OCEANIA/PAPUA NEW GUINEA - "WeCare!" Foundation: support to vulnerable women and marginalized children and young people

Friday, 27 March 2015

Port Moresby (Agenzia Fides) - "Traditionally the primary emphasis in the parishes in Port Moresby is placed on worship, on the sacraments, on devotional practices", said Fr. John M. Glynn, head of the "WeCare!" Foundation in Papua New Guinea, in a note sent to Agenzia Fides. "The first apostolic community, founded by Jesus, despite being a Church in its initial stages, is already devoted to the love of one’s neighbor, giving food to the hungry, healing the sick, clothing the naked, welcoming foreigners", notes Fr. Glynn.
"If one were to go to remote communities and asked people: where can we go to seek help if sick, poor, elderly, disabled, abandoned, abused? the answer was: the Church. I hope with all my heart that Pope Francis’ word can take root in Papua New Guinea, encouraging parishes to work in charity and social services", he remarks.
The "WeCare!" Foundation offers free support to vulnerable women and marginalized children and young people, through the work of volunteers and placing them in families or "care groups". "WeCare!" was established in 2002, when Fr. John Glynn, an Irish Catholic priest, began assisting orphans, disabled and abandoned people in the streets and in the suburbs of Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea. In 2007, the Foundation had official recognition. Today, the work focuses on assistance and education to children or young people, with the intention to help them reintegrate into the social fabric. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 27/03/2015)