Week 7, Term 1 2017 - fortnightly eNews update

Catholic Education South Australia

Project Compassion 2017

During Lent, your school will be participating in Project Compassion which is Caritas Australia’s annual Lenten fundraising and awareness-raising appeal bringing thousands of Australians together in solidarity with the world's poor to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.

This year the theme for Project Compassion is Love Thy Neighbour.  


In each of the six weeks of Lent, schools will be sharing weekly stories that reflect this year’s theme. These inspiring stories will tell how the lives of six people have changed through our schools’ support of Caritas Australia's development programs.

The Federation has formed a partnership with Caritas Australia to support your family to share in this Lenten journey with your children.

Each week we will share ways you can talk together about the messages in each story and, together, be inspired to learn more and create change.


View the video of Martina’s story

Click to view Martina's Story.

Find out more about Timor-Leste where Martina and her family come from.

“We must regain the conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world, and that being good and decent are worth it”

Pope Francis, Laudato Si 

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Week Two: Martina’s story

For Martina, a mother of eight in Timor-Leste, escaping domestic violence was the first step in her journey to a new life. But at first, her future seemed very uncertain.

Timor-Leste is one of the least developed countries in the world, with extremely low levels of basic health, literacy and income. Most East Timorese live in rural areas, with very limited access to basic services or livelihood training, and many households don’t have enough food year round.

The shelter where Martina sought refuge, Uma PAS, offered her many ways to transcend these challenges. Uma PAS is a partner in Caritas Australia’s Protection Program, a holistic community-wide program in Timor-Leste that offers women like Martina economic empowerment and a life of safety in a supportive community.

Through the program, she was linked with a network of support services, and this enabled her to undertake livelihood training and start a small business to support her children. The program also linked her with a supportive community.

The project would not be possible without money raised by Caritas’ Project Compassion. 

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