Margaret Ascenzo (US)


Philippines,
Manila

Fidesco volunteer back from mission on September 2014Coordinator of the Life Project with Life Project for Youth.

I left my home in Chicago, Illinois to serve as a Fidesco volunteer in Tondo, Manila for a year with a NGO called Life Project 4 Youth. My mission is to work with young mothers living in slum communities here to provide them with the professional and practical skills necessary to gain stable employment.

Each day, the young women come to our Life Project Center and receive training in Business, Computer Skills, English and General Knowledge, as well as participate in a business project to gain experience. My job title in the center is “Life Coach,” which describes my role as not only a supervisor, but as a source of encouragement and support as these women work to create a better future for themselves and their children.

 

In name, the program here is just a business training center, but the opportunities offered go much farther than professional advancement. The women at the center are given the chance not only to work but to dream; they are able to think beyond the mere survival of each day and think about the way they would like to live tomorrow. While there are many obstacles that we face as a team to make each woman’s dream possible, with each challenge given to us we come to better understand the motto that guides us here in LP4Y: I CAN’T BUT TOGETHER WE CAN!

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Dear friends,

As the world continues to deal with the pandemic of the Covid 19 virus, the

United States is now confronted with the virus of anti-Black Racism that permeates

the history of our country. How can we stop the spread and treat it? What is the cure?

Fidesco acknowledges this grave sin of white supremacy and recommit to our work

to fight for the equal dignity of all in every place where we serve—including the

lives of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

May we not let God down!

We pray for all our sisters and brothers of color who are victims of racism and may

our actions bring about change for the better.

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The Board Members of Fidesco USA

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