Fasta its a humanitarian organization, whose objective is the social promotion of the person at all stages of his life, through programs of integral formation, community participation and social insertion. Since its foundation in 1962, it has directed its efforts in strengthening through culture the bonds that unite each country with its historical heritage for the construction of a present of peace and well-being.
Today it has a network of training centers that are deployed on three continents. In the field of formal education in the Republic of Argentina, it has 23 schools, 2 special education colleges, 4 higher education institutes and a university with associated centers in numerous cities, which with more than 30 careers and postgraduate courses reaches all corners of the world through its distance education proposal.
It is currently present in Argentina, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Spain, Peru and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.as
Currently, Fasta grows and consolidates in Africa. It is present in eight neighborhoods of Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with 450 young people of all ages.
Our institution began its work in Africa by founding youth centers. Young people gather in community to carry out study, sports and recreational activities.
Founder of Fasta.
Head of Fofasta in Kinshasa
Promoter and administrator of Fofasta
Fasta Delegate for Africa
Capellán de Fofasta
Fofasta Family Advisor
Fofasta Youth Advisor
We want and motivate more people to join our team.
On June 12, 2006, the current Father Merleau Nsimba Ngoma sent an email to Fasta requesting his incorporation to our institution. After almost four years of fluid communications, in May 2010, Merleau made his first trip to Argentina to see the work. What most caught his attention was the work "of humanization and Christianization with young people" and "the way in which Fasta knows how to link culture with the message of Christ and elevate man in culture and faith."On his return to Africa, he was entrusted with the foundation of a youth center in Kinshasa.
In September 2010 it founded the Bakanja youth center, in honor to Isidoro Bakanja, beatified by Pope St. John Paul II, who is in the Church of Congo patron of the Young Catholics. With the youth center the presence began of Fasta in Africa.
In the parish San Antonio de Padua de Kinshasa, about 120 men and women gathered to hopefully build a Christian community that, from the charism of Fasta, be a contribution to the training of young people in your country. In May they made the first march under the name "St Thomas Aquinas", and ascended Mount Mangengenge.
In November 2012 and on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Fasta, Merleau traveled again to Argentina to participate in the central celebrations and at the same time incorporated as a seminarian of St Thomas Aquinas Apostolic Fraternity.
In January 2014, seminarian Merleau Nsimba Ngoma, returned to his country to visit the communities of Fasta in Africa. In his return, he enunciated what it was what they needed, both physical as spiritually said communities Especially he referred to the need for that Congolese fasteans will visit Argentina in order to know and live the style of Fasta and communicate it faithfully in your country; get a stable place for the youth center and sustain some activities of young people who have difficulties for the socio-economic situation.
In 2015, fasteans from around the world joined the solidarity campaign, through the apostolic community Pope Francis, to promote and sustain the work in that continent. "Minzoto", which in the African language can be translated as "the dreams of Africa", is the name they chose to explain their desires to have your own space. "There's a lot material and economic needs in the mission of the movement. You have to establish structures minimums, such as a chapel, education of catechists, residence for the priests of the work, but also to sustain the charities, of education and human development, ”said seminarian Merleau Nsimba Ngoma in a report presented at the beginning of that year at the meeting Annual priests.
In November, Mag. Dan Olofsson and his wife, Christine Benedikta de Olofsson, recognized for his outstanding humanitarian action in various places in Africa were invited by the authorities of Fasta and traveled to Argentina. That visit had as an objective that marriage get to know the Movement and also present the apostolic action plan of our institution in Kinshasa (Minzoto Project).
In February 2016, the fasteans joined the Seminary of the Priestly Fraternity Congolese Dieumerci Matondo Ngoma and Reneidi Kayembe Kayemba. In March, the Father Eduardo Lloveras a new visit to the city of Kinshasa in order to continue with the contact and institutional accompaniment with the fasteans of the place.
In January 2017, Daniel Medina Basla was appointed as Promoter for the Fasta Kinshasa Foundation, with the main mission of promoting, from its condition of the layman of the work, that in that foundational community the message of Christ, the Catholic faith is lived and the foundation of the movement and the realization of its works, working in coordination with the Promotion Department Apostolic and with the Head of the Fasta Kinshasa Foundation. Will also be the person in charge of advising and accompanying the successive stages of construction of the project and remodeling to be carried out in the building of the institutional headquarters, in order that it is adapted to the purposes, guidelines and criteria established in due course by the Fasta Presidency.
During the year 2018 with a great effort by the community of Fasta the works began of adaptation and restoration of the chapel "St Thomas Aquinas" and of the necessary spaces for the functioning of community activities.
In March 2019, the Fasta Kinshasa community was confirmed in its charism with the visit of the father Founder Fr. Dr. Aníbal Fosbery. With this visit the foundational stage concludes and the new challenges for community development in order to charism in the evangelization of the family, culture and youth. Educational, cultural and architectural projects are developed to that end.
With the incorporation of two young missionaries, Ezequiel Sánchez and José Jaramillo from Argentina and Ecuador. Fasta reaffirms its willingness to strengthen and maintain projects in Africa, starting from the community of Fasta Kinshasa.