Maria Ayuda Tag

CHILE, with material from Maria Ayuda • In Maria Ayuda, one of the oldest and largest social projects in Schoenstatt, we work for the children and adolescents whose dignity and rights have been violated, to give them a good present and to assure them a better future.  For children and adolescents with name and surname, with history and future. They work for Scarlett. —     Scarlett is 20 years old and has a son of one. She was at Maria Ayuda from 2011 to 2018, and one of theRead More
CHILE,Fr. Francisco Pereira, Jorge Gómez Alemparte / María Fischer • The Latin American Episcopal Council (CELAM) joins the efforts and actions against all forms of violence against children. This is message was expressed on June 4th, the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression. “Our children need tenderness and protection at all times, for they are the hope of society, the Church and humanity”.  What does Schoenstatt do to protect children? The answer is not only education for children or schools and all kinds of strengthening of families, butRead More
COSTA RICA, Tatiana López •  March arrived, a month of great significance for Costa Rica. The 19th was awaited with great illusion, because the anniversary of the blessing of our Family of Hope Shrine would be celebrated. Everything was going relatively normally and the preparations for this great day continued. News arrived from the old world that Milan was suffering from the contagion of a virus that came from China, and at the same time they informed us that Madrid had its first victims.  These events seemed so far away.—Read More
CHILE, Fr. Francisco Pereira, spiritual director of Maria Ayuda /mf • Every April 12th, Maria Ayuda celebrates its anniversary with a thanksgiving Mass open to the whole community. In the Eucharist, boys and girls, representing their houses, bring their offerings, symbols of the results of the past year, their achievements and difficulties, as well as those of the different instances of the institution.—   This anniversary, which fell on the day of the Lord’s Resurrection, caught us in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic and, therefore, with restrictions on socialRead More
CHILE, vía mariaayuda.cl • “Entrelazadas” [Spanish for interconnected] is a project that brings together girls, teenagers, elderly women, and women from the Women’s Penitentiary. Once a month, the girls and teenagers from a Maria Ayuda Center visit the older women for group handcraft activities, as well as to chat and get to know their stories. Their crafts are then given to women who have been incarcerated, forming an unerasable bond among them. — The “Entrelazadas” project connects a group of elderly women from the Roses of Independence Foundation with girls and teenageRead More
SPAIN, Henar de Santiago. • At the end of last year, we were lucky enough to be able to accompany the mothers and babies of the house of Maria Ayuda in Pozuelo de Alarcon, Madrid. —   The ceremony was cozy and familial. The members of the board of trustees, Father Borja, the educator and volunteers who are giving their services, love and help in a totally selfless way, were there to support these mothers. The godmothers and godfathers are usually people from the board or volunteers. It must beRead More