Inspired by Australia’s first saint we empower communities overseas to realise their dignity through education, health and livelihoods

We seek first the poorest and most neglected parts of God’s vineyard - Saint Mary MacKillop 1900

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Who we are

MMI is the international aid and development organisation of the Sisters of St Joseph. In the spirit of Mary MacKillop, we work in partnership with local communities to enable them to fully participate in society. We work in the areas of education, health and livelihoods.

What we do

We work with local communities throughout Timor-Leste, Peru and Papua New Guinea in the areas of education, health and livelihoods. Our program aspirations are that all members of the community can read and write, enjoy good health and have sustainable livelihoods.

Last year Mary MacKillop International:

Provided literacy training for 281 teachers in Timor-leste .
Distributed over 17,000 Tetun story books
Provided 87 women with livelihood training
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Featured News

Latest from our blog

  • Sydney Sings - In Concert Saturday December 10th

    December 6, 2016

    This Saturday, highly acclaimed Australian Opera Singer, Amelia Farrugia will be showcasing students from her school – Sydney Sings at a very special concert in support of MMI’s Music-for-Life program run through our Mobile Learning Centre.

  • Making an Impact... Educating Timor-Leste

    October 18, 2016

    Some 20 years since the Sisters of St Joseph were invited to help the people of Timor-Leste in Tetun literacy, MMI’s dedicated local staff work at the grass- roots to empower whole communities by training teachers in the most remote and underserviced regions of the country.

  • Taking Action - School Peace Program

    October 18, 2016

    In Peru, MMI, in partnership with a local NGO, CEOP ILO, have implemented an innovative School Peace Program. Students are learning skills in conflict resolution, peer mediation and advocacy…