LCP works in 14 of the poorest communities in and around Dumaguete. Many houses are not linked to basic services such as electricity or water and toilet facilities are limited. Many families are forced to endure wet weather as roofs leak like sieves. Some houses are flood prone and during typhoon Sendong many people lost their homes and all their limited possessions.
LCP’s staff has worked hard to establish a culture of caring within these communities, offering opportunity and hope. Each community has its own organizational structure of elected community officers, headed by a community President. A Community Management Committee (CMC) links all 14 of the communities. Seven of the communities host LCP Preschools.
Communities are responsible for the pastoral care of their members, particularly the children. It is unfortunate that abuse of all kinds, often fuelled by alcohol and drugs is not uncommon. Each community has access to a trained paramedic who can administer basic first aid and summon appropriate help. Community members can also attend the LCP onsite clinic on a Sunday where two doctors and trained nurses are in attendance. The nurses are also available during the week for consultation, medications, and medical loans. Dentists are in attendance twice a year.
Communities identify candidates for sponsorship and are responsible for ensuring all sponsored children in their area are monitored to ensure there are no problems at school or at home.
The communities are therefore the eyes and ears of LCP, ensuring the wellbeing of sponsored children, their families and communities
All community members are encouraged to attend a non-denominational Sunday Service at LCP. This Service offers Christian education, Bible Study, praise and worship and marvelous Christian fellowship as well. Here at LCP the entire family has direct contact with the LCP staff as well as access to the medical staff as needed.