ANCOP FOUNDATION INTERNATIONAL
ANCOP Foundation International is a non-stock, non-profit organization that aims to help achieve global harmony by addressing the most common and growing cause of conflict, which is poverty. It presents a novel strategy in poverty alleviation, which is being validated in the pilot country, the Philippines, and in other Third World areas such as Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea.
The work of ANCOP builds on the belief that poverty alleviation stems from the transformation of the heart.
ANCOP stands for A Network of Communities of the Poor. ANCOP seeks to be a catalyst for total human liberation, uplifting the material and spiritual welfare of the poor by empowering families and the youth through values formation and skills training for a better quality of life, and building communities of stewards for sustained development and social transformation through networking and creative evangelization.
The vision of ANCOP is renewed communities in Christ where the poor and marginalized are uplifted and brought back their dignity as individuals.
VARIOUS PHASES IN THE WORK WITH THE POOR
The process of transformation begins with CHARITY OUT OF LOVE and compassion for the poor. But sustainability is in EFFECTIVE STEWARDSHIP by the poor practicing self-sufficiency through self-reliance and by the rich sharing their competencies and resources to enable the poor to help themselves and one another.
CHARITY is the first expression of love. It is HELPING the broken to mend, the weak to regain strength and the fallen to stand again. Staying at the level of charity, however, will not help the poor in the long term. It will build a culture of dependence that will trap the poor in a cycle of helplessness.
STEWARDSHIP is the mature expression of love. It is HAVING A VISION for the broken, the weak and the fallen to take care of themselves. It is having the perseverance to support them until this vision becomes a reality.
A FOUNDATION FOR A SUSTAINABLE HUMAN AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
ANCOP'S VEHICLE FOR BUILDING GAWAD KALINGA COMMUNITIES
ANCOP is a vehicle for partnerships where First World countries and organizations support Gawad Kalinga communities in Third World areas. It is not about raising funds for charity, but a partnership for sustainable human and community development.
The community and the process of transformation is called GAWAD KALINGA, which is the Filipino term for giving care and hope.
BASIC ELEMENTS OF PARTNERSHIPS
- FIRST WORLD countries support the development with financial resources, technology, manpower and marketing outlets for goods produced by the GK communities.
- LASTING PARTNERSHIP
The international partner will adopt a GAWAD KALINGA Village with 50 to 100 families, which will now carry the name of the sponsoring partner, (eg: "Texas GK Village adopted by ANCOP-TEXAS"). The goal is to build a lasting relationship between the sponsoring body/organization/country and the GK community. The GK Village will carry the colors, flags and symbols of the sponsoring country/organization.
- MANPOWER SUPPORT
The manpower support covers the following:
- The sponsoring country or organization can send technical manpower or volunteers to stay for a short indefinite period in their sponsored village to help in community-organizing and in infrastructure development (ie: building houses, schools, roads, community center, water system, etc.)
- They can also send their accountants and auditors to help manage the funds for greater transparency and accountability.
- To encourage the donors to visit their adopted children and families in their sponsored villages. This is to witness the transformational change in the physical and social environment of the community and to encourage the deepening of friendships among the partners both from those who live in the GK village as well as the caretakers.
- To promote the Great Adventure Tour for tourists not just to see the beautiful and exotic sites in Third World areas, but to make a difference by uplifting the quality of life of the poor.
This covers technology for building low-cost houses, livelihood programs, waste management, environmental projects and education.
- FINANCIAL RESOURCES
This covers financial assistance for the following:
materials for building low-cost houses (US$650 per house)
education for pre-school (SIBOL) and grade school (SAGIP) children (US$250 per year - renewable every year)
rehabilitation for out-of-school youth (SIGA - US$250 per youth)
materials for construction of pre-school facilities (US$6'000 per two classrooms to accomodate 120 students)
materials for construction of deep-well pumps where needed (US$1'000 per pump)
livelihood training and start-up capital for micro-enterprise (US$250 per family)
- LOCAL COUNTERPART
There is a local counterpart to this partnership in terms of funds, manpower, and technology, aside from facing the danger of working in slums and rebel-infested areas at the start-up stage:
site development, manpower, landscaping and interior decoration, including basic house wares and utensils; the cost of a HOME including the local counterpart is approximately US$1'300
manpower (volunteers), supplemetary health and nutrition, extra activities and additional school materials
college or vocational scholarships for the gifted youth, additional training for leaders, attendance in youth conferences and sports and creative competitions
site development, manpower, landscaping and furnishings
manpower (labor) and maintenance
community-organizing and capacity-building
- PARTNERS SERVICES MANAGEMENT (PSM)
To effectively manage the partnership through efficient communication and delivery of services and greater transparency and accountability ANCOP FOUNDATION INTERNATIONAL based in Manila, Philippines, shall provide the following services:
- RESOURCE GENERATION SUPPORT SERVICES
provide the international patner the materials and tools they need to effectively generate resources for their adopted GK village.
- SPONSOR RELATIONS SERVICES
provide administrative support for effective communication and feedback between sponsors and their recipient family, youth or child.
- FUND MANAGEMENT SERVICES
provide effective system for fund management, transmittal, accounting and audit.