We are about to end our 20 years anniversary, and yet we feel like we are only starting. Let us look back once more at how, together with you we have reached this milestone. We may have written you about the blessings received from Divine Providence, the different projects that emerged, and the many successes of Pag-asa. We have not written you though about what happened behind these.
Twenty years is a milestone we never thought we would reach but because of your immense generosity, we have come this far. Even the warmest, most sincere thank you is not enough to show how grateful we are to you for helping us turn 20. To commemorate this anniversary, we invited some of you to reminisce how we began, to witness what we have become, and to visualize what we want to achieve in the next 20 years.
The Christmas countdown is starting. It is getting closer. Your constant sharing of your love to our children and families make us feel every day is Christmas. We may have said it too many a times but we will never get tired of thanking you for that. In this edition, let us share to you bits of news on how Pag-asa has helped in many ways by putting in communion our TIME, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND TALENT, and how through all that, we can slowly eradicate poverty if we only change our approach to it.
Pag-asa participated in the recent 5 days Asian Congress of the Economy of Communion where we talked about reducing poverty and inequalities in the society. Everyone is also reminded that the EoC is created by Chiara Lubich (founder of the Focolare Movement) for the poor and for as long as we have not yet meet their needs, we have not succeeded yet in our goal that “all may be one”.
In October, there was the First anniversary of Pag-asa One Family Multi-Purpose Cooperative (POFMPC). During the celebration, we offered trainings needed in order to fully participate in the business of the cooperative and its affairs. As of now there are more than 100 active members of our cooperative.