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, August 11, 2010

SHEC May 2010 Highlights

May is a month when flowers of rare beauty bloom. In the perspective of faith, routine and ordinary events could be flowers of rare beauty manifesting God’s blessing-filled acts of justice, compassion and liberation. God’s wonders indeed never cease, and they are here to stay so long as there are zealous Kingdom workers (see Mt 10:5-7).

Voters’ Education for Phases 2 and 3
May 3, 2010 was a busy day for Ma. Victoria Infante and some Rogate Youth members who facilitated a Voters’ Education for residents of Phases 2 and 3 at Barangay 184, Cornejo, Malibay. Truly, God is the Lord of all, and his justice continues to shape politics through modern day prophets.

Urban Gardening for Healthy Ecology
Healthy creation is a part of total salvation (see Rom 8:21). Accordingly, on May 13, 2010 the Solid Waste Management leaders of Phase 2 established a partnership with TAO Pilipinas regarding environment projects, particularly on urban gardening.

Team-Building for Rogate Youth
The Kingdom of God is about fellowship of persons forming a family of love and friendship (see Mt 22:2-9). To deepen and strengthen this value of the Kingdom among the Rogate Youth, a team-building activity facilitated by Ma. Victoria Infante was held last May 22-23, 2010 at San Rafael, Bulacan. United amidst their diversity, the youth hopefully would grow in number, making thus the fellowship of God’s children alive and dynamic.

SHEC Baseco: Another Blessing to the Poor
The work of God is truly unstoppable, and his Kingdom remains the goal we strongly work, wait and hope for (see 2 Pt 3:13). The blessing of SHEC Baseco Office last May 30, 2010 at block 6, old site, Baseco is a manifestation that the Kingdom will surely grow into a robust mustard tree under which the poor and oppressed may find justice and liberation (see Mt 13:31-32). The affair was graced with the presence of Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales and Fr. Bruno Rampazzo, RCJ.

Two-fold Celebration of St. Hannibal’s Feast
The month ended with a two-fold celebration: The Staff and Collaborators’ Night as well as the Youth Night. These special nights were dedicated to St. Hannibal whose feast falls on the 31st of May.
Learning could be fun, for the Kingdom is also about laughter and joy (see Mt 6:21). The meaningful night with the youth was fun-filled as they learned more about St. Hannibal. The hope of the nation and the church showed the influence of St. Hannibal in their lives through their talents. The neophytes among them enjoyed watching while they learned about St. Hannibal’s life and teachings. The celebration was successful, thanks to the initiative of Fr. Orville Cajigal, RCJ.

On the other hand, through the leadership of Fr. Dexter Prudenciano, RCJ, the staff and collaborators of SHEC celebrated their own night in which the renovated office and organic farm at Cornejo and were blessed, the graduation of farm managers was conducted, and the plans for SHEC Bulacan, Banaue and phase 3 housing were presented.


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