Our Principles

The core principles of Mary MacKillop International are grounded in Catholic Social Teaching and the work of Mary MacKillop. These principles are Human Dignity, Common Good, Participation and Subsidiarity, and Option for the Poor.

Our focus on Human Dignity means that our projects:School children in Timor-Leste sitting on Mobile literacy bus looking at books

  • Are people centred
  • Ensure that people are never treated as merely recipients of aid or commodities

Our focus on the Common Good means that our projects:

  • Promote collaboration in the community
  • Focus on common good rather than a sole focus on assisting an individual

Our focus on Participation and Subsidiarity means that our projects:

  • Support and promote the development of decision making capacities in communities
  • Utilise the skills of those in the community to identify needs, plan the project and measure its success

Our focus on the Option for the Poor means that our projects:

  • Reach the poorest and most marginalised