Good Shepherd Centre Observes Earth Hour 2017​

   
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
08 MAR 2017​

   
FOOTSTEPS TO INSPIRE
EAST COAST PARK SINGAPORE
04 MAR 2017​

   
Singapore-Malaysia Province
22-24 Feb 2017
Good Shepherd Place Singapore​

   

   
Staff of Good Shepherd Services (GSS) conducted the Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Program (CSA) for the community in Sabah.

   

Our volunteer Jasmine helped for Earth Hour Kota Kinabalu 2016 and gained knowledge about light pollution and reflected on how to spread awareness about environmental issues


   
COMPASSION IN ACTION
Speaker: Sr Inigo Joachim, SSA
Organized by: Good Shepherd Convent Restful Waters​

   

One Billion Rising (OBR) Campaign 2016 went to secondary schools and hostels in Malaysia to spread the message about sexual harassment and violence in a relationship. It provided an eye opener to teachers and students regarding the issue of emotional and mental violence.


   
ORANGE THE WORLD Say No to Violence against Women and Children

   

Good Shepherd Malaysia, represented by Theresa Symons, itsExecutive Director, together with seven other civil society members, were invited to a roundtable discussion with Mr. Barack Obama, the President of United States, in conjunction with his official visit to Malaysia for the Asean Summit in Kuala Lumpur.


   
GSS (Good Shepherd Services) successfully piloted a community-based project to downstream pineapple production for the women of Kg Kiau Nuluh, a village which was badly affected by the June 5th Sabah earthquake and its after quake tremors.

   
This year’s Voice Out annual arts festival, held at the Oceanus Waterfront Mall in Kota Kinabalu, talked about the active involvement of youths today with the social media.

   
Some 80 mission partners from the various Good Shepherd ministries in Singapore and Malaysia came together for the 9thGood Shepherd Partnership Gathering in historical Malacca.​

   
On 20 September 2015, we had our Graduation Ceremony for 135 students who successfully completed their respective courses with DAWN, a ministry which offers courses for foreign domestic workers to assist them in enhancing their advancement and development towards a better future while working in Singapore.

   
Rose Virginie Good Shepherd Centre celebrated World Refuge Day with its residents on 20 June 2015​

   

The First Anniversary of Good Shepherd Oasis : A Dual Celebration of Joy & Gratitude

A joyful day to celebrate the First Anniversary of the Good Shepherd Oasis and the Reunificationof Our Lady of Charity and the Good Shepherd Sisters.


   
Good Shepherd Malaysia is active in responding to the urgent humanitarian crisis of refugees now off their coast. Mostly from the oppressed and non-state-recognized Rohingya minority of Myanmar, they are seeking asylum in Malaysia via Thailand. The governments of the region have been rejecting them resulting in a deplorable plight.

   
The opening Good Shepherd Sisters, mission partners, and benefactors in Singapore as we celebrated the official opening of Good Shepherd Place by Singapore’s Prime Minister, Mr Lee Hsien Loong.

   
A peep into the life of Sr. Lucy Chia, RGS
 

May your heart be an altar, from which the flame of unending thanksgiving ascends to heaven.


St. Mary Euphrasia
 
Congo Care Circle

 

CONGO CARE CIRCLE

The start of 2014, to be exact on 5th January, Restful Waters embarked on a project

`Remembering the Forgotten, Giving Hope - An Epiphany Journey'

to raise funds for the poor and marginalised in the Democratic Republic of Congo

 

This was a joint project b the mission Development Office, Rome; the Good Shepherd International Justice and Peace Office, New ork; and the Good Shepherd Convent Resful Waters, Singapore.  The project brought new awareness on the plight of the people in Kolwezi, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Mission Partners in Singapore and Malaysia quickly rallied together to organise a series of activities that helped raise S$400,000 over a three-month period!  Some of these activities included a school project by the students, parents and teachers of Marymount Convent and "Pineapple Tarts for Funds" by Restful Waters.

The Good Shepherd programmes in Kolwezi have made significant progress for example, fewer children now work in the mines, all children on the programme have at least one meal a day and parents are putting more value to their children's education in the recent Global Sisters Report, Sr. Clare Nolan, International Justice Training coordinator for the Good Shepherd Sisters wrote, "The persistence pays a benefit, as small life-blooming changes are obvious.  These are best expressed through the contrasts I saw between the mines and the expanding farm.  At the mines the children who accompany the adults are set into a bleak wasteland with toxic water; their faces are blank voids.  At the Maisha ("life" in Sawhili) farm, begun by the Sisters and functioning as a community co-operative, the children run by a clear stream giving waves and shy smiles to a stranger passing by.  At the mines children escape from the baking sun only when they are sent into tunnels that are too small for adults; they carry out loads of rock that often break the calcium-deprived bones of their arms.  The children at the farm carry child-size watering can and can rest in the shade of a tree".

Despite the good progress made, there is still much work to be done such as strengthing community cohesion for the protection of children's and women's rights.  Funding is still neeeded to ensure sustainability of the programmes.  And so in November this year, Restful Waters initiated the Congo Care Circles.  Family and friends are encouraged to form a Congo Care Circle by brining in10 friends.  If each one contributes $300, her/his Congo Care Circle will be able to raise $3,000 per circle to help meet our target amount of $300,000.

Stories taken from the Christmas letter from Sr. Catherine Mutindi and her community in Kolwezi, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Story 1

"We had been a lost and forgotten lot.  We had consequently begun to forget ourselves.  We have been living aimlessly and hopelessly.  Your trust in our potential capacity has brought new life to us.  We feel valued and have begun to live.  We are learning and have gained skills.  Now I can farm on my own.  I have fed my family of my hands.  I have made savings from my working in the farm.  This is the place to be.  This is life.  The farm is green; the mines are dry and barren.  In the farm I feel that I am co-creatng the earth with God.  I have learnt how to live and work with others.  I feel resurrected!"      ~ A participant of the Farm Cooperative "Maisha"

 

Story 2

"I am Jimb, I am 14 years old.  My life was in the mines before I joined the school.  I spent my days in the mines from Monday to Monday.  I had lost all hope and dream of ever going to school.  I had no joy of living .  Everyday I lived in fear of the dangers int he mines.  I thank God I didn't die like some of my friends.  I can hardly believe that now I study like other children who can afford education.  I have learnt a lot, even more than some of the children who can afford education.  I now know my rights and the rights of other children.  I am so gratefuland ask God to bless the people who pay our teachers and buy us food so that we can have opportunity to experience education."   

~ A pupil at the informal school, CPP Project.

 

Story 3

"I am so grateful that God brought me to this project.  What I was living before was not life and I was just short distance from death.  As a girl child with such a complicated background as mine (orphanced, working in the mines, living with abusive relatives ...) I am nothing in the society.  This project now gives me a reason to refuse early arranged marriage (in tears ...).  I want to study and give meaning to my life.  I want to acquire skills that will help me find a job to support my siblings.  I want to be somebody int he society.  Please promise me that this project will stay and help me achieve my desire."   ~ A teen girl at the EEP project.

 

 


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