- The Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project has recently taken the initiative to buy scooters for children held behind the wire in detention centers. Good-hearted and generous folk donated cash and gift cards to purchase these to bring joy to children held in an otherwise austere environment. TVs were bought for family groups and others held in detention to provide some entertainment. The picture shows a young boy speeding up on his new scooter on an assigned “day out” of the detention center with Brigid Arthur CSB
- For the last 15 years, the Religious of Jesus and Mary have worked with women in a community center in Argentina. They have made a difference: when many women first came, they could not make eye contact, stand tall, did not feel worthy. They have grown and changed. Their relationship with their children has changed, due in great part to the fact that they no longer feel that they must tolerate violence to feed the children. A center of great hope for women!
- The USA province of the Sisters of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin had a day on sustainability, revolving around sustainable food production and farm projects. It really engaged the sisters to think of the social and environmental issues we don’t always think of regarding our choices in food products.
- Former intern Judy Padasas CCV described one of her ministries: they have a very successful formation program for more than 100 teachers in the public high school, in which they give training about gender sensitivity, bullying, and cyber-sex. They plan a training program for students on human trafficking. The Principal wants it provided yearly for students, teachers, and possibly parents.
- Speaking of Judy, in her exit interview from the internship she said that one of the things that surprised her the most was that there were poor, homeless, and hungry people even in New York City. In fact, there are a lot of them. Jean Quinn DW reported on how scandalized the Irish people were to discover that 1 in 10 people experience food poverty in Ireland. These examples illustrate why the SDGs are not just an issue involving the developing countries; poverty and inequality afflict every country.
“We have to be committed to incremental change…we have to be willing to chip away at the margins to get to the heart.” NGO representative