October 16, 2013

Buy and Give through Caritas Manila’s Expo

This coming November 29 till December 1, Caritas Manila will hold its anniversary expo in the activity center of Ayala Trinoma Mall in Quezon City. 

Buy and Give through Caritas Manila’s Expo at the Trinoma as they celebrates 60 Years of Living Faith in its Social Mission. This year’s anniversary expo will feature and showcase products made by social entrepreneurs via Caritas Manila’s own social enterprise: Caritas Margins and Segunda Mana.
This event aims to raise funds to help sustain the pro-poor programs of Caritas Manila. 

The products sold in the BUY and GIVE EXPO are made by the poor communities and from the marginalized sector currently being supported by Caritas Manila.

Art pieces are made by residents from National Bilibid Prison, gift items, accessories, and personal care products made by urban poor families, pre-loved items and inventories from our benefactors and corporate partners are just some of the products showcased in this Expo.

This is dubbed as BUY and GIVE because for every product you BUY, you actually GIVE to someone in need. 

These are the 3 ways: 

1st – the item one buys gives income to the producer of the product from the poor community/marginalized sector; 

2nd – part of the revenues will be plowed back to help sustain Caritas Manila’s pro-poor programs, specifically on Skills and Livelihood Training and Youth Servant Leadership and Education Programs; and 

3rd – buying the product is giving to oneself or for someone else to appreciate.

Supporting important causes can be easy to forget amid the hustle and bustle of shopping during the holiday season. Here's an easy way to give back to those in need while you find the gifts you need.

Come and join Caritas Manila’s BUY & GIVE EXPO on  you can find things at reasonable prices as helping uplift other peoples’ lives.
Caritas Manila is the leading social arm of the Archdiocese of Manila and the integrator of the Church social services and development in Metro Manila.

Segunda Mana, a special Donation-in-kind program of Caritas Manila where it promotes the joy of giving to help those who are in need by donating items that are no longer needed used or unused, have too much of or about to throw away which have value and may be sold. It also promotes Reducing, Re-Using, and Recycling.

Caritas Margins, “Margins” from the word “marginalized”, refers to groups who are neglected, deprived and ignored and these are people who are poor.

Caritas Margin is a Skills Training Program of Caritas Manila which conducts various trainings such as: Crafting fashion accessories, production of herbal soaps, perfume, medicinal ointments and homecare products and food processing & commercial cooking.

One great Saturday I was in Caritas Manila, Pandacan attending briefing about Caritas Manila Social Development Programs. For the past years, I have been a part of Caritas Manila advocacies. At present, I felt so great that I am invited to see the Caritas Manila/s Segunda Mana's Store, warehouse and Caritas Margins production facilities.

Caritas Manila executive director Fr. Anton C.T. Pascual shared us the mission and vision of the Caritas Manila.
Caritas Manila's mission is to empower the poor towards total human development, build caring and sharing communities among the youth and families and enable the growth and development of servant leadership. Caritas Manila have developmental programs for the sectors of education, preventive health, and livelihood to help the poor, and continuously strive to help the poor help themselves.

Caritas Manila bring people together with the hearts of service, caring and sharing. The Archdiocese organized a social welfare for uplifting the spirit and soul of unfortunate members in community for food, clothing and medicines for distribution among our poor brethren, and the education of their children. 

I remember things about Jesus, as He had a special sense of mission to poor. And Mother Teresa's great passion for poor came from her great passion for Jesus. I believe that Jesus Christ set an example for us to walk on, "Love your neighbor" when asked to define neighbor as He expanded to anyone who is in need.

This is a chance for you to give back to your community in a way that's meaningful to you. Your heart and innovative spirit needed to make the world a better place.

As simply you can be part of their mission. For donations inquiry, you can contact Caritas Segunda Mana via: segundamana@caritasmanila.org.ph and cm@caritasmanila.org.ph and Tel No: 564-0205, 562-0020 to 25 or Text: 09298343857

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