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.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

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The SHEC and the St. Hannibal Christian Community came up with a three-year Strategic Plan for the calendar years 2007 to 2009. The plan outlines the critical outputs to be generated per year under each of the programs that have been designed for the SHaCC, i.e., values formation, housing, livelihood, education, youth formation, health, environmental management. The aim is to fully implement all these programs in three years time.

Within the three year period, the Values Formation Program shall have helped the SHaCC members reach higher level of maturity in being spirit-driven and can serve as inspiration in community building for other communities. The Housing Program shall have completed the transfer of land titles to all the 15 homeowners/neighborhood associations, developed the sites for housing purposes and constructed the needed housing facilities. The Youth Formation Program shall have developed and implemented a youth formation plan and trained a core of youth leaders. The Education Program shall have granted scholarship to about 300 students in the elementary, high school and college levels, and 200 young adults for technical training. The Health Program shall have developed all the barangay health centers in the seven barangays, trained at least 15 barangay health workers per barangay and set up one botika per barangay. The Livelihood Program shall have expanded the production of viable commodities to micro-cottage level, linked up with markets, set up a cooperative and established the micro-finance component of the program. The Environmental Management program shall have established one material recovery facility per barangay and promoted recycling, particularly composting, in all the barangays.

The Strategic Plan will be implemented with the help of the Archdiocese of Manila and the parishes within the SHEC service area, namely, San Juan Nepumoceno Parish, San Roque Parish and Mary Comforter of the Afflicted Parish. The SHEC is currently initiating the signing of a cooperation agreement with the local church along this line. Coordination will likewise be strengthened with other partner institutions, such as UP-PGH for the Health Program, Caritas-Manila for Education, Pasay City Government for housing, and others.


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