AMERICA/CANADA - The children of Papua New Guinea at the center of the 2022-2023 Projet-Partage

Wednesday, 7 September 2022 pontifical mission societies   childhood   children  

Montréal (Agenzia Fides) - More than 130 children from Papua New Guinea will benefit from the scholastic support of the Projet-Partage 2022-2023 of the Pontifical Society of Missionary Childhood (POSI) of the national direction of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) of French-speaking Canada here known as Mond'Ami.
Every year Mond’Ami chooses to devote its attention to a project in particular to sensitize Canadian children to discover the reality of children in the poorest countries, giving them the opportunity to provide spiritual and material support in a spirit of sharing and solidarity.
This year, in order to cope with the accumulated school delays and to facilitate the return to school of the children of Pope New Guinea, the community of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate and their collaborators, established here since 2018, has opened an informal training center.
"In this center, the nuns deal not only with school education, but also provide young people with the tools that allow them to fully develop, such as the exercise of leadership and decision-making; they guide them in knowing and respecting their rights in a country where unfortunately the rights of the child are often ignored - reads a note sent to Fides - The children's parliament is one of their initiatives. Moreover, since many of them come from remote areas, the nuns also provide for their primary needs, such as food and school materials".
"Children's rights are a topic that interests young people and is often discussed in our schools in Canada - says Ginette Côté, coordinator of Mond'Ami - With the approach of the missionary month I believe that the awareness-raising activities we are proposing this year will certainly have an echo both in the pastoral and in the scholastic sphere".
The educational component of the missionary animation campaign is part of the Mond'Ami mission, which collaborates with school and catechetical networks in Canada to encourage young people to take an interest in the life of their peers in other parts of the world. (EG) (Agenzia Fides, 7/9/2022)