the next. Their hair and jewelry were amazing, not to mention their spectacular shoes and dresses.

( I actually felt a little shy…looking like I hadn’t made enough of an effort.)

Congolese people are many amazing things…but 2 of them are their strong religious beliefs, and their pride in their appearance. Rich or poor, they are clean and well dressed.

 

The church ladies put me in a chair right up near the alter and I sat and listened to the mass in Lingala,and clapped and felt goose bumps as the choir sang some of the most beautiful music I have ever heard. Although I didn’t understand the words, I certainly   understood the feeling. I was welcome and I felt it.

 

The mass was ending, and Pere Richard made an announcement. I was totally taken a back …all of a sudden everyone was looking at me!!!He was talking about me and the soccer ball!!!He took the soccer ball out of the bag, raised it in the air and told the parishioners that I had brought the ball for the children. I felt so shy…geez …it’s just one soccer ball. They all got up and clapped and I felt that warm feeling that made me understand…it’s one soccer ball yes…but more than that it was a connection, and it was amazing.

 

After mass, all the women came to say hello and ask me about my church compared to theirs. I could hardly answer…there really was no comparison.

 

I will never forget that Sunday morning in Kinshasa

 

Rosemary

 

 

 

 

Promesse faite, promesse tenue!

2 avril 2009

 

Bonjour à tous,

Voici, comme convenu, une nouvelle sélection de photos que vous pouvez visionner dès maintenant.

Ces clichés ont été choisis de manière à ce que vous puissiez vivre, en quelque sorte, quelques-uns de nos plus beaux moments passés en RDC.

 

Cliquez ici pour voir l’album

Chers fidèles lecteurs, amis et familles

26 mars 2009

 


 

Nous avons atterri hier en fin d’après-midi à Montréal en apportant avec nous des souvenirs et appareils photos pleins d’inoubliables moments.

 

Deux semaines ont suffi pour nous faire réaliser qu’il réside des valeurs auxquelles nous oublions trop souvent d’accorder une plus grande importance. L’intensité des échanges et nos belles rencontres ont sans aucun doute transformé chacun de nous. L’homme naît bon et il doit travailler sans relâche pour le rester.

 

Nous avons été heureux de vous compter parmi nous lors de cette expérience au cœur du « mode de vie à l’Africaine ».

 

Il nous semble alors important de vous permettre d’avoir une vue d’ensemble de ce séjour. Pour ce faire, nous mettrons en ligne, dans le courant de la semaine prochaine, un album facile à consulter de ces magnifiques images.

 

 

Paix et Amour

Amel

23 mars 2009

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Chaude journée à Kimwenza

23 mars 2009

Cette journée de lundi était certainement l’une des plus chaudes de notre séjour au Congo. Même en position assise dans l’autobus, la sueur était au rendez-vous !  N’ayez crainte, cela ne nous a point empêchés de mettre la touche finale aux actions entreprises durant notre séjour. Dès le matin, nous nous sommes dirigés vers les champs. Nous avons pu observer, une dernière fois, le résultat de notre collaboration avec les jeunes entrepreneurs de BDA. Le moringa pousse bien et les graines plantées germeront quelques jours après notre départ.
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Après ce bref passage aux champs, nous avons distribué quelques ballons de soccer aux enfants des environs. Cris de joie et remerciements ! Que demander de plus ?
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Nous avons ensuite poursuivi notre route vers l’école. En effet, aujourd’hui, toute notre équipe s’est afférée à rendre la salle plus joyeuse en redessinant, sur les murs, des illustrations créées par certains des petits étudiants.
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C’est en fin de journée que les élèves ont pu franchir les portes et venir admirer leurs œuvres reproduites en format géant. Quel bonheur ce fut de voir ces enfants sourire !
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C’est ainsi que s’achève notre avant-dernière journée au Congo, dans la joie du travail accompli et la tristesse de saluer une dernière fois ces jolis petits minois, si attachants.
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Note : Quel signe incroyable du destin ! Je viens tout juste de terminer la rédaction de ce texte et la pluie tombe sur Kinshasa. L’atmosphère est soudainement moins lourde, les plantes dans les champs sont arrosées et le système de gouttières (installé à l’école) pourra recueillir l’eau depuis bien longtemps.
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Michel