Excerpt from the Guyana Times International, Feb. 22, 2013 article on Sr. Noel Menezes, RSM.
The Mercy Boys Home has comfortable accommodation for 10 boys, and is equipped with a television, spacious kitchen, dining space, and warm beds. There are strict rules outlined, such as curfew, but Sister Menezes said that after discussions with the home’s committee, they decided to extend the weekend curfew for the adult boys from midnight to 2 a.m. However, she would advise them about the dangers of going to parties at such late hours, and drinking. She would also point out incidents of tragedies resulting from such, which are constantly reported in the news. Fortunately, Sister Menezes said, she has never experienced any tragic incidents involving the boys.
Sister Menezes noted that with her age in mind, she is currently looking at training one of the boys to take over the administration of the home as she sees it as a “necessary” place for boys leaving the orphanage. “I would like to say a special thank you to all the generous benefactors who have supported us throughout the years because without them we could not maintain the home,” thanked Sister Menezes.
When asked if she ever desired a family of her own, Sister Menezes replied laughing, “When I was teaching at Sacred Heart, the mothers would come to me and complained of the domestic problems they faced. I would usually go to my little chapel and thank God I don’t have to endure that.”