Church’s Lent appeal to help calamity victims, basic sectors

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MANILA, March 6, 2014— Victims of natural calamities, farmers and indigenous peoples who struggle for justice will benefit from Church’s fund campaign this week to mark Lent.

The National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace (Nassa) is urging the faithful to support its Alay Kapwa (AK) campaign, saying that Lent is an opportune tie to reach out to others. 

“One concrete action that can be taken is to make a little sacrifice every day and donate the monetary equivalent of the saving or sacrifice for the poor,” Nassa said. 

The agency said collection are gathered by the diocese for sharing with the poor and vulnerable in times of disaster like typhoon Yolanda and earthquake in Bohol and Cebu last year. 

It would also be used for other related education, development and advocacy activities in the diocese, it said. 

Part of the collection is remitted to the AK program each year, which will be a “solidarity fund” in times of calamities, where huge amounts of funds may be needed immediately to address urgent needs of the affected areas before the donation from diocesan and international partners start to arrive. 

Nassa said that a total P7.9 million was immediately disbursed for 36,000 households in all affected dioceses within two weeks after Yolanda made its first landfall last November 8. 

“Your contribution to Alay Kapwa also supports other advocacy/campaign needs of basic sectors, such as farmers, indigenous peoples and contractualized workers, who struggle for justice and found the need to bring their concerns up to the national level, having no fruitful response at their local level,” it added. 

“Formation of Church leaders and workers on social concern and action is also part of this campaign,” Nassa said. (CBCPNews)

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