MANILA, March 27, 2015—An official of the Church’s social action arm has called on the faithful anew to continue backing “Alay Kapwa,” the Lenten evangelization-action program, which aims to raise funds for the poor, oppressed, and calamities survivors .
“Christ on the cross is our guiding strength in offering oneself to others in total self-giving,” Archbishop Rolando J. Tria Tirona, who concurrently serves as executive director of the National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA)/Caritas Philippines, made the statement days before the forthcoming observance of Holy Week.
The chief pastor of Caceres diocese reminded Catholics not forget to reflect on the plight of their neighbors–their brothers and sisters–especially those who have less in life.
According to Tirona, contributions to “Alay Kapwa” this Lent are used to sustain its various initiatives on good governance, sustainable agriculture, and children and women’s rights.
“Alay Kapwa,” which roughly translates to “offering to one’s neighbor,” previously supported the Church’s disaster response, providing as much as Php 4,944,155 to the dioceses affected by typhoons “Ruby” and “Seniang” in 2014.
Created in 1975 by the Catholic Church in the Philippines, the “Alay Kapwa” program recently launched a campaign in celebration of its 40th founding anniversary called “40-4-d-4 (Forty for the Poor)” project.
Besides fundraising as much as Php 4 million, Tirona said the project seeks to empower the poor as well as marginalized women through self-help group (SHeG) micro-entrepreneurship. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)