Members of Our Lady of the Valley Parish in western Steuben County are joining in a fundraising initiative to purchase a van for a West African orphanage that cares for children who are abandoned, due to being born with birth defects and other irregularities.
The orphanage — known as the Nazareth Home for God’s Children — was begun in 2014 by “Sister Stan” Terese Mario Mumuni, a member of the Marian Sisters of Eucharistic Love, in her native Ghana.
Also joining in the fundraising effort are neighboring parishes in the Diocese of Buffalo. According to Amy Mikolajczyk, an Our Lady of the Valley parishioner and member of the “A Van for Sister Stan Committee,” organizers seek to raise $20,000 in all. Checks can be made payable to St. Mary’s Parish with a memo of “Sister Stan Van” and mailed to St. Mary’s Parish, P.O. Box 189, Canaseraga, NY 14822. Visit sisterstanschildren.org to learn more about Sister Stan’s mission.