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Karidat relocates to Sister Remedios Community Center

KARIDAT, a church-based charitable organization, has transferred to its new office at the Sister Remedios Community Center in Chalan Kanoa.

On Friday afternoon, Father Kenneth H. Hezel blessed Karidat’s new home.

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Former Karidat executive director Tony Cabrera and wife Amma at Karidat’s new home.
Father Kenneth J. Hezel poses with Karidat Executive Director Laurie Ogumoro, staff and volunteers at their new office at the Sister Remedios Community Center in Chalan Kanoa.  Photos by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

In an interview, Karidat Executive Director Laurie Ogumoro said the building in Chalan Piao where they were previously located had been sold to an investor so they had to vacate it.

But she considers their “eviction” as a blessing in disguise because the Sister Remedios Community Center will allow Karidat to expand its services.

Sister Remedios used to be an early childhood development center, but this relocated to Mount Carmel School in 2016.

 “It is very expensive to build a new building, but Sister Remedios already exists and it is in the right neighborhood for us, close to the diocese,” Ogumoro said.

Father Hezel commended Karidat for expanding its services. “Their services go beyond giving food and clothes. They also help victims of human trafficking, and they bring the community together by encouraging us to help one another,” the priest said.

Angie Guerrero, who served as Karidat’s executive director for 10 years, said the organization has grown, and it is fitting that it will now move into a bigger facility.

“I see more people availing themselves of the resources the Karidat has to offer,” she said. “Sister Remedios Community Center is really the right place for Karidat’s new office because it was always Sister Remedios Castro’s mission to help people.”

Tony Cabrera, another former Karidat executive director, said:  “I am pleased that the it still exists, and I am glad that Karidat has more support now from the business sector and the government.”