Blessing of the Mini Hydro Electric Plant in the village of Mafran.

September 30th was the Blessing of the Mini Hydro 2 kva in the village of Mafran and also was the celebration of their Patronal Fiesta, San Roque. Fr. Long was the main celebrant for the fiesta mass, followed by baptism, before everyone made their way to the hydro side a kilometer away.

The blessing was again lead by Fr. Long and Pastor Roger of the Grace Gospel Church. The cutting of the ribbon was done by Fr. Long, Dr., Ruby Simon, Mr. Roberto De Lara and Mrs. Weng Govind, (the wife of Engr., Nick Govind who designed and built the hydro).

Two Municipal Councilors were present, plus a few Barangay Captains, and officials, graced the occasion. After the brief program, the Children from Mafran Elementary School rendered a native dance, highlighting  water and electric power. The item of the Grace Gospel Church, the Youth had a radio advertisement, advertising the Hydro Electric of Mafran. Talked about initiative and creativity, good on them. The Grace Church were there, very active from the beginning of the building of the Hydro to the end.

From the Hydro, the crowd were heading back to the chapel, where lunch was served. Well before lunch, midmorning, the Medical Mission Team, Dr. Ruby, Reynan and the team were well underway, treating patients from the surrounding villages. Thank you so much Dr. Ruby Simon for your generosity in rendering your time and service.

Fr. Long with the help of the Kotabato Council for Justice & Peace are working together with the two newly created co-operatives in both Mafran and Itaw. The role of the two cooperatives in both places, is to manage and to sustain the hydro project.

Again, we sincerely thank those who funded this project; The Kutawato Council for Justice and Peace, Marist Mission Center Sydney Australia, the Catholic University Ireland, Mr and Mrs., Reggie Hockenberry (U.S.A). Thank you, Engr., Nick Govind, and the people of the village of Mafran.

Fr.Aliki Langi,sm

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