Project Compassion 2016 - Learning More, Creating Change

9 Jun 2016   |   Media release   |   Project Compassion

Sreymom from Cambodia. Photo credit: Richard Wainwright

This year, Caritas Australia’s major fundraiser Project Compassion, held nationally in thousands of Catholic schools, parishes and communities, marks 50 years of empowering the world’s poorest people with the opportunity to learn, grow and create change.

As the end of Project Compassion draws near with just two weeks to go, Caritas Australia’s Acting Head of Fundraising, Kerryn Benbow said it’s still not too late to fundraise or donate to this year’s Project Compassion.

“In communities right across Australia, the generosity of supporters has made an enormous difference to the lives of our vulnerable brothers and sisters around the world.” said Ms Benbow.

“Every dollar raised and every person who participates in Project Compassion helps make an enormous difference. Together, we are empowering the world’s poorest people with opportunities to learn, grow and create change.”

This year, Project Compassion celebrates the power of learning and the many ways in which Caritas Australia is working with local partners around the world to provide vital learning and renewed hope to children, women and men most vulnerable to extreme poverty and injustice.

Throughout the six weeks of Lent, the Project Compassion stories highlighted how the generosity of everyday Australians is helping people create positive, lasting change in Malawi, Laos, Papua New Guinea, Cambodia and here with First Australians.

In Cambodia, education and training have helped 26-year-old Sreymom, transform from an inexperienced midwife into a confident healthcare worker.

When she started work at the local health centre, Sreymom was eager to use her three years of midwifery training to help care for indigenous mothers and children in the surrounding villages. However, she soon realised she lacked the practical experience needed to safely assist in childbirth.

Seeing Sreymom’s difficulties and her true potential, a local healthcare worker helped Sreymom enrol in the Mondulkiri Community province. Established by Caritas Cambodia and supported by Caritas Australia, the program empowers and trains local health centre staff in pre and post-natal care, safe delivery practices and children’s health. Now she has the skills to provide vital healthcare, support and information to indigenous mothers and children in remote Northeast Cambodia.

“If we did not have the program, more pregnant women would face death,” Sreymom says. “I hope Australian people will support my communities more in building awareness in healthcare, hygiene, nutrition and sanitation.”

To donate to Project Compassion, or to find fundraising ideas during Project Compassion go to or phone 1800 024 413.

Watch a video where supporters of all ages speak about what Project Compassion means to them -

For more information contact: Media Advisor, Nicole Clements on 0408 869 833 or

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