Australian Embassy turns over 1 million worth of equipment, fixtures to Caritas Manila

The Embassy of Australia through its Direct Aid Program formally turned over P1 million-worth of fixtures and equipment to Caritas Margins for its Caritas Margins Store and Café.

Her Excellency Ambassador Amanda Gorely (second from left) led the ceremonial turn over to the officials of Caritas Margins led by its Executive Director Rev. Fr. Anton C.T. Pascual (second from right). Also present during the turnover were Caritas Margins Program Manager Mr. Buddy Arcangel (leftmost) and Australian Embassy Direct Aid Program Resource Officer Ms. Doris Avila (rightmost).

During the ceremony, Fr. Anton CT Pascual expressed his gratitude for the continuous support of the Australian embassy to Caritas Margins. “This is the third time that the Australian Embassy has given its support to Caritas Margins and we are grateful for it. We can use this grant to achieve product development, packaging and marketing for the products of our poor micro entrepreneurs,” Fr. Pascual said.

Caritas Margins is a church social enterprise which markets quality products of poor micro-entrepreneurs all over the Philippines. It also provides skills trainings to urban poor communities and marginalized sectors to hone them as entrepreneurs.

In the past, the Australian Embassy through DAP had also helped Caritas Margins put up a center for food production and a sewing production center. These projects continue helping more than 50 urban poor partners from Tondo, Manila and East Rembo, Makati City.

Caritas Margins revenues benefit the flagship program of Caritas Manila, the Youth Servant Leadership and Education Program (YSLEP) which supports more than 5,000 youth scholars nationwide.

To learn more about Caritas Margins, visit www.margins.org.ph. To donate and support Caritas Manila’s programs for the poor, visit www.caritasmanila.org.ph or call DonorCare lines (+632) 563-9311, 564-0205, (+63) 999-7943455, (+63) 905-4285001, and (+63)929-8343857.

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