Two years ago, in 2016, De La Salle Christian Brother Andrés Porras, FSC from Mexico and Marist Brother Miquel Cubeles from Spain began the Fratelli Project as a joint Lasallian and Marist initiative. It is based in Lebanon and when it begain in 2016 it provided educational and social services for 60 children who were refugees from Syria and Iraq.
The Fratelli Project has grown since 2016 to now include a core community of four Brothers and three long-term volunteers together with teachers and other volunteers associated with the Lasallian secondary schools in Lebanon. Together and by association, they now provide daily educational and social services today to more than 700 children, young people and adults.
Throughout the whole period of constant growth, 36 international organisations - including some colleagues here at Manhattan College - have been assisting the Fratelli Project. The aim of the Fratelli Project is to be a source of hope for the future to those fleeing war and persecution, those who have lost everything except the belief that things can be better in the future.
As part of the Lasallian international network, we at Manhattan College are grateful for our Lasallian colleagues involved in the Fratelli Project.
As we at Manhattan College commemorate Mission Month, we are also invited to be mindful of the efforts of the faculty, staff, and administrators here at Manhattan College who likewise seek to be beacons of hope for a better future for the students at Manhattan College. As we read in the Manhattan College Green Book (page 8):
"You must, then, regard your work, which has been entrusted to you by pastors and by fathers and mothers, as one of the most important and necessary services in the Church … Thank God for the grace he has given you in your work …” Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Here on campus, among the Mission Month activities you are invited to participate in today, April 16, 2018, are:
Misconceptions in Islam sponsored by the Muslim Student Association and Peace Studies at 4:30 p.m., Kelly Commons 5A
Excellence in Teaching and Respect for Human Dignity
Prose Writer Jo Ann Beard: Major Author Reading Series sponsored by the English Department @ 6:30 p.m., Hayden Hall, Room 100
Lasallian Hallmark: Excellence in Teaching
For more information about the impact of the Fratelli Project Lasallian educational initiative, this brief video may be of interest: https://youtu.be/t02aXkKuxdo