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, November 02, 2010

SHEC Goes Ecological For July 2010

Ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made… (Rom 1:20).

Creation, indeed, has a face. It is one of God’s many faces, for it manifests God’s goodness. Creation then has a dignity which demands respect and care. The whole month of July was especially dedicated by SHEC for the development of Bulacan Ecofarm. This is one way of proclaiming the Kingdom whose spirituality, needless to say, among others, is essentially an ecological spirituality.

Ecological spirituality is a spirituality of interconnectedness. Yes, all are interconnected in one home, God’s creation (ecology, by the way, comes from the Greek oikos, meaning house). We belong to one house, and what happens in one affects the rest. One needs the other as the other needs the one. Humans need trees, just as trees need humans. Planting trees therefore is preservation of life—not of only human life, but of earth life in general. SHEC has once again contributed to this noble effort to preserve life through a series of tree planting last July 13, 18, 20 and 24. Richie Ordonez led the activities. With Pabanal, SHaCC and youth members, they planted papaya and mahogany.


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