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Sister Emmanuelle- Her Life of Accomplishments A Summary of Sister Emmanuelles Life Sister Emmanuelle was Christened Madeleine Cinquin and was born in Brussels on the 16th of November 1908 She was one of three children to Berthe Lenssens and Jules Cinquin Madelienes father tragically drowned when she was six during a beach side holiday She grew up in Belgium yet during the First World War her mother moved them to Paris for a year and then returned to Belgium one year later She was taught English by a British Governess and excelled in her schoolwork By the age of twelve Madeleine wanted to be a nun She was inspired by Father Damien a Catholic Priest who helped Leprosy sufferers in Hawaii After reading about acts of charity Madeleine Cinquin decided to use all her efforts to helping those who were not as fortunate as she was She joined the Order of Our Lady of Sion and changed her name to Sister Emmanuelle when she took her vows in 1923 Emmanuelle means God is with us She taught in convent schools for well off children but Sister Emmanuelle felt that she should use her teaching skills to educate those less fortunate children so she discontinued teaching in Turkey and Tunisia and seeked in helping those in Egypt A Popes representative heard of Sister Emmanuelle wishes and suggested she helped the thousands of refuse collectors known as the zabaleen in Egypt The zabaleen which means filth or rubbish lived on the outskirts of Egypt at a rubbish dump called Ezbet El Nakhl Ezbet El Nakhl was a dirty place inhabited by refuse collectors who collected the rubbish of Egypt for very little pay and lived in a poor dirty and unhygienic place where the rubbish of Egypt was stored and sorted The children were uneducated and had no way of entertaining themselves so they got into trouble Sister Emmanuelle moved into
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