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Order of Malta Australia


‘Francisco’s Neighbours’: new project addressing urban poverty in Korea


Members and volunteers of the Order of Malta Korea are continuing their work to address urban poverty in Korea. The most recent initiative has commenced operation in the Changsin-dong and Soongin-dong area, both known to have poor living conditions and no aid or support from any other organisations.

There are about 700 small-sized sewing factories in Changshin-dong and Soongin-dong, producing goods for the clothing shops in Dongdaemun. The town is on the slope of steep hills and is severely underdeveloped compared to other residential towns in Seoul and is home to many low-wage workers.

The centre, called ‘Francisco’s Neighbours’, was inspired by the Holy Father Francisco’s countless remarks on serving and loving our neighbours and the Order of Malta Korea intends to assist the most marginalised households located in the area.

Whilst the premises were being renovated, members and volunteers of the Order began to provide fruit deliveries as part of a weekly service to those in need in the district.

The centre’s renovations finished in November and the premises were consecrated by H.E. Cardinal Andrew Yeom. When COVID-19 restrictions allow, the centre will expand to provide cooked foods and laundry services to those in need.

The Australian Association

The Australian Association, formed in 1974, currently has in excess of 300 members and aspirant members across every State and Territory of Australia. We also have ongoing and strong links with the Order’s National Associations throughout the Asia Pacific Region including in Singapore and the Philippines and with members of the Order in New Zealand, Hong Kong SAR, Thailand and Korea. The Order of Malta is committed to serving Our Lords the Poor and Sick worldwide and has done so for over 900 years. This website shares with you the history, mission and current activities of the Order of Malta in Australia, and provides links to the work of the Order world-wide.