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NASSA - National Secretariat of Social Action - Caritas Philippines
Caritas Philippines – the National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace (NASSA) was created by the Catholic Bishop's Conference of the Philippines in 1966. Today it strives to help many of the tens of millions of people whose lives are afflicted by poverty.
The Philippines was once one of South-East Asia's richest nations, but it has failed to develop enough well-paid jobs at home and has ended up exporting its cheap labour to other countries.
A major thrust of the agency’s work stems from the Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC) Integral Evangelization Programme, helping poor communities with development and advocacy work and to create the long-term conditions to overcome poverty.
In the village of Amurao in Cabatuan, the programme introduced sustainable agriculture, which saw farmers producing organic vegetables and crops such as corn.
BEC members set up a cooperative selling low-cost goods and offering emergency credit to those needing financial help. Funding came from partners Caritas Spain and Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional.
Other work often carried out under BEC, include: