Two houses for women refugees with children and women migrants in vulnerable situations have been opened in Rome. The project is entitled Chaire Gynai in Greek,which means “welcome women”.The initiative is sponsored by the Congregation for the Scalabrinian Missionary Sisters – together with the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, the dicastery for the service of integral human development, and the International Union of Superiors General – and by the Italian Bishops’ Conference. The Scalabrinian Sisters have also involved the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus who have made premises available to them, as well as other female religious congregations. Women are taken in who have already obtained recognition of their refugee status in Italy or who will be able to regularize their migratory condition. The residents of both houses (in Via della Pineta Sachetti and in Via Michele Mercati) may stay for a period of from sixth months to a year, until they have achieved complete autonomy and integration. At the moment 17 women and 7 minors live there. “The intention”, explained Sr Eleia Scariot, a Scalabrinian Sister, coordinator of the project, “is to support women in their process of professional integration and development. The basis is the redeeming of hope: these women receive help and human and professional guidance, living experiences of coexistence, amusement and spirituality which are revitalizing in order to redeem their self-esteem, often injured during their migratory journey. At the same time these women and their children will be able to contribute to building a different society here in the Rome area where they have become integrated”.
St. Peter’s Square
Nov. 20, 2019
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