Thursday 13 April 2017

Once more grim war clouds are gathering on the only earth we have. The senseless nuclear threat is coming back to frighten us. Not to mention the explosions in the churches during mass on Palm Sunday. Or the countless other attacks that every day kill innocent people of any religion, population or age. There are countless cries of pain and despair that rise from the world, almost lost in the immensity of the universe. What is the meaning of so much suffering?

And then there is the commitment of so many who would like to change the world, stop the cruelty and hatred, renew our planet and make it inhabitable and comfortable for everyone, even for those who will come after us, but whose efforts are rejected, just like the waves against the deafness opposed from sinful structures that affect our lives. How not to get discouraged in front of so much insensitivity and lack of humanity?

The Easter celebrations remind us of a God made man, who despite his innocence, accepts upon himself all the pain of mankind for the love of every being, and to redeem each of us to bring us back into the light and the fullness of the relationship with God, who created us out of love.

Our greeting from AMU to our supporters, friends and associates is that the joy of the resurrection of Christ brings peace in our hearts, in our families and communities, and above all gives us renewed strength and courage to generate peace and bring it everywhere, in the assurance that the best is still to come and that the future is better than any past.

Stefano Comazzi – President AMU

Monday 20 March 2017
Among the Rural Populations in Argentina

An article published on the international website of the Focolare Movement regards the TSNOA Project: Sustainable Tourism and Solidarity in the North West of Argentina. For more details, read the Project tab.

Sustainable tourism as a response to unemployment and the creation of new job opportunities. A strategy for the preservation of nature’s riches, as well as local development.

The solidarity tourism project that the Ministry of Tourism of Salta, has been promoting for six years supports small communities in the cities of Salta, Jujuy and Catamarca in the north of the country. It is enhancing the region’s natural resources in order to save the cultural richness and diversity that is linked to local history. At the same time, it offers professional training for the production of products related to the sectors of tourism, housing, transport and the sale of handicrafts and food products (jams, liqueurs, honey, and more). This has helped to avoid the migration of populations from rural areas to urban ones, preventing the increase of poverty areas in the big cities while protecting small communities that have a rich culture that is disappearing. (more…)

Friday 24 February 2017
Strategies for a real welcome

First results of the pilot project “Let’s house together”, aimed at families of migrants seeking asylum.

Shayeste and Mohammed, Nansy and Said – with their children Mercurius and Olivia – live respectively in Marino and Castel Gandolfo, in the province of Rome. What is different compared with other young families? Nothing apparently, but everything if you know their stories. Forced to leave their country, they have applied for asylum in Italy. After several months in various reception centres, now they live in two apartments and are trying gradually to fit into the local environment. But this is not the common story of asylum seekers, but rather an exception. Normally families like these spend a lot more time in reception centres, often managed in a welfare perspective, and do not even have the chance to study Italian. The moment they have to leave these structures they are totally unprepared to live independently in an Italian context.

AMU, in collaboration with the Association Una città non basta (A city is not enough) and AFN, has launched a new project to give a concrete answer to this increasingly urgent problem. The aim is to accompany asylum seekers families in local realities, in order to attain a full employment, linguistic and social integration. (more…)