Only three years ago Charlie Loro Galas was homeless and addicted to drugs. Now he is leading 36 fellow Kaibigans, friends, in the construction of CCT’s Tagaytay Retreat and Training Center.
Dressed in conspicuous yellow overalls, Charlie described his previous ordeals in between directing his team. ‘I lived on the streets of Manila for three years, committing burglaries and armed robberies to survive. I was addicted to rugby (solvents), which helped ease the pains of my constant hunger. People used to be scared of me, but for the first time I can remember, people accept me and I have many friends. I am very happy.”
CCT met Charlie in 2007 through their streetside outreach program. After he took the major step of accepting their help and dedicating himself to change, CCT began his rehabilitation. They taught him how to again cope in society and to treat people compassionately.
Charlie began vocational training in construction in 2008 and in August 2010 he moved to Tagaytay. “Everything I have is because of CCT, they make me feel at home. I thank God every day.”
The Center for Community Transformation Group of Ministries is an organized Christian response against poverty and social injustice. This is carried out through the fusion of social development initiatives and evangelical mission in a uniquely Filipino context. It serves urban and rural poor communities throughout the Philippines in pursuit of its desire to see changed lives, strong families, and transformed communities centered on the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
It was founded in 1992 by development practitioners who believe that development strategies could best be achieved by enriching the spirituality of a person. Over the years, the Lord has enabled the organization to deliver wholistic, sustainable, and integrated community-based programs and services that cater to the needs of the whole family. These services have opened opportunities for the community partners to grow and reach their full potentials as individuals created in the image and likeness of God.
We hope to see Christ-centered faith communities where Jesus Christ is honored and worshiped and where people live in dignity and sufficiency in accordance with God's plan for a just, humane, and caring society.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we join the Holy Spirit in God's work of transforming lives and communities.
Provision of wholistic and integrated services
Training of servant leaders who will act as agents of transformation
Establishment of community-based organizations/institutions composed of the poor themselves which will serve as instruments for action and change
We are Christian. We do everything for the glory of God, according to Biblical principles.
We are Filipino. The Center for Community Transformation Group of Ministries was organized and is funded, governed, and managed by Filipinos.
We are a Prayerful, Worshiping, Serving, Witnessing, Discipling, Learning and Teaching group
The Tagaytay Retreat and Training Center is being built by the Center for Community Transformation (CCT) on six hectares of land in Tagaytay, on the island of Luzon in The Philippines. It will serve as a spiritual and professional development retreat for street dwellers involved in the Kaibigan program, CCT micro-finance clients and CCT staff and community partners during weekdays. The Center will be available to rent over weekends to other Christian development organisations and churches.
Over 250 people are currently employed in its construction.