Values and Moral

In the homes that REMAR opens for young people coming off the streets, we are able to provide for all their basic needs and to give them access to training workshops, and in this way they begin to adjust to a normal way of life. A far-reaching environmental impact is produced as we help to improve the quality of life and restore the self-respect of many. This, in turn, has social, economic, family and moral repercussions upon the city.

When planning for the development of a community in extreme poverty, the most urgent task is to free them from severe famine, social marginalization, illiteracy and abandonment..

After covering the most urgent basic needs, we are able to expand our work in many fields: education; care; general assistance; professional training; projects of solidarity; the teaching of moral values; the social reinsertion of prisoners; the prevention of delinquency and drug/alcohol addiction; help for the homeless and the unemployed. Consequently, very positive results are achieved in this sector of the population.

In our community homes, we encourage the youngsters to express their own opinions and feelings, to be firm and energetic and to defend their own beliefs. Once they have learned to do this they are more prone to develop a healthy self-esteem, to have more self-confidence and to develop their own personal talents and abilities. They are better prepared to confront abusive, threatening or unfair situations because they are in a better position to seek advice, overcome a difficult situation when necessary, or face it in a creative way.

If they are listened to, young people can offer important information on conditions at work or at school, and on the risks to their own health and to that of their local communities. They often come up with suggestions for change or improvement that have not occurred to adults, and they play a key role in research, follow-up, assessment and planning.

Once we have covered their basic needs and helped these young people to overcome their difficulties, worries and feelings of defenseless and abandonment it is time to teach them those fundamental moral principles and values which they have lost or have never been taught: values of empathy, solidarity, generosity, hospitality, the defense of basic human rights and liberties, the eradication of racism and intolerance. We encourage them to get involved in altruistic activities, to take the initiative in creating feasible and positive projects and ideas to help society, to develop leadership skills, to learn to foresee situations and then structure them into a human context with adequate solutions for the specific circumstances, etc.

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