IF anyone will ever write a book on Anawim, the names Aida Dy and Lynda Reyes will most likely be in almost every page.
Two Cousins for the Lord
Sis. Aida and Sis. Lynda are members of the Board of Anawim Lay Missions Foundation Inc. which is led by our founder, Bro. Bo Sanchez. And so they help Bro. Bo in establishing management policies of our Home for Abandoned Elderly.
Anawim Lay Missions opened our Home in 1996 to rejected and abandoned elderly who are roaming the streets.
We started with nipa huts for the lolos and lolas. In time, Sis. Aida and Sis. Lynda helped build concrete cottages which look like those you find in resorts—a sanctuary to those poor and abandoned elderly who have nowhere else to go.
Very close cousins, Sis. Aida and Sis. Lynda have worked all these years to improve Anawim services for our lolos and lolas. With fellow Board member Sis. Marissa Chikiamco and Bro. Carlos Dimson, Anawim Center director, they have endeavored to implement Anawim’s programs, namely:
Care and Rehabilitation— taking care of the nutrition and health needs of each elderly through volunteers services shared by physicians and medical staff;
Home Life— giving the best care and support as our way of sharing God’s love on Earth to each rejected and abandoned elderly;
Spiritual Life—finding respite in God’s loving arms through regular prayers and reflection;
One-on-one Counselling—listening, giving compassionate pieces of advice.
To be able to implement such programs, Sis. Aida and Sis. Lynda, aside
from contributing their own resources, have raised funds for Anawim. Every Sunday, you will see them at the lobby of the Feast Bay Area, the prayer gathering led by Bro. Bo at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC). There, they sell beautiful pieces of fashion jewelry to raisefunds for Anawim’s needs.
The Foundation needs financial resources not only for the day-to-day operations of our Home. Sis. Lynda and Sis. Aida have actively worked on fulfilling Bro. Bo’s vision to build ten Anawim branches in various parts of the country, not only for the elderly but also for orphans, street children, handicapped, drug dependents, unwed mothers, womenin crisis.
Anawim’s website says, “The tears from being rejected and abandoned in their old age by their loved ones are slowly being wiped away in Anawim— their haven, their little piece of heaven on earth.”
Sis. Aida and Sis. Lynda have compassionately turned those tears into smiles of our lolos and lolas in Anawim.