Empowering The Poor

Helping the poor have greater economic control.



  • Program Five: Empowering the Poor


  • Golden Rule Poster and Teaching Kit
  • Scarboro Missions Magazine




Study Guide


The goal of Program Five is to introduce students to how empowering the poor is a byword of Scarboro Missions' charism; how its meaning varies greatly according to the situation, sometimes on the big scale, sometimes very small. But in all cases, Scarboro's missionaries work to give people as children of God a sense of dignity that comes with achieving more control over the economic and social factors determining their lives.


1. Show the internet TV video - "Program Five: Empowering the Poor"

2. Ask students to form small groups to describe the following impressions from the video:

  • Who is are the leading speakers in the video and what do we find out about them in this video?

  • What is the purpose of Scarboro Missions and who supports it?

  • What did you know after viewing the video that you didn't know

  • Give three reasons why Canadian Catholics should support the work of Scarboro Missions.

3. Option for Take-Home Assignment

Via the internet find more facts about:

  • Scarboro Missions and different aspects of its work today

  • Name 5 geographical places where Scarboro Missions works.

  • Provide 5 important facts about the social and /or economic conditions for the people in one of these geographical locales.

  • Study the Church Social Teaching documents presented on the Scarboro Missions website and prepare a presentation on how Scarboro Missions lives out one or more aspects of these Teachings.

  • In groups, make presentations to the class about any or all of the above. Include suggestions on how students could become more involved with the work of Scarboro Missions.