‘Casa di Anna’ mission for the poor in rich Suwon

In over 20 years, the Centre, built on the land of the diocese, has grown into a non-profit organization, recognized by Caritas and the Korean government, with a complex project.

Korea
Oct 04 2013, 10:59 AM
‘Casa di Anna’ mission for the poor in rich Suwon
Father Vincenzo Bordo

Italian missionary Father Vincenzo Bordo has been working tirelessly for two decades among the elderly living alone, abandoned children, the homeless, street children and the unemployed in the suburbs of the rich city of Suwon.

A Missionary of the Oblate of Mary Immaculate, Father Bordo founded the ‘Casa di Anna’, a centre for new poverty, 21 years ago.

"Every day 500 homeless people take advantage of the dinner and shower of the centre. Then we have a dormitory. We offer social, psychological and medical assistance. We have created a training laboratory, where hands made bags are made," the missionary said.

Father Bordo explained the challenge of the mission in a secular society, in a rich world and in a church where there are plenty of priests. “The point is that society did not see the new poor. There are tramps and the ecclesial community did not understand and did not know what to do,” he said. The social pastoral in a big cityhence needed to be revitalized, starting from the suburbs.

In over 20 years, the Centre, built on the land of the diocese, has grown into a non-profit organization, recognized by Caritas and the Korean government, with a complex project.

"In the suburbs, we meet street children, who have fled from their families. So we have created three specific structures for them. In the first they are welcomed for about 9 months, in which we try to understand their problems. In this period we contact the parents in order to understand their family reality. At that point, there are three paths for the children: either they return to their family, or go into a foster home to study; or they move to another foster home to enter the world of work," he continued.

Father Bordo explained, "Ours is a testimony of faith and love, it is a work of evangelization which is based mainly on the laity. We have 25 lay employees and other volunteers. La Casa di Anna costs 1,300 euro per day and has been active for 20 years thanks to charity."

Source: Agenzia Fides 

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