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 03, 2010

SHEC Updates March 2010

Summer is here! Amidst the sweltering heat, SHEC continues to be fired up for service in the mission field. Truly, no hardship can hinder Kingdom workers to be poured out in mission for total human and cosmic salvation. For, needless to say, not even the fires of hell (of which we are reminded because of global warming) will prevail over the community that Jesus inspired and empowered (Mt 16:18).

Here are some highlights from the major ministry activities:
Community Organizing
Under the guidance of BASECO Community Organizer Fr. Christopher Sabili, PABaNAL leaders and members received three (3) strategic trainings that will enable them to effectively continue relevant and meaningful development projects in the community.

One distinctive mark of Kingdom communities is their radical and equitable sharing of resources in which the rich are challenged to distribute their wealth to the poor (see Mk 10:17-27; Acts 2 43-47). A contemporary way of re-appropriating the spirit of communion of the first Kingdom communities is to design empowerment programs for the poor, on the one hand, and to request the rich to finance the programs, on the other hand. Accordingly, the first training is on project management and grant proposal preparation conducted on March 5 at the De Gracia Chapel in Block 1, Gasangan. Resource speaker Jonathan Medalla facilitated the session by revisiting the PABaNAL vision and mission statements.

In keeping with the central advocacy of the Kingdom which is the promotion of good news to the poor or justice and liberation (Lk 4:18-19) the second workshop focused on Human Rights (HR) awareness which was facilitated by Commission on Human Rights staff Atty. Name Mosqueda with the assistance of Mr. Caloy Sabile and Jonathan Medalla. 70 participants from 18 phases joined the activity, aimed at developing the self-confidence of each one on legal processes, assertion of rights as a people’s organization in the areas of active participation, involvement and consultation. The seminar was conducted on March 6 at the PABaNAL Tent in Gasangan.

The third activity was a paralegal training on the Urban Development Housing Act of 1992, held on March 27 at the De Gracia Chapel. PABaNAL leaders in particular benefited from this training that was conducted by the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor Commissioner, Ed Rancio with the assistance of Ms. Rosy (surname), Mr. Ariel (surname), Mr. Jonathan Medalla, and Fr. Christopher Sabili.

Young people from the SHEC community also received relevant training this onset of summer.

On March 13th, eight (8) Rogate Youth participated in the Ka-Talk forum of the Archdiocese of Manila, dubbed as “Dahil Mahal Kita”, a social awareness program held at the Paco Catholic School in Manila. Youth Ministry head Ms. Ma. Victoria Infante joined the youth in this exciting forum. The moral demand of the Kingdom is conversion (see Mk 1:15), which is also about change of perspectives or paradigms resulting from significant awareness. It is hoped that awareness programs may significantly mold the youth, the hope of the Kingdom.

In keeping with Kingdom spirituality which is also essentially an eco-spirituality, a series of workshop on Solid Waste Management (SWM) was conducted to empower the youth on pro-actively caring for the environment. The sessions were held on March 14 and 28 at the SHEC office in Cornejo. As proof that these trainings indeed help build capacity, the sessions were facilitated by graduates of earlier SWM training courses.

Not to forget spiritual development and connectivity with the Lord, the Source of fresh energy, SHEC youth gathered at the SHEC Office for a day of prayer and reflection on March 21, 2010. This recollection was facilitated by Mr. Jojie Juanero and the Rogate Youth.

Staff And Organizational Development
Summer is not complete without proper rest and recreation activity for the ever-diligent and hardworking Kingdom apostles, the SHEC staff and volunteers. A recollection and outing was therefore organized and held on March 19 and 20 at the famous Balay Isabel in Batangas. SHEC Executive Director Fr. Dex Prudenciano, RCJ was overall person-in-charge for this much-awaited event. The staff and some of their family members enjoyed the varied amenities of the place. Most of all, time of fellowship and worship interspersed the two-day out-of-town trip.

As part of inter-organizational learning, Father Arelio Perez Garcia, Superior of Congregation of the Sons of the Merciful Love, together with Father Bruno Rampazzo and Fr. Miguel (surname) visited SHEC Phase 2 housing sites on March 8, 2010. The visit was a two-way blessing. While the guests learned from SHEC’s housing projects, communities and families also experienced spiritual breakthrough as they were prayed for and given words of affirmation and encouragement by the visiting Fathers.


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