March 26, 2015
An official from the Catholic Church’s social action arm has reiterated his appealed for continuous support to its Lenten evangelization-action program “Alay Kapwa” which aims to gather funds for the poor, oppressed and victims of calamities.
National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA)/Caritas Philippines Executive Director Archbishop Rolando J. Tria Tirona, OCD, DD made the statement before the observance of the holy week.
“Christ on the cross is our guiding strength in offering oneself to others in total self –giving. As we reflect, let us not forget about the plight of others, especially our less fortunate brothers and sisters,” the Archbishop of Caceres said.
Contributions during Lent to the “Alay Kapwa,” which means offering to our neighbour, are used to support and sustain its various initiatives on good governance, sustainable agriculture, and children and women’s rights.
It can be recalled that “Alay Kapwa” also supported disaster response by the Church during the recent typhoons Ruby and Seniang by providing almost Php 4,944,155 to the affected dioceses.
Created in 1975 by the Catholic Church, the “Alay Kapwa” program recently launched a campaign called “40-4-d-4 (Forty for the Poor)” project in celebration of its 40th founding anniversary. The said project hopes to raise P4-million this year to empower the poor and marginalized women through self-help group (SHeG) micro-entrepreneurship.
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