Since its founding, the FCF has supported many charities in the Philippines. Although each runs a different program, they all share a common goal - to help and guide as many poor and dispossessed children as possible.
Bahay Tuluyan, a charity founded by a Filipino priest, and working primarily with street children, has been receiving cash and in-kind donations from the Filipino Children’s Foundation since 1997. Two years ago, our volunteers from California and Canada delivered clothing, shoes, toys and chocolates to the children of Bahay Tuluyan.
What started as a purely food and shelter program is now a full service organization that serves the needs of children up to the young adolescence age. The center-based services includes feeding, temporary shelter, educational assistance, psychiatric evaluation and medical care. The organization has facilities in Santa Mesa and Tiaong. Three years ago, Bahay Tuluyan launched the street-based feeding program. Utilizing a mobile unit equipped with ready- to-serve meals and assisted by volunteer doctors, its staff are able to provide instant help to street children in the most densely populated neighborhoods of the city.
The Filipino Children’s Foundation is an active partner in Bahay Tuluyan's work and will continue to support its programs.
GLORIA CHRISTI REGIS
Gloria Christi Regis, Home for Street and Needy Children of Tagum in the province of Davao was founded in 1986 as a result of events that took place in 1985. In that year a fire destroyed a group of hardware stores beside the town’s Catholic Church. After the fire was contained, the presence of many street boys caught the attention of the parish priest. These young boys, ages six to fourteen, were climbing over the walls to salvage the remains of the fire. Carrying empty sacks, they kept on coming back, undeterred by the security guards who sometimes chased them away. Through the effort of Msgr. Mario Valle and Sister Gloria San Diego, the boys were gathered and interviewed. It was learned that they are all transients and are sleeping in bus terminals, sidewalks and on benches outside the church. Coming from broken families, these runaway children are surviving by stealing and scavenging.
Since its founding, the Center has aggressively pursued its mission to help abandoned children, and with the help of international organizations, including the Filipino Children’s Foundation, it has provided shelter, food and education to many of them. Since 1999 we have given over Ten Thousand Dollars to Gloria Christi Regis.
KAIBA KA, an acronym for Katuawang na Iba’t Ibang Batang may Kapansanan (Partners in Rehabilitation and Integration of Disabled Children) is a community-based rehabilitation program run by the Vincentian Mission Center of Pili, Camarines Sur in the southern region of the Philippines. Since 1999 it has received over ten thousand dollars in annual grants from the Filipino Children’s Foundation.
Serving four Barangays (Villages), Kaiba-Ka focuses its efforts on the disabled children of poor farm workers. Rural poverty strikes hardest on these children who are often left unattended in families struggling to meet basic needs. Poverty has long been a disabling factor especially for the physically impaired youth who often bear the social stigma of discrimination. Depending on the child’s needs, Kaiba-Ka offers both center-based and home-based assistance in supplemental feeding, education, physical rehabilitation and social integration, with parents and local volunteers providing the essential support mechanism.
LAURA VICUNA FOUNDATION
Laura Vicuna Foundation was established by the Salesian Sisters to provide refuge and humanitarian assistance to the street children of metropolitan Manila. Utilizing a strategy of "total human development," the program has four centers designed to meet the specific needs of the children - Drop-in Center, Temporary Home, Residential Training for girls, and a Vocation Training Center. The drop-in center allows street children to avail themselves of food, shower, and medical attention. From here they can be enrolled in other programs and get help while living at home or temporary shelters provided by the Center.
Since 1998 Laura Vicuna has received annual grants from the Filipino Children's Foundation totaling over Twelve Thousand Dollars. Two years ago, our volunteers from California and Canada distributed clothing, shoes, and other gift items to the children.
INA NG LUPANG PANGAKO
VMSDFI Payatas/Montalban (Mother of Promised Land) received its first grant from the Filipino Children’s Foundation in 2002. More than fifty children benefitted from this cash assistance through direct feeding and dispensing of vitamin supplements. Most of the children in this program come from waste-picker families that live in areas surrounding garbage heaps. Infant mortality rate is very high in slum communities like Payatas.
The self-help, livelihood project of Ina ng Lupang Pangako, which involves parents and community leaders, is being administered by Father Aldrin Suan who was recently transferred to the Payatas district from his Kaiba-Ka post in Camarines Sur. ( Kaiba-ka has been receiving financial assistance from us since 1999) During their visit in 2002 our volunteers from California and Canada distributed Christmas gifts to the children of Payatas. Father Suan also updated them regarding the progress of his work in this area. The success of his humanitarian effort convinced our Board of Directors to pledge continued support to Ina ng Lupang Pangako. In 2003 and 2004, the Filipino Children’s Foundation sent Four Thousand Dollars.
SERVANTS OF JESUS OF CHARITY
Servants of Jesus of Charity, also known as Siervas de Jesus in Spain and other South American countries, is an order of nuns who have dedicated themselves to missionary work. It has two branches in the Philippines, one in Manila and another in Iriga City, Camarines Sur. The later was established in 1996 as a charity center for pre-schoolers and serves about fifty needy and abandoned children from different Barangays. (Villages) Like the other beneficiaries receiving funds from the Filipino Children’s Foundation, Servants of Jesus operates as a shelter for the poor and the hungry and provides substitute mothering to the children who come to the center. The sisters, with the help of volunteer mothers, give care and spiritual guidance to these mostly abandoned and neglected kids. In the day care center the children get supplemental feeding and pre-school education.
Since 1999, Servants of Jesus has received over Ten Thousand Dollars from the Filipino Childrten’s foundation, of which nearly forty percent is spent on food, and the rest on medicine, school supplies and classroom equipment.
KUYA CENTER FOR STREET CHILDREN
Charity Partnership Project