Last week the school community all gathered together for the Ash Wednesday Liturgy. The staff and students joined together in prayer and song before being marked with the ashes in a sign of the cross on their foreheads. Many of the classes have made lenten promises of things that they are going to give up or sacrifice for lent.
Around 2.8 million children in the Philippines do not go to school.*
We begin Project Compassion learning about the story of Shirley. Shirley was struggling to support her family and keep her children in school. She faced regular discrimination and disadvantage, limiting her family’s access to food, education, employment and healthcare.
With Caritas Australia’s support, Shirley trained to become an indigenous health worker. She has learnt to supplement her income and is able to feed her family. The program has also empowered Shirley to send her children to school.
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