Good Samaritan Sisters Partnerships Philippines

The Philippines

In the 1980s solidarity with the poor in Asia was a strong desire for the church in Japan. The Japanese Good Samaritan Sisters, wanting to contribute in some way, asked Sister Goto Keiko to study in Manila and during her time there she visited the island of Negros, one of the poorest areas in the Philippines. Later with Sister Morikawa Haruko she formed a community in Bacolod and the foundation was formally established in 1990. They lived at first in a tiny rented house near the airport and spent time visiting and working among the people. Later the community moved to City Heights, and now live in two residences there, and come together for meals and prayer.

In 2004, the sisters started a Kinder school for the poorest children. This school is the gateway to education because, though Government schooling is free, very few children attend unless they have access to early childhood education.

A health clinic and feeding programme are part of the Kinder school life.

Today the community in Bacolod is comprised of Japanese, Australian and young Filipina sisters who desire to be neighbour and to seek God in the Good Samaritan way of life.