Gawad Kalinga Australia

Pat Griffiths (SAC10)

Gawad Kalinga (GK) is an anti-poverty organisation that works to build communities. Founded in the Philippines, its name means ‘to give care’ in Tagalog. In the Philippines this commitment takes the form of creating tangible communities: houses into villages in areas where infrastructure is often lacking.

Engaging residents at the centre of this development instils sustaining community values that have now seen the establishment of over 2000 GK villages in the Philippines itself. Offering opportunities for volunteers to travel to the Philippines to be part of this process, the organisation has also recently made the jump to Australia.

Working with residents of the predominately Indigenous Apollo Housing Estate of east Dubbo is Gawad Kalinga’s first Australian undertaking. Unlike the Philippines, Apollo Estate already has much of its infrastructure needs. The troubles facing the estate are summed up in its acquired nickname – ‘the Bronx’. Forming a volunteer relationship with the Cardoner Project, this is an exciting new opportunity to help lay the foundations of a new mission. Talking with residents, listening to their aspirations for a strong and positive community is how it begins. 

Teresa House

As part of the projects service program boys in the house have been volunteering at Teresa House Homeless shelter, which provides emergency overnight accommodation. MORE>> 


Jesuit Social Services

The Cardoner Project and Jesuit Social Services are committed to real collaboration on a range of great projects that will engage the young Old Boys and others in shaping a more just society. MORE>> 

Jesuit House

Jesuit House is the headquarters of The Cardoner Project at 202 Broadway, Chippendale. Purchased in mid 2013, the ground floor is a function and office space to be used for events.  MORE>>

Jarjum College Redfern 

As one of the  Cardoner Project’s local outreach initiatives a strong relationship has been forged with Jarjum College Redfern. Jarjum College is a Jesuit K-6 primary school for Indigenous boys and girls from the Redfern area. MORE>> 

Ignatian Service Association

The Old Ignatians’ Union (OIU) Ignatian Service Association is a group facilitating community service by anyone associated with the school community. MORE>> 


Bellarmine House

Bellarmine House is the residential program of the Cardoner Project and is based on the top two floors of Jesuit House. The house acts as a transitional residence for recently graduated old boys. MORE>>

St Canice's Kitchen

The Cardoner project works closely with St Canice’s church, Elizabeth Bay, in a range of social ventures. St Canice’s has been operating in Elizabeth Bay since 1889 and has grown not only as a parish, but as an important part of the Kings Cross community. MORE>>

Gawad Kalinga

Gawad Kalinga (GK) is an anti-poverty organisation that works to build communities. Founded in the Philippines, its name means ‘to give care’ in Tagalog. In the Philippines this commitment takes the form of creating tangible communities. MORE>>

Social Enterprise

This is an exciting set of ways of helping to change the world by applying commercial insights and skills to real-world problems of social and economic exclusion, here and overseas. MORE>>


Since its foundation, The Cardoner Project has sought to engage communities overseas in undertakings that seek to express a recognition and respect for often excluded and underprivileged groups. From teaching English in Vietnamese or Thai schools to working with families to build houses in Tijuana, Mexico; The Cardoner Project aims to inspire self-esteem and hope in the communities we encounter. With an increasing number of projects in Vietnam, Thailand, Nepal, Ecuador and Mexico there are short and long term volunteering opportunities available.


Across the Pacific Ocean lies the city of Tijuana in northern Mexico. Tijuana’s location on the United States-Mexican border makes it the perfect location to witness the juxtaposition between these two countries.
— Daniel Rubic (SAC11)


When the opportunity of travelling to Ecuador first presented itself to me I thought what an obscure place to go. We spent our time in Quito. . .
— Tom Masi (SIC13)


The Cardoner Project’s Nepal Immersion typically runs in December of each year, designed to give recent Jesuit old boys a deeper appreciation for the often-misunderstood cultural and religious issues in Nepal.
— Max Sturt (SAC13)


The Micronesia Service year provides a fantastic opportunity for those seeking a thorough cultural immersion and volunteer experience.
— Alex Smith (SAC13)


The Vietnam immersion run by the Cardoner Project is one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences that young Aloysius and Riverview old boys can undertake in their early post-high school life.
— Cameron Gray (SAC12)


The Cardoner Project has had volunteers in northern Thailand since 2012 as a part of The Arrupe Education Project, an initiative of the Thai Jesuits.
— Tim Humphreys (SAC12)

Our Mission

We seek to offer an extension and a deepening of what Old Boys have already received at Jesuit schools, a deeper experience of God and an understanding of themselves as spiritual beings. MORE>>

Our History

The Cardoner Project began at St Aloysius College due to the enthusiasm and aspirations of the students for further opportunities for service beyond their final year of high school. MORE>>

Our Projects

From the central location of Jesuit House in Chippendale, The Cardoner Project has been able to involve itself in a number of local volunteering opportunities. MORE>>