Oliva, 22, didn’t have the opportunity to go to school, and was embarrassed that she was unable to read, write or count. Her business was losing money because she couldn’t add up. Then Oliva enrolled in Caritas Australia’s literacy and numeracy classes. She also set up a home classroom to teach her neighbours for free, because they were too shy to attend larger classes.
Oliva has now graduated, attendance at her classes is growing, her kiosk is thriving and she is helping her children with their homework. She aims to become a pastor and run for leadership in the next local election – to help her community to ‘Be More.’
Please donate to Project Compassion 2021 and support people like Oliva’s gain access to education to build a brighter future and live in communities that upholds everyone’s dignity.
You can donate through Parish boxes and envelopes, which are available at the church foyer, or phoning 1800 024 413.
Let us pray for our children, who will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time on Monday 22 March. May they be able to become the blessed children who carry the light of God in their lives. Next Monday will be their final preparatory class, and on 15th March they will have a rehearsal. Let us support them through our prayers. – Fr Pio.