Carlo is a 10 year old boy, who had a fast-growing facial tumour! He urgently needed surgery – a cost impossible for his grandmother to manage. Thanks to Sr Anne, the Good Sams community has stepped in.
GOOD NEWS -he’s had the operation and the tumour has been successfully removed. He is recovering, but needs on-going care. Any funds donated will go towards paying the bills and supporting the programs that support him.
In Kiribati, you are helping us build three classrooms to accommodate the growing enrolment of students.
Simple structures, each classroom will cost about $10,000 to create – but will deliver so much more in terms of opportunities for the children who attend, by separating them into age groups appropriate for learning.
In Timor Leste, our Scholarship Program has grown to provide for 63 students this year.
Each of our students were given the kind of practical support that can mean the difference between continuing education and dropping out – allowances for fees, books and living away from home expenses. Your gift today can totally change the trajectory of a child’s life, giving them hope and opening up doors.
In Melbourne, expanding the Good Samaritan Inn will provide a longer-term solution for stays of six months to a year, prioritizing those who are especially vulnerable because of domestic violence.
This includes people without permanent residency and those effected by the cost of dramatically increasing rentals.
Near Alice Springs, we’re continuing our successful inter-generational sewing program at Santa Teresa, which helps indigenous women develop their sewing skills and offers a safe place where older women can mentor younger women, build meaningful relationships and create a source of income.
Since 1857, the Sisters of the Good Samaritan have brought refuge, education and hope to the most vulnerable women and children. Inspired by their stories and continuing mission, we build partnerships that deliver practical help and nurture community.
Good Samaritans today come in many forms. It all started with a story first told over 2,000 years ago…
Vision & Impact
Every program we support gives practical meaning to the term ‘being neighbour.’ This could mean providing a regular meal, a warm place to sleep or a chance for education.
Meet some of the people assisted through Good Samaritan programs!
Areas of Ministry
Good Samaritan News
- Timor Leste SGS Scholarship ProgramSr Rita Hayes returned this month to Timor Leste to meet students from the SGS Scholarship Program. They had to contend with a pandemic and a severe flood. “I am in awe of their ambition and their resilience.” Please click the heading above to read Sr Rita Hayes update.
- Creating hope in the PhilippinesThe challenges of Covid, no internet access and no computers would have stopped most students from completing their studies. Read more about our amazing scholarship recipients in Bacolod, the Philippines and the hardships they overcame to complete their schooling.
Our Program Impact
In 2021 our programs will reach over one thousand women, children and families through thirteen programs spanning four countries. This includes –
- 600 families provided with a regular meal or food pack from the Good Samaritan Outreach Centre, Bacolod, the Philippines.
- Over 120 students receiving scholarships in Railaco, Timor Leste.
- More than 1,000 bed nights at Good Samaritan Inn, Melbourne for women fleeing family violence
- Over 50 refugee and asylum seekers provided with support for their essential medical needs.
We are grateful to you, our donors and supporters who make our work possible. 100% of your donation will go to those in need.
Skills to Feed a Village
Our Livelihood Assistance program was developed to provide women with small loans to purchase the equipment needed to start a micro-business, allowing them to support themselves and their families.
Arcely was one of the first participants. Using funds provided through the Good Samaritan Foundation, she bought an oven for her home in Boulevard. Her first step was to bake cupcakes, using a recipe she learnt from Sr Grace.
Arcely then taught her five children to bake. Her family have now opened their own popular bakery in the village she grew up in. Now she is not only helping her family but is providing sustenance to her wider community in a sustainable (and delicious) way! You can read more about the program here.