‘Pedrito’ dolls fund church rebuilds

The Philippines – A Catholic youth group has hit on a novel way to fundraise for churches struck by an earthquake on October 15. YouthPinoy has begun to sell dolls named in honour of the local Saint Pedro Calungsod and is turning the proceeds over for the reconstruction of some 10 damaged churches in the Bohol province. The initiative was launched when it became clear that the government would only offer minimal financial assistance for the rebuilding. Nicknamed ‘Perdito’ dolls, the inspiration for the dolls’ naming came from the 17th-Century Filipino saint canonised just last year