In the 1980s, the Catholic religious of Japan, though few in number, had an increasingly strong desire to stand in solidarity with poor people in other parts of Asia.
The Japanese Good Samaritan Sisters shared this gospel urge. They wished to engage in a process of reconciliation with the people of the Philippines for the atrocities committed in World War II.
After much investigation, two Japanese sisters formed a community in a new neighbourhood, the city of Bacolod on the island of Negros, one of the poorest areas of the Philippines.
With the support of many friends and people of goodwill in Japan, the Bacolod Fund was established to support their outreach to many people on the margins of society through scholarships, feeding programs, and the education of infants.