Concordia children's services
Concordia is a children's home based in Santa Mesa that provides care to abandoned and neglected children. They work to help find permanent homes for the children.
We shop for baby milk and other household items as well as volunteer regularly to spend time with the children.
KALAYAAN COMMUNITY MINISTRIES
Kalayaan Community Ministries is based in one of the poorest areas of Tondo. The ministry is run by Ron and Joanna Domingo who are a young inspirational couple from Scotland where most of their donations come from.
People in this area have a daily wage of 100 pesos therefore limited their diets to processed foods or pag pag which is the boiled left overs from restaurants like Jollibee. The charity has a food programme which the BWA’S donations enables them to buy fruit for the children.
As well as the food programme the charity runs support groups within the community targeting a large drug and gang problem. The groups are for mothers and toddlers, teenage groups as well as support groups for the men.
mother teresa's shelter
Mothers Teresa's is a shelter for malnourished and neglected children, providing temporary care. They provide medication and nursing to children suffering with TB and malnutrition in the area. The children usually spend 6 months there, with only a weekly visit from their families, going home once they are free of TB.
We shop for medicines and foodstuffs and visit weekly to play with the children, providing stimulation and socialisation.
DOMINICAN SISTERS - MALIBAY
The Dominican Sisters of the Presentation provide services to the Baranagay of 180 Maricaban (or Malibay). This community is one of the poorest in the area and is right on our doorstep. Most of the families living here have very minimum facilities and more than one family shares a home. They earn money selling foods, driving Pedi Cabs and working as Housemaids. Damage to what little property these people have and the spreading of disease due to the flooding from the nearby creek are just some issues the Dominican Sisters provide help on. They as run a a medical clinical, health programs, education and tutoring to children, services to special needs children and their families, disaster relief and being of service to the community as the need arises.
The BWA supports the Nuns with their livelihood project, Malibay Medical Clinic , disaster relief and Donations for garage sales
The Haven provides shelter, medical and psychological services, self enhancement skills development and counselling to women who are or have experiencing some form of abuse. It caters to women in especially difficult circumstance or WEDCS. WEDCS are women who are victims of trafficked/ illegal recruitment; sexual, psychical and emotion abuse or exploitation: any domestic violence.
Shalom Birthing Centre, founded by Mavis Orton in 1992, provides childbirth services for the communities of Antipolo and surrounding areas.
The centre provides a safe, loving and dignified environment for women to give birth whilst availing the best clinical services at a minimal cost.
Each birth costs 2,500 pesos and includes screening, pre- and post-natal classes, ante- natal care, ultrasounds, vitamins and supplements. Mums and Fathers-to-be can make use of these services throughout the duration of the pregnancy.
Shalom is able to assist non first-time mothers and with pregnancies that are not at risk. The centre is run by a team of dedicated local midwives and students, from universities in the USA, who come here to complete their courses with on-job training and experience.
BWA donates cash four times a year to Shalom to enable them to purchase essential items. Our volunteers visit the centre regularly, sometimes bringing donations like second hand baby clothes and blankets.
With the proceeds from BWA fundraising events, we have purchased necessary goods and helped pack birthing kits that are given to new parents who have attended their pre and post natal classes
Project Pearls is an organisation that helps communities in Tondo, Manila. Here the community live on a dumpsite and the children have little or no access to schooling. Project Pearls run a scholarship scheme which all children can apply for.
BWA is currently sponsoring 5 children who have been recently relocated to Cavite. The sponsorship includes their school costs as well as providing the uniform, food and school certificates. We monitor their progress though the year to ensure students attend and pass their classes.
SIENA NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL
Siena Night School is located in Taytay and provides regular education in the day time and at night, with sponsored places for underprivileged children who would otherwise be unable to access education. We fund 16 high school students at present, sponsored until the end of high school, they attend classes in the evening. The students' progress is monitored and we visit them periodically.
Cashew Early Years offers free pre-school education to children living in the Payatas and Montalban landfills. They are taught by professionally qualified teachers five days a week plus receive their own set of books and other school materials. They also get a free healthy meal each day, which is sometimes the only meal that they might eat. People in these poor communities prefer to send their child to work in the landfill or to scavenge rather than attend school. If not the dumpsite, then parents would prefer for their child to work because above all else, the priority is to put food on the table, especially for younger siblings.
Cashew support is limited to 2 years because, at this time, each child will be ready to progress to Elementary School, where our former Cashew students are renowned for their brilliance and eagerness to learn.
Cashew Early Years School had to temporarily close in 2017 due to a funding shortage and land ownership issues. However, from June 2018 the school opened again in its new location in Rodriguez, Rizal welcoming up to 100 children. In November 2019, with the support of sponsors and donors, the school opened a newly built one-story building that could eventually accommodate 200 students every day
City Gates Academy is a non profit educational institution that provides free quality education to the disadvantaged children of the Antipolo community. Not only does the school provide a nurturing environment for teaching and learning but students also receive one nutritious meal a day.
Parents who receive free education for their children are requested to commit their time to working at the school for 8 hours a week. This allows them to have a sense of pride and dignity that they have played a significant role in empowering their children through education.
In 2018, the BWA initiated an English reading programme at the school. This involves enthusiastic volunteers going to the school every Thursday morning to assist students with their English reading, speaking , comprehension and listening skills. Some children want to start reading immediately but the ladies try to engage them in conversation first to put them at ease whilst at the same time, they are practising their speaking and listening skills. As the school year progresses, volunteers have noticed a vast improvement in both the confidence levels as well as the reading fluency of the children. This instills in the student a sense of achievement and accomplishment.
We hold regular collections for donated items such as clothes or cans; we also collect toiletries and toothbrushes for distribution in Christmas Hampers.