'Destroy the meter/Enjoy free water", Orange Farm, South Africa story inspired these delegates.
The declaration appeals to faith communities to:
To draw from their tradition, to promote respectful use of water among them.
To be the conscience of the local community.
To act in solidarity with the marginalized who have no access to safe water and adequate sanitation.
To stand with people who are deprived of the rights to safe water and adequate sanitation and to journey alongside them.
Franciscans International in collaboration with the JPIC committee of the South African Province of the Franciscans organized the "Advanced Training Workshop on Water and Sanitation" which was held at La Verna Retreat Centre, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa, 13 October 2013. The declaration states that "Access to safe water and adequate sanitation are a human right to be guaranteed, protected, promoted and fulfilled by all states." It urges governments to:
Protect the right to water by preventing third parties from commercializing our water.
Empower local governments and local communities to manage water supplies.
Use a participatory approach in managing water (involve users, planners and policy makers).
Ensure that everyone has physical and economic access to safe, hygienic, secure, socially and culturally acceptable sanitation, that provides privacy and dignity.
Refrain from waste management practices that infringe negatively on access to safe water.
Prioritize sanitation facilities in informal settlements and impoverished rural areas.
Adopt an effective regulatory sanitation framework sensitive to the people living in poverty and marginalized areas
The Seven Last Words of Jesus booklet invites us to reflect on Jesus' last words in relation to current issues affecting people who are marginalised globally. With concrete examples citing tradition, beliefs and unjust legal structures, we are asked to hold them in our prayers. We encourage you to share this booklet within your communities, parishes and work places. It is also available in French, Spanish, Italian, Germanand Chinese.
The Way of the Cross pamphlet citing examples of inhumanity and injustice, helps us to focus on JPIC concerns and pray for the work of Franciscans International and our own vocations as Franciscans in the world and in Franciscan Fraternity. The black and white art-work brings global, modern-day suffering in to focus and will help us in our meditations each Friday of Lent and especially Good Friday.
This FI bookletis a great introduction to their advocacy work, highlighting 10 case studies of injustices they have addressed through the UN or other international fora. It makes an excellent, short JPIC study for OFS fraternities with first-hand accounts of the experiences of FI's Franciscan partners at the grassroots around the world and their collaboration in bringing crucial human rights issues to the attention of leaders at the highest international level. Readers are invited to consider each case study from both a practical and a spiritual perspective. FI hopes it will challenge us to reflect on the contribution we can make in seeking justice in our communities, in our country, and across the world.
This 2012 report prepared by Franciscan International "Modern Slavery in India: Cases of
Bonded Labour" relates cases of contemporary forms of slavery from the
first-hand experience of Franciscans and partners working in India.
Examining issues surrounding child labour, prostitution, human
trafficking, and forced and bonded labour in industrial and agricultural
sectors in India, this publication serves as a comprehensive introduction to the
scourge of global, contemporary slavery and the challenges we face in
eradicating this serious violation of human rights.
This report can be downloaded by clicking on the image or here.
This practical guide can be downloaded by clicking on the image or here.
On 28 July 2010 the United Nations General Assembly officially recognized the Human Right to Water and Sanitation. To help make this Human Right a reality, Franciscans International and WaterLex co-developed a learning manual for grassroots religious communities to provide the Franciscan Family and any other interested stakeholders with an overview and some tools to address water access and governance challenges in everyday life. Over seven sections, this 32-page document progressively explains how to become aware of water and sanitation challenges as well as the planning of facilitation and advocacy activities at the local, national and international level. Throughout the guide, questions are raised which can be answered while reading.