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.

Monday, February 13, 2012

December 2011 Highlights

Rogate: Welcoming Jesus into compassionate hearts. The sons of St. Hannibal are called Rogationists of the Heart of Jesus, because like Jesus’ heart, their hearts are fountains of compassion for the poor and the oppressed. This is also the heart of everyone who shares in the Rogationists’ spirituality of compassion which is very evident in the life of SHEC. December 2011 is especially memorable in this regard for it underlines the birth of Jesus into the hearts of the SHEC community (the Rogationists, the staff, the benefactors, the mission partners and the beneficiaries). And certainly, such birth is concretely manifested through liberating and life-giving activities in the life of SHEC.

Housing budget launched. December 21 was a day of blessing for the homeless. George Espin, representing SHEC, attended the groundbreaking activity of Pasay LGU for the launching of the housing budget. Among those present were no less than the president himself, Noynoy Aquino, VP Jejomar Binay, Director Robredo, Rep. Emi Calixto, and Mayors Calixto and Lim. This event was held at Pasay City.

Mass for solidarity and Christmas Party. The Eucharist, so integral in the Rogate, is not only the summit of worship, but the strongest bond of unity or communion among believers. It was fitting and proper then that, last December 22, the SHEC community celebrated the Eucharist in solidarity with each other and with the typhoon victims in Mindanao. This was held at the St. Hannibal Eco-Retreat Center, Bulacan.

In the evening, the SHEC community celebrated their Christmas party. Truly, Jesus’ birth into their hearts, the inspiration behind their hearts of compassion for the poor and the oppressed, was a cause of authentic jubilation.


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