Be a witness to Maria’s mission

Partner with lay missionary Maria, this World Mission Month, as she provides women in Ethiopia the opportunity to access a safe, supportive and educational environment.

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If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together.

African Proverb

Thousands of women in Ethiopia are compelled by poverty to find domestic work abroad. With hopes of a better life, they make the move away from their homes and their families, only to find themselves caught in a cycle of abuse and exploitation.

After visiting families in the remote town of Meki, lay missionary, Maria Jose Morales, was exposed to this reality.

Inspired by their stories, Maria was called to give back and opened the Kidist Mariam Centre.

Established to provide a safe, supportive and educational environment, the Centre has seen nearly 3,000 women complete training courses and build brighter futures for themselves and their families.

Learn more about the missionary work of Maria and the experiences of women in Meki, Ethiopia in the video below.

I think without this Centre, we would be out on the street… there was no alternative.

(student at The Kidist Mariam Centre)

Keeping the Kidist Mariam Centre running means Maria can continue reaching out to women, providing them with local opportunities to secure a future and minimise their risk of exploitation.

In his World Mission Day message for 2022, Pope Francis reminds us through Acts 1:8, “you shall be my witnesses”, that every Christian is called to be a missionary and witness to Christ. To respond. To serve.

Your response can make a difference to the lives of women like Saba and help further the work of missionaries like Maria.

Will you walk with Maria as she walks with the women she serves?

*Names altered to protect identity

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