URUGUAY, Matías Cerviño •
Providencia Educational Center, a social work of the Uruguayan Schoenstatt Movement, launched its Christmas campaign that is ongoing, and they have invited the entire Schoenstatt Family to commit to give educational opportunities for the 350 children with whom they work, day by day, in one of the most vulnerable areas of the city of Montevideo.
With the motto “They have the power to dream, you have the power to help,” they are inviting everyone to be a part of this project, which was founded more than twenty years ago by Movement volunteers along with neighbors of the western area of Montevideo, where Providencia is located. “What began twenty-two years ago by an initiative of neighbors and volunteers in a neighbor’s house is currently an educational center that takes care of 350 children, youths and families in three programs – A Children’s Club, a School and a Youth Center. They are designed to accompany the educational path of little ones, offering them the tools that will allow them to develop their abilities and to better access opportunities in the future,” commented Laura Voituret, the Coordinator of Institutional Development.
Small contributions for great transformations
This Christmas, Jesus’ birth has again given everyone new hope and new opportunities to live a meaningful life. From Providencia we are invited to live this time reflecting about everything new, that was born and that we still expect to be born. Moreover as an International Schoenstatt Family, they are inviting us to join the campaign of partners to get involved with all the dreams and opportunities that remain to be born. “During these years, Providencia has grown and developed different programs thanks to the contributions and commitment of many. For this reason, the campaign wants to communicate that everyone has something to contribute, as small as it may seem, and that every contribution can generate transformations in the educational experiences of these little ones,” Voituret commented. Moreover, she added, “Fr. Kentenich’s phrase about how many times the small and insignificant has been the origin of something big, the biggest, applies to the concrete reality of giving and of this project.”
Those who want to participate in the campaign, can still register at this link (http://bit.ly/2h4Wt0z) and you will be contacted from Providencia to make your contribution effective. Children and youths have the power to dream; we, with our contributions, can help them make their dreams a reality.
Those who want to go deeper in Providencia’s work and in this Schoenstatt experience can read the article that was published previously on this website:
Original: Spanish. Translation: Celina M. Garza, San Antonio, TX. Edited: Melissa Peña-Janknegt, Elgin, TX USA