Born in a small village in Kenya, Sister Gaudencia Nafula Wanyonyi is the second of eight children. A nurse-midwife, she made her First Vows in 1990 in Malawi where she completed her formation as a Medical Mission Sister. As a young nurse, Sister Gaudencia reflected, “Mission means being an active presence of Christ the Healer to those the Lord has put in my way, mostly those who suffer…it means being compassionate and kind, and showing that you really care.”
Sister has served in Nangina Hospital, Kenya, and in Techiman Hospital, Ghana. In 2006, she began working in Ang’iya, Kenya, as one of the pioneers of the Primary Health Care Program at the Good Shepherd Dispensary, a new mission in Kenya. Located near Lake Victoria, of the 350,000 people in the clinic’s service area 54% live below the poverty line. The residents are grateful for the services provided at the clinic, including the 70 plus women who participate in the support group run by Sister Gaudencia. Sister also leads the Kids Club support group for children who are HIV-positive and in treatment at the health center. She was elected District Coordinator for East Africa in 2011.
Sister Gaudencia recently celebrated her silver jubilee and is currently working on her Master’s degree in Community Health and Development.