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Helping Haitians find water and self-sufficiency

  • Sr. Josephine Dybza with three young villagers in Jeremie, Haiti. (All photos courtesy of Sylvania Franciscans)
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Sr. Fidelis Rubbo, 67, has returned to her community from her ministry to the people in the Pestel region of Haiti -- this time for keeps. Sr. Josephine Dybza, 70, will be returning to Haiti at summer's end.

When asked what has been most rewarding to her in the 13 years she served in Haiti, Rubbo does not hesitate.

"When I left, the parish council said to me: 'You taught us how to work together and to hear one another's voice. Today, we work as a team.' "

The Sylvania Franciscan sisters say they believe the people they help are capable of being independent of their helpers.

"People are so anxious to help themselves, and, with a little encouragement, they can do it," Dybza said.

That, Rubbo said, is as it should be.

Read the full story at Global Sisters Report.

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