Solidarity, Altruism, and Emotion in Newark

the Editorial Staff
Tuesday | March 26, 2019 | 2:30 PM

The Legion of Good Will (LGW) in the United States is building in the Ironbound district of Newark, the biggest city in the State of New Jersey, the Paiva Netto Educational and Social Assistance Center. The unit will house an early childhood care and learning center and a social service center.

Annually, about 1,300 families will benefit from the services that will provide for the community. In this district 28% of the population live under the line of poverty*, that represents almost a triple of the State’s percentage and the double of the National level, that is 14,9%.

LGW volunteers that are helping in the construction of the educational and social assistance center have been facing a harsh winter that has reached all over the country, with temperatures below 32ºF (0ºC). But with the strength and support from all of them, especially Wesley Machado, owner of Valley View Construction, who has donated all the materials and labor force to do the roof coating of the building, the construction is in full swing.

Mr. Machado was publicly acknowledged by the Legionnaire team and got very emotional when highlighting the solidarity that motivated him to help:

Wesley Machado

“I’ve been living in the United States for 24 years now, and when I came here I dreamed of being able to help my family. I was helped one day, and God gave me the opportunity to come to this country and make a difference in my family’s life and in the life of others. It’s an honor for us, who believe in God’s words, to help other people. . . . It’s our privilege to be able to help. Thank you so much!”

Firm in this feeling of Solidarity that is widely preached and lived by the Religion of God, of the Christ, and of the Holy Spirit, we dedicate to our donors a part of the article “Solidarity: Reason and Heart of the Economy” of the writer Paiva Netto:

“ (...) We argue in favor of the Economics of Spiritual and Human Solidarity, a proposal I launched decades ago. It goes beyond the economics that individuals discuss so much about and of which they affirm one thing today and despise it tomorrow, leading generations to despair. We advocate that Solidarity has expanded from the luminous field of Ethics and has become a Strategy for Survival, which is above the laws and economic models hitherto discovered and often employed by us humans in an undignified way. We discuss concepts that pre-exist the creation of the world, which have to do with the Laws of Divine Economics, which treat genders equally, because they are destined for the immortal essence of the daughters and sons of the universes.”

Danilo Parmegiani
LGW's team with Wesley Machado


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* Source: United States Census Bureau

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