“Gods Will, Man dreams, the work is born.” (Fernando Pessoa)
From the dream, vision and work of many, a unique and bold project was created, Domus!
This is a project that is not only innovative but also has a broad perspective and includes several valences: accommodation for volunteers, temporary shelter for Habitat families, place for events and training, office from Habitat for Humanity Portugal and warehouse for donated items.
Over the last few years Habitat Portugal has been receiving increasing requests for support from families that live in substandard housing conditions. This situation created the need for Habitat Portugal needed develop a project that enables us to serve even more families.
With everyone's support on the acquisition and renovation of this space, we will give continuity to this project, Domus!
This is not a “Once upon a time…” story.
This is a story of being, infinite like that, the being as a whole, here and now, with no past, but with a present, being present, remaining present…
This is the story of a cause, a noble cause that seeks to shelter in itself, in its pure heartbeat, all those that need a home.
A cause without a home, a cause for rent, with a window facing tomorrow and an open door, wide open today and now, right here…
This cause was born from a divine dream, of a greater God, a God of Love, that established in the world, amongst imperfect humans a willingness for Good, a desire of Good, a doing of Good.
This God spread around the world little divinities disguised as men and women that, with their human limitations, seek incessantly to shelter the needy and disfavoured that do not have nor can have a decent home.
These little gods united, during decades in improvised Olympi, receiving in their hearts and hands the pain of others who needed their work, impregnated in charity and cement, of shelter and heart.
These homes, similar to those of the late Romans, assumed several forms, they had several origins and they spoke several languages, coming from various places of the vast world that composes the Earth.
Young and elderly, white, black and yellow, men and women, together, dedicated their work, their effort and all their willingness and love to their neighbour, wandering by the four corners of the Earth, armed with strength and compassion, of worn gloves and hands full of construction. They worked with happiness alongside the families and, stone by stone, they erected solid walls and welcoming roofs, sheltering them from the storms of life, that more often than not ravage the most fragile souls.
In Bracara Augusta, more and more Homes appeared that, just like the Romans, seduced by the kindness, cordiality and the sunny shine of its people, became more and more touched by their causes, their houses, opening their wings to welcome them in renewed homes.
Apart from the Lares (Roman guardian deities, translated as Homes in Portuguese), for which there were presents, essential materials for the continuity of their work, several divinities were cultivated in this cosy environment. They were part of the day-to-day of the family, as if they were its members.
And here is where, from between them appears a greater divinity that inherited the creating spirit from the roman Genius. He was a sort of protector of the family that ensures its continuity. This Genius embraced this cause, welcoming it, supporting it and giving it a sky to grow on.
As well as the Lares, the Genius, vital force of all being, places or things, was present as the life generator, perpetuating the family itself. As a creating force, Genius was like a manifestation of youth and intelligence, identifying the direction of his actions, the protection and the explanation of his destiny.
Genius leaded a group of guardians of the home and its food, the Penates. The Penates were gods in charge of the well-being and prosperity of the families. The name Penates comes from penus, the food provisions without which a family cannot survive, it represents the watchful eye of these gods for the assets, the provisions, the home in its entirety.
Well, Lares, Penates and Genius needed to join forces and to unite in an Olympus of their own, where they could put their efforts together, in a home, in a uterus where they could create new homes, new lives.
Thereby, from the creating and procreating vision of Genius and the strong belief of Penates, the Domus was born! Its architecture is inspired by by the urban residences of the nobles of Ancient Rome and it shelters this equally noble cause. Simultaneously it is a domus of the peasants where tradesman and artisans lived as it unites the desires of those who give and receive the strength of Habitat.
The Domus is the heart of Habitat, where Genius and Penates will welcome all the Lares, coming from all four corners of the World, and guide their hands and hearts towards those who need thel, sheltering tired bodies and fulfilled souls. The Domus is the cocoon, the port, the lighthouse of those who need this cause, this house, this home! In the Domus all offers and donations will be collected, stocking the goodwill of those who share this belief that we really can have “a World where all have a decent home to live in”, a World where we all belong!
It is for all this that this is not a “Once upon a time” story…
This has to be the story of the dream come true, where the gods materialize and put their hands to work, building a World that is effectively better!
This is, therefore, the story of “Today we are, today we exist, today we do”…
Today the Domus is born.
Habitat for Humanity Portugal Team
April 8, 2017
We have scheduled for the 1st of April of 2017 a day of volunteering with the Rotary Club Braga-Norte on the Habitat Portugal Domus project.
This day weill serve not only to promote the Domus activities but also to tighten the bonds between both organisations.
This is one step forward to the realization of this project, which is so important to Habitat Portugal.
A special thanks to the Rotary Club Braga-Norte for the organization of this initiative.