CARITAS MANILA is the lead church-based non-profit organization in the Philippines. Through their social services and development programs, they aim to concretize Christ’s love and hope to the poor and most vulnerable who make up more than 1/5 of the Philippine population - “the least, last and lost” in society. Caritas Manila has always believed that meaningful assistance must be an empowering process. Most of their programs are designed to transform people from poverty and dependence to self-reliance with dignity.
Their education program YSLEP or the Youth Servant Leadership and Education Program sends 5,000 youths from the country’s poorest provinces to college or vocational-technical courses per year. The youths are given training and servant leadership formations to give back to their communities.
Caritas Damayan (comes from the Filipino word “damay” which means to share in the burden of another) is their program for crisis and disaster response. They have an ongoing rehabilitation program in battle-torn Marawi and livelihood assistance in the areas affected by the recent Typhoon Mangkhut.
Also under Caritas Damayan is a preventive health program which helps the poor take charge of their health. They provide free medical and dental services and teach healthier, more plant-based lifestyles to the poor to help combat life-threatening diseases. They also conduct a feeding program for undernourished children from poor communities which lasts for 6 months per cycle.
Lastly, under their Restorative Justice Ministry, Caritas Manila reaches out to those who are in prison and their families. Their victim support program helps families left behind due to the war on drugs and extra-judicial killings.
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