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Parish life blog: Build a just future from any age

19 February 2018

Sabna and Rajeev help raise money for CaritasWays to raise money for the aid agency Caritas this Lent are only limited by imagination.

Young Sydney couple Sabna and Rajeev Krishnan’s daughter was helping the world’s poorest and most vulnerable while still in the womb.

In lieu of giving gifts, Sabna asked the guests at her baby shower to donate to Caritas, the Catholic church’s international aid and development agency.

“We believe change should begin at home and in our own small ways we have tried doing what we can,” Sabna says.

Each year Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion, which runs through the six weeks of Lent, brings together communities across Australia, in solidarity with the world’s poor, to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity. It is one of Australia’s largest humanitarian fundraising and awareness-raising campaigns and this year its theme is ‘A just future’.

Similar to Sabna and Rajeev, thousands of students and all generations in Australia will be thinking creatively about how to join in to take action for Australia’s global neighbours.

As 2018 is the Year of Youth within the Catholic Church, this year’ Project Compassion is highlighting the work of young people who, with the support of Caritas Australia and partners, are inspiring their communities.

One young woman to benefit from the work of Project Compassion is Janaki from Nepal. She grew up in a world of poverty and disadvantage, being married at 12 and then widowed two year later. With a limited education her future looked bleak but since taking part in Caritas Australia supported skills training programs she has become a community leader, running her own sewing business.

“Before, I was shy and was not able to speak confidently,” Janaki says.

“My confidence level has raised and through the motivation and guidance from Caritas, we are doing several awareness programs on community cleanliness, child marriage and the importance of self-dependence.”

Project Compassion boxes will be available from your parish and all funds raised will help ensure a just future for all.

Click here for more information on Project Compassion and Caritas.



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