By Leslie Ann Aquino
Caritas Manila, the social action arm of the Archdiocese of Manila, will launch on Monday, June 18, its new program called “Tithing for the Poor” through its annual back-to-school telethon.
The program aims to raise funds to support 5,000 youth scholars under its flagship program -the Youth Servant Leadership and Education Program
YSLEP is one of the Church’s responses to poverty reduction. It extends financial assistance to poor but deserving youth, trains and hones them not only for academic excellence but also to become servant leaders and good members of the community.
Through Tithing for the Poor, YSLEP will be able to empower and enrich the lives of the scholars to become a leader in their community imbued with self-discipline, moral integrity, and social responsibility.
“As we prepare to the nation’s celebration of 500 years of Christianity in 2021, we are challenging all the Catholic faithful to raise the bar of our social commitment as Christians. We must give back to the Lord in gratitude a portion of the gifts from the Almighty Father, and share them lovingly with others, especially for the poor,” Father Anton Pascual, Caritas Manila Executive Director, said in a statement.
The priest explained that while “tithe” originally meant 10%, one may also opt to offer more or less than that.
To start Tithing for the Poor, fill up the form at the Caritas Manila website https://caritasmanila.org.ph/tithingforthepoor/
For pledges, call 563-9311, 562-0020 to 25, 0905-4285001 and 0929-8343857. Donations are also accepted through any Cebuana Lhuillier branch and at the following Peso Bank Accounts:
Account Name: Caritas Manila Inc.
BPI S/A: 3063 5357 01
BDO S/A: 5600 45905
METROBANK S/A: 175-3-17506954-3
UNIONBANK C/A: 00-030-00122705
PNB C/A: 10-856-660001-7
Last year, Caritas Manila gathered a total amount of PhP3,503,864.50, which provided educational and financial assistance to almost 5,000 YSLEP scholars nationwide.
The Back-to-School Telethon will be held by Radyo Veritas 846 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.