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A person is of more value than a world
Our work in remote villages, took us 150 kms up river from Nongkhai to a Catholic village. It was here that Sr Pranee was initiated into the Isan way of life, spending 4 days and nights a week in the village, often joined by Sr Joan. In March 1982, the villagers constructed a bamboo building for training local women and our first skills training, income generation project began.
Since that time, weaving was encouraged in the 10 villages we worked in. With the help of Khun Suven
and his wife Thong, we began to produce and market handicrafts. In 1984, the Regina Women’s
Self Help Centre was opened in Nongkhai, followed by three Women’s Self Help Centres in different
villages. As a result 1,613 women have been trained and subsequently employed in sewing centres
over the years.
The fruit of that early work over the years has been– food and milk programmes, village outreach,
hospital visits and specialist visits supporting those living with HIV/Aids. In the past ten years many
people have received regular assistance from the Outreach Team, who visit the surrounding villages
rgularly with medical care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS and other needs. An average of
250 participate in the programme annually.
Other craft production projects were begun -
men and youth have been provided training and employment through these projects.
In 1983 Child Care Centres were established in two villages. This number soon grew to six and early
education was provided for hundreds of children per year until the early 90’s, when
the Government began pre-
After the Day Care Centres were closed, sponsorship of the children continued with
Being a rural mission, we were committed to helping families remain on their land. The lack of water for 6 months a year, needed early intervention in digging wells, ponds and installing irrigation systems. Funding partners supported such major works and the local people provided the labour.
To address the needs of farming communities further, an agricultural project was
The Good Shepherd Sisters’ community in Nongkhai has seen the arrival and farewell of numerous sisters, working for a time in ministries before moving to serve the needs in other parts of Thailand or in other countries from where they came as missionaries. Each played an integral part in the development of the projects; each gave witness to the charism of Jesus the Good Shepherd.
In 2002 Sr Margaret returned to God and in 2009 Sr Mercy was welcomed to Heaven.
Alone , the Sisters could not have carried out God’s mission to the poor so we thank
The Good Shepherd mission has been carried by all, who have worked zealously amongst the poor.
Also, without our friends, benefactors, buyers and sellers of our craft, sponsors and funding partners, around the world, we could not have responded to the needs in the tangible way we have and to you all great gratitude is due.
Recalling our past Sr Margaret-
In the words of our Mother Foundress, St Mary Euphrasia – “ Gratitude is the memory of the heart”. Today our hearts are full of memories and of overflowing gratitude for the past 30 years.