|Photograph courtesy of Payatas Orione Foundation|
When I read that the former Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, lived a life of austerity in caring for the poor and marginalised, I remember the Argentinian priests from the Sons of the Divine Providence and the lay people I was able to work with in Payatas. They have been doing so much to uplift the lives of the poor while living in simplicity and humility.
Through the Payatas Orione Foundation (PAOFI), they have spearheaded several projects to help the poor in Payatas such as the establishment of feeding centers in several areas of the barangay and clinics which provides medicine for patients with tuberculosis. I also had the opportunity to work with them in several cases involving families, couples and individuals needing psycho-spiritual intervention since 2007.
During their last year's anniversary, I remembered the poignant speech of one of their former scholars who narrated how she diligently finished her studies, found a work she was passionate of and where she was able to help her family in their economic needs.
The PAOFI shall be having their 6th year anniversary tomorrow, March 16. I learned that they shall also be launching a scholarship fund drive for the poor students tomorrow. I pray for the success of this fund drive and for the continued support for their many projects for the poor.
Patnubayan kayo parati ng Panginoon, mga kapatid ko.