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Stephen (Steve) Pope

Year Joined MKLM: 2015 Country: Tanzania City: Mwanza Focus: Education and Sustainable Development Project(s): Education for Better Living (EBLI) People Served: Young mothers, teenage to 20 years old Project Goal(s): Help young mothers improve their socio-economic well-being by providing them access to a high school education, business entrepreneurial training and computer classes. Current Ministry: Since June 2017, Steve has been...
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Sonny Nguyen

Year Joined MKLM: 2015 Country: Bolivia City: Cochabamba Focus: Education and Pastoral Care Project(s): Amanecer (Daybreak) and Educación y Empoderamiento para la Juventud (Education & Empowerment for Youth) People Served: Abandoned, abused, orphaned children and children with learning disabilities Project Goals: To teach youth in Cochabamba the skills to impact their own lives and lives of others. Current Ministry: Sonny...
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Marilyn Kott

Year Joined MKLM: 2015 Country: Brazil City: São Paulo Focus: Scripture & Liturgy, Pastoral Support, Education, Food & Temporary Shelter Project(s): Prison Ministry – Religious Support, Personal Encouragement, English as a Second Language, Restorative Justice fundamentals Homeless Ministry – Food and temporary shelter, community environment for the homeless People Served: Incarcerated and Homeless Men and Women Project Goal(s): Share scripture...
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Hong Nguyen

Year Joined MKLM: 2015 Country: Bolivia City: Cochabamba Focus: Education, Pastoral Care Project(s): Manos Con Libertad (FreeHands), Salomon Klein Orphanage People Served: Children with learning disabilities, orphans, incarcerated and paroled women Project Goal(s): To bring unconditional love and caring to those who need it most Current Ministry: Hong works at Manos con Libertad, a cooperative of San Sebastián Women’s Prison...
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Guadalupe (Lupe) Petro

Year Joined MKLM: 2015 Country: Tanzania City: Mwanza Focus: Education, Language and Cultural Studies Project(s): Mercy Montessori School, Sacred Heart Daycare Center People Served: Children, families, teachers Project Goal(s): Offer life skills and educational opportunities to children, women and youth Current Ministry: Lupe works at Mercy Montessori Pre & Primary Schools, hosting 187 students, and Sacred Heart Daycare Center, hosting...
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Gabrielle Cuda

Year Joined MKLM: 2017 Country: Africa City: Tanzania Focus: Education Project(s): LULU Project People Served: Project Goal(s): The LULU Project serves at-risk teenage mothers, teaching them life skills and ways to earn an income. Gabrielle shares the program’s goal of helping these women discover their talents, plan their futures, and start small businesses. Current Ministry: Volunteering in Uganda spurred Gabrielle’s love for East Africa and its people. Gabrielle...
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Charles (Charlie) Petro

Year Joined MKLM: 2015 Country: Tanzania City: Mwanza Focus: Education, Health Project(s): Mabatini Public Health Centre, Archdiocese of Mwanza Communications People Served: Students, people of Mabatini Project Goal(s): Current Ministry: Charlie is Operations Manager for the Mabatini Public Health Centre, and he concentrates his efforts in planning and budgeting. In planning, Charlie works with the Centre’s coordinator to plan new programs, monitor their implementation,...
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Annie Burns

Year Joined MKLM: 2016 Country: Bolivia City: Cochabamba Focus: Students, Students with Disabilities, Rural Communities Project(s): Tacopaya After School Program and Community Center People Served: Project Goal(s): Current Ministry: In collaboration with the parish of Tacopaya, Bolivia, Annie and another lay missioner are developing an after school support program aimed at the primary school children of this rural community. Tacopaya...
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Maria Cecilia Espinoza

Year in service: 1985-2019 Country: USA City: Ossining, NY Focus: Education, Pastoral Care Projects(s): Always a Missioner (AAM) Manager, Friends Across Borders (FAB) Manager People Served: AAM: 500 returned missioners, FAB: 150 – 200 people per year, 60 young people, 5 – 10 families, and 100 adults of all ages Project Goal(s): AAM: Continue relationships with missioners who previously served with Maryknoll Lay Missioners. FAB: Bring awareness...
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Susan (Susana) Carpenter

Years in service: 2014-2019 Country: Tanzania City: Mwanza Focus: Education and Pastoral Care Project(s): 1) Literacy Education for Adults; 2) Scholars Program for Vulnerable Youth People Served: 1) Adults from Mabatini (Maryknoll) Parish; 2) Youth from Mwanza Project Goal(s): 1) Teach literacy (reading, writing, and basic math) to adults in Mwanza who have not had the gift of education;  2)...
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