CANADA- Every event of the Felix Y. Manalo (FYM) Foundation’s Aid for Humanity is rooted in the values of compassion, selflessness, and philanthropy. These events reflect the faith and belief to do good to those who need it, which is the motivating factor behind these compassionate endeavors.
In Canada, members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) or Church of Christ are in support of its charitable arm – the FYM Foundation – and moved to establish six (6) sites—Winnipeg, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Alberta, Burnaby to gather people from their community—for people who were affected by short-term economic disruption, life-changing circumstances, or by severe natural calamities.
The events are as follows:
May 19, 2019, Sunday, between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM, Turtle Island, 510 King St,Winnipeg, MB R2W 3Z5
May 20, 2019, Monday, between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM, DoubleTree by Hilton, 1255 Jeanne-Mance St, Montreal, QC H5B 1E5
May 21, 2019, Tuesday, between 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM, Horticulture Building , 1525 Princess Patricia Ottawa On K1S 5J3
May 23, 2019, Thursday between 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM, National Event Centre, 1000 Finch Ave W, North York, ON M3J 2V5
May 25, 2019, Saturday from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, Howard Buffalo Memorial Center, 2A AB-611, Maskwacis, AB T0C 1N0
May 26, Sunday from 5:00 until 8:00 PM, Burnaby chapel compound, 5060 SE Marine Drive, Burnaby, BC, M1E 1A2
The INC district leadership in Canada invited non-profit organizations and expressed a profound appreciation for their dedicated work throughout the years of helping people in need.
Census data shows that recent immigrants, Indigenous people, female lone-parent families, members of racialized groups, and people with disabilities have higher rates of poverty than the general population.
However, it is not only the City governments that are concerned about poverty and homelessness within the major cities of Canada.
Community organizations continuously work hard to volunteer their time and efforts to address this issue, to do what is in their power to help and to empower those made to feel helpless.
According to them, many of their people have no support, economically or emotionally, and even more are faced with the hardships of exclusion, abuse, poverty, illiteracy, and other health issues, notably diabetes. These Centers and Shelters offer them relief and most importantly, hope.
In the fight to alleviate hunger and poverty amongst the vulnerable and economically challenged individuals and families, the FYM Foundation was motivated to provide thousands of care packages consisting of staple food items and necessities to those in need.
It is through hard work, dedication, and care that government services and non-profit organizations give and have given this fight a chance and a higher purpose. The FYM Foundation is here to add armour and support to this ongoing fight in hopes to have a profound effect in reducing poverty and hunger in the world, starting with our own cities and communities.
Even in developed countries, there is a sheer reality of poverty and homelessness that exists.
Understanding this, the FYM Foundation, a non-stock, non-profit, and non-political organization, coordinates the charitable projects of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ), a religious organization, now visible in 151 countries all over the world.
FYM Foundation envisions being one of the leading charitable institutions in the world by providing services for people to lead healthy and productive lives and promoting community development. For as long as there are people in need, the FYM Foundation will continue to fulfill its pledge of extending help through aid and services, promoting education, socio-economic well-being, environmental awareness, and health improvement.-https://incmedia.org/fym-foundation/
The Foundation was formally registered in the Philippines in February 2011, in the United States in May 2012, and in Canada in February 2013.
Anchored in their Christian faith, the Church of Christ commenced the ‘Lingap sa Mamamayan’ (Aid to Humanity) Program under the same Felix Y. Manalo Foundation.
The Aid for Humanity project has been one of the INC’s key programs since INC Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo took over the leadership of the church in 2009. It has set historical records of Worldwide Walks for charity which benefitted thousands of people.
The FYM Foundation, since then, has spearheaded many large charity events across the globe worldwide, including Kenya, South Africa, Canada, and the Philippines to name a few, as well as anywhere else that help is needed.
INC members have found opportunities to render help with a record donation of 53000 lbs of staples to food banks, assistance at the evacuation centers after the May 2016 historic fires in Fort McMurray, Alberta; 431 registered blood donations to Canadian Blood Services; distribution of care packages and sandbagging efforts in Gatineau and Montreal during a massive overflow of Ottawa River in May 2017. The foundation also made a total donation of $10,000.00 to the 10 Toronto Shelters and Care Centers in September 2018 at the Queen Elizabeth Bldg in CNE compound.
In the past few years, Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) members, thru FYM Foundation have rigorously engaged and connected within their communities which suffered from the effects of environmental disasters and hardships.
Within the crowd of INC volunteers, one will find a deep sense of brotherhood, community engagement, and a vibrant network that supports and reaches out to people who are temporarily challenged by economic distress and unfortunate circumstances.
INC General Auditor Glicerio B. Santos, Jr. says that under the leadership of Executive Minister Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, “much emphasis has been placed on the Church’s outreach and socio-civic activities, which seek to benefit not just INC members, but also less fortunate communities around the world who need help.
“We have been faithfully following the mandate given to us as a Church and the path laid out by INC Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo. We are very thankful for this unique opportunity to uplift the lives of people in our own small way,”
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The Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) or Church of Christ is a global Christian Church that upholds Bible-based Christian teachings. It comprises more than 6,000 local congregations and missions in 151 countries and territories (In US and Canada, there are around 380 local congregations and missions), and its membership consists of 147 ethnic groups and nationalities.