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Some social work in Ecuador

We would like to begin with a couple of verses from the letter of the apostle James

What does it profit a man, my brethren, to say that he has faith, if he has not works, and that faith cannot save him? … This is the case with faith: if it has not works, it is dead. Someone will say: „You have faith, and I have works. Show me your faith without works, and I, by works, will prove my faith to you.“

From the experience we have lived, we believe that for our works to really have an impact on society, in any field, the best thing to do is to be formally constituted, to have a foundation, a corporation. In community, with a legally integrated and well organized society, we can help much more, working together with others to create a better world.

In Ecuador, as well as in other countries where Schoenstatt is present, many members of the Movement participate in countless institutions with different purposes: social, educational, spiritual formation, business, strengthening marriages, pastoral work in parishes, etc.

We are going to present the apostolic impact of some institutions in our society, whose objectives are surely similar to those of many other countries.

SHARING CORPORATION

Formally established 23 years ago, it works directly with the population of marginal areas on the outskirts of Guayaquil, providing biweekly food assistance to 240 low-income families. Through an agreement with Misión Alianza, a Norwegian institution, 500 families who have a member with a disability are trained to help them integrate into family and social life.

Compartir’s apostolic contribution translates into love for the most needy and solidarity with vulnerable people, making them feel that they are people with dignity, children of God and our brothers and sisters. This has been achieved through the union of wills of the Schoenstatt members of the board, working under the pedagogy of Father Kentenich and taking the Covenant of Love to the staff of the institution, contributing with a grain of sand to the construction of a better society, under the motto „if you do not live to serve, you do not serve to live“.

CHRIST THE KING CHILDREN’S VILLAGE

The Cristo Rey Children’s Village serves children at risk in our society. It takes care of their basic needs such as food, clothing, health, education, recreation, and spirituality, in all their stages. It provides the children with the opportunity of a home in which they can develop as members of a well-constituted family in the Christian social order. The working model of the Village seeks to heal and re-educate our children in love. To know that they are truly loved in the hard situation of the cross that they have to live is an arduous daily task, and that only in the light of faith, they can find meaning in their lives.
The social impact is achieved with children who must reach their full development to the extent of their possibilities with all the falls that this means. Likewise, the communion between those who receive and those who give help, since both feel they are participants in a project: „we cannot live without the people who help us and the people who help us cannot live without us“, a mutual complement that is also one of Schoenstatt’s hallmarks.

ALEGRATE MUJER“ WORKSHOPS

Following the pedagogy of the PJK, the Mothers‘ Branch gives workshops for women to prepare them for the 21st century. There are 5 modules with topics related to the dignity of being a woman in their different environments and in their order of being. They give workshops in different schools, foundations, organizations and interested parishes.

Through the workshops, related to the needs of women today, they have been able to propose the MTA Model and her virtues as a model to follow, thus opening the door to continue with the preparation and workshop to the Covenant of Love.

PASTORAL OF HOPE

This is a pastoral for Catholic couples, divorced and remarried, and committed to the faith. Based on the Founding Father who says: „with the hand on the pulse of time and the ear on the heart of God“, and on the Exhortation Amoris Laetitia: Leticia

„To divorced persons living in a new union, it is important to make them feel that they are part of the Church, that „they are not excommunicated…“.

The objective of Pastoral de la Esperanza, is to collaborate with these couples who have suffered a divorce, so that they keep in mind that they are children of God, that the sacrament of baptism gives them the right to feel this way and that the Church is willing to help them to have a space for reflection of life and closeness to God together with their children, through groups, where they prepare for the Covenant of Love, Home Shrine, Covenant with the Father, the same itinerary of the family branch is followed with some changes on the subject of the sacrament of marriage.
Another impact on society is that the children of divorced couples are helped so that they do not feel excluded from the church.