by Marie Kauna – EMTV Online, Port Moresby
A $300,000 care centre built by the Archdiocese of Mt Hagen for vulnerable children who are victims of violence and those who are homeless is soon to open.
The project aims to provide crisis care and longer term services for the vulnerable children and help them gain identity.
With violence a major problem in Papua New Guinea, this shelter will allow children victims of violence to stay, and get help.
The project will help many children, give shelter, educate and rescue them from the violence they have been exposed too for so long.
Health care, literacy program, spiritual formation and personal development will be provided for the victims.
Apart from the educational, spiritual and physical lessons, the centre will also provide accommodation, meals and general care for the children.
Children aged 15 and those caught in marriage breakdowns, physical and sexual abuse, poverty and sorcery will also be taken in, to be given help.
The centre will be looked after and run by Sister Mary Corpus Christi Banas, whose vision is to help children.
Sister Mary’s vision is to “..let the children come to me”, and for “the home to be a place of love, safety and refuge in the arms of Jesus through his body, the Church”.
The project is due to open this month.