|Project:||IniciativAngola (Angola Initiative)|
|Date:||From 1998 (1996)|
|Place:||Št. Primož / St. Primus (Carinzia, Austria)|
Confreres from the Št. Primož Salesian Community are engaged simply in running parishes for ethnic Slovenians in Carinzia in southern Austria. They also teach religion in bilingual secondary schools in Celovec / Klagenfurt.
Anniversary of the beginnings of the volunteer activity in Angola
By the end of the first year, there was already a plan to personally bring these collected monies and materials to the Sisters in Angola and this became the beginnings of a volunteer movement. The 'IniciativAngola' Association was set up under the guidance of Fr Hanzej M. Rosenzopf. The organisation grew rapidly because of wide interest on the aprt of the young to help and take part in this new missionary solidarity.
The IniciativAngola (Angola Initiative) Association
The Association is non-profit, and aims at extending an understanding of solidarity in a Christian sense.inviting individuals, groups and organisations to offer support:
The situation today
'IniciativAngola', under the guidance of the Salesian community, especially Hanzej M. Rosenzopf and Jože Andolšek has broadened out to become a Province project. Today the Association runs various projects to help FMA Centres in Angola: it provides financial support for teachers and food for children in school centres in Cacuaco and Benguela; the library in Cacuaco; a school in Cristo Rei village; health and medical assistance in Calulo.
Every year there are many activities and programmes through which 'iniciativAngola' either takes the lead or works with other groups to spread the notion of Christian solidarity beyond the borders of Carnizia: a Concert for Angola (wuith well-known pop and rock singers); a Song for Angola (choir made up of many school students and parishioners); Kick & Rock for Africa (a day of games and enjoyment to help out); Festiva (festival of ethnic and popular music).
The missionary volunteer movement is not limited to Carinzia, but runs throughout the whole province of Slovenia. To the two Salesians working in Carinzia, a third has been added, Brother Marko Suhoveršnik, to coordinate the preparation and sending of a growing number of volunteers each year. This tenth anniversary year, there are 16 volunteers from Carinzia and Slovenia who have spent a month of missionary experience in the various FMA centres in Angola.
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