Missionary organizations in Australia has launched a donation campaign to support Catholic nuns serving poor, disadvantaged children in Thailand.
The Pontifical Mission Societies, an umbrella group of Catholic missionary organizations supporting missionary activities and young churches in mission territories like Thailand, seeks to assist the work of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, who offer vital support to including education and accommodation to vulnerable children in Thai capital Bangkok.
Good Shepherd nuns operate a kindergarten in the Din Daeng area of Bangkok that serves children from vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds.
Good Shepherd Sister Chalaad and other confreres have been running the kindergarten for children of women working at the Good Shepherd Sisters Fatima Training Center, a skills-training workshop for poor and disadvantaged women.
Since then, the kindergarten has expanded to take in local children who would otherwise miss out on crucial early childhood education.
“Most of the children in the center come from local poor families”, Sister Chalaad said.
“We see education is important. If the children have a chance to study or prepare well to go to school, they will have good chances to prosper in life. As I work with the children, I can see that how children can be good people in the future,”
The nun cited the example of Samorn and her five-year-old daughter, Kusa.
Samorn didn’t finish her primary education and she has become a full-time worker when she was just 12. However, Samorn wants Kusa to succeed in her life and do better things.
“I want my daughter to finish school, I want her to be able to support herself in the future,” she said.
Currently, the kindergarten has more than 100 children. Each child gets adequate facilities to have education, healthcare and nutritious meals. It also provides for their moral formation to develop positive self-worth in an environment where they can learn and grow safely.
The Sisters of the Good Shepherd is an international Catholic women religious congregation founded in 1835 in France. A major charism of the order is promoting protection, welfare and rehabilitation of women and girls. The group has also been at the forefront to end abuses against women and girls and human trafficking.
Good Shepherd nuns arrived in Thailand in 1965, following an invitation from the Legionaries of Holy Redeemer Church in Bangkok in 1961, according to the Good Shepherd Asia-Pacific website.
The nuns started a Good Shepherd Home for girls and women in Bangkok, which included education and skills training programs.
Since then, the nuns have been serving women and girls including those pregnant and victims of abusive relationships, exploitation, prostitution and trafficking as well as undocumented migrant workers from Myanmar in various parts of the country, such as Nong Khai, Pattaya, Phuket and Chiang Rai.
of this edited story appears in UCA News, a Bangkok Herald partner.