The Development Bank of Latin America (CAF, by its former name, Andean Development Corporation) and Scholas Ocurrentes, a network of Catholic Church centers, launched the Laudato Si school this Thursday in Rome, an initiative with which 50 young people between 18 and 35 years of age will receive a 12-month training, in which they must work on a sustainable project that addresses a specific need in one of the entity’s member countries (about twenty countries, mainly from Latin America and the Caribbean ), according to a note from the organization.
Pope Francis received participants in the program, representatives of the promoting entities and the singer of U2 Bono, who highlighted his commitment to the fight against climate change and the protection of the environment, according to the CAF-Development Bank note from Latin America.
“I wish to recognize, encourage and thank all those who, in the most varied sectors of human activity, are working to guarantee the protection of the house we share. Our Common Home is like a sister with whom we share existence, and like a beautiful mother who welcomes us in her arms,” Francis said.
“We find ourselves in a world of many possibilities. This is very exciting. Multiple connections. It is because of this culture of encounter that I am a fan of Pope Francis and Scholas. That meeting only makes sense if we can push each other beyond our differences, “said singer Bono. “Today development banking is closer to governments, authorities and citizens, but we must continue to do more, have a more shared vision with society. But we are on the right path”, stressed, for his part, Sergio Díaz-Granados, executive president of CAF.
The entity and the Scholas Foundation have been working together since 2015 to promote the integration of young people and children through sports, art and technology, and now address challenges such as climate change, biodiversity protection and community empowerment. CAF plans to allocate 25,000 million dollars (about 23,620 million euros) over the next five years to reforestation projects, protection of biodiversity, sustainable cities and technologies applied to the environment.
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