Date: September 11, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Check-in starts at 6:00 pm
September 4, 2018
In a city that is known for business and financial ventures, how often do we intentionally invest in people with great needs? Join us in exploring how HOPE has been investing in the dreams of men and women in the world’s underserved communities. We will hear from HOPE partner Ruth Callanta, president of the Center for Community Transformation, about their work in both the Philippines and Hong Kong.
Even as a young woman, Ruth Callanta was deeply concerned about helping those in poverty. This spurred her to move from being a student volunteer in the 1960s to being an activist, program implementer, educator, and consultant on poverty alleviation to international agencies in the 1980s.
After realizing the emptiness of development work not anchored in Jesus Christ, Ruth founded the Center for Community Transformation (CCT) in 1992, a non-governmental organization that ministered to entrepreneurs in poverty through microfinance. CCT has since evolved into a group of ministries that also serves homeless families, children and youth, orphans, indigenous people, factory workers, and informal service workers through integrated services undergirded by a strong spiritual development program.
Ruth graduated with distinction with a master’s degree in management from the Asian Institute of Management. Her work and passion for the spiritual, social, and economic transformation of impoverished Filipino families have been recognized by governmental, academic, and business circles. Ruth is the recipient of numerous awards and wrote Poverty: The Philippine Scenario, published in the Philippines in 1988 and translated into Japanese a year later.
She and her husband, Ed, have two sons and six grandchildren.
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