Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

Liberating Movement

Rosaleen giving Ko Ye his card

Dr Rosaleen Smyth is currently in her second placement with Palms, having previously volunteered in Tanzania. She is now at the Thai Burma border tutoring refugees in their tertiary studies.

Letters from the field: Thai/Burma border

Frank Morgan with Tun Tun, who has completed his Dipoma through ACU

Australian Catholic University (ACU) presented certificates or diplomas in Liberal Studies to 16 students from Mae Sot refugee camp at the Thai/Burma border.

New Directions

Frank's predecessor in the position with some students.

Providing training in a refugee camp setting is a new direction for Palms, although one which fits entirely with Palms’ vision and mission for sustainable development.


To evangelise is to make the Kingdom of God present in our world … to eliminate the structural causes of poverty and to promote the integral development of the poor. - Pope Francis (Joy of the Gospel 176, 188)