What we do

Mercy Works partners with communities to promote justice, self-reliance and to support displaced people.

We work with communities who are denied access to basic human needs such as education, health care and social welfare.

In all our programs we strongly endorse the principles of:

  • freedom
  • mutual respect
  • participating in and protecting the rights and responsibilities of all

Our principal programs are in Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste and Australia.

Quick Facts...


  • 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day
  • Half the world’s children live in poverty
  • 1.1 billion people have inadequate access to water
  • 121 million children have no access to education
  • 925 million people are undernourished
  • 2.6 billion lack access to adequate sanitation
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"Every place has its own particular ideas and feelings which must be yielded to where possible"

Catherine McAuley,
founder of the Sisters of Mercy