For Human Rights: welcoming the most disadvantaged
Since 1988, under the banner of ‘Love, Light and Life’, the Claretians of Sumanahalli have been receiving and caring for the least wanted people in their vicinity: the lepers, AIDS sufferers, and people with disabilities. As well as caring for orphans, street children, etc.
Besides those received in the boarding school, for those who have attained a family atmosphere which is not easy in this type of institution, many others are cared for externally around the State of Karnataka through medical camps and other initiatives.
A cycle of formation, insertion and social reintegration has also been established that has been successful in many cases.
This is a witness of Catholic religious in the midst of a majority non-Christian population.
For Peace and Human Rights: make life possible
For 45 years the Claretians have been present in this locality so beset by violence and poverty, lacking public services and with hardly any official bodies.
The objective, starting from a biblical reading of the reality, is the promotion of life fighting against hunger, poverty, home desertion, unemployment, violence, etc., by means of various initiatives of formation, development, social organization and others. Especially significant, and imitated by others, are the experiences of solidarity economy: bakery, shop, fashion workshop and others.
The Christian celebration of life forms an essential part of this integral task in the search for social justice.
This way of announcing the Good News implicates many others in the defence of human rights, respect for life and community organization. The fruits are beginning to be detected.
For Ecology and Peace: from Dialogue to concrete action
In the midst of hostile territory due to the existence of guerrilla groups and animosity against the Christian religion on the part of some groups of Muslims, the Claretians of Zamboanga represent a real and effective initiative of dialogue and inter-religious cohesion. Along the same lines, an intense and extensive project of pacification and peace education is being developed.
Also programmes of ecological agriculture are being promoted for the peasant farmers of the area, of hospitality for refugees and the creation of public services and basic education, this always in collaboration with other entities.
This is a genuine way to respond to the calls of the Congregation and to share the evangelizing mission with other Christians and non-Christians who also dream with the Kingdom of God.
For Life and Integrity of Creation: to care and recuperate health by natural methods.
Almost 19,000 patients have already come to the Claretian centre of Kiyuga looking to recover their health; there they are treated by natural methods that have proved their efficacy in many cases.
They have also carried out programmes of formation on health, appreciation of nature, holistic healing, learning treatment techniques based on natural resources, publication of books and various materials, etc.
All of this is directed at health, a fundamental element of the person and perhaps the main problem for the population in Uganda. It is a way to give life and, without doubt, in the circumstance in which the country finds itself, a very opportune and efficient channel for evangelization.
For Peace: Uniting forces against violence in an environment plagued by assassinations
In this border city, sadly known for the thousands of assassinations carried out there each year, the Claretians of Mexico and the USA have been working for 15 years together with other organizations to lessen and eradicate as far as possible the violence.
Especially problematic is the assassination of women; they have been the object of specific attention and initiatives of pacification during these years; also the fight against torture, hospitality for the relatives of those assassinated, the remembering and retelling of recent history to ensure that it is not repeated, etc.
This is an evangelizing endeavour in line with the latest orientation of the Congregation carried out with others of various religions with whom is shared the action and prayer to the God of Peace.