Peru
Apostolic Vicariate of San Ramon - Uniforms and scholastic material for children of the Yurinaki Mission in the Amazon jungle

Thanks to the Pontifical Society of the Holy Childhood's help, the women religious of the mission have been able to buy notebooks, pencils, pens, text books, Bibles, etc. At the same time, they managed to buy what was needed to sew backpacks for the scholastic material and uniforms for the children. The sisters themselves did the sewing work with the help of the mothers who collaborate with the religious community. These supplies were later distributed to the indigenous communities spread out in the jungle, some of which are difficult to reach and in need of formation material.

Uganda
Archdiocese of Tororo - Renovation of 4 classrooms block at Achilet Catholic Church Primary School

The school is located five kilometers from Tororo Town. Most of the People living in the area practice peasant agriculture, hence many of them are very poor.

The original building was built in 1950 and the classrooms were about to collapse. It was urgent to repair it to provide for 1225 children a safe and conductive learning environment.

The realization of the school changed the mindset not only of the children, but of the people as a whole: the parents of the children attending the school encouraged them to be like those children who helped them, following the best tradition of the Missionary Spirit.

 The students of the school are very grateful and strongly motivated to carry on with their studies.

India
Diocese of Salem - Construction of classrooms for St. Mary’s Primary School, Idappadi

Idappadi is surrounded by hundreds of very poor villages.

The school was started by M.E.P. Missionaries in 1921 to meet the educational needs of poor children in the area. At present there are 640 students. Since there were only 14 classrooms for 16 classes, some students had to study under the trees in unhealthy conditions, so the project for the construction of 2 classrooms was presented to us.

Thanks to this subsidy and to  the local contributions, the project is successfully implemented. The children and the families helped by site cleaning , offering some building materials and free labour.

The Holy Childhood Day was celebrated in grand manner with Holy Mass, games and competitions.

All students, teachers and the correspondent express their heartfelt thanks for the timely contribution and ensure their prayers.

Papua New Guinea
Diocese of Wabag - Assistance for Elementary Education for Children

The diocese of Wabag lays in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. Kompiam parish, Mungulep parish and Maramuni parish are very remote and the elementary schools were given priority. No road connection so everything has to be transported by plane or to be carried in by walking almost a whole day.

About 3800 children between 5 and 9 years have benefitted from this project.

The amount granted by the Pontifical Society of Holy Childhood was spent for the education of children in remote areas especially in terms of teaching and learning materials, retreat and seminars, transportation.

The children of Waban who benefit from this donation are very grateful and pray that the Good Lord blesses Holy Childhood and the donors in their efforts to assist the children in need throughout the world.

HISTORY

 

In the mid-nineteenth century, a French bishop, H. E. Charles de Forbin-Janson.  
Regretting that he could not personally leave as a missionary, he asked for advice from Pauline Jaricot, the foundress of the Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith. Their exchange of ideas was enlightening and Bishop de Forbin-Janson got the idea to involve the children of France so that through prayer and material cooperation, they could help the Chinese children of their same age. “ONE HAIL MARY A DAY, ONE SMALL COIN A MONTH” was the commitment made by every child from the first moment. This was in 1843, and through this initiative the seed was sown from which the Society germinated. Years later, the motto would be coined, “CHILDREN HELPING CHILDREN”, which sums up well the founder's intuition and the Society's charisma., was upset by the news coming from China about the children who were dying without having received Baptism.

For that era, and even today, making children protagonists of the life of the Church was A REVOLUTIONARY IDEA. In a short time, many countries joined in the initiative and the Society spread from France to Belgium, Spain, Italy and many other nations. On May 3, 1922, mindful of the Society's great contribution to the missions for nearly eighty years, Pope Pius XI made it his own and recognized it as Pontifical. On December 4, 1950, Pope Pius XII created the World Day of the Holy Childhood, and declared the day of the Epiphany as the date for its celebration, but   leaving each nation free to adapt the date to local needs.

Today the Pontifical Society of the Holy Childhood has put down roots in more than 150 countries.

MISSION

The Society's goals can be summed up as follows:

  • To meet the spiritual and material needs of all children so that they can live worthily as real children of God.

  • To raise children's awareness of their neighbor's needs and teach them the value and power of solidarity and reciprocal support.

  • To make a missionary spirit germinate in children that will accompany them throughout their lives, whether God will guide them to a lay or a religious life, and make them valid and responsible members of society.

What exactly do the missionary children and adolescents do to contribute to the salvation of their peers?

  • Prayer: The children of the Missionary Childhood pray every day for the other children and for the spread of the Gospel message.

  • The Collection: This is the fruit of the missionary children's sacrifices and all those who want to give the world's children a better future. These “gifts” are collected by the National Directions present in the respective countries and sent to the Missionary Childhood Universal Solidarity Fund to be redistributed to millions of needy children in every corner of the world.

Thanks to this aid, so many children can eat, study, have a roof over their heads where they can sleep, take care of themselves and, above all, know Jesus and His proclamation which is made visible through these acts of love. 

  •  Missionary witness: Through their behavior and their message the missionary children are witnesses and a life example for their peers and the whole community.

 Who are the society's beneficiaries?

EVERYONE benefits in some way from the charisma transmitted by the Pontifical Society of the Holy Childhood.

  • The children members of the Missionary Childhood who grow in faith, sharing and solidarity.

  • The children who receive the grace of prayer and material contribution, the latter especially in the world's poorest places.

  • The Church in general, which is strengthened through the witness of spiritual and material generosity of the Holy Childhood members who, when they grow up, as laypersons or religious, will continue to proclaim the good news.

  • Society in general through the thousands of schools, medical centers, libraries, health care structures and so on that are built, the food and scholastic material that are distributed – all concrete proof that through solidarity and missionary commitment EVEN THE LITTLE ONES CAN ACHIEVE GREAT THINGS.

 THE SOCIETY IS OPEN TO ALL

Even though the Pontifical Society of the Holy Childhood pertains principally to children and adolescents, who are its real members, the message it proclaims is addressed to all those who wish to collaborate.

In fact, in the formation of child missionaries, the role is very important

  • of the family
  • of educators
  • of animators

 who, through their witness, preparation and dedication form the little missionaries to the values of love, solidarity and sharing.

Would you like to know more?

Would you like to know if there is a Holy Childhood group in your parish or create one?

Would you like to become an animator of the Holy Childhood?

IF YOU TOO WOULD LIKE TO DO SOMETHING, DISCOVER HOW BY CONTACTING THE NATIONAL DIRECTION IN YOUR COUNTRY 

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and help teach children the same age in
the world through prayer and sacrifice
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and help teach children the same age in
the world through prayer and sacrifice
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and help teach children the same age in
the world through prayer and sacrifice
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...educate children to discover the missionary spirit
and help teach children the same age in
the world through prayer and sacrifice
HISTORY
 In the mid-nineteenth century, a French bishop, H. E. Charles de Forbin-Janson.  
Regretting that he could not personally leave as a missionary, he asked for advice from Pauline Jaricot, the foundress of the Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith. Their exchange of ideas was enlightening and Bishop de Forbin-Janson got the idea to involve the children of France so that through prayer and material cooperation, they could help the Chinese children of their same age. “ONE HAIL MARY A DAY, ONE SMALL COIN A MONTH” was the commitment made by every child from the first moment. This was in 1843, and through this initiative the seed was sown from which the Society germinated. Years later, the motto would be coined, “CHILD...

MISSION
The Society's goals can be summed up as follows: To meet the spiritual and material needs of all children so that they can live worthily as real children of God.

To raise children's awareness of their neighbor's needs and teach them the value and power of solidarity and reciprocal support.

To make a missionary spirit germinate in children that will accompany them throughout their lives, whether God will guide them to a lay or a religious life, and make them valid and responsible members of society.What exactly do the missionary children and adolescents do to contribute to the salvation of their peers? Prayer: The children of the Missionary Childhood pray every day for the other children and for the spread of the Gospel message.

The Collection: This is the...



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