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More than 500 people participated in the Marist Solidarity Mission, in the month of July

01/08/2019: Brazil

The "Missão Solidária Marista Ir. Miguel Angel" for educating to solidarity program took place, From July 14 to 20, 2019. This is the first stage of the program of Education for Solidarity of the Province of Brasil Centro-Sul. That “program” has three pillars of action in the territory: a) promotion of the right to play, through workshops for children and adolescents, b) inculturation, which takes place through living with families - given that the young people are welcomed in the houses of the community - and missionary visits, c) the concrete gesture, which is the development of some significant action for the community (for example, the revitalization of some collective spaces, work with collectors of recyclable material, listening to the homeless, etc.).

“Missão Solidária” has been running since 2005. It is estimated that more than 2500 young people have participated at least once. This year 2019, it took place in four cities: Caçador, Fazenda Rio Grande, Guaraqueçaba and Santos, with the participation of more than 400 people, including missionaries and work team.

Because it is an immersion, the young missionary is offered the opportunity to go through other stages. The Marist university students are awarded the “Missão Universitária Ir. Henri Vergès”. This stage focuses on the specificity of academic knowledge. The two years experiments were carried out in the cities of Jesuits and Paranaguá, where approximately 100 missionaries were in attendance.

Having  participated in the first stage, either in the Solidarity Mission or in the University Mission, the young person can participate in the next stage, which is called “Missão Solidária Ir. Lourenço”, whose main pillar is the dispossession of the young missionary, as well as the pedagogical-pastoral priority of being a significant presence among the people of the chosen territory. In 2019, this stage took place in São Bento do Sul, with the attendance of 13 missionaries, from July 7 to 12.

In the third stage of this program, young people are invited to participate in the “Missão Champagnat de Solidariedade”. Inspired by the Founder, they are called to be in a space beyond institutional frontiers. This year, seven missionaries are taking part in the process that will end in June 2020.

More than a solidarity activity carried out during the young people's holidays, the program of Education for Solidarity wants to be a moment of transformation in the lives of those who participate. It is part of a journey because it is not an isolated activity, but rather aims to give the young person autonomy in matters of charity, solidarity and social justice, so that when they return to their realities, they understand them as permanent areas of Mission.

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