Message from AFCM Pastor
Archdiocesan Filipino Catholic Mission
Our Lady of the Assumption Church
2565 Bathurst St., Toronto, ON M6B 2Z3
Phone: 416-7874547 Fax: 416-7874548
October 21, 2009
Re: Thanks to all Donors, Volunteers, Benefactors, Private Agencies and Organizations
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
No one is too poor that he can no longer give. No one is too rich that he can no longer receive.
God has manifested again his bountiful mercy and compassion in times of dire need. Although God is always present in our midst, He reveals His Compassion in a very special way when His children are in crisis. We have witnessed the sufferings and loss of lives of our people in the recent calamities that hit the Philippines and other parts of the world. Our appeal for help did not fall on deaf ears. The response was overwhelming. As of this writing, we have already shipped two 45 foot containers with a total of 800 door to door-size boxes loaded in them. All monies collected totalled close to $45,000. Hence, Phase I of our operations which is Relief drive closes with a big bang. Our heartfelt thanks to our AFCM Ministry of Temporalities headed by Rosemer Enverga aided by her husband Tobias, special thanks to Fr. Jose Pena, Fr. Romeo and all priests and Deacons. Our special thanks to our caretakers, all volunteers that spent countless hours even directly from their day jobs, to help us in unloading, sorting, packing and loading the relief goods that came from many parts of Ontario. May God reward you abundantly.
We have entered Phase II which is Rehabilitation. This is a long term drive which entails rebuilding of villages, homes, and community restoration. We have teamed up with Gawad Kalinga (GK) Ancop, PIDC and other organizations to build affordable homes for those who have lost their dwellings. Each house will cost C$2500 to build. GK ANCOP which directly administers and implements the project has a comprehensive approach in building homes for families. Even before the actual construction begins, Caretaker teams conduct Values Formation Sessions to the intended beneficiaries and directly involved them in all phases of rebuilding their lives. Hence, it is not only a matter of building homes but building people with the ultimate motive of respecting their dignity and capacities.
If you, as individuals or groups, are interested in helping in our Rehabilitation efforts, please contact Rosemer and Tobias Enverga at 416-284-2810 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write your cheque payable to GK AFCM Rehabilitation Drive. Your donations will be tax deductible and tax receipts will be issued by GK ANCOP. Our aim is to build 50 homes or more. The AFCM GK Village will be in Metro Manila as proposed after site survey conducted by GK Caretaker Teams.
We have published the partial list of donors in the AFCM Website at http://www.filipinocatholicmission.com . We will be publishing as well in some newspapers. Thank you very much for your generosity. We look forward to working with you again for the welfare of those in need. Many hands make seemingly gargantuan tasks lighter. God bless you all!
In the Good Shepherd,
Rev. Ben P. Ebcas, Jr