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Latest from Mercy Works

Greetings from Mercy Works Inc. on a beautiful autumn morning! This first edition of Mercy M@tters gives us a wonderful platform to share with you some of our latest activities at Mercy Works.

The PNG Jubilee Women’s Project is about to take wings. The Bishop of Goroka invited the PNG Sisters of Mercy to partner with him in establishing this project. Maryanne Kolkia rsm from the Chimbu area of PNG and Gaye Lennon rsm of Gunnedah will co-direct the project. Both of these women have been at Mercy Works during the last couple of weeks enthusiastically preparing for this most significant moment in our Mercy history.

Gay left Australia on April 8 and Maryanne Loughry, Mercy Works Executive Officer, is on her way to PNG for the launch of the project. The grapevine tells us that Maryanne (K) and Gaye now have a house to live in and that the Institute Plenary Council members will leave Australia for their Jubilee visit armed in true Mercy style with the bed linen etc! I am sure that Catherine is beaming on all the happenings and in particularly on Mariska and her Mercy women.

The Community Links Programme is buzzing. This programme places volunteers with newly arrived refugees. The volunteers help families access community services such as, play groups, women’s groups, the public transport system and mainstream Australian Departments e.g Centrelink.

Recently the Community Links staff completed a training programme for 21 volunteers. In the last few weeks the families needing the most support are from Burundi and Burma. There is also an increasing number of Iraqi families being settled and needing volunteer support.

In Kenya, Yvonne Channels rsm of Grafton, in partnership with the Bishop of Lodwar, is to launch a project. This project will address the issue of care, nutrition, educational and health support for children including AIDS orphans. Mercy Works Inc is facilitating donations for this project. We also know that Yvonne is into the digging of bores in the hope that water will be available for this drought stricken area. One bore cost about $500.

From Rosie Carroll, Mercy Works Inc.

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