A Dedicated Network
MWIA projects are run by dedicated and hard-working Loreto Sisters, volunteers and community workers. The Loreto Sisters live in communities both locally and overseas and therefore understand their needs. Projects are designed after a great deal of community consultation and participation. MWIA helps to develop partnerships within the global Loreto network providing opportunities for people to be involved.
Dare to Imagine
The Loreto Sisters, volunteers and community workers who run MWIA projects do so with rigorous planning, extensive research, community engagement, ongoing monitoring, and evaluation of outcomes. Many of them, in the tradition of Mary Ward, have ‘dared to imagine’ and have moved to remote places to assist where the need is greatest.
Open and Transparent
MWIA projects are run transparently and openly. They are accountable to their stakeholders – the local people – with justice, sincerity and felicity at their core. MWIA is committed to recognising and promoting gender equality, the human rights of all people and supporting women and children to receive the education and skills they need to transform their lives and the world around them.
MWIA uses stories and information from our projects to educate and inspire the Loreto community about issues in the world, to raise awareness and support advocacy activities.
We are a full member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) and committed to adhering to ACFID’s high standards of governance, transparency, accountability and financial management.
We are also fully accredited by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Australian Aid, which manages the Australian Government’s overseas aid program.
In Peru, the Loreto Sisters have worked and lived in Jicamarca, Peru for over 15 years. In partnership with the Jesuits and the local community, the Sisters established a primary and secondary school. Tailoring workshops have now also been established, encouraging women to gain employment and start their own business.
The Loreto Mission in Rumbek, South Sudan has assisted the Maker Keui community through the provision of education, health and employment. This project will improve the standards of personal hygiene of 1477 primary and secondary school students and young women studying in Loreto Schools, Rumbek.
MWIA currently supports two Educational Scholarships and the Children’s Rural Library Program in Vietnam. Ensuring students have the resources and support to complete tertiary education is an important step to creating brighter futures. MWIA is proud of its commitment to the Scholarships which helps young female students attend university.