- The Religious of Jesus and Mary who are working in Syria sent this story about one of the families they are helping: S. H., 35 years old, is married with four children. Her husband forced her at knifepoint to work as a prostitute. When she came to the sisters for protection, they rented a house for her, and gave her some money. Now she is working as a maid in three homes but still struggling financially. Her 16 year old daughter left school when she was in sixth grade, because of the problems between her parents. The sisters encouraged her to resume her education, and got her a private tutor. They also got a tutor for a very intelligent younger son, who failed his sixth grade studies last year because of the chaos in his country.
- The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (Cabrini Sisters) run a center for immigrant services in Dobbs Ferry, NY. It has been providing services for immigrants, refugees, asylum-seekers, and their families / communities since 1999. The center has impacted thousands of individuals from over 103 countries.
- Thanks to local and international funds, the Daughters of Wisdom of the Philippines were able to help 258 families affected by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) that hit the country in November 2013. They are still helping people to re-build their houses in Bantayan Island, Hagnaya,Bogo, San Remigio, and Daang Bantayan in the Northern part of Cebu, Philippines. Through the shelter provided, the people can start dreaming again of a better life. Many other people are still waiting for a home and work.
- The Sisters of Saint Anne have been very engaged in the development of the Sustainable Development Goal documents. They sent input to the UN on each draft document developed for the Post 2015 agenda! They made suggestions on indicators and were especially active in supporting the inclusion of the human right to water in the political declaration.
Merry Christmas, from all of us at UNANIMA International!