Inaugurated in Lábrea the Saint Rita Community Center built with the collaboration of ARCORES, the Prelature of Lábrea and the local community
The Saint Rita Community Center is already a reality in the Tierra Solidaria neighborhood of Lábrea (Amazonas, Brazil). The International Solidarity Network Augustinian-Recollect ARCORES, the Prelature of Lábrea and the local community have made it possible. And it has just been officially inaugurated by the bishop of the Prelature of Lábrea, Santiago Sánchez.
The Center comes to complete the infrastructure of the neighborhood, now offering a reference space for the inhabitants of the neighborhood. Assemblies and meetings, family parties, classrooms for training leaders, the training provided with the community within the social project being carried out and all other community activities proposed by local authorities and other institutions can be held here.
Representatives of the local authorities and of the Parish of Lábrea participated in the inauguration, along with the bishop. The Augustinian Recollect Luis Amílcar Reyes, who currently manages the Solidarity Land social project, chaired the table of authorities and showed his joy at this inauguration.
The venue notably reinforces the ability to build community, unite wills and encourage social participation in the face of the serious problems of local society, in a kind of training for citizenship and recovery of prominence by the local population.
The Tierra Solidaria Project is an extension of the Community Houses Project that, in Lábrea, has been in existence for three decades. Tierra Solidaria is located in the Barrio de la Fuente.
In a first phase, a decent house was offered to vulnerable families living in substandard housing. The number of this type of houses that could be offered was increasing in various areas of the city of Lábrea; only in Tierra Solidaria it reached just over a hundred.
In recent years, in the second phase, Solidarity Land has proceeded to a significant improvement in the collection, storage and supply network of drinking water and sanitation, in turn building new toilets in the houses united to septic tanks that ensure the cleaning by filtration of this black water.
The number of beneficiary families therefore exceeds one hundred, a good number of them being single parents, with single women who take care of a large family. Other projects of the Catholic Church also operate in the neighborhood, such as the Pastoral Care for Children. In addition, a base ecclesial community has been formed.
Beyond offering decent housing, water with a sanitary guarantee and in sufficient quantity, and a sanitation network to prevent contamination of aquifers and eliminate sewage at street level, the project seeks to generate other synergies such as the creation of an association community, the training of leaders, training for the maintenance of the received infrastructures, training on waste management and proper use of water and everything that serves to prevent diseases and improve people's quality of life.