Surprised by Mercy: Hamilton, New Zealand
As the plight of refugees attracts worldwide concern, students from New Zealand’s Rimbrook Study Centre do their bit to welcome them.
Students help rebuild cyclone damaged Vuaki
Just prior to Christmas 2012, a strong cyclone tore through Samoa and Fiji. In the small village of Vuaki in the Yasawa island group of Fiji, no lives were lost, but many houses and livelihoods were destroyed after a 24-hour ordeal. A group of 22 Australians and New Zealanders saved up and pitched in to fund three new houses, and went there to help build them.
India through different eyes
Tamara Elizabeth shares her experiences during a service project in India during January 2010.
To Fiji, in the wake of Cyclone Evan
A service project, organized by students from New Zealand and Australia, became a lot more challenging than originally planned.
New Zealand and Australian students refurbish school in Fiji
In July a team of 22 men from Australia and New Zealand travelled to the Fijian village of Navunibitu to carry out urgent maintenance and painting in a school. The project was an annual “workcamp” organized by Warrane College. The pastoral care of Warrane College, a university residence of UNSW, is entrusted to Opus Dei.
"Was God asking me to go beyond my comfort zone?"
When Marianella Mendoza realized how serious the impact of the pandemic in the Philippines was on the daily wage earners in her town, she asked herself: "Was God asking me to go beyond my comfort zone?"
Assisting the Poorest of the Poor
When COVID-19 struck last year, a university professor mobilized her friends to assist the nearby Aeta communities, the earliest known inhabitants of the Philippines.
Driving for a Change
Lauan University Center volunteers collected and distributed food and care packages to jeepney drivers and their families whose incomes were drastically cut by the pandemic restrictions.
"Stuff"– An Open Conversation
"Stuff" is a conversation with seven couples from a variety of countries and backgrounds, but with a single shared concern: that their children form healthy relationships with material goods and learn how to use them responsibly.
Creating Opportunities to Serve
Despite the many ways that COVID-19 has made life unpredictable, students at Oakcrest School in Virginia have continued doing all they can to serve the needy.
Austral Solidarity Hospital: a Dream of Saint Josemaría
Thanks to the generosity of many people and organizations, since June 1 the Austral Solidarity Covid Hospital has been caring for gravely ill coronavirus patients without health insurance.
Some Special Students
One afternoon while taking a walk with my wife and young son – recounts Reyes, a retired language teacher in Granada – a man playing the accordion on a street corner came up to me and gave me a big hug, thanking me for the classes I gave him in prison.
“No one had shown concern for their situation”
In the Raval neighborhood of Barcelona, half of the people are immigrants and unemployment is over 30%. Nuria recounts what she is doing at Terral to help as many of these people as possible.
My Benin Food-Drive in the COVID-19 Pandemic
Ella, a recent graduate, shares her experience in assisting the needy in Benin City. Despite being in Calabar, she was able to work remotely in organizing a team of volunteers in Benin to provide palliatives and health and safety measures to some indigent people in Benin City.