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The angels of the last in the heart of the Mediterranean

Progress in the action of sharing for the marginalized and the poor coming from the most difficult Countries of the Planet.

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

The fundamental basis for the development of the peaceful system of the peoples of the Mediterranean are structures such as the Mission of Hope and Charity O.n.l.u.s. of Palermo by the lay friar Biagio Conte who help immigrants and the marginalized to improve their lives without distinction of sex, race or religion.
By helping the self-esteem of individual people rise from the dark reality where they come from and positively the idea of peaceful coexistence among peoples takes shape.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

The beneficiaries of the project are immigrants who cross the Mediterranean and arrive in Sicily for a better future. Children, women and men who need timely action to live peacefully in European society.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

At age 26, Brother Biagio Conte left his life and a wealthy entrepreneurial future to devote himself entirely to the poor, the last ones that contemporary society abandoned to their fate. He risked his life several times. He supported thousands of people with incredible stories: people that came from Libya, Tunisia, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Congo, Togo, Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Palestine and Iraq.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Full Scale Roll Out: I have already tested and scaled this idea significantly with the intended user base.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

https://www.lavocedinewyork.com/en/arts/2018/03/15/brother-biagio-conte-the-last-angel-in-the-hearth-of-the-mediterranean/

www.pacepace.org

Expertise in sector

  • 7+ years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

The history of the Mission of Hope and Charity O.n.l.u.s. it is unique in the World because thanks to the action of the founders and all the volunteers in Palermo a Hub has been created to improve the life and the future of thousands of human beings.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

The peace that is lived within the Mission is spiritual. Based on the sharing of everyone's thinking and the mutual help of the members.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

Sicilian Region, European Union, Italian National and International Institutions, O.N.U., Catholic Church and volunteers.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

Integration of the most disadvantaged from all parts of the world.

Geographic Focus

Mediterranean

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

12 month

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • Yes

If Yes, how has project idea changed, grown, or evolved since last year? (2,000 characters)

“In this confusion the temptation becomes stronger to risk being swept away towards types of messianism which give promises but create illusions.” (Encyclical Letter of Pope Paul VI – Development of Peoples 1967).

For this reason, the Mission of Hope and Charity of Palermo comes from the experience of those who seek the truth, true freedom and true peace, detached from the materialistic and consumeristic world. The Mission welcomes and assists over 1,000 people (women fleeing from persecution and slavery, men and children) thanks to the work of the missionaries: Brother Biagio, Don Pino, Brother John, Sister Mattia, Sister Alessandra and Sister Lucia, the active collaboration of brothers and sisters, and the great help of over 600 volunteers. Each community has a kitchen and a canteen where three meals a day are prepared and provided, and medical and pharmaceutical assistance are guaranteed to all, and welcomed showers and clothing services are provided to the many poor who knock daily on the door of Mission. Divided into three communities: two intended for ‘men welcome’ and for the hospitality of individual women or mothers with children. The founder of the Mission is Brother Biagio Conte, of the Italian Lay Missionary of St. Francis. A charitable man, brave and peaceful, he openly fights against poverty, indifference, environmental disasters, wars, the Mafia, opulence, corruption, selfishness, slavery of women and racism, in a difficult land like Sicily.

At age 26, Brother Biagio Conte left his life and a wealthy entrepreneurial future to devote himself entirely to the poor, the last ones that contemporary society abandoned to their fate. He risked his life several times to snatch. He supported thousands of people with incredible stories: people that came from Libya, Tunisia, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Congo, Togo, Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Palestine and Iraq.

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