Local Parish launches project to support Philippine community

Chiswick’s Catholic community aims to raise £36,000 to support 90 families living in Manila, Philippines. The drive was launched as part of the community’s Parish Lenten Project running from 6 March until 20 April 2003.

At an official launch service on Sunday 2nd March at Our lady of Grace and St Edward Catholic Church on Chiswick High Road, Monsignor James Curry said: “This year our Lenten project will be to help the poorest of the poor in the slums of Manila. Our target of £36,000 will provide decent housing for 90 families, a small medical clinic, a basketball court for the youth, and a hall to be used as a school for the children and for adult education programmes”.

Known as GAWAD KALINGA this is a holistic approach to community development integrating education, health and nutrition, livelihood, housing and environment. Monsignor James Curry continued: “This project does not only build houses but a community spirit is born. The slogan of the project says it all – we believe that poverty is not about lack of resources. It is about giving up of ourselves – to the extent of having less for ourselves so that others may have more, and everyone will have enough”. The GAWAD KALINGA Lenten project will be conducted in partnership with the organisation Couples for Christ International who is spearheading these projects in the Philippines.

The official launch of the project was attended by the Ambassador of the Embassy of the Philippines, His Excellency Cesar B. Bautista and his wife.

If any donations would like to be made to this worthwhile cause, please contact Monsignor James Curry or Father Gideon Wagay, Our Lady of Grace and St Edward Church, telephone 020 8994 2877 or by e-mail on ourlady2@yahoo.com

6 March 2003

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