2017 saw a review of the programmes in Seoul. State provision for abandoned children and those living in poverty has shown considerable improvement over the last few years in this city and the needs of our vulnerable beneficiaries can now be met by the local authorities. It is therefore the intention of the Sisters of Mary to begin a process of hand over and withdrawal of the Sisters of Mary programmess in Seoul. The details of this withdrawal are yet to be finalised but will be negotiated throughout 2018 and take effect at the end of 2019. Valuable resources deployed in Seoul will be utilised more effectively in the programmes in Busan and in the expansion of the programmes to other countries where the need of children is very great.
In Busan, the Sisters of Mary provide schools for boys and girls and additional care for members of the community who are vulnerable and in need. Live-in villages in Seoul are for abandoned and orphaned children and provide caring homes for the children who mostly attend school outside of the programmes. In addition, the Sisters of Mary provided help to the poor and the needy within the local community via the provision of hospitals and rehabilitation centres.