Three Franciscan Sisters of the Poor came together in 2009, forming an international community to minister to the poor and suffering, especially children, in Dumaguete City, the Philippines.
DUMAGUETE CITY Wheel of Hope Soup Kitchen In collaboration with other faith communities, the Sisters established the Wheel of Hope Soup Kitchen. Here, children, families and homeless adults who scavenge on the streets for survival receive a hot lunch, showers and a change of clothing. A mini-clinic services minor ailments. Nearly 60% of the children are orphans and the Sisters hope to rehabilitate them from the streets to the classroom, helping to break the generational cycle of poverty. Volunteers help provide simple instruction for the children.
Franciscan Sisters of the Poor Jim Alund Scholarship Program Dumaguete City Mission This project is a scholarship program offered to poor but deserving high school graduates who are not able to attend college because their parents cannot afford the tuition fees and other expenses. It is also offered to college students unable to continue their schooling because of a lack of funding from parents or guardians. The goal is to assist in sending students to college to improve their lives, economic situations and hope for a brighter future.