The Social Action Ministry of the Hazaribag Province envisions the empowerment of the weaker sections of society and that the faith-justice integrating principle of our Jesuit mission becomes essential to all our ministries and the formation of our men.
The Mission of the SOCIAL MINISTRIES of Hazaribag Province is to
a) bridge the gap between our standard of living and that of the majority under-class people and to feel and understand the pain of their struggles,
b) increase the capabilities of lay leadership,
c) move beyond the Catholic community and speak the Gospel to other communities, especially those of similar or lesser socio-economic standard and engage in activities for their uplift,
d) educate specially and primarily those communities still largely deprived of education,
e) make our schools fulfil their prophetic role, as institutions critiquing the prevailing cultures and attitudes,
f) take an active role with others in addressing the urgent issue of global warming, and
g) strengthen the Province Administration's role of discernment in our works.
GOALS AND STRATEGIES
Empower the weaker sections
a) Move beyond welfare and development activities and engage competently in advocacy and promoting people's organizations.
b) Establish networks of collaboration with others in major social issues (e.g. Dalit and tribal affairs, displacement, environmental protection) through our social centres, Prerana and Sahodaya.
c) In support of our local parishes/centres establish/ strengthen systems of support for legal work at our social centres for Right to Information, wider networking, and training programmes for lay people.
Bridge the gap between our consumer middle class standard of living and that of the majority under-class people and understand the pain of their struggles
a) Novitiate: the novice is confronted by his response to meeting the disadvantaged at least during a month's 'exposure' in one place.
b) Extra year regency with emphasis on 'insertion' into particular contexts of disadvantaged people.
c) Scholastics' summer holidays focused on and sustained in some particular apostolate.
Increase the capabilities for lay leadership
a) Create a suitable centre and conduct training programmes.
b) Make use of the many existing programmes provided by others.
Speak the Gospel to other communities, especially those of lesser socio-economic standard.
a) Do a basic socio economic survey of all the villages of the parish/centre.
b) Analyse the social condition to look for issues which touch them,
c) Engage field workers from the focal communities to work for them
d) Form network associations of the people and empower them.
e) Engage in activities for the uplift of the people.
Special and primary focus on those communities still largely out of the ambit of education
a) Establishment of new schools specifically for those who are socially or geographically isolated, who do not have the strength to make use of private schooling and who will not remain passive beneficiaries of our services but in turn give themselves in some return commitment.
b) Our schools serving the stronger social-economic people establish specifically how they qua institution are 'in solidarity' with communities of deprived people, sometimes living in dehumanizing conditions
Our schools retain their Gospel cutting edge, as institutions critiquing dominant casteism. male superiority, consumer culture, exclusion of weaker communities.
a) An admission policy, articulated and practised, to admit weaker communities.
b) Keeping infrastructure simple such that weaker sections feel at home, that plant maintenance does not escalate costs.
Take an active role with others in addressing global warming.
a) While creating 'awareness' in our schools about the ecological issue, address it also as a political issue.
b) Network with other concerned groups; engage in advocacy on specific issues.
c) Take a stance in public forums.
d) Use field research, Right to Information and communication media.
Strengthen the Province Administration's role of discernment in our works.
a) Revitalize the Ministries Commission:
it represents all sectors of the Province,
it discerns the apostolic suitability of new or extended works in view of Province aims, objectives and man power, and
it works in tandem with the Finance Commission that decides the financial viability of a work.
b) At the annual visitation, the Provincial not only meets the Jesuit community but our collaborators also to become thoroughly familiar with the nature and progress of the apostolate and to confirm the good functioning of that work's systems.
c) In education, pastoral, and formation sectors outreach to social groups who are ignored by mainline society, (minor tribes, mahadalits) should remain the main 'frontier' in our context.
d) Establish permanent centres at Churdahor, Tenuahi, and Itkhori for frontier ministry.
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