Read the article 'Online exclusive: Empowering women and communities globally' and answer the following questions. Then share your answers in pairs, small groups or in a classroom discussion.
1. What could be some of the challenges women in developing countries face?
2. What does 'marginalised' mean? Why as Catholics are we called to serve those on the margins of society?
3. Why do you think people, especially women, with HIV and AIDS in developing countries might be discriminated against?
4. Why do you think emotional support is just as necessary as physical health for people diagnosed with HIV and AIDS?
5. Sister Len says, ‘To bring hope to the people that we work with means walking with them and walking slowly, at their pace. It’s a lifelong process — a journey.’ Why would bringing hope to people sick with HIV and AIDS be important to caring for them?
1. Watch the video, Women for the World 2017. Then as a class discuss the work Caritas does and how it impacts those they help.
In the video Sr Len, says she encourages her staff to look in the mirror every day and ask themselves, ‘Am I the face of hope today?’ Write a one-page reflection on what it means to be the face of hope each day and how you can bring hope to others right here in Australia.
2. Organise a bake sale or rummage sale to fundraise for Caritas Australia’s Maryknoll Seedling of Hope program. You can donate here.
3. Explore Caritas Australia's website. Discover what Caritas Australia does, where they work and the communities they serve. Students can then break up into groups and pick one of the countries Caritas Australia serves. Then as a group create a presentation on Caritas Australia's work in that country to present to your class. (Class time during the week may be put aside to complete this activity or it can be assigned as a group homework assignment.)
When completed, students can share their presentations with their class.
For younger students
Teachers can read or summarise our ‘Online Exclusive: Empowering women and communities globally’. If appropriate, teachers can explain the epidemic of HIV and AIDS in a suitable manner for the children’s age group. Teachers can also use Caritas Australia’s PowerPoint and resources (links can be found at the bottom of the article) to introduce the topic to students.
1. Teachers can invite students to sit in a circle on the floor and share what gives them hope.Then allow students to think of and explain how they can be the face of hope to others.
As a class make a commitment to bring hope to others each day this week.
2. Teachers can lead their class in a discussion on how Jesus brings us hope. Then, teachers can pass out paper and ask students to draw how Jesus gives them hope.
When finished, students can present their artwork to the class.