Charity shop to support Bosnian housing project

Owen Hickey

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Owen Hickey

A LOCAL woman is teaming up with a Limerick nun who has raised €6m to house people in Bosnia to help her complete the final piece of her project.

A LOCAL woman is teaming up with a Limerick nun who has raised €6m to house people in Bosnia to help her complete the final piece of her project.

Sister Josephine Walsh - who grew up on John Street - founded the Housing Aid Bosnia charity, which has built 150 houses in the town of Capljina.

The project is in the stages of building its last two houses, before Sr Walsh moves on to helping people families to become self-sufficient.

Corbally native Marion McDonald is now supporting Sr Walsh’s cause by opening a charity shop Still Elegant in the Milk Market.

Mrs McDonald hopes to raise €40,000 and donate a Limerick sponsored house to a family in Caplijna.

“Since 2000, she has built 150 houses. She’s a modern day Mother Teresa,” said Ms McDonald.

After travelling on a pilgrimage to Medjugorje, Sr Walsh met a soldier in the war-torn country who invited her to visit an army camp, where victims of the Bosnian war were taking refuge.

Shocked by the conditions locals found themselves in, Sr Walsh set about finding them homes.

“She took this project on herself. The people out there had nothing. She has raised €6m through anonymous donations,” added Mrs Mcdonald.

Pilgrims from around Ireland have already sponsored houses after seeing the work Sr Walsh has done.

Still Elegant will be officially opened on Saturday November 26 at 12pm, and Sr Walsh is set to attend the launch.

The shop is open Thursday to Sunday from 2pm to 6pm, with all proceeds raised to go to the Housing Aid Bosnia charity.

Sr Walsh will also be in St Michael’s Church on Denmark Street at 5.30pm Sunday November 27, where she will speak about inner healing.