CARITAS MANILA is a non-profit organization that serves as the lead social service and development ministry of the Catholic Church in the Philippines. With over 60 years of experience, its core competencies are geared towards total human development and poverty alleviation and advocates creating a Christian community with a strong social conscience.

CARITAS MANILA directly serves the 13 vicariates of the Archdiocese of Manila, provides technical assistance to parish social services and development ministries, and acts as catalyst for capacity-building and networking for five other Metro Manila dioceses.

First known as Catholic Charities, CARITAS MANILA was established by the late Archbishop of Manila Rufino Cardinal Santos on October 1, 1953 as a social welfare program “for uplifting the spirit and soul of the unfortunate members of our community, to assist them in all their needs, and to bring the help of God in their miseries and distress.”

HELPING THE POOR HELP THEMSELVES

Through the years, the institution took more concrete steps towards promoting developmental projects for the poor and vulnerable — helping the poor help themselves, empowering them, and upholding their dignity, as individuals and as communities.

To date, CARITAS MANILA

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Has produced over 14,000 college graduates

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Sends to college 5,000 underprivileged youth from Metro Manila and 7 out of the 15 poorest provinces nationwide

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Has raised over PHP1,500,000 from the Balik Handog(Giving Back Program of its YSLEP alumni)

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Operates in 15 high-risk, flood prone barangays in and around Metro Manila to strengthen the resilience of over 43,200 poor individuals or 7,200 households

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Has helped 336,338 families affected byvarious disasters

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Has provided relief and rehabilitation assistance to 192,144 families and rebuilt 75 churches, chapels and convents damaged by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)

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Maintains and operates 28 Caritas Preventive Health Centers which provide free basic medical and dental services to around 46,000 individual beneficiaries

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Fed 36,977 undernourished children

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Is present in 79 prisons, jails, lock-up centers and precints in the Archdiocese of Manila and the Suffragan Dioceses of Antipolo, Cubao, Imus, Caloocan, Novaliches, Parañaque, and Pasig

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Operates 27 Segunda Mana Charity outlets in and around Metro Manila

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Is supported in its work by 3,000 volunteers

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Has over 12,000 donors — individuals, communities, organizations, and corporations — who share in its mission and love for the Poor

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