“The sisters are very grateful because the first client was in Portugal,” the diplomat told the Lusa agency, on the sidelines of a visit to the School of Nossa Senhora do Encontro, in Loma Alta, in the populous poor neighborhood of Petare, one of the largest in the Latin America.
The brand, Moda Jacinta, produces ‘unique’ garments (only one copy of each design) designed by missionaries from ABC Prodein and inspired by Fátima’s shepherdess, Jacinta Marto, with whom they seek to dress like Venezuelans in an elegant, yet elegant way. conservative, and at the same time finance educational and social assistance projects for children and adults in Venezuela’s poor neighborhoods.
In a statement to the Lusa agency, Carlos de Sousa Amaro is confident that “this message also reaches other Portuguese people because it is through sales that they [missonárias] keep the school functioning and also give instruments to mothers, children and older children, which is very important at this moment, in the crisis that Venezuela is going through”, he explained.
The diplomat also referred that the school he visited is Catholic, “with nuns who have a great love for Our Saint Jacinta and for the three little shepherds of Fatima”.
“They do a beautiful job of attention to 840 students in the locality. It is a big project. In the midst of the difficulties, in Venezuela today, they manage to give one meal a day to the students and also to many of the student parents”, he stressed.
Carlos de Sousa Amaro also explained that he has already made an appeal to Portuguese people linked to the supermarket sector, who have already pledged to help these missionaries in their work.
On the other hand, Romain Nadal, coordinator of the visit and French ambassador to Venezuela, explained to Lusa that his diplomatic representation opened a competition two years ago “to support initiatives and projects that change the daily lives of Venezuelans in all areas, including in the economic, social, agricultural, human rights protection and gender equality sectors”.
“We received more than 300 proposals, including Jacinta Fashion. It is important to encourage and support these women from Petare, who want to work with textiles to design women’s fashion collections,” explained Romain Nadal.
The diplomat also explained that during his visit to the school, he attended, with his Portuguese counterpart, “a presentation” of Moda Jacinta.
“These women are just starting their first collection, but they have already sold pieces to Portugal, in Lisbon, so the ambassador of Portugal came to express Portugal’s pride in being the first customer. These women are exporting part of their production, already developing an economic model, “stressed the diplomat.
“Today is a historic day, important for us and we greatly admire the women of Petare”, emphasized Romain Nadal.
On the other hand, a missionary Maria Inês Gradiero, explained that the school has 840 subscribers and that students complete studies as a medium technician in commerce and administration, mentioning information technology.
He also underlined that the objective is that “to overcome themselves, that they know how to face difficulties”.
“We have a special devotion for Fatima and the three little shepherds. Our founder [padre Rodrigo Molina] he always carried a little book about the apparitions of the Virgin. The message of Fatima is very special, a prophecy and a mission, “he said.
He also explained that “when Santa Jacinta was very ill, a Virgin appeared to her and warned that fashions would come that would bring much sin and offend God and that is why Moda Jacinta promotes the dignity, respect and valorization of women”.
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