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ANCOP Edmonton Holds Seminar, Training & Workshop

REMINISCENT of the 2014  ANCOP  Canada Summit in Edmonton when  ANCOP  workers  brainstormed  on the  KRA  (Key  Result Areas) that now directs ANCOP  Canada,  the 2017 ANCOP Seminar, Workshop and Training  was  intended  this time  to  more effectively  implement  the 2014 KRA’s, given the impact of Pope Francis’ strong endorsement to “Answer the Cry Of the Poor”. 


Held  at  the  Sherbrooke  Community League Hall, the seminar, workshop  and training  provided  the participants  inspiring talks and  the  chance to participate actively in the workshops. The day was  dedicated  to pique interest, inspire, motivate  and  sustain ANCOP goals of fundraising for the benefit of ANCOP projects.


To pump up the courage to promote and defend  the  ANCOP  goals for  each  participant, Peachy Forbes came all the way from Nova Scotia to hold the workshop for ANCOP Canada.


The  highlight  of the  afternoon  was  a demonstration  of  the ANCOP online efforts to  make  donating  a breeze.  This  was presented with the help of Darryl Bajaro.


A video titled “In the Grip  of  Poverty”  set the tone for the day. It told the stories of three recipients  of  ANCOP Canada’s  support: Elijah Cuevas (elementary student), Joy Abogadie (former  scholar and now  teacher)  and  Rosalie  Besana  (beautician  and  recipient of AVANAI Housing and Livelihood Programs). They are just three of the many grateful beneficiaries  of  ANCOP’s three major programs: Child  Sponsorship, Community  Development  and  Relief  and Rehabilitation.


Of the three, ANCOP Canada is most active in  the  Child Sponsorship  Program  (CSP), supporting  about 2,606  scholars  in the Philippines,  420  in Kenya,  267  in  India, 62 in Nigeria and 36 in Tanzania by providing them  education  and basic  health  care. For CAD$38.00  a  month, or  CAD$456.00  a year, one can sponsor a child in elementary or high school and for CAD$96.00  a  month or  CAD$912.00  a year, a scholar in college  or  a  vocational course.   For  this amount, seminarians can also be supported. 


With  its  14-year history  of  providing homes  for  the  homeless through the Community  Development Program  (CDP),  ANCOP Canada has been able  to  form  strong partnerships with the Church,  several  associations  and  business owners.  Examples  are Fr.  Michael  McHugh of  the  St.  Ambrose Church in Cambridge, Ontario and Fr. Carlos Macatangga  of  Cristo Rei, Mississsauga, who have  spearheaded  the building  of  communities  of  more  than 100  homes  in  Bato, Leyte and 17 homes in Sablayan,  Occidental Mindoro, respectively.


It  takes  only CAD$146.00  per month for 24 months or CAD$3,500.00  to sponsor  a  home  for an  economically challenged  family  or CAD$35,000.00  to sponsor  a  whole  village of 10 houses. 


Some  of  the  best partners  of  ANCOP Canada  have  come  from the  business  sector, such as Dolce Vita Homes, a developer based in Edmonton. Dolce Vita Homes is a partner in the ANCOP Edmonton villages, particularly in the construction of the 30 houses in Malugay, Parañaque and just recently, 20 houses of ANCOPRotary homes along C-5, Parañaque, Philippines.


But  perhaps  the  most  striking  program  is Relief and Rehabilitation. ANCOP Canada has awarded  homes  to  400 surviving  families  of typhoon  Haiyan  (Yolanda)  that  hit  Leyte  in November  2013,  notwithstanding  political and  logistical hardships.  But  the  Philippines, particularly Cagayan and Isabela in the north, was hit by another signal 5 typhoon, “Lawin,” in 2016, with equally devastating force and damage. ANCOP Canada is now focusing efforts towards rehabilitating these provinces.


It is also noteworthy that ANCOP Canada has not neglected their own backyard. In a small way, the group has donated to victims of the recent Fort McMurray fire in Alberta.

 

Pope Francis said it best: “To ignore the poor is to despise God…. the Lord’s mercy for us is tightly connected to our own mercy for others.” ANCOP Canada is indeed living up to the challenge of the Holy Father. (Marizza Diaz – CFCANCOP Edmonton; from www.ancopcanada.org)

Added on Monday, June 5, 2017


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