The Resilience Program Vancouver (RPV) is an initiative, conceptualized and in collaboration with the Filipino Ministry of the Archdiocese of Vancouver (RCAV) aimed at assisting Filipino families and their children in our schools, parishes and community. It is based on our findings that the Filipino community is now the 2nd largest visible minority in Vancouver and 75% of the families that come have either one or two parents leaving the country to work as temporary foreign workers in countries like Canada. When the time comes for them to sponsor their families, the children and youth find themselves displaced resulting in a s string of problems like a) lack of overall intrinsic motivation, b) sub-performance in school ratings, c) general loss of interest, d.) helplessness and hopelessness. All these become contributing factors for their loss of faith and belongingness to their family and the wider faith community.
In line with this, the Resilience Program Vancouver in collaboration with the Filipino Ministry of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, will have a fund raising event on August 4, Friday., 5:30 and 7:30 pm in the church basement. A documentary film called “TRANSIT” , a 2013 Filipino independent drama written & directed by Hannah Espia and had its international premiere at the Busan International Film Festival will be shown. Transit explores the intersecting stories of Filipino migrant workers in Tel Aviv when the threat of a law deporting children of migrant workers was passed. It also examines what it means to be a family and what it means to be a stranger within one’s home and in a foreign land. Tickets will be sold after all Masses on July 29/30 and also at the Parish office c/o Marianne for $10.00 each. Proceeds will support the Resilience Program Vancouver for Filipino families and their kids.