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.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

SHEC June 2010 Highlights

June usually marks the start of the rainy season. While God's blessings pour like rain on all, we ought to keep in mind that the poor and oppressed have a special place in God's compassionate heart. It is mainly for them in fact that Jesus preached the Kingdom and its Good News to the poor (see Mk 1:14-15; Lk 4:16-21). And the challenge of Jesus for those who get very wet with God's downpour of blessings is to share their resources with the less fortunate. This, needless to say, is an indispensable criterion for salvation (see Mk 10:17-27; Mt. 25:31-46; Acts 2:43-47).

Refreshed and Energized
Jesus often retired to quiet, deserted places in order to connect to his Father in prayer. In doing so, he was always energized and refreshed. As a result, he tirelessly proclaimed the Kingdom of God, energizing and refreshing people,
especially the poor and oppressed. As followers of Jesus, the Kingdom workers of SHEC (administration and staff) energized themselves through a r
ecollection held at Virgoni Resort, Pulilan, Bulacan last June 3, 2010. Spirit-filled and Spirit-driven as ever, the zealous apostles to the margins returned to the slums to continue working for God’s compassion and justice. The recollection was organized by Fr. Orville Cajigal, RCJ.
SWM Seminar for Healthy Creation
One of the key solutions to our worsening ecological cris
is is authentic care for creation through the observance of eco-friendly practices. This is not a mere response to a passing problem. It should rather be a way of life, for salvation after all is not only for humans but for creation as well. Kingdom practice then necessarily includes ecological advocacy. Accordingly, Fr. Orville Cajigal, RCJ, environment committee head, organized a series of Solid Waste Management Seminar (SWM) for Phase 3 members last June 5 and 12 respectively at SHEC Training Center.

Building Communities Through Sports
Full of the energies proper to youngsters, the Rogate Youth SHEC chapter (comprised of the youth from Baseco and Pasay) showcased their skills and talents during the sports festival which was held at the Green Court last June 18, 2010. Thanks to the organizer, Bro. Jonathan Medalla, the successful affair contributed much to the bonding and growth in camaraderie among SHEC youth.

Thanks, Atty. Arzaga
In gratitude to Atty. Fermin Arzaga and companions, a ceremonial take out of the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) was conducted last June 28, 2010 at Phase 2. The event was attended by Fr. Dexter Prudenciano, RCJ, Fr. Orville Cajigal, RCJ, Bro. George Espin, Atty. Ernesto Atienza and the officers of the St. Hannibal Home Owners Association.


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