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Archbishop Ntahoturi Urges U.S. Decision-makers on Africa; News in Brief; Mothers' Union News
EAB PRESS 060811-1
August 11, 2006

EAB Press - August 2006

[EAB Press - Burundi] Interfaith Summit in USA

The Most Rev. Bernard Ntahoturi participated in an Interfaith Summit on Africa in Washington, DC, in July, organised by the Church World Service and All Africa Conference of Churches. He joined more than 50 faith leaders from 21 African countries along with U.S policymakers and advocates.

Discussion centred on some of Africa’s main concerns including peace and reconciliation, water, HIV/AIDS and malaria, food security, the alleviation of poverty, and gender issues.

Archbishop Bernard said that the summit was useful for bringing together ideas “in order that we can talk to the decision-makers here in the U.S. and those who make policy, so that in their daily deliberations they are conscious of the issues in Africa.”

En route to the summit he visited the Episcopal Church Centre in New York where he was able to share some of the challenges and concerns faced by the EAB and to thank Episcopal Relief and Development for their support and assistance in the areas of HIV/AIDS and malaria.

News in Brief

§ Church leaders, along with representatives from Compassion International, met at the beginning of July to consider the role of the Church in child advocacy and ministry.
§ Five students graduated from Matana Theological Institute on 7th July. Along with their diplomas they received Bible Commentaries and Dictionaries, and Annotated Bibles – gifts from UK and Hilfe Für Brüder.
§ Ordination of three deacons took place in Buye diocese on 9th July.
§ Dr. Stephen Dzisi from ERD visited some of the dioceses in preparation for the launch of a malaria programme designed to educate and distribute 16,500 mosquito nets.
§ Mathias Nkurunziza visited HIV/AIDS Associations in the dioceses to evaluate their progress and give advice and encouragement. Activities that are supported by funding from ERD include keeping poultry; selling rice, beans, and other produce; and making bricks.
§ Matana diocese hosted a youth event on the theme of transformation based on Rom.12 v 1-2 at the beginning of August. Approximately 2000 people attended. A choir from Rwanda participated.
§ The Church continues to receive schools back from the State – recently, six primary schools in Matana diocese; one primary school and one secondary school in Makamba diocese; and six primary schools and one secondary school in Buye diocese.

Mothers’ Union News

- Congratulations from M.U. members to Rosemary Kempsell on being elected the new world-wide President for Mothers’ Union.
- Due to a generous donation from UK, members of M.U. were able to organise the payment of hospital bills for nine patients that enabled them to leave hospital.
- Welcome to Josephine KEZAKIMANA who is the new literacy trainer for Buye diocese.
- Claudette Kigeme recently spoke on the behaviour of Christian women in the family at a gathering of women organised by Gitega diocese.

New website address: News and information about the EAB can now be found at http://www.anglicanburundi.org/