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Meeting of Co-ordinators of Social Works

11/05/2010: General House

The annual meeting of the Co-ordinators of Social Works of the Marist Mediterranea Province was held in the General House in Rome on 23 and 24 April 2010. The group has been meeting for several years as a result of the holding of the 1st Provincial Social Mission Assembly, with the aim of connecting the various social works, reflecting on their Marist identity and making possible joint action.

Currently, the Social Works of the Province consist of:

In Syria:
• Oreja de Dios for the socio-educational care of children and young people, in Aleppo.

In Italy:
• Acuma Association for the animation of street children in Bucharest, with groups organized in Genova and Como.
• L’Albero Day Centre for children and youth in Cesano Maderno (Milan)
• Grupo Famiglia to support the homeless and other marginalised people in Genova.
• Solidarity Group of San Leone Magno, with special involvement in the Ematos Association in Rome.
• Mani Unite Association for handicapped in Taormina

In Spain
• Centro Champagnat for residential care of minors in Huelva
• Hogar Champagnat for residential care of minors in Torrent (Valencia)
• Nuevo Horizonte Association for assistance for minors and immigrants in Huelva
• Proyecto de Inclusión de Jóvenes, especially of Gypsy extraction, in Alcantarilla (Murcia)
• Vida Project for care of those with drug dependency in Badajoz

Representatives of all the works were present at the meeting, except for those of Aleppo (Syria), who were expecting the canonical visit of the Provincial Council.

The meeting touched on some matters which try to reinforce the Marist identity of the works, such as the Profile of the Marist social agency or the Character proper to Marist social works. Another aspect of central interest for the different works is the drawing up of a formation plan for social agents.

Most valuable, as in all these meetings, was the opportunity to share concerns and become familiar with the projects for the most needy. We are conscious that our task of co-ordination is not easy, but we feel that we are on the way as the General Chapter asked.

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Fernando Domínguez
Provincial Delegate for Solidarity
25 April 2010

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