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  • “Thank You Very Much For Everything!” - Opus Dei
    Activities Opus Dei in the U S Organization History People in Opus Dei Priestly Society of the Holy Cross Cooperators Canonization causes Books and texts Videos about Opus Dei Safe Environment The Prelate Biography Pastoral letters Other documents News From the Pope Recent News From the Prelate Personal testimonies Social initiatives Saint Josemaría Biography Prayers and devotions Teachings of Saint Josemaría About Saint Josemaría Videos Christian life Getting to know our Lord Jesus Christ Summaries of Catholic Teaching Articles on Christian life Getting to know our Lady Other Resources Search Close News Social initiatives Thank You Very Much For Everything Students from Germany Spain Sweden and Uganda last summer helped build an elementary school in Africa Social initiatives Oct 18 2010 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle One thing we quickly learned from the people of Uganda their gratitude and infectious joy Mweebale nnyo mwebalire ddala We often heard these words in the past few weeks and have repeated them ourselves just as frequently In Swahili they mean Thank you very much thank you very much for everything These words are a good summary of this year s project We ourselves were very thankful for having been able to take part in this project and work alongside these people This time we were a small but high spirited group of young people from Cologne Essen Hollerath Lippstadt and Barcelona Loaded with 14 suitcases containing a large supply of clothing for our friends in Uganda our trip took off from Düsseldorf on August 10 passing through Cairo on the way to Entebbe In Bugala Study Center an Opus Dei student residence in Kampala nine more students joined our group and from there we went on to Ssukka where we had already constructed a first building with three classrooms last year There we were warmly received by the village community especially by the children with their songs The number of children was striking in the past year the school had grown by 80 pupils Three weeks of work awaited us there and a clear mission to leave behind us for these children and their teachers another school building ready for occupancy During the preceding weeks a group of students from Spain and Sweden had already done a great deal of work and the four classrooms of the new building were built up to roof level The project was led by Jean Mwebasa a student from Makerere University who takes part in the catechetical and cultural programs in Bugala Study Center The day began at 7 30 a m with Mass This was followed by breakfast and then a brief trip to the construction site Awaiting us were the Ugandan craftsmen two mountains of sand many sacks of cement and of course our tools At 1 00 pm we went back to our lodgings at the farm of Jean s family for lunch After a short siesta by about 2 30 we were back at the construction site The afternoons were a little

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  • Kimlea Technical Training Centre - Opus Dei
    documents News From the Pope Recent News From the Prelate Personal testimonies Social initiatives Saint Josemaría Biography Prayers and devotions Teachings of Saint Josemaría About Saint Josemaría Videos Christian life Getting to know our Lord Jesus Christ Summaries of Catholic Teaching Articles on Christian life Getting to know our Lady Other Resources Search About Opus Dei Message Activities Opus Dei in the U S Organization History People in Opus Dei Priestly Society of the Holy Cross Cooperators Canonization causes Books and texts Videos about Opus Dei Safe Environment The Prelate Biography Pastoral letters Other documents News From the Pope Recent News From the Prelate Personal testimonies Social initiatives Saint Josemaría Biography Prayers and devotions Teachings of Saint Josemaría About Saint Josemaría Videos Christian life Getting to know our Lord Jesus Christ Summaries of Catholic Teaching Articles on Christian life Getting to know our Lady Other Resources Search Close News Social initiatives Kimlea Technical Training Centre Near Nairobi Kenya Kimlea began in 1989 under the encouragement of Bishop Alvaro del Portillo To date about 12 000 women have benefited most of them young girls working on the tea and coffee plantations Social initiatives Aug 7 2014 print email facebook twitter ePub kindle Kimlea Girls Technical Training Centre Kimlea a school providing technical training for rural women began in a prefabricated classroom in April 1989 That same year Msgr Alvaro del Portillo visited Kenya and gave some suggestions for the future development of the school In the following year thanks to help from the European Union and the Instituto per la Cooperazione Universitara the building of the definitive site was started To date about 12 000 people have benefited most of them young girls working on the tea and coffee plantations Kimlea offers technical training along with classes in human and spiritual

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  • El Peñon Family Farm School - Opus Dei
    Dei The aim is to transmit to the students the spirit of work that is well done out of love for God St Josemaria right from the start encouraged the formative and educational work being carried out at El Peñon In 1970 during his stay in Mexico he visited the school Referring to the difficult social situation the small farmers faced he said Everyone yourselves and us are concerned that you better your life and get out of this situation so that you don t have your way blocked by financial difficulties We are going to help your children acquire the human culture they need you will see how we will accomplish this together and that those with talent and a desire to study will reach a high level In the classroom and on the sports field 1998 saw the beginning of the Atlas El Peñon soccer school which has already won the Copa Fortaleza a prestigious tournament in Mexico Through sports the boys discover that they have the same level of competence as the young people living in the city This gives a strong boost to their outlook on life and their ability to relate to others Winning out in the academic field as well then becomes a realistic goal for them says Hector Lucio the director of El Peñon The school fosters the students desire to attain excellence in both academics and sports but above all seeks to further their human and moral formation Students receive classes in English mathematics biology chemistry etc and are helped to grasp the importance of key human virtues in coordination with the students parents Academically the Morelos State Department of Public Education after a 2010 test gave El Peñon s high school degree first place in the state both in mathematical skills and reading comprehension On the national level El Peñon came in 19th place in mathematics and 45th in reading which placed it among the top high schools in Mexico In the school year 2002 2003 El Peñon was recognized by the National Center for Higher Education as having the best secondary school with televised classes not only in Morelos but in the whole country Due to deficiencies in English found in students at El Peñon after their high school course in the 2006 2007 school year an agreement was contracted with a prestigious language instruction group which has enabled the students to graduate now with the required bilingual skills The parents The School for Parents opened its doors in 1993 Its goal is to help families reinforce the values that the students learn at El Peñon as well as to improve communication with their children and to better understand the emotional and social changes that the young people are going through As Alma the mother of one of the students said We learn how to talk to them and to get to know them better since often we haven t been able to find the right words to reach them

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  • The Boys, the Cow and my Mum - Opus Dei
    them know nothing about religion or God They were reminiscent of the kids that St Josemaría met in the poor barrios of Madrid in the 30s except this was now Nairobi almost a century later The historical and geographical realities of this encounter in some ways were a manifestation of how the spirit of St Josemaría has spread and of its universal application Only because of my formation and vocation to Opus Dei was I interested in these fellows As St Josemaría taught us out of 100 souls we are interested in 100 Over time we managed to set up a shelter for them so that at least they had a roof over their heads We then tried to get some back into school From regular encounters we had some formative talks There were ups and downs successes and failures It also became apparent that if we were to make real progress the best thing would be to get them out of the environment of the slum Recently there was a big fire which made global news precisely in the area of the slum that they come from Many of their friends and people they knew were killed in that fire I come from a family of eleven My father passed away a few years ago and so my mother is alone Many in my family are in Opus Dei I convinced my Mum that it would be a good idea to give shelter to a selected group of these kids as an experiment My mother can neither read nor write but having raised a large family in tough circumstances she was willing to give it a try We started with some apprehension and there were many adjustments to be made not least of which was the fact that these kids speak a different dialect from that of my mother and so initially they had to communicate by sign language I work in Nairobi quite some distance away which meant I could only be in contact by phone We managed to get some school fees from generous people We also got clothes for the boys from local well wishers but they needed absolutely everything Where I come from even a pencil is a treasure not to mention a notebook So they began to attend the local school Anthony James and many other Associate members of my centre asked their colleagues and friends to help Strathmore Business School students produced a lot Patrick another Moses and others gave technical input Dennis a non Catholic graduate from Eastlands Centre together with many young fellows gave their time and energy at different stages and in different ways My mother being an experienced farm manager and self trained psychologist made sure they had no spare time After school they had to collect the Napier grass for the cow milk the cow feed the chickens sweep the yard and pick the tea and a host of other things We were apprehensive at first to see

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  • Lessons from Congo - Opus Dei
    email facebook twitter ePub kindle How did Solidarity for Professionals start In a rather fortuitous way I d say I was at the hairdresser s when the girl who attended to me said that she had just come from a meeting of professionals Later on in a cafe a waitress was saying that she had been on a training course If those professionals were concerned about their training and their professionalism I wondered why not tie it up with something related to social solidarity This idea started the foundation and fortunately I was with a group of people who were very motivated They had professional experience and knew what was important and what was not and they had passed that stage of life which sought success at all cost We started with a series of lectures and then came the training for social work and publications Why this concern for social solidarity I had returned from Congo where I had left many people whom I love a lot close friends who lived in squalid conditions Wonderful people educated intelligent good hearted People who have known hunger and who are very generous Sometimes they came to me with a mango because they wanted to assist our work Thank you I told them but you had better give it to your children because I knew the conditions in which they lived I came back to Spain in 2001 and found myself in a very self absorbed society in which comfort and consumerism ruled the day and where older folks were sometimes pushed into a corner In Africa they would have been a treasure the moral authority of the family I thought I should do something and tell them what I had seen in Congo What is the key to Solidarity for Professionals Perhaps it lies in having to learn together and to be a team At first I was the one that pushed the initiative now all decisions are taken by the Board so that each can contribute something the journalist the secretary the doctor Recently there was a mother with two young children who told me I d like to lend a hand and she has already been given a task to help with We have employed only one person formally all the others collaborate on a voluntary basis happy to contribute what they can How has it been received by the other institutions Very well Besides I think Navarre still retains a strong sense of solidarity and professionalism I see that they like the idea If you had to choose between Africa and Spain Now Spain I take each day as it comes and that is where I am now I was 28 years old when the Prelate of Opus Dei asked if I wanted to practice my profession and begin the apostolic work in Congo I said yes and went to Africa full of dreams The beginnings were very hard though the culture shock was absolute After a year

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  • Opus Dei - Archive - Social initiatives
    know our Lady Other Resources Search About Opus Dei Message Activities Opus Dei in the U S Organization History People in Opus Dei Priestly Society of the Holy Cross Cooperators Canonization causes Books and texts Videos about Opus Dei Safe Environment The Prelate Biography Pastoral letters Other documents News From the Pope Recent News From the Prelate Personal testimonies Social initiatives Saint Josemaría Biography Prayers and devotions Teachings of Saint Josemaría About Saint Josemaría Videos Christian life Getting to know our Lord Jesus Christ Summaries of Catholic Teaching Articles on Christian life Getting to know our Lady Other Resources Search Close Archive Social initiatives All About Opus Dei The Prelate News Saint Josemaría Christian life Press room There are 85 results for Social initiatives Job Training in Africa s Largest Slum A new college of technology with facilities for 800 students was recently inaugurated in a slum district just east of Nairobi Kenya where over a million people live in desperate poverty Social initiatives 10 15 2015 50th Anniversary of Midtown Metro For their 50th anniversary the Midtown and Metro programs in Chicago have produced 5 short video testimonies from men and women whose lives have been changed by the help they received there Social initiatives 08 24 2015 play Claudia Valencia Claudia Valencia a 2008 Metro alumna talks about seeing her potential at Metro Social initiatives 08 21 2015 play Al Castaneda Al Castaneda a 1975 Midtown alumnus talks about life in the Chicago Pilsen neighborhood in the 1970 s and how Midtown changed the trajectory of his life Social initiatives 08 21 2015 play Peru Service Project A group of high school boys from Washington D C spent several weeks this summer in Peru restoring two small but artistically rich churches in villages high in the Andes and teaching English and Catechism to the local children Social initiatives 08 10 2015 play I forgave papa Maria Estela is Guatemalan Several years ago she was taught the skills needed to earn an income in Ixoqui a rural center that seeks to improve the material and spiritual life of the women in the area Social initiatives 06 05 2015 play Always a plus sign Abel Albino is a pediatrician in Argentina In 1995 he founded CONIN an NGO that has set up more than 70 centers to combat infant malnutrition From the documentary Working for the Others on social initiatives inspired by Blessed Alvaro del Portillo in Latin America Social initiatives 04 24 2015 play In the Inner City of Chicago On EWTN Live Fr Mitch Pacwa SJ spoke with Angela Reckart and Erin Aldrich about Metro Achievement Center s efforts in Chicago to help young girls from deprived backgrounds grow in virtue and aspire to higher goals Social initiatives 02 11 2015 They are girls who need a lot of affection Sofia Miguens teaches in Buen Consejo School located in an impoverished district of Buenos Aires Cardinal Bergoglio had a special love for this school and visited it several

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  • Feast of Corpus Christi - Opus Dei
    中国 Press room Contact facebook tweet youtube flickr rss Opus Dei Each day be conscious of your duty to be a saint A saint And that doesn t mean doing strange things It means a daily struggle in the interior life and in heroically fulfilling your duty right through to the end Saint Josemaría Home Contact Search home About Opus Dei Message Activities Opus Dei in the U S Organization History People in Opus Dei Priestly Society of the Holy Cross Cooperators Canonization causes Books and texts Videos about Opus Dei Safe Environment The Prelate Biography Pastoral letters Other documents News From the Pope Recent News From the Prelate Personal testimonies Social initiatives Saint Josemaría Biography Prayers and devotions Teachings of Saint Josemaría About Saint Josemaría Videos Christian life Getting to know our Lord Jesus Christ Summaries of Catholic Teaching Articles on Christian life Getting to know our Lady Other Resources Search About Opus Dei Message Activities Opus Dei in the U S Organization History People in Opus Dei Priestly Society of the Holy Cross Cooperators Canonization causes Books and texts Videos about Opus Dei Safe Environment The Prelate Biography Pastoral letters Other documents News From the Pope Recent News From the Prelate Personal testimonies Social initiatives Saint Josemaría Biography Prayers and devotions Teachings of Saint Josemaría About Saint Josemaría Videos Christian life Getting to know our Lord Jesus Christ Summaries of Catholic Teaching Articles on Christian life Getting to know our Lady Other Resources Search Close Saint Josemaría Teachings of Saint Josemaría Short videos of the Founder Feast of Corpus Christi With the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ approaching we offer a video of Saint Josemaria in which he speaks about Christ s real presence in the Eucharist email facebook twitter June 3 2015

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  • "You are a temple of the Trinity" - Opus Dei
    Press room Contact facebook tweet youtube flickr rss Opus Dei Each day be conscious of your duty to be a saint A saint And that doesn t mean doing strange things It means a daily struggle in the interior life and in heroically fulfilling your duty right through to the end Saint Josemaría Home Contact Search home About Opus Dei Message Activities Opus Dei in the U S Organization History People in Opus Dei Priestly Society of the Holy Cross Cooperators Canonization causes Books and texts Videos about Opus Dei Safe Environment The Prelate Biography Pastoral letters Other documents News From the Pope Recent News From the Prelate Personal testimonies Social initiatives Saint Josemaría Biography Prayers and devotions Teachings of Saint Josemaría About Saint Josemaría Videos Christian life Getting to know our Lord Jesus Christ Summaries of Catholic Teaching Articles on Christian life Getting to know our Lady Other Resources Search About Opus Dei Message Activities Opus Dei in the U S Organization History People in Opus Dei Priestly Society of the Holy Cross Cooperators Canonization causes Books and texts Videos about Opus Dei Safe Environment The Prelate Biography Pastoral letters Other documents News From the Pope Recent News From the Prelate Personal testimonies Social initiatives Saint Josemaría Biography Prayers and devotions Teachings of Saint Josemaría About Saint Josemaría Videos Christian life Getting to know our Lord Jesus Christ Summaries of Catholic Teaching Articles on Christian life Getting to know our Lady Other Resources Search Close Saint Josemaría Teachings of Saint Josemaría Short videos of the Founder You are a temple of the Trinity St Josemaría tells us that we need to be aware we are a temple for the Blessed Trinity when we walk down the street or are at work or at home email facebook twitter May 29

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