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Our vision is to make a difference in the matter of extreme poverty by finding and implementing cost-effective methods of alleviating the symptoms of poverty.
Don't forget that the main symptoms of poverty are suffering and death - people suffering for lack of resources, and dying for lack of help from their friends. But beyond that, poverty denies opportunity. What opportunity does a young boy have who must work in the rice fields rather than going to school? Having been around these extremely poor all of my life, I know they are good people. In fact they are happier than you might expect. They are trapped in a situation from which there is no tenable escape. They make life and death decisions based on scarce resources - financial and otherwise. They often sacrifice themselves for the good of their family.
Our philosophy  is to do what we can do TODAY to help the ones we know about who need it most - in our neighborhood. And with your help, our neighborhood keeps expanding.
It is our hope that people will join us in this effort and establish other mission centers of mercy, that what we are doing will become a model for local poverty relief programs.
You might ask - why should I
contribute to JDR Mission rather than some other charity?
No reason, except that you found us, and we are asking for your help. We promise to use whatever funds we have wisely. We are highly committed to being effective.
We are always faced with the problem of how to most effectively utilize and distribute our limited resources.
Our solution is simple: fix the problem that is in front of you now.
To be sure, the Philippine government and other governments and some corporations have programs aimed at extreme poverty. The last president had a plank in her platform to eliminate extreme poverty. It didn't happen. In fact, extreme poverty continues to increase - both as a percentage of the population and when expressed as number of people.
As I look around, I don't see much real impact in the lives of the extremely poor from government programs.
The reasons are many.
Our work is a matter of conscience. Please listen to yours.