Mums: 'the world's unsung heroines'
|One of the children at the crèche run by the Daughters of St Francis De Sales.|
This Mother’s Day (Sunday 8 May), Catholic Mission is asking all Australians to remember the sacrifice of mothers the world over to bring joy and health to their children.
“Today, tens of millions of mothers will manage their households, care for their children, as well as do paid work that provides the basic necessities of life and keeps a family together,” Catholic Mission National Director Martin Teulan said.
“In this sense, every day is Mother’s Day and our prayers go out to all mums. They truly are the world’s unsung heroines.”
Mr Teulan said many children, however, don’t know maternal hugs or meals cooked ‘with love’.
“In 160 countries, Catholic Mission is helping local missionaries to house, clothe, feed and educate orphaned and abandoned children. We also help mothers in disadvantaged communities by subsiding nutritional programs, mothercraft and child care,” Mr Teulan said.
One such project is the crèche run by the Daughters of St Francis De Sales (DSFS) in the village of Adigonfanahalli in Bangalore District, Karnatake State, India.
“Here the mothers are agricultural labourers who’d otherwise be leaving their infant children at home unattended while they work,” Mr Teulan said.
“The families’ circumstances are very basic, with children prone to malnourishment and sickness.”
The DSFS Sisters meet this need by running a crèche that accommodates more than 100 babies and infants. The crèche provides the children with a nutritional diet and regular paediatric check-ups to give early detection of diseases.
Immunisation and medical treatment is also provided. The children have a happy, clean and educational environment to enjoy while their mothers are given lessons in nutrition and mothercraft.
“We give our service in an environment where Jesus is well known to all the children,” said Sister Merlin Kozhippillil, who manages the crèche.
“They learn prayers they can use in their day-to-day lives. We also conduct classes and seminars for parents to encourage them to lead lives based on moral values and grow as role models for their children.”
This Mother’s Day, consider thanking mum for a lifetime’s achievement with a personalised gift certificate at Catholic Mission’s Gift Registry.
Your gift will support the Sisters’ crèche in Bangalore District. A $20 gift will provide five children with paediatric check-ups for a month. A $35 gift will provide nutritional meals to one child for a year.
Your personalised gift certificate will be posted to you within seven days. For more details, go to www.catholicmission.org.au/gifts or call 1800 257 296 toll free.
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