Tuesday, 25 June 2019 08:41

Caritas Manila to hold Back to School Telethon

Caritas Manila, the social service arm of the Archdiocese of Manila will hold a Back-to-School Telethon entitled “FEEDING THE 5000” Through Education in commemoration of The Year of the Youth, on July 1, 2019, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. to be hosted by Radio Veritas.

According to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ open letter for the Year of the Youth on Education: “We value our education together with our teachers and formators, who teach us majority of what we know, as we spend most of our time in school. Unfortunately, not all Filipino youth are given the opportunity for formal education. Some even end up on the streets or find themselves before high-risk situations such as child labor.”

The Catholic Church believes the importance of education in forming the youth to bring the better future for the world. The Church acknowledges the issues regarding the youth being vulnerable to the cruelty and abuse that lead them astray and takes action through helping the youth strive for better lives through education. This year recognizes and gives importance to the youth and its formation with God. Most of the youth have scarce opportunity in having proper education that results in the slow development of the country and society as a whole.

“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,” Caritas Manila Executive Director Rev. Fr. Anton CT Pascual stated.

Caritas Manila believes that education is the most effective developmental program for poverty reduction.  And so it has designated Youth Servant Leadership and Education Program (YSLEP) as its flagship program to break the chains of poverty in the Philippines by providing opportunities for a college education for poor, underprivileged but deserving youth.

YSLEP is an integrated academic and leadership development program designed to provide an environment for scholastic excellence reinforced with leadership and values formation to empower and give its beneficiaries not just financial assistance for education but reinforce it with Christian values. It prioritizes Urban Poor Youth, Menial Youth Workers, Children in Conflict with the Law, Children of Fishermen and Farmers, Differently Abled Youth, Orphans, Young Indigenous People, Children and Youth who are Survivors of War and Disasters and Human Trafficking, Children of Prisoners, Street Children and Youth, High school and College Dropouts.

Since its inception in 1953, the program boasts of over 14,000 graduates and currently supports 5,000 beneficiaries nationwide.

For inquiries and donations to YSLEP, kindly contact Caritas Manila’s hotline at 563-9311, 564-0205, 354-1050, 254-5519, 0905-4285001, 0929-8343857, and 0917-5955083. You may also visit their website at https://caritasmanila.org.ph/caritas-manila-events/ or email them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. (Radio Veritas/RCAM-AOC)



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