Hello! We are young people from the youth ministry CFC Youth in Northern California. Since 2007, we put on Sing for Joy music concerts every year to raise money for our partner non-profit, ANCOP (Answering the Cry of the Poor). For the past 6 years we raised enough to build homes for the poorest of the poor in the Philippines and have built 30 homes in our own village in Mayao Crossing, Lucena City village (with 15 under construction in Lopez, Quezon), funded a self-sustaining livelihood program, sponsored 150 children in preschool and built their school, and sponsored 20+ students to go to elementary, high school, and college.
In the summer of 2013, the Sing for Joy team will visit the Philippines together for the first time to build homes, distribute supplies to school children and the poor, and meet the people whose lives have been touched by our work. You can help make this possible!
This mission trip, taking place from July 18 to August 12, is so important to us because we seek to answer the cry of the poor with the talents God has given us and now we can see the fruits of our labor and work hands-on to create real change.
We want to reach out to at least 1,000 families in 3 different parts of the Philippines (Davao, Manila, and Lucena).
Meet the Team
Our mission trip team is made of talented young people with big hearts for service and our brothers and sisters in the Philippines. Justine Fernandez is the SFJ bassist, videographer, and lighting designer. Jessica Necor is a graphic designer, videographer, and designs promotional material. AJ Manalaysay is a guitarist and SFJ sound technician. This is their first time going to the Philippines. Wilson Narvasa is the SFJ pianist and vocalist. Mitchell Narvasa is the SFJ guitarist and lead vocalist. Marianne Alvarez is the SFJ guitarist and dancer. Rachelle & Wilfred Narvasa are hardworking parent coordinators and organizers of the mission trip. Sing for Joy is their vision.
How You Can Help
We need to raise at least $10,000 to make this trip possible!
A third of the population in the Philippines lives in poverty on less than $1.25 a day. A large chunk of this campaign will be for donating backpacks, school supplies, groceries, hygiene items, and clothing to Typhoon Bopha victims, school children and their families in the village we built. We also are distributing ponchos and rainboots to people who work in the dumpsters to keep them dry from the rain while working for their daily wages. These items will be purchased in Davao City, Philippines.
To get an idea of the cost, if we purchase 150 of each of these items, it will cost a total of $4,800. The more we can raise, the more families we can reach!
We also need to cover expenses such as shipping boxes of donations, transport between islands, renting a van for our team, gasoline, food, and lodging. By defraying these costs, we can focus our resources on local outreach. The team is shouldering their own airfare expenses.
We want to reach out to at least 1,000 families in 3 different parts of the Philippines (Davao, Manila, and Lucena). By helping fund these campaigns, you are helping these families!
We are working with Fr. Arnold Abelardo who is the current chaplain in the Philippine Orthopedic Hospital & assigned with the spiritual formation of the urban poor in Manila & Davao. He will also assist us in our quest to immerse ourselves with the poor to better understand their needs and how we can meet them.
During our mission trip, we will be filming a documentary, taking photographs, and blogging about our experiences, the lives of the people living in the ANCOP village, and how your contributions have made this all possible.
We believe that helping the poor is essential to our spiritual growth and that our service to others will never end. This trip is a trip of a lifetime and is something we will carry in our hearts for the rest of our lives. It would mean the world to us if you can help us get there with the supplies to do the work we have been sent to do.
Other Ways You Can Help
Please spread the word about our trip to your friends, family, businesses, and social media! The more resources we can put together, the bigger our impact can be for those who have much less than we do.
Thank you so much for your support and generosity.
Jessica Necor, Justine Fernandez, Rachelle & Wilfred Narvasa, Wilson & Mitchell Narvasa, AJ Manalaysay and Marianne Alvarez
The Sing for Joy mission team