Papiri Community…
Kontagora Unit
C/o St. Michael’s Catholic Cathedral,
P.O.Box 56,
Niger state.

Tel +234705096577


Papiri is a village in Agwara Local Government area of Niger state. It is under Borgu Emirate and it is located along Bussa to Rofia- (Niger River) The people of Papiri are mainly farmers, fisher men and petty traders. It is a mixed group but majority are the Kambaris who are mainly illiterates and marginalized. Papiri Community came into existence in 1978 due to the need for health care service.

The enormous needs of the people in this area  motivated the OLA sisters and the SMA Fathers to establish a clinic despite the challenges such as lack of social amenities (pipe borne water, electricity, no network, poor access roads etc.) Over 30 years the SMA (Society of African Mission) and the Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles have been working with the Kambaris, the Fulanis and the Hausas. Presentlly, the OLA sisters in Papiri are into Primary evangelization. Some work in the clinic as well as engage in mobile outreach programme in villages within Borgu Emirate. Three OLA Sisters work in the clinic.
In the area of education, St. Mary’s Private Nursery and Primary School founded in 2004 provides education facilities.  Two OLA sisters work in the school.
As an extention of this school there is St. Mary’s Private (Catholic) Secondary School Papiri, Niger State. This school was founded on the 4th of October 2010 . Two OLA sisters are engaged there.
There is a high rate of early marriages among the Kambaris. So there is a hostel for girls who refused early marriage and want to attend school. Some of such girls are in Primary and Secondary schools.

In addition, Sisters are into pastoral activities such as the Legion of Mary, Choir, teaching of Catechism, home visitation, church council, training of Altar boys/ girls, marriage councelling, Youth Movement, zumunta Mata and facilitating of workshops.


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