10th February 2015
On Sunday 08th of February 2015, over 50 members of the Association for the Promotion of Humane Families (APSHF) gathered at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for a thanksgiving mass, to celebrate their association’s 20th anniversary.
The association registered with the office of the Seychelles Registrar on 02nd of November 1999 and became a member of the Liaison Unit for Non-Governmental Organisation (LUNGOS) in the year 2000.
For the past 20 years, APSHF have grown and adapted to the changes in Seychelles social situation. The association which at the beginning worked with married couples, no longer limits itself to support and counsel only them but went as far as to create programmes for un-married couples and those who are still courting encouraging them to formalise their union in the church.
APSHF was founded on the 8th day of February 1995 by Mrs Edwina Adrienne and the late Mr Clifford Cetoupe. On that day they met and spoke of the issues being faced by married couples in the Catholic Church of Seychelles and the various ways that they could be assisted. On that day they committed themselves to working towards the promotion of solid, humane families. This decision and commitment saw the birth of the Association for the Promotion of Solid Humane Families (APSHF).
Over the years APSHF has decentralised its programmes and have created groups in Baie Lazare, Anse Royale, Anse Etoile and on Praslin. The association’s work and programme is facilitated by its secretariat, currently based at La Salle D’oeuvre. The office is small for the amount of work being undertaken; therefore the church has made available a piece of land for the construction on the ‘APSHF House’. The association is currently raising funds for the project.
Financial contributions can be made at its secretariat office.
Couples wishing to join the association can do so by calling 4225300.
An exhibition outlining APSHF’s accomplishments over the past 20 years can be viewed at the back of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and will be opened until Wednesday 11th of February.