Between November 20 and 23 of the current year, the Social Week and the 5th Peace Walk were held in the Santa María neighborhood of the city of Aracaju / SE, Brazil. This walk was the fifth one made in the neighborhood, with the clear objective of promoting peace, security and, above all, respect for human dignity.

The World Adivasi (tribal) Day was celebrated on Sunday, 11th August, 2019, at St. Theresa’s High School, organized by St. Arnold Youth Group and Urban Community Development Centre (UCDC), Bandra (West). There were about 700 participants; around 600 adults/youth and 100 children. World Adivasi Day is the most looked forward event by the Tribal domestic workers and the unorganized laborers. The entire Event Management was planned by the Adivasi youth group.

The climate crisis is an emergency which needs an immediate attention. Our hotter planet is already hurting millions of people. We need to act right now to stop burning fossil fuels and ensure a rapid energy revolution with equity, reparations and climate justice at its heart.

Being encouraged by Fr. Andrews Obeng, SVD from Ghana province, my then novice master, to consider the JPIC dimension of our Congregation, and having all the opportunities given by the Congo province regarding this dimension, I chose to have my pastoral experience at Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi. A passion for justice, a desire for peace and non-violence and a concern for the integrity of all creation moved my person to go forward in my choice despite the discouragement and the difficulty that working in a refugee camp can present.

After the Zonal Coordinators' meeting in Tchitchao - Kara, some JPIC coordinators had an opportunity to visit the Immaculate Conception Parish of Badjoudé in Benin. They are Father Daisuké, the JPIC General Coordinator, Brother Benediktus Uran Wuwur, JPIC Coordinator of the Afram Zone and Father Enfrid Kowot Ujan, JPIC Coordinator of the Province of Botswana and myself as JPIC Coordinator of Togo-Benin Province.

Representatives of the Club of Roma Foundation arrived in a multi-disadvantaged region of Hungary on March 28, 2019. They together with the assistance of JPIC office of SVD dealt out 24 tons of can food to the residents of three villages. Inhabitants of Kiscsécs, Girincs, Köröm were very pleased to receive the donation.

Indonesia is known as a ring of fire nation because of its placement on a significant segment of active volcanoes. One of these volcanoes is Anak Krakatau (the Child of Krakatoa) located in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra in the Indonesian province of Lampung.

On the picture Fr. Paulus Rahmat, SVD one of the tsunami victims.

The tsunami hit Selat Sunda on Saturday night, December 22, 2018. This was triggered by the eruption of Mount Anak Krakatau which is an active volcano. The wave of tsunami hit the coastal area of Anyer, Pandeglang and Serang, Banten till Lampung. On the coast of Sumur Sub-district, in Pandeglang the waves reached 3.9 m. The earthquake has killed 426 and 23 people are missing, 7,202 people injured, and 40,386 people displaced.

The Palu-Donggala earthquake happened at 5.02pm, local time, Friday, 28th September, 2018. It was a shallow quake, with its centre at a depth of 10 kilometers. Registered on the Richter Scale at 7.4, it caused a tsunami, liquefaction and landslides which created an horrific disaster for the people. The four districts that were most effected are Palu City, the Regency of Donggala, Sigi and Parigi Moutong.

“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.

In a small corner of Manila, homeless children find food and bath, and a little prayer, courtesy of a religious congregation who thought of feeding and giving the poor a new start every day.

 

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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