TO GO FORTH

This year when we received the invitation to GO FORTH, CELEBRATE AND WALK, we considered in community how we would be able to get involved with the institutions in our city.

As a result of this task, S. Cecilia Guamán made a commitment as vice-president of CER, and for the 29th of September there was a Eucharist in “Techo para el Camino” with the theme “Day of the Migrant”, in which the CER connected with this Shelter for a more ongoing collaboration.

TO CELEBRATE

On Monday, October 21 (it could not be done before that) we had a Eucharist in the patios of our school, offered for all of our migrant brothers and sisters, near and far, who suffer calamities and do not know for how long their calvary will last. The entire Eucharist was oriented to this tragedy in order to raise our awareness and to have us ask ourselves what we are doing for Jesus, present in every situation of suffering.

After the homily, we had the participation of a layman who has a commitment to a project sponsored by the Society of Jesus – “Techo para un Camino” (roof for a journey). He told us that they have fixed up what used to be “Hogar de Cristo” in order to provide lodging to 120 immigrants of different nationalities, especially Venezuelans, and they give them comprehensive assistance for a period of time, and if necessary refer them to other more permanent institutions.

At the end of the Eucharist there was an appeal for collaboration with this cause, by bringing non-perishable foods and personal care items to be donated to this shelter, which would be delivered by the students themselves, accompanied by some teachers and parents.

WALKING WITH THE IMMIGRANTS

On the 23rd of October with 65 students from the second year of high school, we walked from our  Fe y Alegría school, “The 40”, to another Fe y Alegría center, “Tepeyac”, about a 20 minute walk, carrying the message of the Day of Migrants “IT IS NOT ONLY ABOUT MIGRANTS; IT IS ALSO ABOUT OUR HUMANITY.”

They received us very well in “TEPEYAC” and we proceeded to the Auditorium, where the students of this school were assembled. The Rector welcomed us and alluded to the theme that had called us together, insisting upon the importance of welcoming our immigrant brothers and sisters, especially the Venezuelans.

Afterward, several young people from our school went up to the stage to explain the placards and to give the message that we were bringing: TO WELCOME, TO PROTECT, TO PROMOTE AND TO INTEGRATE. Everyone, accepting the words of their companions, applauded.

We ended with the Hymn of Fe y Alegría, sung very effusively by all.

We believe that our students internalized, because as one of them expressed it, what the migrants feel when they have to walk kilometers and kilometers.

Adelaida Albendea, aci