Rice and Snack Distribution at Camp Hope with Ken Yamamoto

Ken Yamamoto visited Camp Hope, our neighbor squatter camp, for the 3rd time and distributed 5 kg each out of 140 kg of rice to 28 families.
The residents of Camp Hope live on selling “taho” (a Filipino snack made of silken tofu).
As always, we were surrounded by many children. They were given biscuits and candies.

Helping The Needy

Gina, the head of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development (MSWD) in Alfonso, Cavite sought the assistance of the Academy of World Healing Foundation (AWH) for Loribel, a single mother of 2 young daughters for their basic needs residing in Luksuhin Ilaya, Alfonso.

On June 7, 2023 AWH along with Gina’s staff distributed rice, assorted canned goods, hygiene products, laundry products and noodles to the older daughter of Loribel who was left alone in their rented small house when we arrived. Loribel was at work at the Universal Rocks in Tagaytay. Loribel was with her youngest daughter there.

The youngest daughter of Loribel was raped by her father who is now in prison.

Gina’s staff called Loribel on her mobile phone and she thanked AWH for the assistance.

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.

Updates on May 26, 2023

Gina, the head of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development (MSWD) in Alfonso, Cavite sought the assistance of the Academy of World Healing Foundation (AWH) for 4 Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL) for their needs.

On May 26, 2023 AWH distributed rice, assorted canned goods, hygiene products and laundry products to the 4 CICL children under the custody of Gina.

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

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.

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. 

Firewood for Camp Hope

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.

Update on March 14, 2022

AWH made another donation of firewood to the residents of Camp Hope on March 14, 2022. The firewood will be utilized to make “taho”.
They said their sales on “taho” are getting better as compared to 2 years ago when the COVID-19 pandemic started.  Firewood bundles are always appreciated by them as livelihood means.

National Children’s Day 2021

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:

  1. Educational assistance for selected indigent children with disabilities
  2. 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:

  • Amuyong
  • Kaysuyo
  • Pajo
  • Marahan 1
  • Luksuhin Ibaba
  • Sikat
  • Taywanak Ibaba
  • Poblacion 4
  • Poblacion 5