Thursday 25 August 2016

By Focolare Movement website

The Focolare Movement expresses its closeness to the populations that were affected by the earthquake in central Italy and offers coordinated assistance.

Messages have been pouring in at the website following the earthquake near Amatrice and Norcia, between the provinces of Rieti and Ascoli Piceno in central Italy. Some tell about extracting a grandfather from the rubble safe and sound; others about rushing a cousin to hospital where they are still waiting. Some express their deep distress over what has happened, while others are trying to help or at least be close to friends and acquaintances who have suffered damage and casualties.” So writes the editor of Città Nuova, the Focolare’s press office in Italy, about the strong 6.0 magnitude earthquake that occurred between the villages of Norcia and Amatrice.

The Focolare Movement worldwide expresses its closeness to the populations that were hit by the earthquake in central Italy and offers prayers for the victims, their families and everyone who has suffered material or moral harm. Some Focolare members are all ready at the scene working together with many other volunteers in the arduous task of rescuing people from the ruins and trying to comfort those who have lost loved ones.

Coordinated assistance has begun and contributions can be made to the following accounts:

CAUSE: Emergency Earthquake Italy

Azione per un Mondo Unito ONLUS (AMU) Azione per Famiglie Nuove ONLUS (AFN)
IBAN: IT16 G050 1803 2000 0000 0120 434
at Banca Popolare Etica
IBAN: IT55 K033 5901 6001 0000 0001 060
at Banca Prossima

Contributions made to either of these accounts for the earthquake emergency cause will be jointly administrated by the Focolare’s United World Project (AMU) and New Families Association (AFN).

There are tax benefits attached to such contributions in many countries of the European Union and in other countries.

Friday 29 July 2016

In the province of Rome, a new project has started for the reception of migrants.

Associazione Una città non basta ONLUS (One city is not enough non-profit organization) promotes the project with the aim of experiencing and proposing a new model of welcome and integration, alternative to that of the reception centres.

This is in fact a pilot project that initially will take in charge 3 families, totalling 10 people.

«A strong point of the projectexplains Francesco Marini of AMU projects areais that the local host community is directly taking care of migrants and accompanies them in a gradual process of insertion, until they reach an economic and relational autonomy. This will facilitate their integration and, at the same time, it helps the community to learn about its new members, in a positive intercultural exchange for everyone.»

“Let’s House Together” started in January 2016; from June AMU promotes the project as well, and supports with its own contribution.

For all the details go to the project sheet >>>

Wednesday 27 July 2016

Since a few months the project MilONGa (International Movement of NGOs in action) has begun, aiming at the development of international youth volunteering.

«This is a pilot projectexplains the responsible for Suma Fraternidad, entity that coordinates the action in Latin Americato give young people the opportunity to volunteer and engage in social projects and, at the same time, to strengthen the work of NGOs who work there.»

Suma Fraternidad is an organization that aims to improve the skills and sustainability of different associations involved in social work. The MilONGa project is also closely followed by UNIRedes, the network of Latin American social organizations that refer to the spirituality of the Focolare Movement. AMU cooperates on the project and is working to expand and consolidate its structure, along with the Youth Movement for a United World. Particularly it will be responsible for the formation of the departing volunteers.

For the time being 11 associations have joined the project and are ready to welcome young volunteers who want to get involved, in the spirit of brotherhood and reciprocity. These associations are located in 7 countries: Brazil, Bolivia, Venezuela, Paraguay, Mexico, Uruguay and Argentina. It will also be possible to volunteer in different cities of the Focolare Movement in the world.

The detailed proposals (in Spanish) can be viewed at this link, and on this page there are all the references to ask questions, sign up and … go!