Providing Free Pain Treatments to Local Filipinos

Academy of World Healing Foundation (AWH) provided its facility again free of charge open for local Filipinos who suffer from physical pains, such as knee pain, shoulder pain, strained back, scoliosis, etc.

Ken Yamamoto, the renowned physical practitioner/therapist from Japan and sports doctor Iwai, who is a licensed medical doctor in Japan, together voluntarily treated about 150 people in 3 days in January 2023.

After the 3-day free treatments, everyone joined to tour around the city doing the community services. Those activities can be seen at the Rotary Club of Multinational Manila website.

Ken Yamamoto’s YouTube

Assistance to Children in Conflict with The Law

There are currently three minors that are in the custody of Department of Social Welfare and Development of Alfonso (DSWD) called CICL (Children In Conflict with the Law). AWH vice president Casey and general manager Raymund were introduced with 2 out of the 3 of them during the recent National Children’s Day celebration event.

We were told that the boys of CICL had been feeling unattended and in need of hygiene items. In light of their situation, Academy of World Healing Foundation (AWH) has decided to provide them with care and hygiene kits.

On November 23, 2022, Casey and Raymund brought them the following items at DSWD Alfonso facility where these boys stay in the bunk beds that AWH previously donated.

-Love & Light bath soaps
-Laundry bar

During the open forum with the (3) CICL males (ages 15-16) subsequent to the hygiene kits giving, each boy’s story was heard. Two cases were rape and possession of illegal drugs, which they alleged did not commit. They shared feeling of loneliness, resentment and anger. Casey shared his insight how to handle situations they are facing in their youth by observing mind. He also taught them how to meditate daily.

AWH invited them to assist Christmas gift giving to indigent that AWH and DSWD coordinate in the community and possibly attend Home for the 100th Sheep daycare Christmas event in Dasmarinas, Cavite.

Updates on November 28, 2022

We learned that the 3 CICL are in high school level wherein two are attending physical classes in Grade 7 at the Alfonso National High School and one in Grade 11 attending home based modular studies. He is enrolled at the Victorious High School in Alfonso, Cavite.

AWH followed up with their request of school supplies, namely:
-Intermediate pads
-Yellow pads
-Coloring materials

Updates on December 10, 2022

One of the three CICL under the custody of DSWD Alfonso reached his 16th birthday on December 10. AWH brought his birthday cake and presented him a working digital camera. He was happy to have the camera, as mobile phones are prohibited during their custody.

Gina of DSWD Alfonso brought merienda (snack food) and former councilor Carol also joined.

After happy birthday song, the birthday boy followed by everybody there tackled the food and the cake.

The houseparent who monitors the CICL is formerly a chef and taught him how to cook.

Sharing love and happiness, especially with the misled children, is a duty of the society.

Updates on January 9, 2023

Casey and Raymund of the Academy of World Healing Foundation (AWH) visited again the shelter of the Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL) in Alfonso town, Cavite on January 9, 2023.

Casey handed over the financial support in the amount of P5,980 through Gina of DSWD to cover expenses for the purchase of an additional bed mattress and food supplies of the 4 CICL under the custody of DSWD.

Supporting Youth in The Community

One of the AWH programs is providing quarterly assistance of P15,000 (P60,000 annually) to DSWD (Dept. of Social Welfare & Development) to support the Alfonso community. On Nov.17, 2021 DSWD Head of Alfonso, Cavite Gina Vedan invited AWH General Manager Raymund Balicha for the distribution of some of the items purchased with the quarterly support.

A computer set was provided to John Arnejo, a 21 year old third year student majoring in Hospitality Management at the De La Salle University, Dasmarinas, Cavite. In 2017 he was a minor who got in conflict with the law and was ordered by the Court to the custody of DSWD. He was recently ordered by the Court to go back and assist his mother. She is struggling with breast cancer and has not visited the doctor for quite a while due to financial constraints while struggling to take care of her six children after the father passed away last year. The computer will allow him to continue his schooling through online learning while still making some meager income for his family with nearby farming. He was very appreciative of the lifeline provided to him and his family.

After presenting the computer set to John, Gina and her team headed with Raymund to another DSWD facility for children who have been in conflict with the law located at the Alfonso police station. There she had purchased a double deck bed and bed foams for 4 male teenagers who had been ordered by the Court into DSWD custody. Again, the four boys were appreciative that they had a place to sleep. One of the double deck beds already there had been donated by AWH already directly some years ago.

Updates on December 22nd, 2021

AWH has decided to support John with monthly assistance of P2,500 so that he is able to continue his study at the college.

Gina of DSWD Alfonso and Raymund went to the residence of John Lorenze Arnejo in Kaytitinga 1 in Alfonso, Cavite on December 22, 2021 to give the first monthly financial support of P2,500. AWH also provided his family a sack of rice, assorted canned goods and biscuits for Christmas.

In our visit, he showed us the computer that AWH donated for his online studies during the pandemic.

He was about to quit schooling to support his family but Gina of DSWD vowed to help him finish his studies for a brighter future.

Gina advised John to study well since AWH is supporting him for a year and she also extended her gratitude to AWH for assisting him in his schooling.

Updates on January, 2022

John Lorenze Arnejo who is under the Children In Conflict with the Law (CICL) program of DSWD received his support of P2,500 for the month of January from Academy of World Healing Foundation (AWH).

He thanked AWH for the assistance. He said the financial assistance will help him in his schooling and his family in the pandemic.

Updates on February, 2022

John Lorenze Arnejo received his P2,500 monthly assistance on February 20,2022 for the needs of his schooling in college and his family.

He and his mother, who is suffering from breast cancer, thanked the Academy of World Healing Foundation (AWH) for their assistance during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Updates on January 9th, 2023

The financial support to John Arnejo stopped in March 2022 since he decided not to attend college and instead work to support his mother and siblings.

On January 9, 2023, Casey and Raymund of Academy of World Healing Foundation (AWH) along with Gina of DSWD visited the residence of John Arnejo in Kaytitinga 1, Alfonso, Cavite to give 10 kilos of rice and cash to his mother suffering from breast cancer.

John was a former CICL (Children in Conflict with the Law) under the care of DSWD and his case was dismissed recently. He is the eldest among 5 siblings and decided to quit college to support his family by working as a farmer and construction worker as well, while currently working at the motorcycle repair shop, earning P200 to P600 a day.

The incumbent houseparent of CICL under DSWD, Romel, suggested John to apply for certificate as motor mechanic and get a chance to work abroad such as in Dubai. He will follow up with John for the progress.

2022 Christmas Events

Academy of World Healing Foundation (AWH) in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Multinational Manila (RIMM) conducted a Christmas giving events on December 22, 2022 for the total of 141 indigent families and their children (4 to 8 years old) at three different locations. In the morning the venue was in Taywanak Ibaba. In the afternoon, one event was held at Luksuhin Ibaba for the residents of Usting 1 and 2, Camp Hope (Barangay Sicat) and a small event was for 8 families in Barangay Palumlum. All of these places are in Alfonso, Cavite.

The main livelihood of the indigent camps (Usting 1, 2 and Camp Hope) are selling balot (incubated duck egg), taho (a sweet snack made with soft tofu, sweet syrup and tapioca balls). Many fathers of these indigent families selected for the events are construction workers.

Each indigent family received 2 bags of rice (10 kg/family). We prepared a total of 300 bags (1.5 tons) of rice, including allotments for CICL (Children In Conflict with The Law) and the staff.

AWH member Casey went to Divisoria, Metro Manila and bought 150 backpacks for students, 300 pairs of slippers for children and more than 1,300 toys in different varieties.

The total cost spent for the events was nearly P120,000.

AWH board member Lito Mondejar, Gina of the Municipality of Social Welfare and Development of Alfonso (MSWD). Anna of the Commission on Population (POPCOM), the Barangay captains, as well as several members of the Alfonso Women’s Council (AWC) joined the events. We invited 3 CICL in custody of MSWD to assist the events, so they would get involved in serving the community.

While we tried to make children happy, it was not our intention to encourage the families making more babies. Anna of POPCOM shared information on responsible parenthood and family planning to the mothers who have basically not had such education due to poverty.

The children were excited over their assorted toys and backpacks and sang Christmas songs.

Updates on December 25, 2022

Giving toys to children continued on the Christmas Day.

There were a number of toys still left from the preceded events. So we have decided to distribute them to any children passing by near our property.

Small children gathered to receive the toys, and elder children received 20 peso bills.

Updates on December 29, 2022

AWH also made a financial donation to barangay Sicat where our facility is located and participated in the Christmas event held on December 29, 2022, bringing used clothes, shoes and more toys to give away.

The barangay provided meals for all the participated residents and entertained them with dancing, games and raffles for presents.

2022 Home for The 100th Sheep Christmas Event

Academy of World Healing Foundation (AWH) has provided continuing financial support for the non-profit organization, Home for The 100th Sheep Foundation (100 Sheep), and attended their Christmas event for the children held on December 21, 2022 at the covered basketball court in Paliparan, Dasmarinas, Cavite.

100 Sheep helps re-settlers who used to live in Manila area and were forced to evacuate and moved in Dasmarinas area. Many indigents are from countryside and go to Manila hoping that they find more lucrative jobs.

Freddie Vicedo donated stuffed toys and AWH brought them to the children.

Around 90 indigent children from the resettled families attended the event filled with games and enjoyed the food prepared by 100 Sheep.

National Children’s Month

November is National Children’s Month and its 30th celebration in our municipality of Alfonso was conducted by the local DSWD (Department of Social Welfare Development) and LCPC (Local Council for Protection of Children). AWH (Academy of World Healing Foundation) board members as well as LCPC members, Casey Takayama and Raymund Balicha participated the event for barangay Mangas, Alfonso, Cavite on November 17, 2022, while the celebration events are being held in many other barangays in the municipality of Alfonso over several days.

The particular event for Mangas 1, Mangas 2 and Marahan 1 was attended by 150 public school pupils (Kindergarten and up to Grade 2).

During the program, “The Advocacy on Children’s Rights” was presented to the parents of the pupils by the LCPC child representatives.

Casey brought assorted candies and marshmallows chocolate bars that were tossed to the school children. DSWD and LCPC handed spaghetti, fried chicken and ice cream to the children.

The other batches of food distribution on the same day up to 1,050 children in other areas of Alfonso municipality were also funded by LCPC.

The National Children’s Month celebration will be held until November 26, 2022, wherein many activities have been lined up.

Rice Provision to The Indigent Camp with Japanese Visitors

In November 2022, a renowned Japanese physical practitioner, Ken Yamamoto visited AWH with his follower sports doctor Iwai and performed voluntary treatments to the local Filipinos who had suffered with physical body pains and abnormalities in two consecutive days.

Many lined up for such an opportunity that costs nothing to them, but were limited to about 40 due to the time constraints.

 Generally, everyone was really amazed how they removed the body pain.

After the treatments, we visited the nearby indigent camp and provided 100 kg of rice which to be divided to 5 kg to each family.

Supporting An Indigent Family

On March 9, 2022, a Municipal Councilor of Alfonso, Carol invited AWH to visit an indigent single mother of 6 children residing in Marahan 1, Alfonso, Cavite.
Merly Montealto, 39 years old is renting a shanty near the creek at PHP500 (approx. $10)/month. She makes a meager income as a manicurist. She said that sometimes there is no income at all in a day. She has an unpaid rental balance of about P2,500 due to the pandemic.   
AWH donated a bag of rice and assorted canned goods.
Four of her children reside with her who are in elementary and high school. The other 2 children are staying with her sister.
She has a 4 months old baby from her boyfriend who occasionally drops by her shanty. She did not have enough money to pay for a contraceptive measure and she got pregnant. 
She has agreed to undergo ligation to prevent further unwanted pregnancy. At the moment she is taking an injectable costing P250 per shot where its effect will expire sometime in May. 
Councilor Carol will coordinate with Dr. Sargento about her ligation. 
Despite their living conditions she has kept her place clean and is trying her best to keep her children healthy and observe good hygiene. 
Her children opened up their toys sent through the recent Balikbayan box from AWH members with such excitement. 
Several germicidal bath soaps were also given which were donated by Elai Arevalo. 

Local Council for The Protection of Children

A Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC) meeting was held on March 7, 2022 at the Sangguniang Bayan Hall, Municipal Building, Alfonso, Cavite. It was the first meeting after 2 years of COVID-19 pandemic with the occasional strictest Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) declared since March 2020. 
The agenda covered the following:

  1. Presentation of LCPC plan for Children for 2022
  2. Updates on Activities for Children (Survival, Development, Protection and Participation)
  3. Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC)/LCPC Functionality Assessment to conduct this March 2022 

During the meeting Gina Vedan of DSWD relayed her gratitude to AWH for the donation of the double deck bed and bed foams for the Children In Conflict with the Law (CICL).
The CICL children are being taught skills such as sewing and welding among others while their cases are ongoing in the Court.

Christmas Giving Events

The Academy of World Healing Foundation (AWH), working hands-in-hands with Rotary International Multinational Manila (RIMM), conducted Christmas giving events over a  two day span on December 28 and 29, 2021, for indigent families in 4 barangays (villages) in Alfonso, Cavite, having purchased vitally needed food supplies at a cost of P165,000.

In addition, two (2) large Balikbayan boxes filled with good quality used clothing donated by AWH ‘s Japanese guests before the pandemic were also distributed to Barangay Kaysuyo and Barangay Pajo to the most in need.

RIMM conducted  “Responsible Parenthood” events during the Christmas giving events as part of its family planning programs.

We herewith gratefully acknowledge the support of our funding member Dr. Miki Kanaji, who personally donated P60,000 for the events.

There were more than 332 indigent families registered in the master lists of the 4 barangays that attended the 2-days event. More than 637 bags of rice and assorted canned products (corned beef, pork meatloaf, beef meatloaf, sausage and tuna) were distributed to the indigent families. 

Each family with more than 8 children received as much as 6 bags of rice. They said rice is an important food supply to have in the house even without the canned goods. Rice is the primary staple food in the Philippines.  

In addition there were 4 minors under the “Children In Conflict with the Law” (CICL) program who also received sacks of rice and assorted canned goods. These minors are under the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and with our assistance, are looking to better themselves. 

Indigent communities in “Squatter camps” such as Usting 1, Usting 2, C-5 in Barangay Luksuhin Ibaba and Camp Hope in Barangay Sicat are supported by RIMM and AWH not only during the yearly Christmas giving activities but also year-round. The young children of the 4 camps again joyfully participated in several children Christmas party games hosted by Honorary RIMM Member Jun Baurile who distributed P20 bills along with stuffed toys donated by past president Betty Vicedo of RIMM. Their parents mainly sell “balot” (a steamed fertilized duck egg and “taho” (a classic sweet snack in the Philippines made with silken tofu, sago or tapioca pearls, and a simple brown sugar syrup) as their primary source of income. The families of these 4 camps migrated from the Samar province in the Visayas to look for better opportunities for their families. 

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