Forty for the Poor (40 4-d-4) Project
Next year, 2015, marks the 40th year of the Alay Kapwa Program of the Philippine Catholic Church. Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops, Alay Kapwa is the Lenten Evangelization-Action Program implemented by the CBCP National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace (CBCP-NASSA) as part of its commitment to transform a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice and peace, and love for our brothers and sisters in Christ with preferential option for the poor and marginalized.
The number “40” is a symbol of God’s faithfulness to His promise of liberation from slavery and oppression. It is also the beginning (Moses started his ministry at 40 years old) and signifies time of preparation (Jesus was fasting in the desert for 40 days before His ministry).
For Alay Kapwa, which the 40th year coincides with the Year of the Poor, “40” signifies new life, and a symbol of renewal. The Year of the Poor theme of “Do Justice and Love Kindness” (Micah) is a timely reminder of our solidarity with God in His continuing concern for the Anawim.
In many accounts in the Bible, God has always given preference to the ANAWIM, or “the oppressed and outcast who depend on God for deliverance.” Also known as the “poor ones”, “the lost and the forgotten”, “the lowly, the poor, the sick, the down-trodden, the widows and the orphans”, they are the people who are marginalized due to unjust structures and situations in the society. Jesus takes pleasure in serving the poor and often identifies Himself with them.
For 40 years, part of the Alay Kapwa Lenten collection from all Dioceses are remitted to NASSA as a solidarity fund to help the poor, through supporting and sustaining social action initiatives on peace and advocacy, good governance, sustainable agriculture, promotion of women and children’s rights, disaster response and other developmental concerns. Most of the collection, however, remain in the Diocese for their direct social service, disaster response and various social action work. In response to the signs of the time, the solidarity fund from Dioceses have been mainly used for the relief and rehabilitation response to the recent disasters such as Typhoons Sendong, Pablo, Yolanda, Glenda and 2013 earthquake in Bohol.
In honor of our Mother Mary at the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, 2014, Alay Kapwa will launch its “40 for the Poor (40 4-d-4) Project” – in 40 weeks, we will express our gratefulness to the Lord by renewing our commitment as stewards of His gift of time, talent and treasure. The project aims to:
1) heighten awareness on the impact of AK programs among the faithful;
2) strengthen solidarity among sectors in capacitating the poor; and
3) mobilize 4 million pesos to empower poor communities in development program through the SHeG (in celebration of the 40 years of AK for the Poor).
For 40 weeks (until October 7, 2015) a target of 4 million pesos will be raised for the empowerment and development of 40 poorest communities through the Self-Help Group (SHeG) micro-entrepreneurship, “that they may have life and life to the full.” (John 10:10)
All are invited to join in the empowering of the Poor in the Year of the Poor. We are looking for:
40 donors of 40,000
40 donors of 20,000
40 donors of 15,000
40 donors of 10,000
40 donors of 5,000
40 donors of 4,000
40 donors of 3,000
40 donors of 2,000
40 donors of 1,000
You may invite your families, organizations, officemates and create ways to complete your pledge within the chosen time frame (one time, four-month, or six-month payment).
More information can be found in posters and brochures to be distributed to DSACs and selected Catholic institutions, as well as the NASSA web site or the Facebook Page: Cbcp-nassa Alay Kapwa. Further inquiries may be directed to Ms. Sweet Cruz or Ms Analyn Julian of the Alay Kapwa Program of NASSA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CBCP-NASSA greatly appreciates the following for their generosity and support to the 40 4-d-4 Project:
First Family Donor:
Mr. and Mrs. Julian and Marcela Samson
Donor of P5,000
First Diocese Donor:
Diocese of Tagbilaran
Donor of P20,000
Thank you very much!