| SEGRETARIAT SOLIDARITY AND DEVELOPMENT
SECOLI was established by the General Chapter of 1966. The purpose of SECOLI is to be a coordination entity, whereby those Districts that are able, can aid those most in need. It is indeed a way of 'sharing' t he resources of our Institute. The principal objectives of SECOLI involve three main concepts: education, Interdependence and responsibility, and Interdependence and self-sufficiency.
1 Educating people to be sensitive to world issues and to be concerned for the poor:
In line with the thinking of the last five General Chapters, there should be a Missionary Secretariat in each District. The pastoral role of national Missionary Secretariats is very important. They promote the awareness of international and missionary issues, support the exchange of information, aid in the twinning of schools and facilitate the sending of young people abroad to work on projects or to gain firsthand experience. For many young people this involvement is a major step in their evangelisation.
2 Interdependence and responsibility:
Through its funding, SECOLI attempts to make Districts increasingly responsible for their own needs, by progressively abolishing relationships of permanent dependence. Some of the funds at SECOLI's disposal are used for the Sharing Fund, established by the 42nd General Chapter (proposition 47). The fund serves to finance formation costs of the Districts of the Africa Region (Lwanga, Madagascar, Rwanda, Congo-Kinshassa), the Guadalupanas Sisters and the Asia Region (India, Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Vietnam).
Another way that SECOLI attempts to foster interdependence and responsibility is through District 'Twinning'. "That the twinning between sectors of the Institute be established in agreement with the Superior General and his Council. By this twinning contract a capital endowment was established for the sectors mentioned above. The income of this capital allows these sectors to meet their normal expenses.
3 Interdependence and self-sufficiency:
SECOLI does not have funds of its own. Its role is to identify needs and to find donors who will meet these needs. Both the person making the request and the donor must be be actively involved in this transaction. It should be remembered that the person making the request is not a beggar: he is someone who wishes to share with others his desire to provide a better service. There are two kinds of projects: major projects passed on to NGO's and governments: investments, study scholarships etc. and mini-projects which ease the life of Districts and their work. Districts, communities and schools are invited to fund these projects.
SECOLI, Rome, works with the Mission Secretariats of the other Regions that you can contact for further information:
France: http://www.lasalle-fec.org/5anim/semil.htm (SEMIL)
Latin America: http://www.secola.edu.co/ (SÉCOLA)
The Director of SECOLI is Br. Stephen Tuohy.