ERI Geneva Training in Human Rights and Advocacy
Participants in the recent ERI training in Geneva.
Landing in Geneva International Airport to the sight of the snow-capped Swiss Alps, we were soon to learn the contrast between those chilly peaks and the warmth of the hospitality offered throughout our stay. The Genevan-based Brothers of Edmund Rice International opened their home to us for two weeks and kindly punctuated our stay with beautiful meals, guided tours and brisk walks through picturesque French and Swiss countryside.
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Once again, this year at the Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education we have been busy and have exciting projects underway in our Refugee & Asylum Seeker area; our Indigenous programmes and our Pacific Calling Partnership. At weekly staff meetings all staff and volunteers hear something of the action in each team, but we can find ourselves focussed and busy within the “silos” of our own project.
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CBR Certificate Level 4 Graduation
Purpose of Community Based Rehabilitation Training
The aim of the program is to prepare participants (Inservice Teachers, Community Health Workers and CBR Field Workers) to acquire basic CBR skills to identify, assess and manage the children and adults with
disabilities in the communities and be able to make referrals to the nearest IERC or Health Centre for further diagnostic tests, treatments and/or rehabilitation.
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ONE MILLION SPECIES AT RISK
This essay could not wait. As soon as I saw the heading, I had to start writing to put my thoughts 'on paper.' I sensed an urgency that could not be delayed. Every second counts as our destiny and the intertwined destiny of Earth marches on. Unless love conquers, then all may be lost.
In shared love for all life,
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A Sense of Place
You know, we are all Cosmic Beings
Reflection by Trevor Parton cfc
It is devastating to know that so many people have come to a decision that life is no longer worth living, and end it, so often at a young age. These brothers and sis-ters of ours must have suffered greatly. We understand also the grief that so many families must suffer, when they have tried so really hard.
It often causes me to reflect on my own attitude to life, and whether the way I see things could shine a little light on this modern day catastrophe. Just how do I see life, and why is it that I value it in its many manifestations – the peoples, the animals and plants, autumn leaves, the stars and the galaxies?
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In the work of Edmund Rice Mission we draw our inspiration from Edmund Rice who, over 200 years ago, founded the Christian Brothers and the Presentation Brothers.
Edmund was a successful businessman who, following the tragic loss of his deeply loved wife was led to see that the world of Waterford Ireland was marred by poverty and injustice. Having had the experience of meeting young men locked away in prison for petty crimes and despairing at their unfulfilled potential, Edmund experienced a deep call to work towards the liberation of this harsh and cruel world. He recognised that an education built around the practicalities of enabling these vulnerable young people to engage in a more fulfilling life, would bring about such liberation.
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