Caritas Australia would like to THANK YOU for supporting Project Compassion and a reminder that this is your last opportunity to pick up a box or envelope from the church for this year’s Project Compassion. You may bring them back over the next few weeks, or consider visiting www.caritas.org.au to make your donation online. Your generous support can help to change the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people. Join us in raising much-needed funds for people living in poverty. Together, we can make a difference now, and For All Future Generations. Donations are tax deductible. www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion 1800 024 413
With your generosity, Caritas Australia has been able to help millions of vulnerable people around the world, through its annual Project Compassion appeal. Thanks to you people like Thandolwayo in Zimbabwe, Halima in Bangladesh and Shirley in the Philippines have received the support that they need to face the challenges of today and build a better tomorrow, for future generations. We first met Thandolwayo in 2019. Now 14 years old, she continues to thrive, with enough accessible food and water to sustain her community, allowing her to concentrate on her studies. In Bangladesh, Halima’s training in hygiene and sanitation has enabled her to help her community to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the Co’s Bazar refugee camp. While Shirley from Project Compassion 2020, is today on the healthcare frontline, providing care and leadership to the Manide Indigenous community, throughout successive waves of the pandemic. You can make donations through the Project Compassion boxes and envelopes, visiting lent.Caritas.org.au or phoning 1800 024 413.
Shaniella, 23, grew up in a village in the Solomon Islands with her parents and three brothers. In 2020, Shaniella moved away to study hospitality and tourism at a vocational school supported by Caritas Australia Solomon Islands (CASI), through the Happy, Healthy, Holistic Community Development program. The school is in a particularly disaster-prone area and not long after Shaniella started, the school was hit by a landslide, flooding, and a cyclone, all in quick succession. The school’s main source of water was destroyed, buildings were damaged and the garden which the school relied on for food, was devastated. With your kind support, CASI helped install water tanks, restoring clean water access to nearby schools, health centres and the wider community. Now, Shaniella can complete her skills training, with enough water and food to eat, and improved sanitation. She is improving her ability to earn an income, learning skills which will expand her job opportunities. Students are also better prepared to respond when disaster strikes. You can make donations through the Project Compassion boxes and envelopes, visiting lent.Caritas.org.au or phoning 1800 024 413.
Rosalie is an ex-combatant who live with her husband and seven children in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Forced to join the army when she was just 15- years-old, Rosalie experienced significant trauma and hardship during her years in the military. After she was demobilised from the army, Rosalie, like other ex- combatants, was left to fend for herself in the community. With your generous supporta and through our local partners, Rosalie was able to connect with other members of her community and participate in business skills training to help her to reintegrate into society. She sjoined a Saving and Internal Lending Community group (SILC), which helped her with a loan to start her own small business selling second-hand shoes and natural remedies. She has now become the SILC president, helping other women to start their own businesses. Rosalie has become a role model for other ex-combatants who are seeking to readjust to civilian life. Her leadership is inspiring others to overcome the trauma and violence of the past and to work towards a more peaceful and harmonious world for all future generations. You can make donations through the Project Compassion boxes and envelopes, visiting lent.Caritas.org.au or phoning 1800 024 413.
Biru is a member of the Ho community, an ethnic minority group in India. After contracting polio as a child, he lost mobility in one of his legs which affected his independence, education and employment prospects. Biru taught himself how to repair bicycles by watching other people, but he never dreamed of using those skills to start his own business. With your generous support, Biru was able to access an entrepreneurship and livelihoods training program, run by Caritas Australia’s partner, Caritas India. He gained the support and skills he needed to establish his own bicycle repair business Participating in the program also helped Biru to apply for government disability and housing schemes.. Now, Biru is financially independent and can forge a path out of poverty for his four young daughters. You can make donations through the Project Compassion boxes and envelopes, visiting lent.Caritas.org.au or phoning 1800 024 413.
A Wagilak woman, Janice is a traditional dancer who tells her family’s stories through movements handed down over generations. “With many elders gone, we must transfer knowledge, to keep a connection to culture and nurture future leaders,” Janice says. “Me and my family, we keep the culture going, we need to keep our culture strong.” Like many remote communities, Janice’s faces a range of challenges - low employment and education, financial hardship, poorer health and lower life expectancy. With your help, Caritas Australia supports Djilpin Arts Aboriginal Corporation, which operates a centre for traditional and contemporary Aboriginal arts and culture, providing employment and generating income for local communities. You can make donations through the Project Compassion boxes and envelopes, visiting lent.Caritas.org.au or phoning 1800 024 413.
Anatercia is a 12-year-old girl living in a small village in southern Mozambique. After her father passed away and her mother became incapacitated due to chronic health issues, life became a daily struggle. She moved in with her elderly grandparents, and began to take on more and more adult responsibilities. She did most of the household chores and had to travel for hours every day to collect clean water. Water scarcity also meant that harvests were poor and there was never enough to eat. With your support, Caritas Australia’s partner, Caritas Regional Chokwe, was able to help the family to irrigate their farm and improve water access for households in the village. Her grandmother participated in sustainable farming training, while Anatercia received essential school supplies and access to psychosocial supports through a local health committee. Anatercia now hopes to fulfil her dream of becoming a nurse. You can help to improve the lives of children like Anatercia by making a donation through Project Compassion boxes and envelopes, visiting lent.Caritas.org.au or phoning 1800 024 413.