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FMSI - Foundation of Marist Solidarity International Onlus

30/08/2010: General House

It is my pleasure to write this letter celebrating the second year of FMSI and the leadership of Br. Dominick Pujia. By the time I officially became President of FMSI on October 1, Br. Dominick and I already had numerous meetings and discussions to facilitate the transition. Not only did I have the opportunity to understand the history and evolution of FMSI, but also to look ahead to what new possibilities were available for the foundation. In these conversations, I discovered how a new vision for Marist Solidarity was evolving to assist and complement the work of the Marist Brothers and our lay colleagues. It was a helpful perspective given the different dimensions of FMSI. Perhaps most importantly, I appreciated the conviction and dedication Br. Dominick had to making the world a better place for children. I understood how much work went into the practical details of getting FMSI established and the challenges presented in understanding how the foundation can best serve the needs of the Institute.

Br. Dominick has returned to his native New York, USA and will be involved in Youth Evangelization for the USA Province. I want to take this opportunity to extend a heartfelt thank you and appreciation to him for all his efforts on behalf of Marist solidarity these past six years, the past two as President of FMSI. It is through his commitment and desire to help children and young people that we have this foundation to use for their benefit. I am grateful for all his work and hope to continue to build on the foundation he has put in place. I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Br. James Jolley to the Geneva Office. He brings with him a wealth of experience in province leadership and work with indigenous children. He has immersed himself in training programs, language studies and writing country reports for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). I have enjoyed getting to know him these past few months as we have exchanged ideas and shared our hopes for FMSI. With both of us being new, we have relied heavily on Ms. Sara Panciroli and Ms. Angela Petenzi in the Rome office to help us navigate this new adventure. Their experience and understanding have provided us with a wealth of information and helped us continue the work without any disruptions. They have also been a valuable part of our discussions about the future plans for the foundation.

The Annual Report will highlight the various activities of 2009 and take the opportunity to thank all those who share our mission. During the past few months, we have initiated discussions on the next Strategic Plan for FMSI. The context of these plans includes:
Advocacy, education and animation for the rights of children and young people before the United Nations in Geneva;
Funding educational projects that are meant to improve the life of children and young people in developing countries;
Networking with Marist-inspired NGO’s/Foundations and developing partnerships with other groups who share our mission.

While each of these areas presents its own unique challenges, we hope to develop concrete strategies and actions which will set a clear direction for the years ahead. We look forward to working with Br. Emili Turu, the new Superior general of the Marist Brothers, and the new General Council to make the vision of the XXI General Chapter a reality.

Having access to a quality education which prepares children and young people for life is a right no child or young person should be denied, especially if they lack the material and human resources needed in order to succeed. I invite you to continue your partnership with FMSI as we seek to establish a better world for children where their rights are respected and protected, where they can grow and mature in safe and healthy environments, free from violence and fear, and where their future is bright and rich with opportunity.

Br. Richard Carey, FMS

Letter from the President
Introduction of the new President and Child Rights Advocacy Officer
Information on the next Strategic Plan
Update from the Geneva office
Project highlight from the year
Ongoing network development
Financial reports
Thank you to our supporters

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