Considered by most scientists to be the origin of mankind, Africa is a continent of 53 independent countries and a rich mix of native peoples, cultures, economies and history. Almost completely encircled by water, it’s home to vast deserts, tropical rain forests, rugged mountains and fertile grasslands. Its National Parks, wildlife preserves, and incredible natural beauty attract an ever-increasing number of tourists from around the globe. Yet despite its natural wealth and beauty, Africa includes the fifteen least developed nations in the world, 70% of its population survives on less than $2 a day, disease and famine continue to kill millions of its people each year, and even the most basic education is denied to a large percentage of its children.Click on the picture to the right to see a larger
map of African countries and their capital cities.
New York Times Quote of the Day for June 2, 2002: “Africa is still the poorest continent in the world, the biggest sufferer of HIV and AIDS, the continent with the most external debts and the least foreign investment. But we are lot more hopeful than we were 5 or 10 years ago.” ~ IBRAHIM GAMBARI, United Nations special representative for Africa.
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Maryknoll Ministries in Africa
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The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers began missionary work in Africa in 1946. Initially working in Tanganyika (now known as Tanzania), the work soon expanded into Kenya, as well. In the intervening years, missions were opened in Uganda, Zambia, Mozambique, Sudan, Ethiopia, Egypt, and Namibia. As of 2010, there are 36 Maryknoll priests and Brothers serving in Tanzania, Kenya, Namibia, Sudan, and Ethiopia..
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Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers
Manyani West Road, off Waiyaki Way, Westlands, Nairobi