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Lay Association for Development

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Lay Association for Development
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AbbreviationLD
Established1986; 35 years ago (1986)
PurposeYoung lay volunteers on mission
HeadquartersEstrada da Torre, n.º 26, 1750-296, Lisbon, Portugal
AffiliationsJesuit, Catholic
WebsiteLD

Lay Association for Development (Leigos para o Desenvolvimento – LD) is an Non-governmental organization (NGO) that assists people in their integral development. It was founded in 1986 under the auspices of the Society of Jesus(Jesuits) in Lisbon, Portugal, and grew from assisting people in former Portuguese colonies to a wider mission abroad and in Portugal.[1]

History[edit]

In 1984, Fr. António Vaz Pinto of the Society of Jesus took his experience at the Jesuit University Center Manuel da Nóbrega (CUMN) at the University of Coimbra to Lisbon and founded Padre António Vieira University Center (CUPAV). With students from CUMN, he founded the Lay Association for Development (LD) in 1986.[2] They chose as their first mission fields São Tomé and Príncipe.

Before long, students from throughout Portugal were joining the association. The Jesuit Refugee Service opened opportunities for LD volunteers in Malawi between 1991 and 1994, serving refugees from the Mozambican Civil War. In 1992, a mission was begun in Angola, and in 2000, LD volunteers accepted a request of the Jesuits in Dili, East Timor, to open a mission there. In Dili, the projects included educational and recreational activities for youth and a micro-credit project. By 2010, LD was able to leave the Dili project in local hands, and it pays a local person to coordinate St. Ignatius preschool.[3] In 2011, a Solidarity Concert was presented by LD to celebrate its 25th Anniversary.[4]

In its thirty-first year, LD had 14 volunteers in Africa,[5] ages 21 to 34,[6] working in education, training and employment, and community development.[7] Its volunteers are in Angola, Mozambique, Sao Tome, Principe, and Portugal.[8] It has a long list of donors and partners in its work.[9] An example is the Australian Embassy in Portugal which supplied funds through LD to equip a 60-child nursery in Vila Malanza.[10]

Volunteering begins with a one-year commitment.[11] In its first 30 years of operation, LD sent over 400 young LD missionaries abroad.[6]

Programs[edit]

Lay Association for Development is recognized as a Portuguese Development NGO by the Portuguese Foreign Affairs Ministry. It conducts a 9-month National Training Program for candidates annually,[12] and also participates in national forums on voluntary work. It shares its experiences with the Portuguese NGO Platform and works with the Jesuit European NGO Xavier Network Voluntary Group to develop programs for instructing trainers.[1]

Training takes place at bi-weekly meetings from November to July in Algarve, Lisbon, Coimbra, and Porto. After each of four stages in the training, all trainees come together in one place. Study topics include development, cooperation, volunteerism, mission, faith, spirituality or interculturality, and methodology in handling projects. Jesuit priests are available to counsel participants,[13] and to administer a three-day retreat midyear, and a seven-day retreat before and after each year's experience.[14] Former volunteers may assist in the training.[15][16] One of LD's efforts led to the children's book The Carnival of Kissonde, written by an Angolan author who was helped by LD. This developed into the friendship described in the book.[17]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Leigos para o Desenvolvimento | European Youth Portal". europa.eu (in Gaeilge). Archived from the original on 2017-11-28. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  2. "cupav". cupav. Archived from the original on 2017-11-28. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  3. "História". www.leigos.org (in português). Archived from the original on 2017-04-30. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  4. "Concerto Solidário da Celebração dos 25 anos da ONG Leigos para o Desenvolvimento". ISEG - Lisbon School of Economics & Management (in português). Archived from the original on 2017-11-28. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  5. Itcode. "Missão: Leigos para o Desenvolvimento enviam 14 voluntários para África". www.agencia.ecclesia.pt. Archived from the original on 2017-09-05. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "14 Voluntários dos Leigos para o Desenvolvimento partem para África - Boas Notícias". Boas Notícias (in português). 2017-09-07. Archived from the original on 2017-10-18. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  7. I.P, II,. "Site Voluntariado". www.voluntariado.pt (in português). Archived from the original on 2017-05-17. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  8. "Leigos para o Desenvolvimento apelam ao voluntariado em Portimão". Algarve Primeiro (in português). Archived from the original on 2017-11-28. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  9. "Parceiros de Implementação". www.leigos.org (in português). Archived from the original on 2017-05-09. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  10. Trade, corporateName= Department of Foreign Affairs and. "Australian Embassy in". portugal.embassy.gov.au. Archived from the original on 2016-03-13. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  11. ONGD, Plataforma. "Leigos para o Desenvolvimento - - Plataforma ONGD". www.plataformaongd.pt (in português). Archived from the original on 2016-11-06. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  12. "Além Mar - Leigos para o Desenvolvimento: Capacitar e autonomizar". www.alem-mar.org. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  13. "Nomeação do Assistente Espiritual da Associação". www.patriarcado-lisboa.pt (in português). Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  14. "Associação "Leigos para o Desenvolvimento" voltou a dar-se a conhecer no Algarve". folhadodomingo.pt (in português). Archived from the original on 2017-11-28. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  15. "Handmaids". Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  16. ""Elders" sharing their experience". Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  17. "Leigos para o Desenvolvimento lançam livro infantil de Ondjaki [TER, 11 NOV 2014]". »«»« Lisboa Africana »«»« (in português). 2014-11-10. Archived from the original on 2016-11-05. Retrieved 2017-11-18.

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