The Carmelite Community and Missions
The first Discalced Carmelite missionaries left for the Central African Republic in 1971 from Arenzano. Since then, Italian, Indian, Czech Fathers, Carmelite and Franciscan Sisters and numerous lay volunteers have worked there. In the last forty years, six missions have been carried out in the north-west of the country, six dispensaries, a leper hospital, a center for undernourished children, a mechanical school, a carpentry cooperative, twenty-four schools and ten village kindergartens.
The missions reach another 120 villages scattered in the savannah along hundreds of kilometers of red earth tracks. There is no railway and the paved roads do not reach a total of 1,000 km. Some villages are still reachable only on foot.
The work of the missionaries is supported by the Carmelite Mission Office which has its headquarters at the Shrine of the Child Jesus in Arenzano. Here material and financial aid are collected and the containers that are sent to the Missions every year leave from there.
Each of the projects that the mission carries out in the Central African Republic concerns a particular problem in the pastoral or social field which missionaries have to face every day and which they cannot solve for lack of means. If you wish to donate directly to this cause, please please go to the donation page for Amicizia Missionaria.