In August, SOFIA’s Coordinator for Asia and Latin America, Daniela Coppola, visited the Salvatorian communities of the East Asia Mission Vicariate. Currently the Society in the Philippines consists of 8 Fathers and another 63 community members among aspirants, philosophy students, novices and scholastics studying theology.
For several years now, SOFIA has raised funds for Salvatorian projects in the Philippines and especially for Puso sa Puso, the local NGO set up by Fr. Artur Chrzanowski. The main purpose of Daniela’s mission therefore was to get a deeper insight into the needs and problems of the area and to take part in the external evaluation of Puso sa Puso’s activities, including ALSA BUHAY, an alternative education program for children, young school dropouts, and illiterate adults living in Parola and Payatas, two notorious slum areas – one of them located on a huge dumpsite – in the Filipino capital.