40 Pesos Daily for 40 Days
During the Lenten period, in the forty days (not including Sunday) from Ash Wednesday (Feb 14, 2018) to Easter Sunday (April 1, 2018), we usually abstain from certain foods, habits, or physical pleasures. Some vow to give up bad habits such as smoking or cursing while others abstain from chocolate or shopping.
Others promise to help “heal the environment” by walking to work for 40 days instead of driving or using Lent as a time to give to others without being recognized for their good works.
You can also declutter your home with things you no longer need and donate 1 stuff a day for 40 days for people in need. From these things that you give up, maybe you will be able to save at least P40/day. At the end of the Lenten season that is a minimum of P1,600 that can be used as a lifeline by our brothers and sisters in times of life-threatening emergencies and crisis.
The funds raised from your Lenten sacrifice will help our Damayan Program. Caritas Damayan provides emergency relief assistance to victims of disasters/calamities such as typhoons, earthquake, landslide, floods and volcanic eruption etc. Right now, we are raising funds to help the evacuees in Albay area due to the Mayon eruption; and the continous rehabilitation efforts in Marawi.
About Alay Kapwa
Alay Kapwa is an annual Lenten evangelization and fundraising program of the Roman Catholic Church for social services of the poor and most in need, especially during times of disaster.
The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. Each year, an average of 20 storms and typhoons hit the Philippines. During this time, many people especially the poor need help and assistance. Caritas Manila, the lead social services and development ministry of the Church, responds to crises and calamities through Caritas Damayan, providing emergency and relief assistance, humanitarian aid to victims and educates disaster-prone communities by conducting pre-disaster training and help in the restoration and rebuilding of communities.
Funds raised from Alay Kapwa will be used as emergency funds for both natural and human-caused calamities like typhoons, floods, fire, earthquakes, and other tragedies and crises, and for disaster prevention and mitigation programs.
Alay Kapwa Activities
Second Collection of all the Parishes
The Church encourages the faithful to support the second collection of all the parishes for the Six Sundays of Lent (February 18 to March 25) to raise fund for Alay Kapwa that is meant to support the social services to the poor, especially those who suffer during the natural and human-caused calamities and for disaster risk reduction programs.
In the Archdiocese of Manila, for instance, the fund raised from the second collection for the six Sundays will be for the benefit of Caritas Manila’s Damayan relief assistance, emergency response and humanitarian aid.
Alay Kapwa Telethon
Annually, Caritas Manila in partnership with Radio Veritas conducts Alay Kapwa Telethon to raise funds for the programs of Caritas Damayan.
This year, a special Alay Kapwa Telethon will be held on March 26, from 6:00AM-5:00PM at Radio Veritas and livestreamed at https://www.veritas846.ph.
How to be a donor?
In this season of Lent, especially in this Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons, our Catholic faith teaches us to do acts of charity. We encourage everyone to help and support this program to help more people in times of disasters and calamities.
Listeners can participate and donate in the telethon by calling 925-7931 to 39 and 927-2853. Phone lines will be open throughout the live broadcast on Radio Veritas 846 and also via livestreaming at www.veritas846.ph. They can also drop off to Radio Veritas or Caritas Manila office for donation or via http://ushare.unionbankph.com/caritas/. Cash donations can also be deposited to Caritas Manila through any Cebuana Lhuillier branch and Paypal with no service charge.
Donations are accepted through our Peso Bank Accounts:
Account Name: Caritas Manila, Inc.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
This season of Lent, we are called to grow more in faith and holiness through the practice of the three pillars of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. In line with this, we will again be having a second collection to raise funds for Alay Kapwa.
The funds received shall be used to respond to the various needs of our brothers and sisters who are victims of various calamities like the explosion of Mayon Volcano, the Marawi siege, and the victims of various fires, floods, earthquake, and other crises.
The second collection will occur in the six Sundays of Lent, from February 18 to March 25.
His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle is encouraging everyone to be more generous in heeding the pleas of our brothers-and-sisters in distress.
Thank you and God bless you.