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.

Friday, December 10, 2010

October Highlights

October is the month of Mary, mother of the poor. This month, with the Blessed Mother’s intercession, the poor of SHEC have been showered again with many blessings. Accordingly, they celebrate and thank God by singing with Mary her magnificat (Lk 1:47-53):
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.

Community Assembles for Housing Concerns. It is the goal of SHEC to help people build decent homes. This dream is again a step closer to realization in the community of Phase 3. Last October 9, 2010, they gathered for the purpose of learning about the PIAC (Project Inter-Agency Committee) housing program and pertinent information like the history of presidential proclamation 1225. The assembly was organized by Bro. George Espin of SHEC.

Italians Visit SHEC Communities. The communities of SHEC Pasay and Baseco were visited last October 18, 2010 by Fr. Gabriel Flores and some Italian nationals. The visit was an opportune moment to link with people who could help SHEC realize its Kingdom mission among the urban poor.

Massage Students Graduate. After going through the hurdles as well as joys of learning the art of massaging, the students of Brgy. 144, Pasay City graduated last October 28, 2010. Equipped with new this new skill, the graduates will have better opportunities to augment their income. The graduation was organized by Fr. Orville Cajigal, RCJ.

Congratulations to the Winners! The much awaited raffle draw has finally come last October 30, 2010. The winners were indeed joyful and lucky. But more important, the raffle beneficiaries have much to thank God for. Ultimately, they are the lucky and joyful ones, for once again, they have felt the blessings of the Kingdom through the generosity and kindness of their brothers and sisters. The event was organized by Fr. Dexter Prudenciano, RCJ.