Caritas Manila, the leading social arm and development program of the Archdiocese of Manila, is extending its effort to assist and help many people in crisis and emergencies through their Alay Kapwa “40 for 40” campaign beginning Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018.
During the 40 days of Lent from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday, Caritas Manila is encouraging the Catholic faithful to abstain from certain food, habits, luxuries, or undertake physical sacrifices. In turn, from these things that one has given up, one can save at least P40/ day (or ₱1,600 for 40 days) and support the “Alay Kapwa 40 for 40” campaign.
The campaign is part of “Alay Kapwa”, the annual Lenten evangelization and fundraising program of the Church for social services of the poor and most in need, especially during times of disaster. It aims to raise awareness and funds that will be used to provide immediate help for the victims of Mayon Volcano eruption, continuous rehabilitation of Marawi City, and other emergencies through Caritas Damayan, the Preventive Health and Disaster Management program of Caritas Manila.
Caritas Manila Executive Director Rev. Fr. Anton C.T. Pascual is appealing to the faithful with generous and kind hearts to join and support the campaign.
“Lent is a time to open the doors of our hearts a little wider as we share in the passion of Christ our Savior. We are encouraging all the Catholic faithful to support ‘Alay Kapwa 40 for 40’ campaign. Let us continue to bring hope and assistance to those who are most in need by offering our hands to help,” Fr. Pascual said.
Pledges and inspiring stories of Lenten sacrifices will be acknowledged in the “Good Samaritan” program of Radio Veritas airing Mondays to Fridays from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.
To know more about the “Alay Kapwa 40 for 40” campaign and other means to support Caritas Manila, please call 254-5519 or 562-0020 to 25 or follow us on Facebook: CaritasManilaInc.
Caritas Damayan is one of the programs of Caritas Manila, the social development ministry of the Archdiocese of Manila. Through its Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Program, Caritas Manila has put in place a disaster management program that allows for quick response relief operation and effective crisis intervention.