“I am no Catholic… but I Am Caritas”

She may have a different religious belief. But it was never an issue or hindrance for her to receive aid from the Catholic Church’s social action arm.

Meet 50-year old Cecilia Garcia of Barangay Balit in Mambusao town in Capiz province. Her house among those destroyed when strong winds and rains caused by Typhoon Haiyan swept the province. She is a member of religious sect Iglesia ni Cristo.

“My house was totally destroyed by the typhoon. I really have no idea how to get back on our feet again. Until, aid from the catholic church made its way to us,” Garcia narrated with teary eyes.

The Capiz Archdiocesan Social Action Center (CASAC) positively identified Garcia as among those in need of a disaster resilient house.

So, no matter how difficult it was in terms of logistics to bring the construction materials up to the mountains where Garcia lives, CASAC tirelessly walked the extra mile.

“I will be forever gratefully to CASAC and to all those who donated from around the world. I could not anymore ask for more,” Garcia humbly said.

Now, Garcia is more than fulfilled of the life she never thought she would have. A decent home, she can call her own along with her husband and two teenage children. A decent home she did not hesitate as well to share to others in need, when another Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby) hit the region.

“I offered my house to six people, who were seeking temporary shelter because of the heavy rains caused by the typhoon. Two of them were my relatives who live in another barangay,” she recalled.

Truly, humanitarian work knows no boundaries. It simply gives selflessly. And even replicates the good deeds.