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, May 25, 2011

April Highlights

ROGATE: Inward Moments, Outward Movements For Human and Cosmic Salvation. April 2011 is very special because on it falls the date of Easter. The resurrection of Jesus is God’s way of saying that not even death can hinder the growth of his Kingdom. Death is the ultimate expression of evil. Social injustice (mass poverty and oppression)results in death. Ecological imbalance as wellleads to death. But God has promised a new creation (see 2 Pt 3:13) where he will reign and dwell with humanity forever (see Rev 21:1-5)—this is a picture of God’s-Kingdom-of Human-and-Cosmic-Salvation for which St. Hannibal begs God to send laborers. But the Rogate is more than closed eyes, clasped hands and bended knees. It ought to result in feet that tread the slums, in eyes that probe and seek solutions to the roots of social injustice and ecological problems, in hands that join to work for integral development, in arms that embrace the poorest and weakest—this is the essence of SHEC. More than an institution that serves the Kingdom, it is a way of life, a spirituality of inward moments with God in prayer resulting in outward moments for the total well-being of humans and c

Healthy Bones for a Happy Life
To help the community take care of their health, especially their bones, Fr. Orville Cajigal, RCJ organized a Free Bone Scanning Session administered by staff from Anlene. 168 community members from SHaCC, PABaNAL, SHEC and neighbors of SHEC office availed of the program which was conducted at St. Hannibal Training Center 584-A E. Cornejo St., Malibay, Pasay City last April 2, 2011. Certainly healthy bones could save one from the pains of arthritis, resulting in a happy lifestyle.

Kingdom Partners Visit SHEC
To know more about SHEC’s identity and mission, SHEC’s partners in regard to Kingdom works namely, PCUP (Presidential Commission on Urban Poor) and UPAO (Urban Poor Assistance Office), Pasay City visited SHEC last April 6, 2011. Part also of the visit was connected to the 25th anniversary of UPAO. Truly, the healthy rapport among kindred spirits redounds to a more dynamic transformation of inhumane conditions.

SHaCC BOD Meets Mayor Calixto
Last April 26, 2011, the Board of Directors of SHaCC presented themselves and their concerns to Mayor Tony G. Calixto who also presented his comments on said concerns. This dialogue, it is hoped, will eventually lead to the progress of the poor communities at Pasay.

SHEC Admin and Staff Find Rest in God’s Embrace
Relating as a family is far better than working as co-employees, more so when it comes to Kingdom work. To strengthen their bond, the SHEC family, Fr. Dexter Prudenciano, RCJ; Fr. Orville R. Cajigal, RCJ, Rev. Arlene Gumangan, RCJ, Fr. Chris Sabili, Ramon Espin, Richie Ordoñez, Elmer Bergonia, Jr., Irminia Zabala, Ana Marie Dominguez, Amelie Tegio, Jessa Mae Hagosojos, Abegail Apolong and Irene Bedonia spent quality moments with God and with one another in a recollection-cum-outing at Pagsanjan, Laguna. This wonderful event took place last April 27, 2011.


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