Project Compassion 2013 speaking tour

13 Feb 2013   |   Blog   |   Project Compassion

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As Project Compassion kicks off for the year, we are excited to share the incredible stories of hope and change that have touched the lives of so many in the communities that we serve. Every year, we are thankful to have such dedicated staff and international speakers who tour the country and really help bring the Project Compassion stories to life.

Getting to meet our international speakers who come from various partner agencies is always a welcomed opportunity for us here in the Caritas Australia office because we get to hear first-hand from the amazing people who implement our programs overseas. Each and every international guest speaker has a story of their own and shares the story of their programs in their own unique, compelling way. So, as the speakers begin to arrive and head off around the country, we’d like to introduce you to some of the friendly faces you may come across in your Project Compassion travels.

The Speakers

Provaty G. Rozario, Caritas Bangladesh

Provaty Rozario - Project Compassion 2013 guest speaker

“I love working in mother and child health, as I see that what we are doing is saving the lives of many women and children.”

Provaty is the Project Coordinator of the Safe Motherhood Project (SMP) in Caritas Bangladesh. She, along with Sister Julianne Hayes-Smith, developed and started the Safe Motherhood Project in 1999 that trains rural midwives and promotes maternal and child health and education.


Sister Julianne Hayes-Smith, Caritas Bangladesh

Sister Julianne Hayes-Smith- Project Compassion 2013 guest speaker

“I thank God who has given me the opportunity to work with so many poor, oppressed women in different parts of his vineyard.”

Sister Julienne Hayes-Smith is a Missionary Sister of the Society of Mary (Marist Missionary). As a Registered Nurse and Midwife, Sister Julienne has always been passionate about the development of women and children. She began the Safe Motherhood Project with Provaty and has helped provide primary health care and health education to thousands of poor young women in Dhaka.


Ean Socheth, Youth for Peace Cambodia

Ean Socheth - Project Compassion 2013 guest speaker

Ean Socheth is the program manager of Youth for Peace in Cambodia. He has built his expertise in youth and development over the last 15 years and empowering youth in Cambodia, who are often disadvantaged, is always at the heart of what Socheth does.





Edson Quezada Rodriguez, Centro Creativo Artistico Bolivia

Edson Quezada Rodriguez - Project Compassion 2013 guest speaker

“Circus is a space open to all and all who believe in art, in its transformative potential, in its beauty, its force.”

Edson Quezada Rodriguez is the founder and the coordinator of Centro Creativo Artistico “educar es fiesta” (education is celebration). From his childhood, he dreamt of setting up a circus that was run by children and young people; a place where they would not be exploited, but valued. In 1999, Edson’s dream became a reality and his professional life has been dedicated to working with disadvantaged children and youth in the area of education and performing arts.


Father George Dhanasegaran Sigamoney, Caritas Sri Lanka

Father George Sigamoney- Project Compassion 2013 guest speaker

“Giving hope is one of the underlying principles of compassion.”

Father George Dhanasegaran Sigamoney is the National Director of Caritas Sri Lanka. He runs programs that help thousands of people who have fled bombs and shooting during the long-standing conflict in Sri Lanka. With the Caritas Sri Lanka team, he helped many of the most marginalised and vulnerable people in the wake of the devastating 30-year civil war, the 2004 tsunami and local disasters to rebuild their lives.

Where they’ll be

Provaty: Perth, Bunbury and Mandurah, Western Australia. 7–20 February, 2013.

Sr Julianne: Brisbane and Toowoomba. 7-17 February, 2013.

Socheth: Canberra, Adelaide and Port Pirie. 9-28 February, 2013.

Edson: Melbourne, Sandhurst and Ballarat (Victoria). 9-25 February, 2013.

Fr George: Sydney and Newcastle. 11-25 February, 2013.



If you’re lucky enough to be in any of these areas, please keep an eye and ear out for our guest speakers in your schools, parishes and community groups. You’ll be in for a treat!



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