“From its very beginning the Arnoldus Family has been facing and responding to the serious social problems of the times. In this tradition, we have continued working on the social issues. Living in the present world, where people are suffering from so many different and complex social problems, we felt that our response needed to be embedded more than ever in JPIC.
Ishwani Kendra and St. Arnold's School, Pune (India) organized a musical of peace and unity on the theme Children Making Change. The musical was preceded by reading of scripture passages on peace and unity from various religions. The event was also organized to raise funds for humanitarian activities.
By: Fr. Mathew Korattiyil, SVD
Incidents of violations of Child Rights are common in most parts of India. Even today there are children forced to work, forced to marry, children who do not have adequate shelter and are deprived of education amidst various issues of child protection. As part of our efforts in promoting child rights and their safety, Sarva Seva Sangh, Pune, an organization working with children at risk, conducted two awareness sessions on child rights and protection for the Government Railway Police (GRP) on 27th March 2018. The first session was at the GRP Divisional Head Quarters, Pune, which was participated by 60 GRP personnel from Pune, Miraj and Ahmad Nagar including Dr. Prabhakar Budhavant (Superintend of Police), Mr. Tushar Patil (ASP), and Mr. Dabde (Dy.SP). The second session was in the GRP station at the Pune railway station, participated by more than 20 GRP personnel.
VIVAT International Indonesia along with several NGOs and civil society organizations have conducted a survey to the three subsidiaries of palm oil plantations owned by the Wilmar International group in the East Kotawaringin District of Central Kalimantan. The survey was primarily focused on two main issues, the rights of the laborers and child labor.
We, the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Coordinators of the SVD ASPAC Zone met in South Asia from September 3 – 9, 2017. We shared our activities, concerns, challenges and hopes that we experienced in the past 4 years. Our commitments vary, such as migrants and refugees, human trafficking, indigenous, environment, disaster relief, poverty, HIV/AIDS, land grabbing and other issues.
The International Women’s Day was celebrated on 9th March by the domestic workers and waste pickers women in Janvikas, Indore. More than 700 women representatives gathered from 35 slums of Indore city. Advocate Ms. Shanno Khan was the Chief Guest of the function. Dr. Sumitra Yadav (Professor, M Y Hospital) was the Guest of Honour. Other dignitaries were Fr. Xavier T (Provincial SVD India Central Province), Dr. Mathew CP (Principal, Indore School of Social Work), Frs. Nicholas Martis, Jomon and Michael.
Kenya goes to the polls on 8 August 2017. The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops has invited their faithful and all people of good will, to join in praying for the country. After the 2007 general election, Kenya experienced its worst politically triggered ethnic violence since independence. The violence was caused by a dispute between the two main presidential candidates Raila Odinga and the former President Mwai Kibaki, who was defending his seat on a Party of National Unity ticket.
Picture from left to right: Rev. Sabino Ocan Odoki, bishop of Arua Diocese/Uganda and his friend (Italy)
The SVD Generalate Community received on February 8th the visit of the bishop Arua Diocese, Rev. Sabino Ocan Odoki. He was welcomed by the superior general Fr. Heinz Kulueke and some members of the Congregation leadership team. Since last year, the Divine Word Missionaries (SVDs) are working in the Bidibidi refugee settlement, in the Yumbe district of the West Nile Region of Uganda which is considered the largest refugee settlement in the world according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The total number of refugees in this settlement alone is more than 272,000. Please, listen the interview of Rev. Sabino by Fr. Arlindo Dias, SVD.