Secretariat for Solidarity and Development – SECOLI has a new web site!

December 17, 2013 | Filed under: DeLaSalle ONLUS,Other news,Secretariat for the Solidarity and Development | Posted by:fscweb

We are delighted to announce to the Lasallian Family our new web site:

www.children-atrisk.org

 The decision to name the site “Children and Youth At Risk” came about as a consequence of the publication of Bulletin 253: “Children and Youth at Risk” which contains the results of research promoted by the SECOLI Secretariat. The aim of this research was to see the broad ways in which the efforts of the Institute, on a world-wide level, are having an impact on the formation and recovery of children who are at risk of social exclusion. The picture  – while not yet complete – that emerged from the research was so surprising that the decision was made to promote this valuable service of Lasallians in this area; the new web site is one of the activities the Secretariat has inaugurated in this promotion.

 The web site is a tool for letting people know – even those outside the Lasallian network – about the works of Lasallians in the world in favor of disadvantaged populations, especially children and young people who are at risk. New projects will be presented and active participation will be sought via donations and/or by volunteering one’s own time in activities that will raise awareness and in project completion.

The web site provides space for sharing testimonials, photos and videos of volunteers, friends and supports. We invite you to visit the site at:  http://www.children-atrisk.org. For more information about collaboration or publishing an article, contact us at info@children-atrisk.org

 

 

REF: lasalle.org

 


 

UMAEL Encourages Federations and Associations to form Regional Councils following the Lasallian Regions.

Last October 2011 during the World Congress that was held in Manila, Philippines, there was a call to make UMAEL wore relevant and responsive to its members as well as to reach out to those who have yet to join the union.  One way we may be able to do this is to "GLOCALIZE" the organization.  This means we focus on local efforts to respond to common global concerns.

Our first step is to reorganize the union into regional councils following the Institute's regional division. It seeks to address several issues such as economical and practical concerns of participation due to geographical distances, cultural differences and similarities as well as language differences, and relevance of projects.

Last year, the Executive committee members assigned to specific regions made it their priority to gather Associations and Federations from their region to explore the possibility of strengthening ties and improve coordiation with each other.

It is with great delight to report to you that RELEM (Europe) and RELAL (Latin America) have successfully conducted their regional Forum with very promising results.  PARC (Asia) is scheduled to have their first Asian Congress on June 26-28 in Hakodate, Japan and will be hosted by the Japanese Federation of Lasallian Alumni Associations (JFLAA).  Below are the reports:

RELEM

Por iniciativa de los actuales responsables de las Federaciones de AA. de tres Distritos de la RELEM (Arlep, Francia e Italia) y coordinados por el Consejero de UMAEL para la RELEM José Luis Llácer, se convoca una reunión con el equipo de la RELEM, que tiene lugar el 14 de enero en Saint Denis. Esta reunión se inscribe en la recomendación de la UMAEL (Unión Mundial de Asociaciones de Antiguos Alumnos Lasalianos) para acercar y crear vínculos de dicha organización con las Regiones del Instituto.

Asisten a la reunión los AA. Siguientes: Michaël Portevin-Vicepresidente UMAEL; 
Olivier Collet-Presidente Federación Francesa; Maurizio Sormani-Presidente de la Federación Italiana; José Ramón Batiste -Presidente del Consejo Coordinador de las Asociaciones de A.A. de ARLEP; José Luis Llácer- Consejero UMAEL para la RELEM; y el Equipo de la RELEM: Hno. Jacques D'Huiteau -Consejero para la Región- y los HH. Joël Palud y Lorenzo Tébar.
En clima de plena confianza y fraternidad se ponen sobre la mesa las diversas realidades y circunstancias que determinan la vida de las Federaciones presentes. Se constata una profunda evolución en la vida de los Distritos, de las Comunidades de Hermanos, y las dificultades para dinamizar las Asociaciones de AA. Como primera necesidad surge la de disponer de una base de datos actualizada de todas las Asociaciones y Federaciones existentes en los 412 Colegios actuales de la RELEM. Los tres Presidentes de Federaciones de la RELEM, presentes, contabilizan 128 Asociaciones. Aparecen numerosas buenas prácticas e iniciativas en los Distritos, que despiertan nuevas formas de crear sinergias para reactivar la vida de las Asociaciones. Se apunta al mutuo conocimiento, la comunicación, el uso de las Redes sociales, Webs existentes en los Distritos y la RELEM, la formación de los líderes en el carisma lasaliano, contar con los AA. más jóvenes y con el necesario apoyo de los HH. Visitadores y Directores de los Centros Educativos.
La constatación de las posibilidades de acción y formas de colaboración, exigen crear una estructura dinamizadora y coordinadora que dé cauce a un plan de acción de futuro. Se programan posteriores reuniones para dar continuidad a este primer encuentro y se propone un 1º ENCUENTRO amplio en Roma en octubre del 2014, para unir fuerzas, elaborar proyectos y relanzar todas las iniciativas recogidas. Contamos en este intento revitalizador, con el mayor número posible de Federaciones de los 10 Distritos de la RELEM. 
El slogan de los AA. quiere tomar nueva vida en nuestra Región:

"Entramos para aprender, salimos para servir".

RELAL

En los dos últimos congresos mundiales de la Unión Mundial de Antiguos Alumnos Lasallistas –UMAEL- (Panamá 2007 y Filipinas 2011) se planteó la necesidad de reactivar, reavivar, de organizar a los exalumnos por regiones Lasallistas.  El presidente del Comité Ejecutivo UMAEL 2011 – 2015, Henry Atayde, decidió nombrar dentro de su Comité a encargados específicos para la organización de los exalumnos por regiones. En la RELAL, luego de realizar una reunión informal con el Hermano Consejero General (Roma – Mayo 2012), se comenzó con un levantamiento de información de las agrupaciones (federaciones, asociaciones, capítulos, promociones / clases organizadas) de exalumnos que hacen vida dentro de la Región.  Luego, como continuación lógica de los esfuerzos de reanimación distrital, se convocó a un Primer Encuentro de Exalumnos Lasallistas de la RELAL, el cual se llevó a cabo en Ciudad de México en las instalaciones de la Universidad La Salle –ULSA-, lo que no hubiera sido posible sin el apoyo de FELMES y de las autoridades de la ULSA.  Luego de dos días de intenso trabajo, se decidió conformar un equipo de trabajo o coordinadora de los exalumnos de la región, con un representante por Distrito y un Hermano Asesor; Sin embargo, en vista de la importancia de este grupo de trabajo, quisimos someter primero el presente reporte a la consideración del Hermano Consejero General de la RELAL, para que nos diera sus impresiones y puntos de vista en relación a la conformación de dicho grupo de trabajo y para comenzar manteniendo una comunicación efectiva con el instituto.  Entre las estrategias y acciones inmediatas que nos planteamos están las siguientes:


9th LASALLIAN ALUMNI WEEK - ECUADOR

Last November 4-9, 2013, Vladimir Gomez, UMAEL Executive Committee member and RELAL affairs coordinator was invited to attend the 9th Lasallian Alumni Week of Ecuador where over 1000 former students attended.  Below is the speech he gave during the ceremonies:

QUERIA ANTES QUE TODO DAR LAS GRACIAS A MI AMIGO ELÍAS MORA, DIGNO REPRESENTANTE DE LOS EXALUMNOS LASALLANOS EN ECUADOR, ASÍ COMO TAMBIEN A LA ASOCIACIÓN DE EXALUMNOS LASALLANOS SANTO HERMANO MIGUEL POR PERMITIRLE DIRIGIRLES ALGUNAS PALABRAS EN TAN MEMORABLE OCACIÓN.

LES ASEGURO QUE MIS PALABRAS SERÁN BREVES, NO ME VOY HA “ENCADENAR” POR LARGAS HORAS COMO SOLÍAN HACER ALGUNOS POLITICOS EN MI PAÍS.

PARA QUIENES NO ME CONOCEN, MI NOMBRE ES VLADIMIR GOMEZ, MIEMBRO DEL COMITÉ EJECUTIVO DE LA UNIÓN MUNDIAL DE ANTIGUOS ALUMNOS LASALLANOS –UMAEL- (2011 – 2015) Y SECRETARIO DE LA ASOCIACIÓN DE EXALUMNOS DEL COLEGIO SAN JOSE LA SALLE DE PUERTO CABELLO (2012 – 2014), PUERTO CABELLO CUNA DE JUAN JOSE FLORES Y BARTOLOME SALOM, POR UDS AMPLIAMENTE CONOCIDOS Y DE AMPLIA PARTICIPACIÓN EN SU HISTORIA NACIONAL, DE HECHO, LA PLAZA MÁS BONITA DE PUERTO CABELLO ES LA JUAN JOSE FLORES, UBICADA EN FRENTE DEL MALECON DE NUESTRA CIUDAD Y SI NO ME LO CREEN, ESCUCHEN LA CANCIÓN “MI PUERTO CABELLO” DE EL COMPOSITOR PORTEÑO ITALO PIZZOLANTE, RECIENTEMENTE FALLECIDO: “SON DE ACUARELA TUS TARDES EN LA PLAZA FLORES” ADEMÁS DE ESTO SOY EXALUMNO DEL MISMO COLEGIO Y MI PROMOCIÓN FUE EN HONOR AL SANTO HERMANO MIGUEL (PROMOCIÓN 1984 – 1985), OSEA QUE COMO VERÁN SON MUCHAS LAS COINCIDENCIAS QUE ME UNEN A LOS EXALUMNOS DE ECUADOR, PERO SERÁN COINCIDENCIAS, O DESIGNIOS DEL SEÑOR, QUE ME UNEN A SU PAÍS.

 


6 ENCUENTRO DE ANTIGUOS ALUMNOS LASALLE -

ARLEP (Spain/Portugal)

Last October 4-6, 2013 the Lasallian District of Spain and Portugal (ARLEP) held the 6th Congress of Lasallian Former Students in Valladolid, Spain:

El presidente de OMAEC, Jose Antonio Cecilia realizó una presentación de la OMAEC en el 6º Encuentro de Antiguos Alumnos La Salle, España y Portugal. También participó Angel Gudiña, Vicepresidente joven de la Confederacion Mundial de Antiguos Alumnos de DON BOSCO y el lasaliano José Luis llacer como Consejero de la UMAEL.

     


 

One Family, One Mission:
Lasallians associated for the Educational Service of the Poor.
On May 16th 2013 in Rome, the second International Mission Assembly concluded.
The Writing Committee immediately started its work: collecting all the documents and texts of the presentations, selecting pictures, checking the statements produced by the Thematic Groups. The Committee also agreed on the lay-out of the final document and wrote introductions and explanations.  Then, the Services of the Motherhouse in Rome continued the work: translations, lay-out and design of the document.

The FINAL IA’13 REPORT IS NOW READY.  View or download at this address:

 


Final Message from the International Young Brothers Assembly (Manila 2013)

…I came that they may have life, 

and have it in abundance.
(John 10”10)

Dear Lasallians,

With these above words of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, we recognize that only he can give us abundant life that proceeds from the Father through the Spirit. Our Holy Founder situated the mission of the Brothers in this Trinitarian movement: introduce the children and young people we educate to a life of grace.

Young Brothers from each Region of the Institute, 34 delegates in all, gathered from July 29 through August 7, 2013 at DLSU Dasmariñas, Cavite (Philippines) in an unprecedented assembly carrying out the mandate of the 44th General Chapter that “…one year before the next General Chapter there will be an international gathering of representatives of young Brothers from the different Regions, with the objective of expressing their hope and dreams for the coming year.”

 


 

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE     

December 25, 2013

Dear Lasallians,

After the devastation, destruction and the loss of thousands of lives caused by the super typhoon that hit the Philippines and experiencing the untimely death of my classmate and best friend this year, I was not feeling very  “Merry” when I started writing this reflection.

During those trying times, I asked “Where was God in all of this?”, “How could He have let this happen?”, and other thoughts that I found myself questioning my Faith .

I prayed for some sort of enlightenment and inspiration so that I can replace these thoughts with thoughts of joy and peace.

As I prayed, I remembered a scene in a  movie “ Miracle on 34th Street, where there was a line said by Santa Clause as he was speaking to the Judge- “A Life without Faith, is a Life full of Doubt”.

I know that the Faith I questioned and the Faith that Santa mentioned are somewhat different because of the situation. However, to me it was all the same. A life without believing in God is a life of doubt and hopelessness.

Realizing that I doubted, I felt very guilty and full of regret because for that short span of time, I forgot the many blessings that God has given us and to our community. The money that we are raising for scholarships, our championships in the different field of sports, our success in the fields of academics, the lives that we have touched and the list goes on and on.

I started feeling the joy in seeing the Global Lasallian Community of different race acting as one unified La Salle by reaching out, helping and supporting through their time, talent and treasure.

I started to remember how all our friends bonded together to show their love and support to the family of our departed alumni brother.

I now must constantly practice what I preach about being strong in Faith because this is the very essence of our Lasallian  identity.

It starts with Faith. Before we can serve and be one in communion, it begins with Faith.

Faith in God, Faith in St. John Baptist De La Salle, Faith in our parents and family, Faith in our Lasallian Education, Faith in our spouses and partners, Faith in our children, Faith in our people and Country.

These turbulent times in our lives gives us the opportunity to reflect and to become closer to GOD.  We have been so busy with our personal concerns that we all forget that He still exists.

Faith gives us Hope, Peace and Joy. This is the meaning of ADVENT. Therefore instead of being sad and angry, let us be thankful and be joyful.

As I end my reflection, I now feel more “Merrier” and full of hope and I pray that you feel the same and that God will always be with you.

My family and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!

Live the ANIMO and always Live Jesus in our hearts.....FOREVER!     

 

Yours in St. La Salle.

Henry R. Atayde

President

UMAEL 2011-2015


 




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