Abandoned children living on city streets are prey to drug dealers and prostitution;shanty towns with sub-human living conditions; high infant mortality rates; and a severe lack of adequate and accessible medical care brought five Franciscan Sisters of the Poor to Brazil at the request of Pope John XXIII in 1960. They settled in the State of Goias.
Over time the ministry expanded and today thirteen Sisters offer direct services to the suffering poor in Goiania, Ipameri, Jatai and Pires do Rio. Daycare centers allow parents to work, knowing their children are safe in a loving environment. After-school programs offer supervised, recreational activities. A group home for disabled seniors provides comfort and socialization. A laboratory has saved thousands of lives through early detection of potential diseases. Education and skill training centers inspire hope and support personal empowerment.