Dear Friends and Family,
I will be running in the Long Beach Marathon on October 13, 2013. We are doing this to raise money to build homes for the poor in the Philippines. We are supporting ANCOP Community Development Program (CDP) and through them, our goal is to raise as much as we can to help families in the Philippines break the cycle of extreme poverty.
I’m asking for sponsorship to pledge and donate whatever small amount you are comfortable making in support for this noble cause.
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What is ANCOP?: “ANCOP is an acronym for: ANSWERING THE CRY OF THE POOR”. A Christian, non-profit organization founded by the Couples for Christ. ANCOP dedicates itself to proclaiming CHRIST, and the Christian faith, by uplifting the plight of the poor.
The ANCOP VISION: In unity with the Catholic Church, and with Christ as the center of its work, ANCOP uplifts the lives of the poor, restores their dignity as children of God, and promotes the spiritual transformation of the poor and their benefactors.
ANCOP Community Development Program (CDP) is one of our two major projects aimed at directly helping the poor by providing them shelter or housing. Our beneficiaries are not left to fend for themselves after moving to their new house. Couples for Christ members and volunteers teach them Christian values, livelihood projects and health education.
CDP is unique because poor beneficiaries themselves build their homes. Neighbors in slums who used to not care for each other, are now working side by side building their new homes together with their own hands. We call this "sweat equity" where a poor beneficiary puts in the effort, with the assistance of their neighbors, our partners and volunteers. When they have finished building their home it gives them great pride and a feeling of ownership. Having also received assistance from their own neighbors strengthens their community bonds. We build colorful, durable and secure homes for the poorest of the poor and transform entire communities together. For the poor, the fruits of their labor give them great pride and joy because with their own hands they begin to regain their dignity, self-esteem and self-worth.
After their homes are build, many beneficiaries continue to provide further sweat equity to other ANCOP communities, where they come to help the residents of that community and propagate the charity and love that was previously extended to them. The poor who once could not help themselves now are helping others. This is how we sustain the momentum and drive of our shelter program.
The shelter program not only provides housing, but also other physical structures such as pathwalks and drainage systems, water and toilet facilities, a school, a livelihood center, a multi-purpose hall and a clinic. In some areas, other structures such as basketball courts and libraries are also constructed once basic infrastructure needs are set up by the residents.
Anyone can do great works of charity. The challenge is sustaining the work. We work with the help of anyone and everyone with big willing hearts. Our donors, partners, volunteers such as architects, engineers and carpenters, doctors, nurses, midwives, dentists, teachers, writers, people from all religious, social, and academic backgrounds, local government and the private sector – come together with one purpose: Answer the Cry Of the Poor.
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