Globally, and in Australia, Loreto actively engages in justice and development issues. Through individual initiatives and partnerships the network is involved in education, community development, social justice, advocacy and refugee rights. Mary Ward International Australia, in particular, supports the development works of the Loreto Sisters and their colleagues in Australia and overseas while providing opportunities for volunteers to collaborate in these works.
Loreto Sisters have been living and working with communities in the Baucau region of Timor-Leste for the last eight years. At the request of the community of Gar-uai Loreto is now building a community centre and pre-school in their village and engaging families in this project. Other community development work is being planned with the community and will be well supported by the new community centre.
Loreto has been at the UN as an NGO since 2002. The primary goal of Loreto at the UN is to work for systemic change to redress the major inequities in our world with a particular focus on the eradication of poverty and the promotion of gender equity for women and girls.
Mary Ward International Australia (MWIA) is part of the Mary Ward International network established in 2002 to support the development works of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Loreto Sisters) throughout the world. Inspired by its founder, Mary Ward, MWIA is committed to working towards a more just world where there is tangible respect for the dignity of each person and equal opportunity for all. In particular, MWIA works towards the empowerment of women and children.
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‘Rainbow children’ at Loreto Sealdah, Kolkata India.
Friends of Loreto, Timor Leste.
Children benefiting from libraries established by LVAP.
UN Flags at headquarters in New York.