Programs

SMEIDFI

St. Mary Euphrasia Integrated Development Foundation Incorporated (SMEIDFI) is the development arm of the Religious of the Good Shepherd of the Philippine Province. We work towards the protection and development of women and children; justice, peace, and integrity of creation.

For us and our mission partners, shepherding takes different forms. Everyday in many parvs of the country, we run shelters – homes – for women and girls who have been victims of abuse. Some of us do preventive and advocacy work day and at night. We train women and their families in manufacturing and farming, giving them opportunities for alternative livelihood.We work with government agencies and networks to combat human trafficking and abuse.

We teach the next generations to be men and women for others through our schools, formal and non-formal. In circumstances of disasters, we mobilize our sisters, staff, and volunteers to bring aid to where it is needed, often arriving first and leaving last. We establish our presence in red light districts, in the slums, in the mountains with the indigenous peoples, in places where the presence of the Good Shepherd is most needed. From free legal service desks of a big city to the hemp producing communities in a remote municipality, RGS and mission partners risk their lives to bear witness to the Gospel of love and compassion benews one person is of more value than a world.

Currently, SMEIDFI has 20 agencies, including 13 community and residential centers, indigenous people’s ministry, urban poor pastoral work, migrants centers, and formation centers, spreading the message of love and compassion of Jesus the Good Shepherd.


Vision

A society transformed in Jesus Christ where there is fullness of life for all beings


Mission

Sharing in the church’s mission of reconciliation, we commit ourselves to facilitate the empowerment of children and youth, girls and women Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), families and communities to be life-bearers towards integral transformation.



Strategic Goals

1. To promote unity of vision and mission of the various ministries of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd towards empowerment of persons/groups/families/communities we serve

2. To ensure that our ministries are effective and prophetic, our thrust of Women, Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation be integrated and actualized in all the programs and services.

3. To assist the different social services and center of the sisters of the Good Shepherd towards professionalization

4. To establish a financial system that will ensure the sustainability of different ministries of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd and to raise funds, receive grants both local and foreign, bequests, endowment, legacies and donations whether it be in cash, in kind, property or otherwise.

5. To promote and encourage human resource development, development work and studies, research in the social sciences to respond more effectively in meeting specific human needs

6. To enhance the capabilities of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd and effectivity of the Agencies for the delivery of appropriate services towards empowerment.

7. To facilitate the personal and professional growth of all the staff in mission through s systematic training program

Agencies

SMEIDFI specializes in providing residential and community-based programs for prevention, healing and recovery of survivors and at-risk of trafficking, sexual abuse, and other forms of gender violence. Currently, SMEIDFI operates 13 shelters around the country and 8 community-based programs all over the country.

13

Shelters

8

Community-Based Programs

Schools

Center-based, Community-based

Thus did St. Mary Euphrasia, foundress of the Religious of the Good Shepherd (RGS) define the ultimate end of our mission. It is a mission directed to the most neglected and marginalized, in whom the image of God is most obscure.

St. Mary Euphrasia also established at the heart of the congregation the Contemplatives of the Good Shepherd (CGS). The Contemplative Sisters are called to witness to the primacy of God, to transform the world through prayer, silence, solitude, sisterly love, gospel asceticism and zeal, while giving a privileged place to the study and meditation on the Word of God.

The fidelity of the Sisters, both active and contemplative, is ensured by a fourth vow: to labor with Zeal for the salvation of persons.

In 1835, the Generalate was established in France.



Innovative Ministries

Thus did St. Mary Euphrasia, foundress of the Religious of the Good Shepherd (RGS) define the ultimate end of our mission. It is a mission directed to the most neglected and marginalized, in whom the image of God is most obscure.

St. Mary Euphrasia also established at the heart of the congregation the Contemplatives of the Good Shepherd (CGS). The Contemplative Sisters are called to witness to the primacy of God, to transform the world through prayer, silence, solitude, sisterly love, gospel asceticism and zeal, while giving a privileged place to the study and meditation on the Word of God.

The fidelity of the Sisters, both active and contemplative, is ensured by a fourth vow: to labor with Zeal for the salvation of persons.

In 1835, the Generalate was established in France.

Special Projects

Thus did St. Mary Euphrasia, foundress of the Religious of the Good Shepherd (RGS) define the ultimate end of our mission. It is a mission directed to the most neglected and marginalized, in whom the image of God is most obscure.

St. Mary Euphrasia also established at the heart of the congregation the Contemplatives of the Good Shepherd (CGS). The Contemplative Sisters are called to witness to the primacy of God, to transform the world through prayer, silence, solitude, sisterly love, gospel asceticism and zeal, while giving a privileged place to the study and meditation on the Word of God.

The fidelity of the Sisters, both active and contemplative, is ensured by a fourth vow: to labor with Zeal for the salvation of persons.

In 1835, the Generalate was established in France.