Food on the table is for most people in our society, taken for granted.  Even simple meals appear with regularity to the majority of Australian families.

Students at Emmaus Catholic College at Kemps Creek have a strongly developed sense of awareness that for many of the world’s people, hunger is a daily on-going fact of life. Through the Project Compassion initiative conducted annually through the six weeks of Lent, students and their families have an opportunity to put thought and feeling into action.  Funds raised through donations to Project Compassion help provide training in impoverished societies.  The training may be to develop skills in farming to create sustainable food sources, or to teach basic business skills.

Caritas Australia conducts Project Compassion which distributes and supervises the funds raised.  Caritas Australia CEO Paul O’Callaghan pointed out to potential donors, including school students, “Project Compassion has transformed the lives of many of the most marginalized people around the world”.

To help empower those in need, the Emmaus Catholic College students actively support Project Compassion each year.  Collection boxes in every homeroom are filled, collected and refilled as students and parents make contributions.  Families and communities as far apart as Fiji, Nepal, Peru, Nigeria and Australia benefit from the donations.

Those who give benefit richly from the knowledge that they are supporting a highly respected effective and empowering program.

Aline Lyons

Project Compassion

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Sharon Ellery

Sharon Ellery
Emmaus Catholic College

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