From Oregon Institute of Technology - Oregon (USA) there was a group of five people: two professors (Mr. Mike Cornachione and Mr. David Thaemat) and three students of engineering. They were at Hanga in June for two weeks. Their business was humanitarian and professional. They brought salvation to Mputa village north of Hanga Abbey. The group installed three new water hand pumps through the funds they raised in the US. We thank them whole heartedly that now the villagers have access to safe drinking water. They will be returning to Hanga this year 2011 for the same work of helping people to get safe drinking water.
In the photo sitting from left is Dr. Mike and Dr. David Thaemert standing left behind with the group that visited Hanga Abbey and Mputa villages.
In June Paul Conroy brought a group of students from St. John's University in Minesota (USA). He has been bringing students from the uninversity since he left Hanga (2007) after living there and teaching at the abbey schools and delving himself deep into Tanzanian culture. He lived in remotest areas you couldn't think, even by Tanzanian standards! Thank God he did not get jeagers!!
In the above picture Mr. Paul Conroy poses a picture with Br. Stanislaus at the altar in the tent during the celebration of ordination. Right and below are pictures of the group from St. John's University.
Another group came from Italy in July led by Dr. Mario. Dr. Mario is a Medical Doctor and a frequent visitor of Hanga Abbey. He helps the abbey dispensary with his expertise with some medical supplies. Last year he came with some friends to work at the abbey dispensary. Thanks to Dr. Mario for his help in the medical field for our poor people. In the photos: left Dr. Mario is cutting a cake on the day of farewell and on the right Dr. Mario's group (from left he sits next to Br. Lucius, head of dispensary at the dispensary)
From Austria Miss Petra Gehrer brings visitors to Hanga Abbey tree times a year. Her group sees National Parks, gets experience with Tanzanian families, goes to Lake Nyasa in southern Tanzania, visits Zanzibar and other National Parks. Her last group last year was in December when they had the opportunity to celebrate Christmas with the monks at the abbey. Word has it that the midnight Chrismas mass was so long and our guests had to leave earlier. I would too - three hours mass!!