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 is a birthing centre located in Antipolo about an hour drive into the hills above Makati and is a charity we have been involved with since its own birth.
Mavis Orton started helping women give birth in her front room in 1992 and continued till the modern birthing centre opened in 2013, which she helped to create. The BWA give a cash donation 4 times a year and this money is used to buy supplies for the centre.
Mavis has now retired back to the UK but was awarded an MBE fo her inspirational work in the Philippines.
Each birth costs about 750 pesos and includes all the pre and postnatal classes, pre-natal education classes, ante-natal care, birth certificate, ultrasounds and vitamins and supplements. This is a lot of love for a very little amount of money.
The centre currently deliver 100 babies a month providing pre and post-natal classes for mothers and fathers, a safe place to give birth, the ability to treat sick babies with their mothers plus family planning.
The BWA give a cash donation 4 times a year and this money is used to buy supplies for the centre. We have also contributed to family bundles for new mothers to take home after giving birth
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 have sponsored over 18 children. This 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.
The preschool is already operational in a makeshift classroom in the under croft of the building owned by Asian Student Christian Foundation. They currently have 30 students in the morning and 30 students in the afternoon. Cashew school is in an illegal settler lot in Payatas but they have plans for a new preschool building which will be built inside a 1440 sq.m. lot owned by ASCF. People in this area of Kasiglahan and the landfill in San Isidro prefer to send their child to work in the landfill or to scavenge rather than schooling. If not the dumpsite, parents would prefer their child to work and help out because above all else. The priority is to put food on the table especially for young siblings. But at cashew they understand how preschool education is very important because it is during this time when students and parents realise the importance of education.
We hold regular collections for donated items such as clothes or cans; we also collect toiletries and toothbrushes for distribution in Christmas Hampers.