How we help

Ecology

Globalization has been a mixed blessing. It helped propel technological advancement giving us, for instance, this medium here in which we can communicate with you the notable achievements of our missions around the world. At its worst, however, globalization exacts a heavy environmental toll. Those most vulnerable are women and children—the majority of the world’s poor. The Good Shepherd Sisters operate with an ecology-first mindset, believing a respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice and a culture of peace will bring about a greater good. The aim is to seek understanding and compassion for all living creatures, with the preservation of future generations in mind. Pope John Paul II said it best: “a growing awareness that world peace is threatened not only by continued injustices among peoples and nations, but also by a lack of due respect for nature.”

The Good Shepherd partners work in more than 70 countries in providing economic opportunities and independence for the poorest women and children—victims of poverty. The income-generating programs, micro-finance ventures and fair trade projects, all launched in cooperation with women living in poor communities, helps them break the cycle of poverty by gaining economic independence and justice for themselves through their dignified work.

The Good Shepherd Sisters are planning more sustainable development projects for the future. Whether it be a locally sourced peanut farming cooperative in Mozambique or the installation of “green” energy supplies for a school in Kenya, these initiatives will create a more sustainable future for participants and their families. GSS also operates economic-independence projects which employ women in income-generating projects in Kenya, Bolivia, Mexico, Uruguay, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Senegal, Thailand, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Paraguay.

Here are our central beliefs:

  • The Good Shepherd Sisters recognize a call to transformation grounded in spirituality, a guiding principal that lives in active mission.   
  • Continue to update our theology and prayer in relation to newer understandings of earth science, new insights about cosmology, and knowledge of universal Human Rights.
  • We recognize that the interdependence of all expands the reality of human rights to include rights of all – non-human, living and non-living.  
  • We integrate linkages between our prayer and theology and the rights of women and children, especially those in conditions of poverty.  
  • We evaluate and adjust our personal daily and our communal lifestyle decisions – consumption, production, use of natural resources – in light of the kinship and sustainability
  • of the universe.  
  • We support uplifting commerce options such as fair trade purchasing, the avoidance of non-renewable disposable products, choice of food options that support local agriculture and low energy production.
  • We evaluate our service projects and programs from the principles of respect for the earth, compassionate care for the community, and reverence for the sustainability of present and future generations.
  • We are politically active in issues such as free trade, climate change, practices of trans-national corporations that diminish human rights, and national energy policies.
  • We analyze and confront economic policies that lead to human and earth degradation. Any investments we hold require such analysis. We factor in this analysis in all advocacy efforts and political action, seeking to eliminate the effect of environmental degradation on women and those who live in poverty, including indigenous populations.  
  • We study, pray over, support, and promulgate the Earth Charter, with its principles of the importance of spirituality in human life, environmental protection, human rights, equitable human development, and the promotion of peace.