Summer service opportunities took Lasallians from the San Francisco District to the Philippines, India, and Sri Lanka.
Brother Daniel Fenton led a group to Bahay Pag-asa, or House of Hope in the Philippines. The boys’ center serves as an alternative to incarceration and provides education and training to help young men escape a life of crime.
During their month-long stay the group completed a windmill project that now pumps water from the well and saves the center the fuel costs to power it. They also delivered items purchased through donations including school supplies, clothing, shoes, and sports equipment. They taught English and math classes, installed a new computerized weather station, and organized retreats. Additionally, the group visited the Bahay Pag-asa Youth Center on the campus of De La Salle University in Manila where they repaired some of the science stations set up on earlier trips. Read Bro. Dan’s report.
Another group of Lasallian educators traveled to India and Sri Lanka for three-and-a-half weeks to participate in the international immersion program, Vandu Paaru, which is an intense formation experience. The participants worked at Lasallian sites, taking part in construction projects and teaching activities, while living with the local De La Salle Brothers community and joining in the Brothers’ lives.