Payatas Community is a very poor community in the suburbs of Metro Manila Philippines. Payatas is infamous for being a towering garbage dump, where many families actually live, and try to survive by scavenging through all the dirt, grime and toxic refuse of the waste gathered from the Metro Manila core. There are around 500,000 people living in and around Payatas.
“CHILDREN CANNOT STUDY ON AN EMPTY STOMACH!!!!” is our tireless site guardian Paul Uwemedimo’s cry for help!” Fr. Paul further adds: “Now is a time of fear, hunger, despair, confusion and even anger for many people in Payatas. Certainly, with the Covid-19 lockdown having been in place for two months, tens of thousands of them are hungry and are desperate for food.”
It is against this context that ANCOP International Canada has gathered support from generous partners to help these desperate families in Payatas. ANCOP Canada has stepped up to, in a very practical way, provide needed funds to buy rice to distribute to those in need. Through the generous help of ANCOP Canada supporters, Fr Paul has been able to help more than 11,000 families with more than 40,000 relief packs.
Fr Paul Uwemedimo has effusively thanked ANCOP International Canada for this timely generosity: “On behalf of so many thousands of people in Payatas, I want to give sincere thanks to ANCOP International Canada for extending greatly needed help during these trying times.
At this time, we seek to be a visible sign of God’s love and a channel of that love most especially to those in poverty. We are so very grateful. ANCOP CANADA and supporters: THANK YOU SO MUCH AND GOD BLESS YOU!!”
ANCOP International Canada has partnered with the Vincentian Foundation to help alleviate the plight of poor families, in the face of the harmful impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the livelihood, well-being and health of poor families in this southern part of the Philippines.
Funds were provided by ANCOP Canada, and subsequently given to the members of the urban poor members of the Basic Ecclesial Communities of San Roque Parish in Subangdaku, Mandaue City in Cebu Southern Philippines.
ANCOP Canada partners and donors have been very pleased with the distribution of relief food packages to close to 500 families.
Love for others, and in the first place, love for the poor, in whom the Church sees Christ himself, is made concrete in the promotion of justice.
- St. John Paul II