Sr. Louise Horgan, Irish missionary for many years in Thailand and currently director of the Centre, expressed the Good Shepherd Sisters’ gratitude to God, the benefactors and those who have been part of the foundation of the Centre. It was in 1979 when the income generating project for women started.
Though the bricks and mortar may be new, we are assured the spirit with which the Fatima Centre has operated for over 20 years, serving women and girls from the poorest areas of Bangkok will continue,” Sr. Louise said.
She added that the Fatima Centre has been a place of training and employment with 2, 282 people having entered its doors since it opened.
“Through the work of their own hands, women have been able to feed and clothe their families and hundreds of children have received early childhood education in our pre-school, here in the compound. “The women themselves have been encouraged and supported to pursue their own studies. 400 women returned to school and completed primary education, 700 have achieved the level of M3 and 54 women have graduated from higher studies and have earned a university degree.
“Most importantly, the Fatima Centre has provided a sense of belonging to all who have been part of production. Here the joys and struggles are shared along with the daily work and the participants, staff and sisters encourage each one to do her best.