As being done every year, our financial support was funded to a charity organization, Home for the 100th Sheep (an indigent community in Dasmarinas, Cavite consists of former street families in Manila relocated) run by a dedicating couple, Kaloi and Edna for their X’mas event. This year, AWH member Dr. Kanaji provided additional fund donation to support them further with their daily needs after the holiday season.
On December 10th, 2021, 108 children from Malaking-Bahay, Paliparan III, SaMada, Paliparan III and Sta. Cruz -1 were served with spaghetti, fried chicken and drinks. 18 volunteer mothers cooked the meal.
Kaloi and Edna responded to us : We will utilize the rest of the fund on our usual children’s daily feeding from Monday to Friday all year round and normally we serve special feeding on Fridays. Thank you! May the LORD our GOD bless each of you at Academy of World Healing Foundation. A Blessed Merry Christmas and a Joyous Prosperous New Year!
The women and children of Camp Hope (nearby indigent squatter camp) came to the AWH site on December 6, 2021 to pick up chunks of firewood which will be used for cooking soybeans to make “taho” (tofu) to be sold outside. It is their mean of livelihood. They joyfully carried the large chunks of firewood into the tricycle. Others hand-carried their pieces of firewood back to their camp nearby.
As a member of the the Local Council for Protection of Children (LCPC), Academy of World Healing Foundation (AWH) represented by Raymund Balicha attended the annual National Children’s Month celebration on November 29, 2021 at the covered basketball court in front of the Alfonso municipal hall. The theme was “New normal na Walang Iwanan: Karapatan ng Bawat Bata Ating Tutukan!”. (Translation: “Unity under the New Normal. We must uphold the rights of every child!”.) Alfonso LCPC invited selected local indigent children with their mothers for the gift giving of hygiene kits and Jollibee meals at the venue site.
Mayor Randy Salamat also awarded the barangays who met the criteria as the most “Child Friendly Barangay and Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) Responsiveness”. The other following activities were also awarded:
Educational assistance for selected indigent children with disabilities
Kid Tiktok Dance Challenge, Draw and Tell, Poster Making and Slogan Contest
Since mas gathering of children under the pandemic is not allowed, LCPC members later distributed hygiene kits and Jollibee meals separately for the following barangays:
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.
AWH has granted Carlos Alcobendas, one of the students from Camp Hope (nearby squatter camp) who is also supported by RIMM (Rotary International Multinational-Manila), two weeks of free Wi-Fi usage at the Annex building for his online class on Monday to Thursday (1PM – 4PM). He is in Grade 11 at the Luksuhin National High School taking up a Technical Vocational Livelihood (TVL) course major in Baking. His father is a taho (tofu) vendor and unable to sufficiently support his study needs. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic students are taking module and online classes since last year. He said that it is essential to complete the class.
On December 15, 2020, AWH distributed 17 sacks filled with 272 pieces of brown coconuts and homegrown ube yams to the three nearby indigent camps (Usting 1, 2 and Camp Hope). The indigent settlers said that they will utilize the coconut milk to make popular Filipino rice desserts and other meals this coming Christmas and New Year season. They said that the cost of coconut milk increases during the holiday season due to high demand and this provision was highly appreciated.
Update on January 14, 2021
AWH delivered sacks of brown coconuts and bananas to Usting 1 & 2 in Alfonso. The indigent residents said they enjoy the tasty coconut milk which is added to their rice and vegetables meals. AWH harvested another bunch of bananas and decided to share them to the 2 camps. The children also enjoyed the bread we brought.
Update on January 29, 2021
Several chunks of logs were picked up by 3 residents from nearby indigent camp who are selling taho (tofu) for their livelihood. The firewood will be used to cook taho as their primary source of income to sustain the needs of their families.
Update on March 5, 2021
AWH assisted the taho (tofu) vendors in Camp Hope with firewoods. The pieces of logs they picked up on March 5, 2021 are perfectly dried firewood logs were picked up to cook soybeans for taho making. It was much appreciated especially during the Covid-10 pandemic.
Update on May 14, 2021
Three residents of Camp Hope (nearby indigent settlers) visited again and picked up bundles of large firewood. The firewood will be used for cooking soybean to make taho (tofu). In this pandemic they use firewood even for cooking their meals since the LPG gas cost has soared. Their activities for work were limited when the strictest Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) status was declared last month and made no income.
Because of the community quarantine restrictions in pandemic time, AWH funded Home for the 100th Sheep foundation by wire remittance this year. On December 4, 2020, a Christmas feeding program for its indigent pupils was held in the migrated squatter area. Pasta and fried chicken were cooked by 33 volunteers and the total of 191 children were served.
Kaloi and Edna were very grateful for the continued support of AWH even during the Covid-19 pandemic.
On 11 November 2020, Typhoon Vamco/Ulysses struck Luzon bringing destructive winds and heavy rainfall.
According to the Office of Civil Defense officials, more than 151,600 families, composed of 583,493 individuals, were also affected by Typhoon Ulysses in the Cagayan Valley region, leaving more than 2,200 families in evacuation centers.
The typhoon likewise left millions of damages in the region’s agriculture and infrastructure.
Based on initial reports from the Department of Agriculture, the typhoon left 73.788 million peso damages in the region’s agriculture sector. The Department of Public Works and Highways reported damage of P44.955 million in infrastructure.
In the morning of December 6, 2020, Gina of DSWD (Department of Social Welfare Development) Alfonso picked up P20,000 Cagayan relief fund designated as a part of quarterly donations that have been made by AWH at its headquarters before heading to Cagayan Province in North Luzon.
The fund was planned to provide cash assistance of P500 each to the affected families in Cagayan whose homes were devastated from the recent Typhoon Ulysses causing massive flooding in the province.
Joining Gina on the long trip were Jun of Army Reserve Command (ARESCOM)and a honorary member of Rotary Club of Multinational Manila, Alfonso Municipal Engineer Tibayan, Municipal Councilor Carol and other municipal personnels.
The relief mission to Cagayan was organized by the Office of Mayor Randy, DSWD and other private donors from Alfonso. Among many items for distribution included food and school supplies, hygiene kits, blankets, sleeping mats etc.
The DSWD team went to an impoverished Brgy. Amulong Ligsa Salona in Cagayan wherein 40 families were given P500 cash assistance from AWH.
The Municipality of Alfonso donated 750 bags of rice, assorted canned goods, hygiene kits, 100 pieces of blankets and sleeping mats (banig) to the local government of the Province of Cagayan.
On November 27, 2020, AWH as a member of LCPC (Local Council for Protection of Children) participated in the annual National Children’s Month celebration that was held at Municipality of Alfonso, Cavite under the theme “Let us work together to protect the rights of each child during the Covid-19 pandemic!“.
Mayor Randy graced the occasion and thanked AWH for its financial contributions for the children of Alfonso over the years.
The Sangguniang Kabataan Federation of Alfonso donated slippers and hygiene kits.
The Kiwanis Club of Alfonso donated school supplies.
The policemen of Alfonso distributed washable face masks to the children.
Since many of the school children could not physically attend the event in this pandemic time, their parents later picked up the items at the schools.