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Dagatan Family Farm School

Dagatan opened in 1988 with 35 students. As of 2003, there were five more family farm schools in the Philippines, offering children of farmers the possibility of alternating studies and field work to help their families improve their economic situation.

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“Harambee 2002” funds 18 educational projects in Africa

Project Harambee announced its grant awards on June 23, including a program of social reintegration for former child-soldiers in Sierra Leone, a new library for a Ugandan school, and a farm for families taking in Rwandan orphans. Its press release follows.

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Harambee 2002: All for one

From a Verona theater to a Hong Kong school, people all around the world have been finding creative ways of raising money for the African educational projects fund established at the canonization of St. Josemaría.

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Kinal, a technical training center in Guatemala

Kinal began in 1961 with a group of bricklayers and carpenters in a poor area of Guatemala City. Today 700 young men are receiving technical training in the school to help them find work that will improve the economic situation of their family.

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Jacarandá Community Development Center

The Jacarandá Center, which includes a school and four other social programs, is a project in Guayaquil, the main port of Ecuador. This social initiative was inspired by the life and teachings of St. Josemaría Escrivá, the founder of Opus Dei.

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The Centennial Medical Unit

On the occasion of the centennial of the birth of St. Josemaría, the Centennial Medical Unit has been launched in Monterrey, Mexico, to offer free medical care to people with limited means.

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Social cohesion in a multicultural neighborhood

Braval, a social project inspired by the teachings of St. Josemaría, seeks to help young immigrants in Barcelona, Spain, integrate into society and overcome employment difficulties and marginalization. An account of Braval's inaugural year follows.

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Educational project in a marginal barrio in Uruguay

Scarcity, poverty and misery were what a group of students from Montevideo found when they started teaching catechism in the Casavalle quarter in 1995. From this experience they developed the idea of a social project to alleviate the difficulties. Two years later land and premises were obtained, and thus was born Los Pinos Educational Center.

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Working Hard in the Bronx: the Rosedale Summer Job-Training Program

"Summer fun" for Rosedale Achievement Center’s high school girls means getting up early, working hard from 9:00 – 12:00, taking classes from 1:00 – 4:00 and going home tired, happy and with money in their pockets.

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Painting for the poor in St. Petersburg

Each year a group of Irish students organizes a work camp to help needy people in St. Petersburg by refurbishing their dwellings. The work camp has also included students from Finland, the U.S., Lithuania, and Latvia. Joe Flanagan relates his memories of the camp.

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