St. Hannibal Empowerment Centre

St. Hannibal Empowerment Center (SHEC) is a religious organization of the Rogationists of the Heart of Jesus. It is a community of Spirit-led persons which aims to follow Jesus Christ in his union with his Father and in his proclamation of the kingdom of God. It is an inserted community among the squatters. The goal of SHEC is to empower the poor people of Metro Manila, Philippines, through housing, livelihood, education, health, waste management, youth and values formation.

Location: Pasay City, Metro Manila

Mission: Its mission is to empower the poorest of the poor and catalyze an integral Christian transformation of urban poor communities in collaboration with the local Church by a holistic process that addresses concerns on housing, livelihood, education, health, environment and sanitation, justice and peace, youth formation and values formation. The goals of SHEC consist of assisting in alleviating poverty among urban poor communities in Pasay and other cities in Metro Manila; and building the foundation of community transformation through intensive values formation. Its objectives are, specifically, to facilitate the organization and formation of people’s organization that are self-sufficient and empowered, facilitate the values and spiritual formation and capability building of urban poor leaders, to assist the urban poor / informal settlers of Pasay and other cities in Metro Manila in realizing their dreams of achieving security of tenure through in-city relocation, to facilitate the implementation of economic programs and basic social services in urban poor communities, and to facilitate access to formal education in favor of the poor and deserving students.

Friday, October 21, 2005

The Diary of Father Dexter Prudenciano

St. Hannibal Empowerment Center (SHEC) has come into being after a series of immersion on the part of the religious brothers of the Rogationists of the Heart of Jesus.

After almost seven years of living with the people, last December 12, 2003, I finally decided to live with the sqatters in Pasay City, Metro Manila.

At the start of the official sojourn with the poor people, I made an intensive survey about the concerns of the people. The analysis states that the poor people have the following problems on housing, livelihood, health, education and value formation. Out of these needs, SHEC came out with the different programs that address their pressing problems. Thereafter, there has been a series of community organizations and mobilizations. The people are taught to be good leaders. With this, intensive value formation is being undertaken. While leadership trainings are going on, the issue on their housing problem is also addressed. We are planning to relocate the squatters to an adjacent lot which is vacant.

The rationale of this work is the preferential option for the poor. This is inspired by Jesus Christ who announced the Kingdom of God with specific reference to the poor.


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