Year of Youth 2018

Women for the World 2016

Last edited 11th May 2016

Psyche Mae, grew up in challenging circumstances in a village that was a relocation site for squatter families in the Payatas just outside Manila. When her parents first came to the area, they had few skills, no paid work and little hope for the future. Like many others, they were so poor, in order to survive they were forced to pick through rubbish from the nearby garbage dump.

Thanks to the support of Caritas Australia and its partner the Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ) which runs programs in the village, the lives of Psyche Mae and her family, much like hundreds of others have been transformed.
Programs focus on the social and economic opportunities in the most marginalised communities, empowering vulnerable women, children and men to make safe and sustainable choices about their livelihoods. Health clinics, savings and loans and computer training and opportunities, also pave the way for a positive future.

Today, Psyche Mae works with women in the Philippines who have experienced domestic violence.
“A lot of the income that people earn in the area is from recycling garbage from the dump.

It’s a very challenging environment to live in for families,” said Kath Rosic, Caritas Australia’s Head of South-East Asia programs.

“But thanks to fundraisers like Women for the World that help support Caritas programs, thousands of lives have been changed.”

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