Journeying with women on the margins

About

I was born in 1948 in the small village in Central Java. My parents were Moslem. They were baptized when they studied in the Jesuit School.  I have 4 brothers and 5 sisters, so we are ten children in the family.  My parents were longing that among the children, God called some to be Religious.  It seemed that God granted their prayers. My elder sister, 5 years older than me, joined the Congregation of Precious Blood of Charity.

In Good Shepherd

1981 - 1982    After my profession in March 25, 1981, I was  assigned to Yogyakarta City. My apostolate was Nutrition Programme for women and children in the 10 villages.

1983 - 1985       School Coordinator of 'Santa Maria Fatima' in Jakarta. (Kindergarten, Elementary and Secondary School.)  Also accompanied  women engaged in prostitution in Northern Jakarta.

1986 - 1989       Coordinator of Home for girls who were emotionally disturbed. Most of them came from the broken home families.

1990 - 1992       Local Coordinator in Yogyakarta Community, and continued to accompany the women engaged in prostitution in this area.

1993 - 1996       Local Coordinator of Bantul Community and at the same time as Novice Directress. It was the opportunity to train and share with the young women how to serve people who are poor and marginalized.

1996 - 2002      I was appointed to serve the Province of Indonesia. During this time I continued serving the poor and the needy. Every Saturday I would spend time to go to the slum area, in order not to lose contact with the poor.

2003 - 2012       I offered to be missionary to Ethiopia, and continued to serve the people in the slum area of Addis Ababa. I also accompanied a group of women in prostitution who are affected by HIV/AIDS.

2013 - present    I returned to Indonesia in May 2012.  After my sabbatical I was assigned to Yogyakarta community.                             

The Challenges

At present, I am missioned in Yogyakarta  community. In this area there are many families who live in poverty. I started helping a group of women to develop a small business. The financial support is from Good Shepherd Sisters (GSS) and the Social Economic Development  Parish Commission (SEDPC). For the first step we chose women who had experience in operating small enterprises.  GSS and SEDPC are helping them to increase their capital to develop their small business.

They have monthly meetings. Since June 2013 they have been saving a small amount of money. Now they start to take a loan of a small amount of money for the needs of their family, with a small interest. 

I also network with the Commission of Family in the parishes to support Single Mothers in the parishes. There are 33 parishes in Yogyakarta.

One of the Asia Pacific priorities is to strengthen economic justice projects. 

I hope that these ministries will help the women to increase their economic life, so that they can provide for the needs of their families. The single mothers also need accompaniment since they are isolated from the society. They need support psychologically, spiritually and economically.         

The Inspiration

Journeying with women who are on the margins, I have to network with others who share the same concern. I have been trying to promote our mission, so that others will take part in our mission, and we can help many more women who need empowerment. In my experience, instead of helping and supporting them, I am energized by their spirit and struggles for their life. I learn a lot from them, how they persevere  and survive in their situation. They are the ones who strengthen my faith and keep my ZEAL alive.

'Our love should awaken in them a sense of their worth and dignity as children of God. At the same time, we are aware that we receive mercy from them and that we cannot separate our salvation from theirs.'

(Constitutions of Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd 5) 

Click here to see some photos -  Income Generating Groups

 

Projects

Visioning Integration for Mission, in Indonesia

Visioning Integration for Mission, in Indonesia

The Province Integration Team has held facilitated capacity building sessions to develop a common vision and mission in their work together

Good Shepherd Indonesia restructuring for Mission

Good Shepherd Indonesia restructuring for Mission

The story of cross border sharing of resources, province discernment, strategic planning and willingness to risk for the sake of Mission

Report from the Asia Pacific Partnership Team

Report from the Asia Pacific Partnership Team

Comprehensive overview from the GSAPP team - how Good Shepherd Partnership for Mission is developing in this region