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, November 23, 2011

August Highlights

ROGATE: Trusting in God’s Providence. It is August. In the 19th century, this month witnessed to the strong faith of St. Hannibal. He trusted in the Lord even in seemingly hopeless situations. He struggled. It was not easy. He hoped against hope. In the end, he never doubted God’s providence, and his little failures turned into little pieces of light that empowered the poor to go on. The gospels counsel us to “seek first the Kingdom of God, and all will be given… (see Mt 6:33)” Seeking the kingdom requires a solid trust in God’s providence. This entails struggles, but God assures the faithful that those who trust him will never be disappointed (see Rom 10:11).

Trusting in God’s providence—this is the way of Jesus…the way that St. Hannibal followed…the way that SHEC continues to live by as it accompanies the poor in their struggle to hope against hope.

General Assembly with New Beneficiaries.
Welcoming new beneficiaries is indeed heartwarming as it is a manifestation that God’s Kingdom of justice continues to spread. This has been the spirit that filled the respective general assemblies last August 7 and 12, 2011. The first day was allotted for a general orientation. In the second day, the following were discussed: condonation/restructuring program of SHFC, arrears of individuals who were removed or who backed out, details of monthly amortization and signing of agreements. The activities were held at the SHEC office.

Meeting on Basic Health Education.
Last August 12, 2011, __________________ presided a meeting which was attended by ___________________. Among other things, the meeting was called for the turn-over of the module and visual aids for the Basic Health Education. Also, the two week experience of the medical students was recapitulated. The meeting was held at the St. Hannibal Training Center, Malibay, Pasay.

Meeting with Fr. Herman Abcede, RCJ.

August 15, 2011 was a very opportune moment for SHEC Staff and some leaders of SHaCC. They had the occasion to celebrate the mass, meet and dialogue with Fr. Herman Abcede, RCJ, the Rogationist Major Superior of the Philippine Delegation and his council. Through the meeting, the superior general was informed of the programs of SHaCC. The meeting was held at the St. Hannibal Training Center, Malibay, Pasay.

General Assembly at PAL Gate 1.
For the signing of an initial master list, and to witness its posting and discuss the issue, a general assembly with the concerned people of PAL Gate 1 was held last August 17, 2011. Also, the event was attended by the following: SHEC, NHA, HOA3, MIAA, Housing Board, UPAO, Barangay officials and PCUP.