Lomè (Agenzia Fides) - "I was in Tovè in 2005 for a meeting with all the Italian missionary personnel present in Togo, organized by the Pontifical Mission Societies. At that time in the area there was only a small chapel with mats", writes to Agenzia Fides Father Silvano Galli, priest of the Society of African Missions in Lomé. "Then they paved the road, people started to approach and the church was built. Now it's a new, growing residential area. At the time, we were in the middle of the woods. Everything has changed and the neighborhood is unrecognizable", said the missionary after returning from a visit to Tovè, a rural suburb of Lomé, where the SMA province of Togo launched the work of a dispensary in 2020. "The wall part is finished. The finishing touches are missing: the plaster, the furniture, the equipment, then the staff and the electricity. The person in charge of the center will be a nun of Our Lady of the Apostles, and with her, there will be a laboratory technician and a paramedic", explains Fr. Galli.
"The Daughters of Charity, also called Canossians, (FdCC) live in the same neighborhood, and there is a church dedicated to their founder, Magdalene of Canossa. On the way back from the dispensary, I met Sister Rose, the new FdCC leader in Togo. It was a rich, deep and enlightening meeting. She was ready to give us a hand with the dispensary, to help us find a nun and perhaps a doctor. She is local and knows a lot of people. We discovered that she is from Bé, where our SMA seminary is located. The Canossian Sisters in Togo are numerous. They have a novitiate with 14 daughters, and a postulancy with 4 young people.
"Sister Rose gave us very wise and appropriate advice. She suggested not to do important things that can go wrong, as happened in the past with other structures where capital was invested which was then lost". "The sisters have a new community in the diocese of Sokodè, where they do not even have water from the city - continues the missionary - and they have to look for it with the containers. We are committed to helping them solve the problem, since there is no electricity there, we could think of installing solar panels". (SG/AP) (Agenzia Fides, 26/3/2022)