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The Socio-Professional Inclusion of Young Residential programme.

We intend to begin in late spring 2023 a residential programme aiming to enable young people aged eighteen to twenty-four who have not completed their education to get a decent job. The objective is to promote their social inclusion, to open a future for them other than wiping car windscreens or delivering food on a bicycle.

The youth will build their life projects and develop through experiencing professional hard skills (English IT professional communication) and soft skills (leadership, teamwork, time and money management, critical thinking, public speaking) that will permit them to achieve sustainable integration. The training lasts three months and is given to around forty-five people split into batches of fifteen, then it is repeated for other youth all throughout the year. Each batch is run by a coach. Through micro economic initiatives and work experience, the youth learn and are prepared to integrate into workplaces. The company visits, internships, thematic training, presentations by professionals from different business sectors and job interview simulations are part of the programme.

This project is being prepared in cooperation with LP4Y, a NGO operating in the Philippines since 2009. We hope that welcoming poor young people with uncompleted education in our students’ house within a community life framework will be an opportunity for them to encounter different social groups, therefore decrease exclusion and isolation within their own social groups.

Renovation project

of San Lorenzo Ruiz Student Catholic Center

The San Lorenzo Ruiz Student Centre has been welcoming students and reviewees from all over the Philippines for the last 40 years. It is a place, which serves also the local population (we welcome street children couples and youth for non-residential programmes). Prior to the pandemic, each year around two hundred and fifty to three hundred young people found in San Lorenzo second home. We provide full board accommodation in the heart of Manila’s universities belt, offering the young people Christian and human formation within a framework of community life as well as a good and safe space for them to study, rest and experience fellowship.

In order to continue serving the local population, students and the local Church, San Lorenzo Ruiz Center requires serious renovations and refurbishment. The complex of 3 build is old and we would wish to ensure that San Lorenzo is a safe, modern and ecology friendly place. The estimated cost of the complete renovation of the 1st building is around 900 000 dollars. It is a long-haul project, which is now in preconstruction phase as we try to finalise all the necessary studies and architectural work.