Responding to the Needs of Families

Women and children are the most vulnerable persons in the society of our time. Therefore many projects and programs of the Columban missionaries are directed towards helping mothers and children out of exploitive situations: family violence, poverty, lack of education towards awareness of their rights and their dignity. Response to needs in missionary work takes many forms and requires constant review as how best to meet such needs. Some of our education projects include a boarding school in Myanmar (formerly Burma), a high school in Pakistan and a preschool in the Philippines. We have ongoing education and livelihood programs geared toward adults in our mission countries as well.

Columban Supported Education Programs in Myanmar

Subanen Crafters Make Educational Materials for Children

Vangie with a preschool teacher making a book

The Subanen Craft Project

Columban Sisters and the Subanen Ministry have built nine preschools with an enrollment of more than 200  children. The preschool program uses Subanen-speaking teachers who encourage learning and affirm the Subanen culture.