My name is Ian Alcazar and I am the ANCOP Ambassador for Melbourne's North and South East for 2018-2020. ANCOP stands for Answering the Cry of the Poor and It is the organisation's mission to help the less fortunate by building villages and sponsoring students from the Philippines, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.
Earlier this month, I lived with a family living in a resettlement village in Taysan, Albay built and supported by ANCOP Community Development Programme (CDP) for almost a week. The villagers are full of life and love despite their very modest accommodation, a far cry from their old homes where the looming threat of eviction, sleeping without a roof over their heads or being swept by a calamity is a reality. It is in their village where hope and dreams are built through faith and a renewed sense of optimism; that they have a chance for a better future. In this, I experienced how the help of charities like ANCOP can transform people lives.
It is easy to feel detached from the plights of the less fortunate especially when we are living in the comfort of a first world country. The recent trip reinforced the fact that they more than just number from the statistics we see. Each has their own stories, stories of hardship, resilience, inspiration and happiness, that our help can really make a lasting positive impact on them.
With this, I am inspired to take on the role as an Ambassador.
Help make a difference and please consider donating or helping out on our fundraising efforts these coming months as we answer the cry of the poor.