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. 

Home for the 100th Sheep Christmas Event and Feeding Support

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!

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

Home For The 100th Sheep Christmas Party

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.

Cagayan Relief Operation

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.

National Children’s Month Celebration

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.

2020 Laurel Evacuation Sites

On January 26, 2020, as the alert level for a volcanic eruption was lowered from 4 to 3, many evacuees went home except for residents within a 7km radius from the volcano wherever areas had been heavily damaged.

As of February 1, 2020, approximately 1,700 individuals (357 families) from the affected Laurel areas were relocated from the upland evacuation sites to three evacuation centers in Laurel, Batangas. AWH staff along with DSWD (Department of Social Welfare Development) Alfonso staff visited the main evacuation center in Laurel and discussed with Mayor Joan Amo long-term assistance needed by evacuees who can not return home.

Initially AWH thought of raising funds for the purchase of farm land for those who permanently lost homes near the lake. However, the mayor cautioned that fishermen are attached to the lake and their fishery livelihood and would return there even if not permitted.

According to the statistics presented by the mayor’s office of Laurel, about 110 houses were totally destroyed from heavy, wet ash fall. Mayor Joan stated that the municipality plans to purchase land just at the outskirt of the Tall Lake easement and provide more ash/storm resistant houses each of which would cost P50,000 to P60,000. AWH will try to assist as much as possible with helping to provide such affordable housing.

Our team then proceeded to the fishermen’s village in heavily damaged barangay Buso Buso, Laurel that is located across the lake from and within 7 miles of Volcano Island. Here the team, in cooperation with DSWD, distributed food, water, mosquito nets, etc. Volcano island itself was blanketed with a thick layer of ash that had destroyed virtually all houses and boats of its over 1,000 residents. They all had escaped from the island safely, being forwarned by an earthquake a few hours before the actual wet ash eruption.

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