Posted on April 13, 2015
Philanthropy etymologically means "love of humanity" in the sense of caring, nourishing, developing and enhancing "what it is to be human" on both the benefactors and the beneficiaries. We belong to a community of UAE-based Overseas Filipinos wherein our mission is to grow in holiness by building the church of the home and building the church of the poor. We are pro-God, pro-life, pro-family, and pro-poor. Our mission to the poor is an expression of our love for God. ANCOP (Answering the Cry of the Poor) was launched in the UAE in November 2011. Since then we continually engage our members in ongoing awareness campaigns wherein we learn to share God’s blessings to the poorest of the poor not only in the Philippines but in India as well. Currently our main thrust is to provide education to break the cycle of poverty. ANCOP-UAE is now sponsoring 150 scholars from the universities and providing funding for Cornerstone (values formation and tutorial) projects in 36 schools in the Philippines. We have completed the community development projects (CDP), having built homes with multi-purpose halls and classrooms in impoverished and calamity stricken areas. There is an ongoing ANCOP-UAE CDP projects which include the construction of 90 homes in Bulan Sorsogon; Bogo, Cebu; and Baliwag, Bulacan. ANCOP-UAE sponsors at least three surgical missions a year, each one costing PHP450,000.00 (AED 37,000.00). We have a team of 25 surgeons, doctors and nurses who conduct major and minor surgeries during a three-day weekend mission. We provide free surgery to beneficiaries who otherwise would not be able to afford expensive surgical procedures. We also donate hundreds of reading glasses on each mission trip.
Posted on April 13, 2015
Most of my peers would usually say that I am lucky to have been born “smart” which enables me to accomplish great things at such a young age. However, I would often reply back and say that I don't think I’m lucky, because that would mean that all the things I have achieved are a mere product of chance. Who I am today or what I have achieved is not because of chance; rather, it’s because the Lord planned it so. I am not lucky, but I do think that I am blessed. Blessed to have been gifted with knowledge, wisdom and understanding. Winning accolades from competitions and gaining recognition for exemplary academic feats are milestones in my life that I truly cherish. Just as I also remember the moments of great doubt and challenge when I felt that I was on the verge of failure. I learnt that those are also essential because they instill the value of humility and serve as a great reminder that everything happens according to His will. During moments of difficulty, I am reminded to be patient because all the success will come in His own perfect time.Indeed, the road to success is never constant nor is it short. Rather, it is long, bumpy and winding. Yet there are two things that will forever be constant in that journey: love and faith. The love of the people around me and my faith in God. Truly, behind every success story are the people who help to make it happen. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, without the love and support of my family, my peers, my teachers and the CFC community that I belong to, all these successes would not have been possible. Not only have they been my biggest supporters, they have also been my mightiest prayer warriors. All these people have shown me what unconditional love is; they were always there for me, win or lose. When I joined Youth for Christ, and was asked to choose amongst the gifts of the Holy Spirit to receive during the baptism ceremony, I answered immediately: the gift of faith. Faith that the Lord would always guide me and give me the strength to persevere and pursue my goals. Faith that he would never leave my side. That is why whenever I feel nervous or doubtful, I would always remind myself that “It is no longer I, but Christ in me.” Amongst all the awards I have received, the greatest one, without contest, is the award that the Lord himself has given me: the ability to bring glory back to Him and inspire others to pursue excellence just as I do. Remember, with your family on your right, the CFC community on your left, and with God in our hearts, nothing is impossible. By Aeverie Jenne Apostol Polintan, YFC- Dubai, UAE *Aeverie Jenne Polintan is currently a Year 12 student at The Winchester School Jebel Ali serving as the school’s Head Girl. She has been part of Youth for Christ Jebel Ali since 2012 and is now serving as a household leader. She has participated and won in various debating and academic tournaments both on a local and international level such as the World Scholar’s Cup, Debate Dubai and Georgetown University’s Model United Nations Conference. She was a recipient of both the Sheika Fatima Award for Excellence and the Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards for topping IGCSE Sociology in the UAE.
Posted on April 7, 2015
St Francis Church parishioners in Jebel Ali often see Filipinos cleaning the church every Tuesday evening.
Armed with ‘Walis Tambo’ or Philippine broom, rag, mop and pail of water, they faithfully come as a CFC unit or Family Ministry.
Tonight, April 7, was Handmaid of the Lord’s turn led by their chapter head Joy Boshoven.
Posted on April 6, 2015
As long as I remember Easter Sunday to me is synonymous with the feelings of joy and celebration. [caption id="attachment_5189" align="alignleft" width="208" caption="Sis. Marge and kids (Year 2012)"][/caption] When I was a child I looked forward to Easter Sunday as it ends all our “sufferings”, the endless recitation of the rosary on your knees, the all-day “pabasa”, the week-long abstinence from eating your meat, the endless miles we walk with the Holy Thursday Procession and Visita Iglesia, and the long hours of waiting as we keep our eyes open till dawn with the Easter vigil or “Salubong”.