The Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo

Kamba village, Varap post, shahad, Kalyan west,
Thane Dist, Maharashtra, India - 421103

Life reflects the truth. Nature is truth, clean, clear and transparent. Nature teaches the art of seeing things as they are. No fantasy, no preconceived ideas, no forced thoughts. The purpose is to present the universal truth in its complete purity, watch them portray its vivid colours. The mirror scope of nature is the picture of truth, a reflection on our intrinsic purity and perfection. The beautiful landscapes, the magnificent hills, the lush green plantations and the green pastures over the plains of Morogoro speak it all.

In 1996, Sr. Andrea D’Souza, the then Superior General who visited Iringa with Sr. Victoria , the general councilor expressed to have a “stop over” house at Morogoro which is between Dar es Salaam and Iringa on the way to Mbeya. On receiving an invitation from the Bishop of Morogoro on 27th July 1999 and with the tireless efforts of Sr. Victoria Braganza, the Morogoro Municipal Council sanctioned about 7.5 acres of land in May 2003 as a millennium gift, free of cost, registered in 2001 for a term of 99 years at Kihonda Block “K” to build a dispensary according to the need of the place then.

After surveying and studying the locality the then General Councillor Sr. Amali Anbarasi and Sr. Philo Bede noticed that the already existing health facilities run by catholic and other denominations close by namely Holy Cross Sisters and MSFS Fathers, the land too being rather low lying, lack of water and electricity supply was posing as a challenge to start a dispensary. Gradually after safeguarding the land for some time, the construction work for the proposed building began under the direction and supervision of Sr. Victoria Braganza assisted by Sr. Jansi Jai at the initial stage which was later taken up by the then Regional Superior Sr. Lilly Mascarenhas and Sr. Anto S.  The wings of time brought to completion the dispensary building which was inaugurated and blessed by Bishop of Morogoro Rt. Rev. Telesphore Mkude on 29th April 2008. Sr. Celine D’Souza and Sr. Anto S began residing in this newly constructed building which functioned as a formation house until the new one was constructed and blessed in 2012.

In the months that followed few developmental works were carried out namely construction of the garage, an outstore, farm house, purchase of a vehicle, digging of borewell, setting pump, installing of the pressure pump, installation of solar panels for house and dispensary, fencing the area and two pit latrines.

Various formation programmes began being carried out for the formees by the formation team along with vocation promotion activities. The first vocation to the African region, daughter of the soil Sr. Beatrice Berocan from Uganda made her first profession in the presence of all witnesses family and friends with Rt. Rev. Telesphore Mkude , the bishop of Morogoro as the main celebrant for the ceremony . Thereafter we were blessed with many vocations till date with four novices presently pursuing their formation.

On completion of the registration formalities for the dispensary from the Ministry of health in February 2014, it was blessed on 4th November and the long awaited apostolate began functioning from 11th November with Sr. Mangala and three other health personnel trusting in divine providence and protection taking care of the health needs of the locality. Sr. Thankam carried on till 2019 rendering service to the outpatients, expectant mothers, Laboratory tests, free RCH /pregnant mothers clinics and NHIF to reach out to the sick and needy till she left for India with Dr. Sr. Innaci taking over fruitfully till date.  An ambulance (Toyota Land Cruiser) was donated by MIVA with partial financial support from the region.

As the number of OPD patients and RCH clinic were on the rise, the delivery section was started; the dispensary was updated resulting in more patients being the beneficiaries with renovation of infrastructure and equipments namely new machines biochemistry, urine analyser and microscope which were a result of the Hilton fund project request and recently the electrical suction machine and oxygen concentrator contributed by the regional common fund. Presently the ministry is facing serious challenging situations due to the government health centres, laboratories and pharmacies the mushrooming in every nook and corner.

Presently the community comprises of Sr. Susanna Pinto, Sr. Celine D’Souza, Sr. Innaci A, Sr. Lalitha Bai and four novices. The house maintenance works are carried out timely and a new water Canal is constructed in the campus for free flow of excess rain water from the entire neighborhood during heavy thunderous showers thus preventing soil erosion and floods.

Heartfelt gratitude goes to the Regional Superiors namely Sr. Lilly Mascarenhas, Sr. Sagaya Mary Raju , Sr. Jansi Jai and their councilors for their dedicated service and help in the progress of the mission at Morogoro. Gratitude to God for the numerous blessings and graces experienced in the midst of challenges and hardships faced.