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.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Empowering the poor: a miracle

Last January 13, 2006, a momentous event transpired in the history of St. Hannibal Empowerment Center (SHEC). This was the foundation day of SHEC. This was a day of thanksgiving because this marked the start of the journey of Fr. Dexter and other volunteers in living with the poor. In order to make it more meaningful, high officials from the Church and from the government were invited. From the side of the government, the President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo together with other concerned agencies were invited. From the Church, Archbishop Gaudencio Rosales and other high-ranking Church personnel were also present. From the Rogationists, Fr. General Giorgio Nalin and his councilors were also present.
Three key powerful persons were there gracing the event: Arroyo, Rosales and Nalin. With a single focus to empower the poor, all their powers were mustered. And so a miracle happened when they expressed their desire to help the poor with their utmost powers and capacities. Indeed, it was a miracle.


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