Mercy Works and Mercy Day25/07/2019
Mercy Works is the development arm of the Sisters of Mercy in Australia and Papua and New Guinea (PNG), which partners with challenged communities in PNG, Timor Leste and Australia, promoting justice and self-reliance.
As a Mercy school, we have supported Mercy Works over a period of time and provide awareness of their programs and funds to support them in ensuring basic human needs such as education, health care and social welfare.
This year we have been asked to focus on supporting and creating awareness of the Life and Skills program in PNG.
Students will learn more about this program and the value of our funds raised on Mercy Day to support the Ginigoada Training Program in Port Moresby.
“This program provides basic skills development programs, short term training courses and mobile training programs and is aimed at giving young people in Port Moresby the skills to seek employment or develop income generation markets. The mobile training component of the program runs over 22 locations with over 2,500 participants and delivers a two-week basic personal skills course that builds on a number of underpinning skills towards further vocational training. This activity is part of a larger program aiming to with help young men and women who are particularly vulnerable within communities to become self-reliant. One aspect of the larger program is providing practical support and assistance to young women and girls who are at risk of abuse and violence.”
Planning for Mercy Day is underway with the Student Representative Council and details will be distributed to students early next week. This is a great opportunity to celebrate our Mercy story at the end of Term 3, and also raise awareness throughout the term of the programs supported by Mercy Works and how we can offer support.
Students are also asked to consider nominating members of our community for Mercy Awards. These awards are traditionally presented on Mercy Day, recognising students in our community who model the Mercy Values of Compassion, Justice, Respect, Hospitality, Courage and Service. These awards will continue to be presented to students at the end of each term.
Mrs Trish Schofield, Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission