Students told of Sudan aid effort

10 Mar 2014   |   Caritas in the news   |   Long-term Development   |   Sudan   |   Project Compas

Mary with students

On tour in Australia for Project Compassion, Caritas Australia's program officer for South Sudan, Mary Wachira explained her work to Our Lady Help of Christians pupils yesterday, helping them understand where funds they raise for Caritas Australia end up.

Mary featured in The Courier, 11 March 2014. 

Mary grew up in Kenya where she first developed her strong commitment to work in support of those in greatest need.

In Nairobi, Mary volunteered in a children’s home working with children with disabilities and later on continued with her teaching profession. She then moved to South Sudan and worked with the Sudan Catholic Bishops Regional Conference in partnership with Caritas Germany.

Since 2008, Mary has worked with Caritas Australia and is now the program officer responsible for the food and rehabilitation program in South Sudan.

Making a difference in South Sudan


Working in collaboration with our local partner, Mary visits program beneficiaries and monitors the program’s progress in the communities we support.

Throughour her life, Mary has always wanted to help people improve their lives. Working in South Sudan, she has been humbled to see people living with the effects of war in communities where basics like water, food and shelter are inaccessible for most people.

Reflecting on the families she visits, Mary says that Caritas Australia’s support for South Sudan’s most vulnerable communities is making a real difference.

“Those living with disability are fully involved in the program and work alongside other to ensure that their voice is heard, in spite of their physical challenges.

“They are able to contribute at decision-making meetings that affect the rebuilding of their lives; this ensures that they feel very much a part of the communities in which they live.”

Project Compassion - South Sudan

Our feature story for week 2 of Project Compassion is about Deng, from South Sudan, who has returned to his village in South Sudan after war forced him to move away. Read Deng's story.

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