Our Work



Poverty is a perennial problem in the world. In the Philippines, at least 21 million falls on the poverty line.

But, studies showed that poverty incidence drops to 2.4% in a household with at least one college graduate making EDUCATION A 98% POVERTY REDUCTION INDICATOR.

A tangible response in the spirit of charity, Caritas Manila breaks the chains of poverty through the Youth Servant Leadership and Education Program (YSLEP).

For more than six decades, YSLEP provided college education for the poor, underprivileged but deserving youth equipping them with leadership and Christian values formation.

YSLEP Module three-point action:

YSLEP is not just a scholarship program but a leadership formation program. We hone servant leaders imbued with self-discipline, moral integrity and social responsibility.
1. Leadership engagement
2. Holistic formation
3. Academic excellence

Program goals:
• 100% of our partners are active servant leaders in their Church or community.
• 100% youth servant leaders finish college
• 100% of our partners are employed or have become an entrepreneur 6 months after graduation.

All it takes is 30,000 per year to support one youth servant leader.

Where will your donations go?
• Tuition and school fees
• Books and school projects
• Board and lodging
• Food allowance and transportation expenses
• Servant leadership formation



Caritas Damayan is the preventive health and disaster management program of Caritas Manila. Damayan provides emergency assistance for 50,000-100,000 families every year.

“Damayan” stands for compassion and putting faith in action.

We unite volunteers and donors to deliver preventive healthcare services, crisis intervention, emergency response and disaster recovery and rehabilitation.


Alternative livelihood assistance
• Food and cash for work
• Fishing
• Micro-finance cooperative and social enterprise
• Agriculture

Post-disaster redevelopment planning
• Post-disaster needs assessment and post-disaster health system approach
• Monitoring
• Accountability
• Evaluation
• Learning

Activation of disaster and health teams
• Assess basic survival needs
• Physical first aid response
• Medical mission
• Soup kitchen
• Psychosocial support

Parish and community-based disaster risk reduction and management
• Hazard mapping
• Vulnerability and capacity assessment
• Evacuation and contingency planning

Emergency first responder management training
• Pre and post-disaster needs assessment
• Basic physical first aid
• Psychosocial support first aid and sphere minimum standards on disaster affected community

Preventive and promotive health
• Community health education
• Caritas HAPAG-ASA (Table for Hope) feeding program
• Basic health support services
• Caritas preventive health centers

Community-based participatory health promotion
• Community health risk assessment and mapping
• Community-based disaster mental health and psychosocial support training program
• Maternal and child health care
• Integrated management on childhood and adult illnesses
• Responsible parenthood and natural family planning
• Oral health education
• WASH promotion
• Health education on social vices and alternative health
• Servant leadership formation



Sanlakbay para sa Pagbabagong Buhay is a parish community-based rehabilitation program that aims to transform lives, restore human dignity, and reintegrate drug dependents into their communities.

It is a pastoral accompaniment program for drug dependents toward healing, recovery, and restoration. It was launched on October 21, 2016, in response to the Philippine government’s war against illegal drugs.

During the rehabilitation program, enrolled drug dependents, called, “kalakbay,” undergo spiritual and values formation, one-on-one, and group counseling sessions, skills training, and livelihood opportunities, and sports, arts, and culture development.

The program is currently being implemented in 12 parish-community in the Archdiocese of Manila.

Sanlakbay is in partnership with the government (PDEA, DOH, LGU, DILG, PNP) and private sectors (Ateneo Center for Family Ministries, UST Graduate School Pyscho-Trauma Clinic).



An answer to Jesus’s call to visit those in prison.

The Restorative Justice Ministry provides values formation, paralegal assistance, counseling and healing of victims, livelihood, and aftercare.

RJ volunteers and ministers regularly conduct visits for the pastoral care of inmates to aid their conversion, restoration, and transformation. Under this ministry, RJ provides training, social conscientization, and awareness sessions for accused individuals in community or police station cells.

The Aftercare program, on the other hand, gives released prisoners assistance in looking for livelihood opportunities in their communities. RJ accompanies them through the tough phase of reintegration and acceptance.