• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐
    圣福若瑟神父

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动
    圣杨生•爱诺德神父

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Liezel’s story – “We are so blessed”

liezel 250Twenty-six year old Liezel Casio spent her childhood living near a dumpsite, with her family scavenging to make a living. Today, thanks to an SVD mission project, she lives in newly built housing, is studying at university and says she is blessed.

The poverty of her childhood is still very much present, but Liezel can finally see some hope for a better life because of her education.

“I was born on May 26, 1986, the eldest of eight children, and we lived nearby the dumpsite, in Sitio-kawot Mactan Lapu-lapu City,” she says.

Liezel’s family ran a small business buying scrap material like cartons and bottles which had been dumped by a garbage truck at the dumpsite. But when the garbage dumping was transferred to a private dumpsite in another area, their family income was badly affected.

The owner of the private dumpsite hired people, including Liezel’s mother, to sift through the garbage for recyclables, but gave them a flat price for their items which is much lower than even the very low price they were able to achieve before.

“We had no choice to accept it,” Liezel says. “Because at that time there was a crisis and we had no food to eat.”

In the midst of this crisis, Lezel’s family were given a lifeline of hope four years ago when they were given a housing unit to live in at Janssen Mactan Lapu-lapu City through the SVD mission project called Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation – Integrated Development Centre (JPIC-IDC). 

Liezel has also been awarded a university scholarship under the program and says it is changing her life. She is studying Business Administration, majoring in Financial Management at the University of Cebu Lapu-lapu and Mandue.

“At first I wasn’t confident enough to apply because I’m not really that smart a person,” she says. “I was thinking that when you say ‘scholar’ you mean someone who’s smart and has confidence in themselves. And now I’m lucky. I’m one of these.”

As part of her scholarship, Liezel works in the offices of the JPIC-IDC for part of the day, before heading off to her studies.

“As a working scholar of JPIC-IDC, I am assigned to work here in our community from 8am to 2pm and after that I go to school and finish at 9.30pm, getting home at 11 in the evening,” she says.

“It’s not that easy, but I am so thankful to JPIC-IDC . I have learned lots of things here. I learned how to use a computer, I’ve talked with different people, I’ve become a leader for youth and I’ve been able to develop my self-confidence.

“The community gives me an allowance of Peso 3000 per month for my transportation to school as well.

“They have helped a lot of people living in different places, just like my family. We are so blessed to have this kind of house.”

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