Caritas Margins opens today (September 27) the second leg of its Buy and Give Expo 5 at the Trinoma Activity Center in Trinoma Mall, Mindanao Ave., Quezon City.
His Excellency Most Rev. Honesto Ongtoco D.D. Bishop of the Diocese of Cubao ( second from right) led the blessing and opening of the three-day expo together with (from left to right) Segunda Mana Program Manager Barry Camique Caritas Margins. Executive Director Rev. Fr. Anton C.T. Pascual as well as donors Ms. Emilie Cruz and Ms. Hortie Lim and Caritas Margins Program Manager Buddy Arcanghel.
“Let us all support the 5th Buy and Give Expo at Trinoma Mall to also help end poverty as it helps micro entrepreneurs develop and market their products. This can also help the funding of Caritas Manila’s Youth Servant leadership program which can make you be part of the ongoing 75 Days of Charity,” Fr. Pascual said.
The 5th Buy and Give Expo which will run until Friday, September 29, 2017 features products from different marginalized community partners of Caritas Margins ranging from food, home and ladies accessories, personal care products, artwork from resident inmates of penal communities cared by Caritas Restorative Justice Ministry, and other gift items and decors presented on different hubs.
Caritas margins will have the third leg of Buy and Give Expo 5 at Market, Market Taguig City on October 5 to October 7, 2017 and its fourth and final leg on December 1 at Glorietta.
Caritas Margins is a social enterprise that markets products of marginalized communities & micro enterprises in the country. It also provides skills and training to the urban poor communities and marginalized sectors, as well as honing them to become social entrepreneurs.
Also made available are products of Segunda Mana which features artworks, preloved items, such as clothes, shoes, bags, toys, home and fashion accessories, at affordable prices. The Caritas Manila’s Segunda Mana advocates the 3Rs: reuse, reduce and recycle. These charity outlets likewise provide employment to almost 6.7-percent unemployed from the urban-poor sector and livelihood to families who make trading as their source of income.
“The church and its ministries don’t believe in dole outs. Our mission is to give dignity to the less fortunate by giving opportunities and skills training. Through these they can improve their image of themselves, develop their skills and alleviate poverty in their communities,” Bishop Ongtioco added.
Proceeds of the Expo are for the benefit of Caritas Manila’s flagship program, Youth Servant Leadership and Education Program (YSLEP) which supports more than 5,000 youth scholars nationwide.
The “75 Days of Charity” is launched by Caritas Manila in solidarity with His Holiness Pope Francis’ announcement of World Day of the Poor in November. It runs from September 5, 2017 which is the International Day of Charity up to the World Day of the Poor on November 19, 2017. This endeavor can be done by filling can of charities, supporting the Segunda Mana Donations-in-kind program and by supporting the educational sponsorship through Caritas Manila’s Youth Servant Leadership and Education Program (YSLEP).
To learn more about and 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