You give bread to a hungry person; but it would be better were no one hungry, and you could give it to no one. You clothe a naked person. Would that all were clothed and necessity did not exist.

St. Augustine of Hippo (Homily on 1 John, 8.8)

The Augustinian Homeless Project

Within the 2020-2024 working term, SNAF envisions to achieve the following goals: 1) established self-sustaining communities; 2) restored and protected ecosystems and their resources; 3) enhanced opportunities for the holistic development of children and families. All these are are to be implemented in the Augustinian-organized communities both in the urban and rural areas of responsibility. These goals are reflective of the pillars of the justice and peace program of the Augustinian Province of Santo Nino de Cebu-Philippines, namely: human rights promotion, poverty alleviation, environmental protection and development of children and families.

As for the urban setting, SNAF launched The Augustinian Homeless Project.

SNAF adapts the multi-stakeholder or interagency collaboration in its endeavor to help address homelessness. As an approach, this collaboration takes high regard on the role of the different sectors of the society to effect change in the lives of the homeless or street dwellers as they are otherwise called. The Augustinian Homeless Project actually started in 2017 with the introduction of Kan-anan ni Niño—Soup Kitchen for the Homeless. As an entry point of this Augustinian immersion into lives of the Lost, the Least and Last in the society, SNAF has committed itself to concretize the Church’s preferential option for the poor. During the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, SNAF has seen the challenge to scale up its mechanisms in helping this marginalized and excluded sector even amid the worst social condition the world has been in.

In the continuing progress of the interagency collaboration, together with its partners, SNAF has developed four major components, namely: children’s nutrition, educational sponsorship, skills training for livelihood opportunities and assistance for shelter provision.