Our principle area of operation is in Cagayan De Oro City on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines but we do work in other areas too.
With a population of around half a million people Cagayan De Oro is a busy and bustling city where wealth and poverty live side by side.
It is a city of smart shopping malls and squatter communities. A place where business executives live in luxurious houses whilst others live in shacks on the city rubbish dump. A city where the average income is around £1850 a year but where many earn less than £2 a day.
In December 2011 several areas of the city were inundated by flash floods and up to 200,000 people were affected with many losing their homes and their livelihoods. Some of the worst affected areas were squatter communities along the river bank where people, who had so little to start with, now have little prospect of being able to afford to rebuild their homes.
In partnership with various missionary organisations, churches and local community groups we seek to minister to the poor people of the Cagayan De Oro area with God's love and practical help. Our aim is to give people the tools and the skills to help them to work their own way out of poverty, to give them a hand up rather than a hand out, to give them dignity rather than dependancy.
We have no paid staff so our operating costs are virtually nil and we are able to spend all the money we receive on helping people in need, whether they be children needing education or somewhere to live or adults needing to earn a living to support their families.
There are millions of people living in poverty in the Philippines and we know that we can't help all of them but, like the story of the little boy throwing starfish back into the sea one at a time, we can make a significant diffence in the lives of the people we do touch through our work.
Because we are quite a small charity we can work closely with individuals and small groups of people in ways that larger organisations cannot. And we can provide a uniquely specific and personalised feedback to our donors and supporters that a large charity just could not do.
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