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  • Handwashing saves lives!

    November 9, 2017

    Every year 1.4 million children do not live to celebrate their 5th birthday. Watch the video of our Health Literacy Program in Timor-Leste…

  • Help 5000 children get at book!

    October 23, 2017

    Become a crowdfunding buddy with MMI’s Crowdfunding Campaign and help 5000 children get a book!  Each book costs just $2.05- less than a cup of coffee.

  • Dear friends and supporters of MMI

    September 20, 2017

    Welcome to the September 2017 edition of Mary’s World. In a world fraught with violence, oppression and suffering it can often be hard to find hope. Thanks to your support we can continue the legacy of Mary MacKillop and that brings great hope.

  • Education... empowering future leaders

    September 20, 2017

    In Peru, MMI, in partnership with the Centro de Educacion, Organizacion y Promocion del Desarrollo, trains teachers and involves students in an effort to promote safe environments for children, both in their schools and in their homes.

  • Health... creating brighter possibilities

    September 20, 2017

    In Papua New Guinea nearly one million children and adults with disabiliy lack access to proper support services. One of MMI’s on the ground partnerships is with Callan Vanimo Special Resource Centre (Callan Services) that seeks to address this imbalance.

  • Livelihoods... a fair go for all

    September 20, 2017

    Sustainable, meaningful and fair livelihoods benefit whole communities, decreasing poverty that helps families to lead meaningful lives, open to all possibilities.

  • Launching... PNG Partnerships

    September 20, 2017

    In Sydney, on Friday 19 May 2017, MMI officially launched our programs in Papua New Guinea, celebrating the history and ongoing legacy of the Federation Josephites in PNG. We introduced our supporters to our partnership programs that focus on inclusive communities for those with disabilities and early childhood learning.

  • Our exciting merger news!

    September 5, 2017

    Here at MMI we are very excited about our planned merger with the Josephite Foundation and the Mary MacKillop Foundation in July next year.

  • An Outstanding debt... by Mary Haire

    August 16, 2017

    75 years ago my father Jerry Haire was fighting for his life on Timor Leste. Outnumbered by the Japanese, he and around 300 commandos of the 2/2 Australian Independent Company had refused to surrender.

  • FUNdraising Trivia Night - 28 June 2017

    June 1, 2017

    It’s all about the fun! This general knowledge trivia night by Ethica is designed to amuse and entertain while supporting our livelihood projects in Peru!

  • Read Valentine's letter from PNG!

    May 9, 2017

    Valentine Masa works in the remote township of Vanimo, Papua New Guinea. This is a community where many Sisters of St Joseph served

  • Meet Willie, an inspirational volunteer!

    May 9, 2017

    As a person with a hearing impairment, Willie knows well the challenges the children in Papua New Guinea face each day.

  • Switch off to Join the Future this Earth Hour!

    March 24, 2017

    Our actions on climate change today will shape the future for our children, so please join MMI this Saturday 25 March and switch off to #Jointhefuture.

  • Everyone Belongs - celebrate Harmony Day!

    March 21, 2017

    Harmony day is a celebration of cultural diversity held every year on 21 March.

  • Take the Happiness Pledge on IHD!

    March 19, 2017

    We ask you on International Happiness Day to take the pledge ‘to create more happiness in the world.’

  • St Joseph - Patient, humble and hidden.

    March 18, 2017

    Celebrate the life of St. Joseph this feast day with the following reflection and prayer put together by the Sisters of St. Joseph.

  • Celebrating bold action on IWD!

    March 7, 2017

    This International Women’s Day, MMI would like you to get to know Maria Pereira, who, through the empowerment of education has boldly made positive transformations in both her own and her children’s lives.

  • Pray with us on World Day of Prayer!

    March 2, 2017

    World Day of Prayer is a worldwide movement of Christians of all traditions who come together each year on the first Friday of March to observe a common time of prayer to which all people are welcome.

  • Livelihoods... a dignified life for all

    February 8, 2017

    There are many barriers which prevent individuals from accessing safe and fair livelihoods. Research has shown that sustainable, fair and meaningful livelihoods for women…

  • Health... treating all equally

    February 8, 2017

    One of the most basic human rights is the right to health. Having poor health severely limits access to education, work, food and shelter, making it difficult to live purposeful lives of dignity.

  • Education... the opportunity for a lifetime

    February 8, 2017

    Education has power; it’s more than learning to read and write, it has the ability to transform lives by giving individuals the opportunity to reach their full potential and contribute positively to society.

  • Dear Friends and supporters of MMI

    February 8, 2017

    Welcome to the February 2017 edition of Mary’s World. Last year Pope Francis called all people of goodwill to “live fully, to choose to leave a mark.

  • Hello from the women of Pitumarca, Peru!

    January 30, 2017

    Sophie Jenkins, MMI’s International Program officer, recently met with the women of the Puka Phallcha association in Pitumarca, Peru, including Lourdes, aged 27, who was recently elected as president of the association…

  • Meet the inspiring future leaders of Peru!

    January 24, 2017

    MMI’s International Program Officer, Sophie Jenkins, is currently visiting our programs in Peru.  Last week, Sophie met these inspiring future leaders of Peru, pictured in front of the mural they painted…

  • Connecting... compassion in action

    January 16, 2017

    Throughout last year, the students and staff of Mount St Joseph in Milperra, once again demonstrated their passion and drive for social  justice, working tirelessly to change the lives of women, men and children in Peru.

  • From us to you - a Christmas wish

    December 19, 2016

    As Country director of MMI I would like to convey my great gratitude of your generous support to us. You have tirelessly committed to help our Timorese people and special thanks to the Mobile Learning Centre donors.

  • A wonderful celebration of music, faith & community!

    December 15, 2016

    Sydney Sings with Amelia Farrugia was a wonderful celebration of music, faith and community on Saturday 10th December. So many people from the local Blessed Sacrament community and quite a number from a-far enjoyed the strength and beauty of Amelia Farrugia alongside her beautiful students.

  • 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…

  • Changing Lives through friendship and faith

    October 18, 2016

    Education remains a key challenge for Timor-Leste’s future development. In a country where nearly 50% of the population cannot read or write, the need to provide quality education is urgent.

  • Bringing hope through education, health & livelihoods

    October 18, 2016

    Education Thanks to dedicated Australian supporters like you, MMI has purchased a bus which is being converted into a Mobile Learning Centre in Timor-Leste. It will be fitted out with Tetum literacy books, music equipment and other  educational resources. The bus will visit schools, orphanages and disability centres in marginalised communities with MMI’s trainers using […]

  • Creating New Possibilities in Papua New Guinea

    October 18, 2016

    Some 52 years ago the Josephites boldly commenced their mission with the people of PNG, working with some of the most remote communities in the world, and remained there for nearly 40 years.

     

  • Mary's World: Letter from MMI's CEO - Kirsty Robertson

    September 30, 2016

    Dear friends and supporters of MMI

    Earlier this year Pope Francis encouraged us to be hope for the future. He said to be that hope we needed two things.

    Firstly, we needed a memory: of our people, our family and where we come from, the memory of our journey and what we received from those closest to you.

  • Sister Kathy - Reconnecting with Papua New Guinea

    September 28, 2016

    Dear Friends

    I was delighted when I was asked to accompany Kirsty and Sophie from MMI to Papua New Guinea last February. I had left the country after working with the people from 1970 to 1997.