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 parts 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 organizing women’s self-help groups in remote municipalities, RGS and mission partners risk their lives to bear witness to the Gospel of love and compassion because “one person is of more value than a world.”
Currently, SMEIDFI has 23 agencies, including 14 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.
A society transformed in Jesus Christ where there is fullness of life for all beings.
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.
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
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.
To assist the different social services and center of the sisters of the Good Shepherd towards professionalization
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.
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
To enhance the capabilities of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd and efficiency of the agencies for the delivery of appropriate services towards empowerment.
To facilitate the personal and professional growth of all the staff in mission through s systematic training program.