After an action packed visit since Wednesday the 12th July, 2017, the Coppel Family left the Diocese of Karonga on Sunday, the 16th of July 2017.
Mr and Mrs Coppel were accompanied by their 2 grandchildren, 2 friends and senior representatives from the Catholic Relief Services. Mr Coppel has been a close partner of the Diocese of Karonga especially through Lusubilo Orphan Care project in terms of providing funding for several projects run by the organization. The Coppel were also one of the very first people who generously contributed to the construction of the St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral. The Coppel Family also supports the Diocese of Karonga through the Caritas and Pastoral commissions.
During their visit, Mr Coppel Family had a number of meetings with staff and management of Lusubilo and Karonga Diocese Curia and visited a number of project interventions in Chitipa and Karonga districts. According to Vit
umbiko Ngwira; the Deputy Director at Lusubilo; Mr and Mrs Coppel appreciated services that Lusubilo is rendering to various vulnerable individuals and communities in the Diocese of Karonga. He also expressed his joy for the partnership that exists between the organization and his family. During one of the field visits 2 beneficiaries shared their experience on the help that they have received from Lusubilo. Also, together with His Lordship Bishop Martin Mtumbuka, Mr Coppel officially opened the warehouse at St. Michael’s Parish on the 14th of July,2017.
During the farewell dinner at Bambo Zutu House on the 15th of July, 2017 Mr Coppel expressed his thanks for the people of Karonga Diocese for warmly welcoming and hosting them in the Diocese of Karonga. He also pledged unwavering commitment to supporting the Diocese of Karonga. To demonstrate this, among others, Mr Coppel said that each time they visit the Diocese of Karonga, they make sure that they are accompanied by their children and/or grand children so that this bond continues to grow in the future. In his words, Bishop Martin Mtumbuka of the Dioce
se expressed his gratitude to the Coppel Family for the huge support render to the Diocese. According to the Bishop; ‘what the Coppel Family are doing to the Diocese call for both
a sense of gratitude to God and to the Coppel Family and a sense of responsibility’
The Coppel left Karonga Diocese in the morning of Sunday, 16th July, 2017.