Thanks to the collaboration with the NGO Engim and the Missionary Centre of the Friars Minor of Puglia and Molise, Pepea Trust has managed to build a bridge between Africa and other continents so that peoples and cultures can meet and mutually enrich each other in the construction of a universal brotherhood and sisterhood. Each year, Engim gives the opportunity to two Italian volunteers, aged between 18 and 29, to carry out civil service in Kenya in support of the various Pepea activities described here. Everyone is called to make his or her gifts available with a certain dose of creativity and resourcefulness. Perhaps the most important skill required is empathy, the ability to establish deep relationships in simplicity. The Missionary Centre of the Friars Minor of Puglia and Molise, on the other hand, promotes experiences of sharing and service, even of short duration, truly open to everyone and structured according to the needs of each one. Those who visit Africa enjoy its natural beauties but are unlikely to establish deep relationships with its peoples and learn about their cultures and traditions; the large community of Pepea Trust offers this possibility: as soon as you get off the plane you become a member of our big family. The volunteers live in rented houses, if Pepea possessed a place in which to host them, there would also be the possibility of cutting living expenses and creating more opportunities for communion with the locals.
Engim and the Missionary Centre of the Friars Minor of Puglia and Molise