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Emergency Request from Sri Lanka

An e-mail arrived from Fr Basil Fernando, the National Director of Missio Sri Lanka announcing the news that there is an outbreak of Covid19 Pandemic in St Aloysius Seminary in Colombo.

Help lift underprivileged children out of poverty

Children are the most vulnerable and voiceless members of the society. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the poorest of the poor is even more severe. This project supports poor children in three of the most marginalised rural areas in the Philippines: San Jose City, Lakeside Park and San Isidro. These children live in the far-flung “barrios” and villages, whose parents struggle to make a living through fishing or farming without land. The indigenous children in San Jose City, on the other hand, come from tribes who fled from their ancestral domains due to natural calamities, famine and extreme poverty. Your donations will reach a total of approximately two thousand children most in need of nutrition, health care and education. Many children leave school and get sick due to poverty and malnourishment. Your assistance will help finance their medications, health checks, nutrition, school supplies and instructional materials. Outside the lockdown period, spiritual formation is provided to foster the children’s holistic development. Through Missio NZ, in partnership with Canossian Daughters of Charity, as well as in collaboration with local teachers and medical volunteers involved in the projects, you can help change a child’s future. Through your generosity, you can help transform children's lives and a country's future. {{ vc_btn: title=DONATE+TODAY&color=juicy-pink&size=lg&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fmissio.nz%252Fdonate%252F%7Ctitle%3ADonate%7C%7C }}

Rebuilding Churches in Sri Lanka after Easter Bombings

Click here to read the ‘Report on a string of suicide bomb blasts in  Sri Lanka ‘. After the devastating attacks on Church-going Sri Lankans, we would like to show our solidarity at this tragic time. Please send your support and through Missio-NZ. We will make sure much-needed funds will go to those who are devastated by these recent attacks. There is a new option in the Donate page for this cause.

Stella Maris (Sao Bien) Seminary

Stella Maris (Sao Bien) Seminary started as a Minor Seminary in the 70’s. The war interrupted its operation and it can only resume as a seminary in 1992. It is affiliated to the Urbaniana Pontifical University in Rome.  The seminary offers Philosophy, Theology and a year of Spirituality; it serves the three dioceses: Nha Trang, Qui Nhon and also Ban Me Thuot. It was necessary to construct an extension to accommodate the growing number of seminarians admitted. The government has given permission for extra candidates to be admitted. There are 270 seminarians this current school year. MissioNZ, though the generous donation of Catholic Kiwis was able to help financially to complete the seminary extension.  

Mother of Perpetual Help Centre

Mother of Perpetual Help Center, in Nong Bua Lamphu, Thailand, first opened in 1997 and became a Centre for persons with aids to come for counselling.  It later developed an orphanage of children born with HIV/AIDS and whose parents have died. Closest family members have to give them up due to poverty. As the orphans grow into young teenagers a new house has to be built. Ban Mae Marie (the House of Mary) now houses teenagers . Mother of Perpetual Help Center also helps many young poor children who live in the vicinity. The Divine Word Missionaries believe that education is a good building block for life. They work with the Missionary Sisters of Charity of Mother Teresa who take care of the younger orphans.

Addis Abeba, Ethiopia

Art Lesson with Sr. Marian Children’s Choir Before the Chapel. The Missionaries Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit work among the poorest sectors of Addis Abeba. The work ranges from children in the local school to families; from health service to religious formation in catechism.

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