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, May 07, 2007

Rising By Degrees

The second batch of the house construction project for the St. Hannibal Homeowners Association Phase I is now halfway through completion. This is financed through a PhP 4.53 million assistance from the Pondo ng Pinoy Community Foundation, Inc (PnPCFI) of the Archdiocese of Manila. The houses are being constructed with technical assistance from the Habitat for Humanity Philippines, Inc. The project will benefit 40 urban poor families from the informal settlers of Barangay 156 in Aurora Boulevard, Pasay City. The first batch, also financed by PnPCFI and implemented in partnership with Habitat, already benefited 34 families in the same site.

The batch 2 project aims to construct 30 new two-storey houses and renovate 10 existing houses. At present, ten new houses are nearly completed and one renovation almost done. Thirteen more houses are in various stages of construction with 15 percent to 40 percent accomplishment. The project is scheduled to be fully completed by end of May this year.


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