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Education Day 2019 – The Mission of Poor Clare Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament in Sierra Leone (Africa)

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Sierra Leone’s modern history has been overshadowed by a bloody civil war, which ended in 2002, and a deadly virus outbreak that put the country into a state of emergency from 2014 to 2016. Children in the country not only had suffered from the armed conflict and the Ebola epidemic but also have been deprived of education. When the sisters from the congregation of Poor Clare Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament first arrived in the country in 1960, education was forbidden for girls. The sisters started a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of education. They built schools, and workshops to provide girls with handcraft skill that could be useful as a source of income. Until today, these sisters continue their work, contributing to help educate girls in Sierra Leone. #EducationDay

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