Contribute to the Pondo ng Pinoy (The Pinoy Fund)

What will P0.25 buy you these days? Will 25 centavos even buy you a piece of candy? I bet you you have coins lying around -- coins which you may not even get to use before they get demonetized. What do you do with these coins?

Put them to good use, that's what. Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Rosales launched the program called Pondo ng Pinoy in June last year. Pondo ng Pinoy aims to encourage all Filipinos to donate 25 centavos every day to fund livelihood projects and to provide micro-lending to the poor. Most people think that they do not have enough to be generous. Well, if you are reading this now -- you obviously have enough. You can commit to saving 25 cents every day and by the end of the year, you would make the grand contribution of P91.25. That's money you would easily spend on snacks, prepaid cards, and other things which you may not really need that much. So why not do your share in helping our country's poor? We cannot rely on government for everything. We can only rely on each individual to do his or her share and leave the rest to God.

To inquire about Pondo ng Pinoy, please get in touch with your parishes on how to donate. You may bring your barkada together, make this a company effort, or you can even involve your kids and get them started on the concept of sharing -- just think about it. What is 25 centavos every day?

As the battlecry of this movement goes: "Anumang magaling, kahit maliit, basta't malimit, ay patungong langit." (Translation: "Anything good, no matter how small, if given frequently, helps win heaven.")

Is there anything else worth winning?

[By Angelica Viloria | Thursday, April 14, 2005]

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