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Caritas Philippines to enlist one million local donors

Caritas Philippines

Caritas Philippines will enlist one million local donors who will commit to giving at least Php 500 (US$ 9) annually for its humanitarian projects.

Caritas Philippines is the social arm and development agency of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

According to Jing Rey Henderson, Communications and Partnerships Development Coordinator of Caritas Philippines, the campaign to recruit local donors for its ongoing "Alay Kapwa" (offering oneself to one's neighbor) will be launched on June 22.

Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo of Kidapawan, national director of Caritas Philippines, and Father Tito Caluag, consultant for resource mobilization and celebrity ambassador for Alay Kapwa, will attend the event, among others.  

Alay Kapwa is the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization program of the Philippine Catholic Church. 

Alay Kapwa is also the Catholic Church’s solidarity program, mainly used to fund the humanitarian, development, and advocacy programs of Caritas Philippines and the 85 Diocesan Social Action Centers.

Under the banner of Alay Kapwa, Caritas Philippines runs seven programs that include youth development, family feeding, livelihoods, food security, humanitarian response, institutional capacity building, good governance, justice, peace, and ecology.

"The many years we spent bridging the gap between our donors and beneficiaries have shown us that many indigent Filipinos are determined to get out of poverty," Henderson told RVA News.

"Given the right assistance and opportunities, we witnessed Filipinos change the course of their lives and also choose to give back generously to their communities," she added.

Through the expanded Alay Kapwa Fund Campaign of Caritas Philippines, the organization hopes to bring its seven legacy programs to as many families and communities as possible. 

These seven legacy programs, founded on the hopes and dreams of every Filipino, are designed to empower the beneficiaries to become changemakers themselves. 

"This is the story of hope that we want to share with the Philippines and the world," Henderson said. 

"We are looking for more generous local supporters for our developmental projects. With people’s help and support, we know that this can happen," she added. – Santosh Digal


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