Community Development Program
Community Development Program (CDP) is one of the major projects of ANCOP aimed at directly helping the poor by providing them shelter or housing. Beneficiaries are not left to fend for themselves after moving to their new house. Couples for Christ members and volunteers teach them Christian values, livelihood projects and health education.
CDP is unique because poor beneficiaries themselves build their homes. Neighbors in slums who used to not care for each other, are now working side by side building their new homes together with their own hands. We call this "sweat equity" where a poor beneficiary puts in the effort, with the assistance of their neighbors, our partners and volunteers.
When they have finished building their home it gives them great pride and a feeling of ownership. Having also received assistance from their own neighbors strengthens their community bonds. We build colorful, durable and secure homes for the poorest of the poor and transform entire communities together.
For the poor, the fruits of their labor give them great pride and joy because with their own hands they begin to regain their dignity, self esteem and self worth. After their homes are built, many beneficiaries continue to provide further sweat equity to other ANCOP villages, where they come to help the residents of that village and propagate the charity and love that was previously extended to them. The poor who once could not help themselves now are helping others. This is how we sustain the momentum and drive of our shelter program. The shelter program not only provides housing, but also other physical structures such as path walks and drainage systems, water and toilet facilities, a school, a livelihood center, a multi-purpose hall and a clinic. In some areas, other structures such as basketball courts and libraries are also constructed once basic infrastructure needs are set up by the residents.
Anyone can do great works of charity. The challenge is sustaining the work. We work with the help of anyone and everyone with big willing hearts. Our donors, partners, volunteers such as architects, engineers and carpenters, doctors, nurses, midwives, dentists, teachers, writers, people from all religious, social, and academic backgrounds, local government and the private sector --- come together with one purpose: Answer the Cry Of the Poor.
WHAT ARE THE PROGRAMS UNDER COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT?
Here are the programs under Community Development:
a. Shelter – Builds ANCOP Communities by providing housing and common facilities for the poor through multi-sectoral partnerships.
b. Livelihood – Provides the necessary training and/or economic opportunities to become em ployees, producers, contractors, business partners, savers and investors through sustainable livelihood programs.
c. Health – Ancop Health aims to support and promote a culture of health consciousness in poor communities by advocating and implementing good health practices such as hygiene, nutrition and preventive health care leading to a healthy lifestyle for the whole family.
Ancop Health promotes and implements:
·Community Based Health Care
·Hygiene and Sanitation
·Calamity Relief Operations