For more than 60 years, the social services and development ministry of the Archdiocese of Manila have helped the less fortunate to find self-reliance and dignity. In doing so, it has cultivated its next generation of leaders and donors.
Caritas Manila works to benefit the disadvantaged of Manila in the areas of social development, family empowerment, social entrepreneurship and other special concerns. And though it operates as a distinct, non-profit entity that is separate from the Catholic Church with only 26 full-time employees, it is able to use its vast infrastructure to do much of its work; thousands of volunteers from the 365 Catholic parishes across the city work on the frontline to help programs and deliver services.
Fr. Anton Pascual, executive director of Caritas Manila, describes it as "a non-governmental organization that is faith-rooted and love driven," whose goals are to help the least, the last, and the lost. "Because we are the church, we build a Christian community," he said. "You get the best of both worlds: the best of church and the best of NGO."