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São Paulo (Brazil) -- Building a house for a poor family

The Centro Assistential e Educacional de Pedreira, a professional training school in one of the poorest neighborhoods of São Paulo, each year undertakes activities of solidarity with the poor during the vacation period. These projects are carried out by the schools students and other young men who take part in means of Christian formation organized by the Prelature of Opus Dei.

Among the activities this year, of special interest was that of five students who decided to build a house for a schoolmate’s family who were living in a shack in the neighborhood. They took it upon themselves to obtain the material needed for construction and for the installation of electricity and running water. Numerous difficulties had to be overcome, ranging from bureaucratic obstacles to the lack of time. But finally, with the help of other students, teachers and friends, they managed to complete the project on time. As might be expected, the biggest joy of the construction team was the happiness of the family who benefited from their efforts.

Romana, No. 40, January-June 2005, p. 156-157.