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.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Working with the poor: an extra challenge

In my meeting with the group leaders of a certain area, i noticed that they do not want to be assisted in alleviating their deplorable condition. How ironical it is to find out such attitude of people who are already wallowing in their poverty. They do not want to improve their lives. Nonetheless, this calls for further study on the part of the collaborator of SHEC. Indeed, it is an extra challenge.

Monday, March 06, 2006

New member of the community

Last February 24, 2006, SHEC welcomed Fr. Orville, RCJ in the community. He is assigned to be a companion of Fr. Dexter, RCJ in the community and in assisting him in the present apostolate of the Congregation in Pasay City. Presently, he is gradually inserted to the different programs which are assisted by the SHEC Community in the different areas of their apostolate. We thank the Lord for the gift of person added to our community.