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.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

The four angels of St. Hannibal!

Life in community organizing is fantastic. It makes you cry and laugh. It lets you reflect on your life and the life of the people in a much deeper way. Theoretical realities are learned from the school. But sometimes, more learning experiences happen when organizers are with people and when principles are applied. Wisdom is gained not by reading books found in the libraries but by reading the book of life of the people. This happens when there is a true involvement in the life of the people in order to bring them up from the mire of poverty. Blest are these persons for they have gained wisdom in organizing communities. This gave them strength to go on despite difficulties in life. Indeed, community organizing makes life a different reality. In the faces of these lovely ladies, happiness is seen. They wish to share with others too. (Jenny, Lina, Beta and Gina)


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