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ABOUT This blog is an experiment from our initial Good Works blog on WordPress (snddenGW). Good Works is our printed international Mission Support magazine. It is published three times a year by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur’s Congregational Mission Office. A link to our downloadable, full edition .pdf file is available on our main website: sndden.org or our Good Works – International Magazine Archive. We are experimenting with this “2014 Theme″ template that is designed to automatically scale for desktop, tablet, and smart phone size screens. From your past feedback, we are learning that over 60 percent of you are sending prayer intentions from our mobile websites (if on a smart phone) and 40% from our main site from desktops and tablets. This blog edition will be “tweeted” and announced on Facebook when we are ready to “go pubic.” Please add your feedback in the comment section on any page. It will really be helpful and we move ahead with our social media efforts.

Planters of Peace Nurture Hope in Brazil

We and the youth with whom we work are providing an island of hope in Jardim Tropical. A group of 30 to 40 young people that I (Sister Maria) facilitate are active in a weekly youth group. These youth help prepare the liturgy and also participate in novenas, processions, preparation for baptism, a nutrition program for babies, and protest marches – all activities that energize our community. The youth named their group “Planters of Peace,” a significant choice in light of their neighborhood situation.

“There is so much goodness in our young “Planters of Peace.” They are among the reasons why our neighborhood, poor as it is in some ways, deserves to be called “Tropical Garden.” -Sr. Maria

Learn More… PlantersofPeaceNurtureHopeinBrazil

Women and Water: Island of Beauty & Challenge

Slide4Our Notre Dame community lives on the island of Marajó, on the  largest navigable archipelago in the world, located at the mouth of the amazon river, in the State of Pará, Brazil. This is an island of beauty and challenge! The people find their means of support in extraction of açai for juice, palm hearts, wood from family-owned sawmills, and fishing. Some plant and sell cassava, rice, or beans. In our county, there is 80% unemployment, gang violence, drug trafficking, and other criminal activity. Unable to find jobs, the people are migrating from the river communities and searching for schools for their children. Our neighborhood with 4000 persons and 853 families, on the periphery of Breves, does not  have any school, health clinic nor potable water. Our streets are muddy in the rainy season and dusty in the dry season. Most women work in homes of wealthy families; the men find odd jobs daily. On days when adults do not work, the families do not eat….
Read the full story in GoodWorksJune2011 on pages 8-9.

New blog features stories from Good Works!

GWiconThis new blog is an  attempt to share our printed magazine, GOOD WORKS, with our on-line followers and “future” followers.

GOOD WORKS in published three times a year by the Sisters of Notre Dame. The magazine features our Sisters serving on five continents: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America.

Our Notre Dame Educational Networks  use the stories to teach religion, geography, ecology, sustainability, science, etc.

We will post short summaries from our GOOD WORKS magazine  accessible on monitors, tablets, and smartphones! We also plan to add “subscription” features as well as video and audio components.

Please use the comment section to join the conversation, ask a question or make a suggestion.

We welcome your feedback.

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