Student’s Experience in the MVCC Community Gardens

Written by Emily Gould This post is written by Emily Gould, a senior attending the College of Saint Benedict in Collegeville, MN. Emily and 12 other students spent four months in South Africa for an international study abroad program. This post is about her experience volunteering at the Missionvale Care Center and involvement with the Community Garden Program….

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Jen’s Story

The first time you set foot in a township in South Africa, you begin to see things a little differently. In 2008-09, I had the life-changing opportunity to work at the Missionvale Care Center while living in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  It is very difficult to put into words the impact this experience had on…

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Sue’s Story – Numbers

By Sue Rehmus, January 2008 Anyone who knows me at all knows that I never have liked numbers.  My first visit to a place called Missionvale in Port Elizabeth, South Africa reaffirmed my seemingly life-long struggle to comprehend numbers. 100,000 people 80% unemployed 60% HIV/AIDS infected 500 families per day – bread & soup powder…

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Home Health Care Visits

Written by Suzanne Manual Home health care visits fill our last morning at Missionvale Care Center.  Home visits can be difficult for those not familiar with this level of poverty, but important in understanding Missionvale’s tremendous challenges. And so, we walk with the nurses to check on those that are not able to walk to…

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A Day at Missionvale Care Center

Written by Suzanne Manual The group enjoyed their time spent volunteering at the Misisonvale Care Center, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. George, Bob & Ray packing food parcels in the nutrition center.  The Missionvale Care Center provides daily bread and soup powder as well as weekly food parcels. The Gensler Group making 200 sandwiches.  The students…

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Visit to Missionvale Care Center

Written by Suzanne Manual We arrived at the Missionvale Care Center to a warm South African welcome, complete with songs, flag waving and smiles.  Seeing Sister Ethel and getting a big hug was the highlight of the day!  We have missed the little “Irish Angel of Missionvale.” It was a full day of fitting TOMS…

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Trip to Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Written by Suzanne Manuel We are so excited to share the story of a group of individuals (most are members of the Rotary Club of Coronado, California) traveling to Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  They will begin their journey on June 9 and spending a week volunteering in the townships on a variety of projects.  They will…

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