Helping Filipino Children

Having fun at a Christmas party of a founding member

The story behind Balay Dalangpan (a refuge)

  In December 1996, one of the founders of Balay Dalangpan, distressed by the number of abandoned children, aged from 5 to 12, wandering aimlessly in the streets in Bacolod, Philippines, gathered around 15 of them together for an impromptu afternoon party to celebrate Christmas. The simple gift of food coupled with a few lively games brought smiles and happiness to those young faces. Being Filipina, that party organizer has first-hand knowledge of how many poor families and their children struggle to cope with life. The children’s happiness has touched her so that since then the annual Christmas children’s party has taken place every year. With the help of friends and family, the Christmas party has grown to bring smiles to more than one hundred children each year. For seventeen years now, the Christmas party is always a great time for the poor children and their families. Inspired by the children’s smiles, the supporters of this annual event joined forces and started other initiatives in aid of the following target groups with the aim of helping those unfortunate people who want to help themselves but don’t have the means:
  • students of poor families through regular scholarship funding
  • parents through livelihood programmes by providing financial aid and education to help them start simple businesses
  • local farmers by providing them with free tree seedlings to boost their farm production
  • the destitute by giving learning materials, tools and teacher allowances to daycare centres
  • the elderly through financial aid to a charitable home for the sick and abandoned aged
  • poor families by collection and distribution of used clothing, towels and bedding.
This small group has always believed in the principle of alleviating poverty by providing an individual with the right tools and understanding to take care of oneself in the modern world. Many of us take for granted the basics of shelter, clothing and food, and regard it as our birthright to be loved, to belong, and to have access to learning materials. There are many poor children of the Philippines deprived of these basic human needs, and therefore they struggle to break out of the poverty cycle. After years of providing modest support to the disadvantaged in the Philippines, one member of the Filipino group has joined forces with a foreigner to set up a business which contributes at least 10% of all revenue to the foundation. This, together with other fund-raising has allowed the establishment of Balay Dalangpan – providing homes for abandoned and orphaned children.