The annual meeting of the board of directors of the
Populorum Progressio Foundation for Latin America, which is entrusted to the Pontifical Council
Cor Unum since its inception in 1992 by St. John Paul II, will be held from June 22nd to the 25th in Guayaquil, Ecuardor. During the meeting, the board members will be called to assess the funding of projects for the year 2015 in favor of the indigenous, mestizo and African-American communities and farmers of Latin America and the Caribbean. The projects that are already submitted for the Foundation’s consideration will be more than 100.
The board members are: Archbishop Edmundo Luis Flavio Abastoflor Montero of La Paz (Bolivia) and president of the administrative council; Archbishop Antonio Arregui Yarza of Guayaquil (Ecuador), vice president and host of the meeting; His Eminence Cardinal Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez, Archbishop of Santo Domingo; Archbishop Óscar Urbina Ortega of Villavicencio (Colombia); Archbishop Murilo Sebastião Ramos Krieger of São Salvador de Bahia (Brazil); Archbishop Javier Augusto Del Río Alba of Arequipa (Peru) and Mons. Segundo Tejado Muñoz, Under-Secretary and representative of the Pontifical Council
Cor Unum within the board of directors.
The meeting will be an opportunity to reflect on the most effective ways to carry out the mandate of the Foundation, especially in favor of the indigenous, campesinos and African American communities. In fact, the Encyclical
Laudato Si wishes to promote a new awareness and responsibility for the safeguard of creation, but also towards a model of integral development of the person framed within the human ecology or in relation to the environment in which the person lives. The Foundation works in such direction and will evaluate particularly the projects that are capable of combining human development and the natural environment of the areas in which they will be implemented.
To date, the projects carried out by the Foundation are more than 4 thousands for a total of over 35 millions of allocated funds. The projects are characterized by a participatory approach on the part of the local communities and are addressed to different sectors: agriculture and livestock; crafts and micro-enterprises; infrastructures for drinking water; training and educational facilities; health; construction, etc.
Among the greatest supporters of the
Populorum Progressio Foundation, in addition to individual investments, includes especially the Italian Bishops’ Conference.