Children helping children
Missionary Children is the Catholic Church’s official missionary charity for children. Its motto is ‘children helping children.’
Under its original name of Holy Childhood, Missionary Children has been active in Catholic schools for 170 years. The contributions of children in Scotland enables us to carry out education, medical and welfare projects in the poorest areas of the world.
In Scotland the charity has always run through the Catholic Primary Schools. Following the example of its founder Bishop Charles de Forbin-Janson, we ask children to do two things every day:
—Pray for the children in mission areas of the world
—Donate a small coin
Many schools do much more but the two features of prayer and personal sacrifice are important building blocks for young Christians.
Missio Scotland offer a number of useful resources for schools which can be downloaded from this website. Click here for our School Resources.
Founded in 1843 in France by Bishop Charles de Forbin-Janson (1785-1844), it started with a conversation about how children could help children.
Bishop Charles met Pauline Jaricot around 1840. When touring the USA, he spoke on many issues including the work of the Propagation of the Faith. Back in Paris, he began to take an increasing interest in the rescue of abandoned babies in China.
For advice, he returned to Lyons, France, to confer with Pauline. Two days of discussion produced a clear, positive, simple plan.
Just as Propagation of the Faith (Missio work with communities) had been organised among adults to aid foreign missions, so Bishop Charles would endeavour to found an organisation among children for the salvation of children.
On May 19, 1843, he called his first meeting and set out to establish the new society throughout France.
It called upon its members for two things: a short daily prayer for the missions and a monetary sacrifice. As with the other two societies, it came under Papal protection and made a Pontifical Society in 1922.
Under its banner ‘children helping children,’ monies raised through schools are directed towards self-help programmes involving the building of schools, the provision of health and nutrition programmes and medications, school fees, and teaching and learning resources.
Children in communities, orphanages, homes for the disabled, refuges, and those living on the streets are assisted by the generosity of children who wish to help make the love of Jesus known everywhere.