By providing access to education for poor and marginalized school-aged children of urban and rural poor, indigenous peoples, prisoners, migrants, healed hansenites and street children, reformed child prostitutes, differently abled children, orphans and calamity victims. CFC ANCOP believes that the education of children of poor families is key to hope and faith towards transformation of whole communities. Education can likewise give poor families a chance to break out of the cycle of poverty and provide equal opportunity in order for all to enjoy the bounty and blessings provided by God. The Child Sponsorship Program (CSP is a one to one sponsorship of a child or youth by a donor in elementary, high school, vocational technical or college diploma education which covers school fees, transportation and food allowance, uniforms, shoes, bags, school supplies and projects, tutorials, health care, social, cultural development and value formation. The value formation intervention includes the children and parents intended to lead in transformed lives through God’s transforming love.
Children are pre-qualified from covered communities of the CFC ANCOP network of donors, from target sectors of poor children, partner parishes or public schools in the Philippines, and other poor countries like Nigeria, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. The CFC ANCOP network includes sixteen (17) donor partners from USA, Canada, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Austria and Netherlands.
DISASTER RELIEF ASSISTANCE / HEALTH
By providing required assistance for calamity victims of floods, earthquakes, typhoons and other natural calamities. This includes the immediate provision of basic needs for water, food, clothing, toilet and kitchen supplies, sleeping mats and blankets and medicines. A water purifying system known as “Jerrycans” are made available to calamity areas to process the dirty non potable water and provide the much needed drinkable water to affected families.
A medical mission of volunteer doctors and other medical practitioners is normally dispatched to disaster areas to address the medical needs of calamity victims during the relief operations. Upon completion of the relief operations, the rehabilitation phase is commenced to address the more long term needs for housing and education of the affected families.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
The proportion of the Filipino population living below US$1.25 a day in 2006 was 23 per cent or around 20 million people. At the same time, about 44 per cent or over 40 million Filipinos were living on less than US$2 a day.
While the Philippines was able to reduce poverty incidence from as high as 30 per cent in the early 1990s, the actual number of people living in poverty has increased over the past 20 years.
The global food and fuel price crises in 2007 and 2008, and the global economic crisis that followed, are estimated to have pushed even more people into poverty. The economy took a further hit in late 2009, as the worst typhoon season in 40 years devastated Metro Manila and the agricultural heartland of the country.
Even during periods of stronger economic growth, such as 2004-2008, poverty continued to rise. And it is still rising.
Hence, ANCOP thought of helping these poor people by launching its Community Development Program (CDP).