Rural Integration Solidarity Work

“Sharing their life and their aspirations, knowing their despair and hope, helping them articulate these and walking with them in the search for authentic humanity in Christ Jesus.”

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The exposure program started out as an activity by which the church people and their lay workers were helped to become aware of social situation. It had a great impact and served as an eye-opener and a challenge of living out the basics of Christian life.

It developed into an educational tool for re-orienting one’s social involvement and lifestyle. It was adopted by some institutions, groups, and agencies. At the moment, for the church people and their lay workers, it has become a process for on-going formation.

The Rural Missionaries of the Philippines’ 40 years of rural involvement gives it a prerogative to handle exposure program. It has enough experiences to share and it has access to rural areas to answer the needs of a particular person or group.

The Exposure Program

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Our contemporary human experiences lead us to a faith-life situation of the poor. Likewise, Jesus’ Kingdom-practice, that is good news to the poor, urges us to participate and be in genuine solidarity with the struggling and awakened poor, deprived and oppressed people aspiring for a just, humane, and sustainable world.

Thus, an exposure program is not only an educational tool but a transformative process: to feel and become aware, to reflect and analyze, and to act and respond as a human person sharing and interacting with the poor peoples’ lives.

It offers the participants a chance to open their eyes, ears, and hearts;
To see with their own eyes how other people live and what factors impede their human development;
To talk and listen to their problems and aspirations;
To feel with their own senses what it means to live like them;
To be geared towards participation and solidarity with other people and events a teaching which does not come from book or lecture but from a first hand experience.

Not only to glance but also to see
Not only to hear but also to listen
Not only to know but also to feel
Not only to reflect on but also to respond
Not only to become part of but also be committed to social transformation

Classification

1. Exposure – a generic name given to a shirt stay in the area. It is mostly in the nearby communities to maximize the brief stay of the participating groups or individuals.

2. Immersion – at least one week or a maximum of one month of stay in the area.

3. Integration – at least one month or a maximum of six months of stay in the area. Visitations and consultations are done between the participating groups or individuals and the sponsoring organization.

4. Practicum – a program arising from the need of the educational institution to have the rural involvement program. It can be month-long, semestral or a year-long program depending on the needs of the participating institution.

“Soon afterwards, he went on through the cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the Kingdom of God.” Luke 8:1

General Policies

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1. The interested party should make an arrangement with the national office regarding the visit and particular interest preferably at least one month before the actual exposure.

2. Formal request letter addressed to the RMP National Coordinator should be given.

3. Participants are required to fill up the information sheet provided by the office. In some cases, the office may required individual interviews and personal appearance. General orientation is given at the national center before the exposure.

4. All exposure to the RMP areas should be chaneled to the national center through the RISW coordinator.

5. All expenses needed for the exposure are shouldered by the requesting group including guides.

6. Orientation, particular policies are guidelines regarding the place of the exposure are given before or during the exposure program.

7. An evaluation and assessment should be done every exposure together with the local staff and RISW Officer.

8. Integration and deepening of the exposure experiences will be facilitated by an RMP Brother, Sister or Priest after the evaluation.

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