Order of St. Augustine-
Communitarian Action towards Resilience, Empowerment and Service

OSA-CARES is the Augustinian Province of Sto. Niño de Cebu’s ministry on the promotion of justice and peace. This ministry seeks to proclaim the gospel in the building up of a just and humane society: a community where all enjoy their human rights as they become resilient, empowered and are serving one another. Under OSA-CARES are the following programs:

1. The Sto. Niño de Cebu Volunteer Program

This is a venue for any human being who has the heart and time to serve the people of God in collaboration with the Augustinians of the Province of Sto. Niño de Cebu in their advocacies and social development initiatives. The advocacies include environmental protection, women’s and children’s welfare and human rights. On the other hand, the social development services range from educational, legal, medical and other professions and skills that can cater to the needs of the people of God, especially the poor and vulnerable.

The Sto. Niño de Cebu OSA-CARES Volunteers

KSIAD (Kinatarcan Island Sustainable Integrated Area Development Project) Volunteers In the photo are:

Representatives from United Architects in the Philippines (UAP)-Metro Cebu Chapter:
- Architect Richard Badayos
- Architect Ralph Monteza
Representative from volunteer engineers:
- Engr. Ronilo Bacalla, RME
- Mr. Hilario Geverola
- Fr. Aladdin P. Luzon, OSA

The Sto. Niño de Cebu OSA-CARES Volunteers

2. The Sto. Niño de Cebu Internship Program

This provides students the opportunity to gain valuable, practical experience in their field of specialization. This is in collaboration with the different schools both here in the country and abroad. As students are provided with better understanding of the demands of real-world jobs, this program also seeks to promote service-oriented careers among students who are immersed in the community development initiatives of the different Augustinian communities and institutions in the Philippines.

The Nun Interns from the Missionaries of Charity taking up Social Work at the St. Theresa’s College, Cebu City

3. The Augustinian Humanitarian Aid

Undertaken through the template of the church-managed disaster risk reduction and management, this program provides the most basic human needs of food, shelter, clothing, and medical care.  A solidarity appeal is launched to give opportunities to people who are willing to share their resources in order to meet those needs. This program operates with a system that can help empower a group of people, enabling them to better deal with their own problems by giving them the capacities necessary to address those problems in developmental and sustainable ways. Activities therein include relief operations for disaster-stricken community both by natural and human-induced causes and other aids in form of referrals such as legal and medical.

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