Kimlea began under the impetus of Alvaro del Portillo, explains Franki Gikandi, who directs the center. “He was seeking to fulfill faithfully the desires of St. Josemaria by starting institutions all over the world that would serve people from all social backgrounds.”
This center for the formation of women lies in a rural area about 20 miles from
Isabel lives with
What led you to spend this semester at Kimlea?
I studied Pedagogy at the
What role does the Catholic Church play in countries such as
What has really impressed me is that, although you see a lot of poverty here, the people always feel blessed by God. Sustained by prayer and Mass on Sunday, they are always giving thanks, even if it’s just because God has given them another day of life.
The Church’s presence here is very evident, with many Catholic institutions and missions trying to solve all the infinite needs that one finds in
Would you advise a friend to repeat your experience?
The people here are incredible. The lady I’m living with, the teachers at the school, the students, the village people. Everyone here makes me feel at home, and the people want me to get to know their own families and local customs. But it’s also true that a lot of hard work awaits anyone coming here, and they will need to adapt to totally different customs and meals and lifestyles.
For the beatification of Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, funds are being collected for Harambee projects in four African countries. Would you encourage Chileans who come to the beatification in
Certainly! During these months I’ve seen how people’s generosity can help change lives. 80% of the expenses at Kimlea are paid by scholarships and the students are very grateful for this assistance. And since they know it’s a gift they can never pay back, they take good advantage of it and really pay attention in the classes and care for the facility as their own.
It’s true that both in