150th Anniversary competition

This is an invitation from the Central Coordination Committee for the Jubilee of the 150th anniversary of the foundation of our two missionary societies.

As you know from April 30, 2016, we began a triennial journey that will culminate in the Jubilee Year from December 8, 2018 to December 8, 2019. The three years of preparation are like a spiritual and moral warming-up whose goal is not to exhaust us before the jubilee itself but to help us enter the Jubilee with joy and fervour. To accompany this preparation and to better live this jubilee year, we are launching the following three competitions:

Time remaining until the celebration !

Composition of a hymn for our 150th anniversary

A joyous hymn as the jubilee word suggests, which brings out the fundamental elements of our Lavigerian family: Christ, Lavigerie, passion for Africa, charity and missionary spirit. Who can participate in this contest: everyone, Fathers, Brothers, Sisters, candidates, parishioners and friends who have talent in this field.

In which language should one compose?

All the major languages (Western and African) of our provinces can be used as languages of composition, even if French, English and Swahili are preferred. Depending on the language used, certain hymns may be selected by certain provinces / sectors for local use. The first selection will be made at the level of the provinces and sectors which know better these languages.

Can we collaborate?

Of course! Someone can write, for example, the lyrics of the song and ask a musician to compose or find appropriate music. We can even appeal to our lay friends and parishioners who have this talent.

Deadline: successful proposals must reach the Central Committee by 31st December 2017 at this email address jubile150@mafrome.org


Composition of a prayer for our 150th anniversary:

A prayer of thanksgiving for the jubilee. Length: between 100 and 150 words!

Languages: French, English or Portuguese.

Who can participate: all White Fathers and White Sisters with their candidates.

Deadline for submission: successful proposals must reach the Central Committee by 31 December 2017 at this email address jubile150@mafrome.org


Composition of a video clip:

A kind of commercial spot of 2 ½ to 3 ½ minutes, which announces and celebrates the jubilee with, as main characteristic, the missionary joy and the daily and apostolic life of the sisters and fathers of yesterday and today.

Who can participate in this contest?

Fathers, Brothers, Sisters, candidates, parishioners and friends who have talent in this field.

In which language should one compose?

All the major languages (Western and African) of our provinces can be used as languages of composition, even if French, English and Swahili are preferred. Depending on the language used, some clips may be selected by certain provinces / sectors for local use. The first selection will be made at the level of the provinces and sectors which are better acquainted with these languages and which will subsequently communicate them to the Central Coordination Committee.

Deadline for submission: successful proposals must reach the Central Committee by 31 December 2017 at this email address jubile150@mafrome.org


Central Coordination Comitee
September 2017

Documentary videos on Human Trafficking in Africa

Here are quite a few documentary videos on Human Trafficking throughout Africa. To ease the flow, they are divided into pages. Here are the links towards the various countries :

Africa (p. 1) – Bénin (p. 2) – Burkina Faso (p. 3) – Cameroun (p. 4) – RDC (p. 5) – Côte d’Ivoire/Mali (p. 6) – Guinée (p. 7) – Kénya (p. 8) – Mali/Côte d’Ivoire (p. 9) – Mauritanie (p. 10) – South Africa / Mozambique (p. 11) – Nigéria / Europe (p. 12) – South Africa / Mozambique (p. 13) – Tanzania (p. 14) – Togo (p. 15) – Uganda (p. 16) – Zimbabwe (p. 17)

Africa

Human trafficking still rife is Africa (English / 3 :25 minutes)

Human trafficking worldwide and with examples from Africa.

Information on Human Trafficking

Trafficking is about :

“Trafficking in persons” shall mean the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at the minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs; …” Continue reading “Information on Human Trafficking”

Back to the roots (150th anniversary)

Another movie by Manu Quertemont. Going towards the 150th anniversary, this movie is a poetic tribute to Varsenare, a place where many did their noviciate in former times, a place where many are now awaiting the day of the Great Encounter. Varsenare, a community of Faith, Joy and Hope. Thank you Manu.

Some countries have blocked this video on YouTube for a question of copyrights on the music of Toets Thielemans. If it is the case in your country, do request a link from the Webmaster for downloading the movie, indicating clearly who you are (reserved to the MAfr and MSOLA).

Meeting MAfr MSOLA on Human Trafficking

This meeting reaffirmed our common conviction that we must commit ourselves against human trafficking by supporting the activities of advocacy, protection, prevention and networking. Here is the statement at the end of the meeting :

Wednesday, the 15th February 2017, was a historic day in the history of the Lavigerie Family. It brought together the General Councils of the Missionaries of Africa (M.Afr.) and the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa (MSOLA), the Provincial and Section Superiors of the M.Afr. and leaders of the five MSOLA Entities.

One major topic was on the Agenda: Human trafficking and related issues. This topic has great importance to both institutes because it is closely linked to the Anti-Slavery campaign of our common Founder, Cardinal Lavigerie. It has also been selected as a prime concern for both Institutes: The M.Afr. Chapter of 2016 chose migrants and human trafficking as a main area of concern. The MSOLA, in their enlarged Council, also selected this topic as one of their four priorities.

The day started with a conference given by Sr. Gabriella Bottani (SCM), coordinator of “Talitha Kum.” She first gave the historical background of the “Talitha Kum” group, which is an international network of people in Consecrated Life working against trafficking in persons (www.talithakum.info).
Most trafficking of people takes place within the country itself or in neighbouring countries. Trafficking of people on at transnational or intercontinental level is very small in comparison.

The speaker identified various forms of trafficking and slavery: domestic servitude; forced labour; organ removal (sometimes for reasons of witchcraft); criminal acts (e.g. child soldiers & drugs smuggling); begging; forced marriage and sexual exploitation (e.g. prostitution and cyber-sex).

After this introduction, the participants were divided into various groups, each of which was given one of the following topics to discuss: Advocacy; Protection; Prevention and Networking. The groups were invited to answer the following questions, what are the challenges? what are the calls? The different groups reported back and this led to an enriching discussion among the participants and with Sr. Gabriella.

The next round of group sharing was organized by geographical regions. Each regional group, and the group of the two General Councils, discussed and proposed a Common Action Plan, which was shared in a full plenary session.
It emerged that there is a strong conviction and a common commitment to become more involved in advocacy, protection, prevention and networking activities against human trafficking. M.AFR and MSOLA can do a lot together, especially during the preparation of the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the Lavigerie Family.

André Schaminée,
Secretary General, M.Afr.