TORONTO, March 5, 2020-– A recent report by StatCan states 3.2 million living in poverty, include 566,000 children. Although the national poverty rate dropped to 8.7 percent in 2018 compared to 9.5 percent a year earlier, there still an existing level of poverty that cannot be ignored.
It is now a fact that these are the trying times. Fears over climate change, the threat of wars, and health epidemics make humanity and the world vulnerable. But for the Felix Y. Manalo Foundation, the social arm of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ), this is an opportune moment to step up, scale-up their programs and lead to shifting perspectives to reach out to people.
Simultaneously on March 1, Sunday, across Canada, INC members reached out to their fellowmen and charitable organizations in one accord:
“They live in our communities. For the members of the Church of Christ Iglesia Ni Cristo, it hits home for us for they are in the same communities, we worship in.”
“Now there’s a bible verse that Church of Christ members live by: Whenever you possibly can, do good to those who need it. For them, it is more than just a verse to us. It is a mentality. It is a way of life. It is simply the right thing to do.”
PHILIPPINE EMBASSY IN OTTAWA ATTENDS “KABAYAN KO, KAPATID KO”
1 March 2020 – Consul General Alan Deniega and First Secretary and Consul Greg Marie Mariño of the Embassy of the Philippines in Canada attended events for the “Kabayan Ko, Kapatid Ko” (My Countryman, My Brethren) program held on Sunday, 1 March 2020 in Montreal and Ottawa, respectively.
This initiative is spearheaded by the Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) and gathered Filipinos in both cities for an evening of fellowship and information on the socio-civic projects of the church.
“A wonderful event in Manitoba”
Bolton and Windsor in Southern Ontario
Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi awed at the generous donations made by the INC in his city