Each year the All Hallows’ School Community focuses its fundraising efforts on a particular project.
During assembly on Friday 10 February, we officially launched the 2023 Whole School Project, Changing Lanes.
Changing Lanes is a Mercy Works education and support project in Cebu Province, Philippines, to assist women and girls who are trafficked.
Project 'Changing Lanes - giving trafficked women a voice', aims to raise sufficient funds to create a human trafficking awareness and advocacy initiative aimed at promoting and protecting the rights of women and girls.
The project involves women who have been victims of trafficking in all aspects of the program, from conceptualisation to monitoring and evaluation. The key components of the project include:
- alliance building
- capacity building
- advocacy and awareness raising
- mental health and wellness therapy and treatment
- life skills training and research
- monitoring and evaluation.
In addition, the project focuses on advocacy and policy change, which is also in line with Catherine McAuley's vision of creating a more just and equitable society. Catherine's work was founded on her deep faith, Jesus’ example of social justice, and in the dignity and worth of every person. The project is an extension of Catherine's vision and mission to care for the poor, sick, and uneducated and to work for systemic change. The Mercy Works project continues the legacy of Catherine McAuley and the Sisters of Mercy by advocating for the rights of women and children and working towards creating a more just society.