St. Simeon Skete, Taylorsville Kentucky USA

With St. Simeon, the God receiver, as our patron, the skete seeks to practice the ideals found in our Rule, The Thousand Day Nazareth. In simplicity and poverty, the skete embraces the struggle of inner life through the practice of the Prayer Rope.

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Another Village (one of many) that requires our Attention. By: Mako Mansaray, Kabala Sierra leone

Note:  As you will see in this blog post by Mako Mansaray, there are many villages, within the area in which we are building the new NHA Compound, that are in desperate need.  It is extremely necessary  that we settle in this region.  All though there are needs all over Sierra Leone, Nazareth House Apostolate goes deep into the bush to find the hidden villages, those that are not receiving assistance from other organizations.  Those hidden in the cracks of society.    Because the need is so great in this area, it is even more important that we complete the building of our NHA Compound immediately.  We must have a center of operations to work out of, to store supplies and medications and to house our staff who will be carrying out the work of Nazareth House to the people we serve.  There are so many villages - men, women and children that are counting on us to make a difference for them.  Please send your donation today!  Once we have the Compound up and running, we can move on to the other projects that enable us to serve the people more efficiently and effectively.  

Mako's Friday Kabala Update:

MANDAY (greetings in Limba) to you all!

It's been a while now, but all is well and fine. When there is silence we still continue to do our work of NHA.  

We believe in going to the people and their villages rather than expecting the tired, sick, hungry villagers to come us. 

By so doing, we actually come in contact with the real people and their living conditions.  We share their sorrow, their difficulties and hardship. THAT IS THE SPIRIT OF NHA.

August 25th was another sad day for the NHA Family. Our builder of the new NHA Compound, Anthony Bangura, lost his father. 
Pa Foday in Kamanka Village with Anthony
Pa Foday got ready his Motorcycle as we travel to pay our last respects to the old man. 

We had to travel up to Kabagbasia with the bike. (This is the village James did the last medical distribution.-see tomorrow's blog) 

The rest of the way, we had to walk on foot to the village.

We hiked through streams 

and tall bushes as we trekked the 8 mile walk.

In the village itself, my attentions were drawn to so many things.  

But what really troubled me the most is the number of sick people, both young and old in this village.

As you can see, this old woman is very ill.  

She has suffered this illness now for five years. 

This young boy is suffering from serious head ache for the past two months.
Local Herb Treatment smeared on his head for headaches

The only treatment available is traditional herbs which is not helping the situation at all.

This one is also suffering from a swollen neck

for some time now.

Another man has a swollen foot.

These children are sick, 

and there is so many of them.

There is no assistance what so ever for these people! 

NHA has recently gone as far as KABAGBASIA doing the medical supply, but deeper into the bush, the people of KAMANKA also need our attention through Nazareth House Apostolate.  

People are dying of curable diseases and the situation cannot be rectified on its own without our help.  


The urgency to get NHA established in this region is vitally important.  I cannot think of a more important act of charity, act of love, act of compassion you can do than to support this venture and help us get this Compound settled so that through NHA's existence here we can save even more lives.   I implore you to open your hearts and give today. 

Well, in the midst of its pains, all ends well tonight in KAMANKA Village.  Anthony's father is laid peacefully to rest 

and the Local Chief serves the palm wine as traditions permits.