Kythe aims to improve the quality of life of hospitalized children with chronic illnesses. Photo from Kythe Foundation's Facebook account
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Make your Christmas more meaningful by supporting these worthy causes

You can give gifts to orphans and abandoned kids, donate money to buy Noche Buena packages for poor families, visit inmates or the elderly, or help fund a sick child’s medication—there are numerous ways to help. 
ANCX | Dec 16 2019

Kythe Foundation Inc.

Kythe’s programs center on improving the quality of life of hospitalized children with cancer and other chronic illnesses. “We believe that the hospital is not only a place to heal, but also to love, play, learn, and grow,” reads their vision. The foundation implements the Kythe Child Life Program, a hospital-based, holistic approach that provides psychosocial support to children and their families, to complement medical treatment.

How to help:

Adopt A Patient provides assistance for medical procedures, medicines, laboratory, and other expenses. A donation of PHP 6,000 covers a month of medical assistance to supplement procedures such as blood transfusions, X-rays, and CT scans; medicines such as antibiotics and vitamins. Transportation expenses are included.

In an effort to deliver a more holistic care to patients, Kythe Survivors’ Program provides educational assistance to patients who are willing to continue their studies and pursue a degree in college. A monthly commitment of PHP 6,000 covers the daily allowance of the student including transportation, meals, and other expenses that would be incurred.

A donation of PHP 6,000 a month for a year to Kythe’s Share A Fare program will help children comply with medical treatment. This will also cover attendance to hospital activities where the children can learn, play and enjoy childhood.

To help augment resources needed to provide medicine for the children, a monthly donation of PHP 1,000, PHP 2,000, and PHP 3,000 to the Tithe For Kythe can be committed for a year.

For more information, call 8376-3454, 0918-9072094, or visit kythe.org

 

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Erda Foundation

ERDA (Educational Research and Development Assistance) Foundation was founded in 1974 by Fr. Pierre T. Tritz, SJ (or Fr. Tritz), a French National. He gave up his citizenship to become a Filipino to help prevent children here from dropping out from school. ERDA has been providing educational assistance (school supplies, bags, and uniform), catch-up programs (tutorials, workshops), and leadership and life skills trainings to children. The foundation encourages parents to form savings groups and participate in livelihood trainings for them to sustain the needs of their families.

ERDA provides educational assistance, catch-up programs, and leadership and life skills trainings to children. Photo from ERDA Foundation's Facebook account

How to help:

You could help either by sponsoring children to go back to school, sponsoring a project, or by volunteering to support their programs. They welcome cash, or in-kind donations.

For more information, call (63 2) 8 732 3198, (63 2) 8 732 4327, email erdafoundation.president@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page.

 

Gentle Hands, Inc.

Gentle Hands maintains two orphanages—Jason’s Home in Manila and Home of Grace in Baliuag, Bulacan. These serve as home to hundreds of babies and children who are orphaned, neglected, and abandoned; some are victims of crisis, trauma, and abuse.

How to help:

Currently, Gentle Hands has a staff of around 60 who are either paid or have volunteered, They oversee over 145 babies and children in the homes at various stages of rehabilitation, legal paperwork, adoption, and reunification. While the children do receive three full meals a day, extra funding would allow them to include a wider range of food such as meat, fruit, or milk. Most of the medical care takes place on site, but there are children in the home who are in desperate need for dental check-ups as well as eye and ear exams. All of the school-aged children attend public school or are homeschooled, however, tuition for older children is costly. Further funding is needed for tuition and to supply the school children with proper uniforms.

Gentle Hands maintains orphanages in Manila and in Baliuag, Bulacan. Photo from Gentle Hands Inc.'s Facebook account

Their Christmas appeal is for donors to give love to the babies and children by either giving them Christmas presents, shoes, school chairs, milk, or by donating some money for their caregivers’ salary (USD 250 for each of their 25 staff) or for their dream of buying a Kia Van (USD 23,000).

If you would like to be involved in their Christmas Appeal, email them at nathan.wheeley@gentlehands.org. For more information, call +632-8913-5540 or visit GentleHandsOrphanages.com.

 

Anawim

Anawim is a facility for the poor and abandoned elderly founded by Catholic lay preacher Bo Sanchez in Rizal. Anawim Lay Missions opened its doors in 1996 to rejected and abandoned elderly who are roaming the streets. Its purpose is to provide a home to those poor and abandoned elderly who have nowhere else to go.

By 2020, their goal is to have ten Anawim branches in different parts of the country, serving the poorest of the poor: abandoned elderly, orphans, street children, handicapped, drug dependents, unwed mothers, prostitutes, etc.

Anawim is a facility for the poor and abandoned elderly. Photo from Anawim Facebook account

How to help:

You could assist by providing funding to the Anawin Lay Missions; by taking time to visit the elderly at the facility in Brgy. San Isidro, Sitio Tanag, Rodriguez, Rizal; or and by volunteering your time in building Catholic lay communities that provide Christian homes, evangelization, and service to the poor and abandoned in society.For more information, call +632-710-5273+639177303546+639228266421, email contact@anawim.com.ph or visit Anawim.com.ph.

 

Philippine Jesuit Prison Service 

What started as a Jesuit priest visiting inmates in New Bilibid Prison became a foundation established in 1994 and located in National Bilibid Prisons Reservation. Since then, 18 Jesuit priests, dozens of staff, and thousands of volunteers have strived for restorative justice for inmates, their affected communities, and Philippine society. The Philippine Jesuit Prison Service (PJPS) is a ministry that shares the transforming love and mercy of God through the holistic rehabilitation of incarcerated persons, their families, and the prison community as a whole.    

PJPS aims for holistic rehabilitation of incarcerated persons, their families, and the prison community as a whole. Photo from ABS-CBN News

They assist the inmates through various means: providing a scholarship program to inmates’ children; providing pastoral services. They offer the sacraments to inmates in all camps of the New Bilibid Prisons and Correctional Institute for Women and give recollections for both Bureau of Corrections employees and inmates; attending to the medical, communication, and legal needs of the inmates; and facilitating immersions, proposing penal and judicial reforms.

How to help:

You could donate in cash and in kind, or volunteer in any of their programs.

For more information visit philippinejesuitprisonservice.org/

 

World Vision

This global humanitarian organization believes that sponsoring a child is the most personal, effective way to help fight poverty. When you sponsor a child, you help provide essentials like education, clean water, health and nutrition, and more, while you build relationship with the child through letters, photos, and updates. The goal is to help your sponsored child and his family break free from poverty and build a sustainable community. In the Philippines, you can choose to help children who live in the following provinces: Manila, Batangas, Cebu, Bohol, Antique, Aklan, Leyte, Negros Occidental, Misamis Occidental, North Cotabato, and Zamboanga. Sponsorship also assists the entire community by providing benefits like new or restored water wells, new or renovated schools and health clinics, and training in natural farming. Adults may receive vocational training in tailoring and carpentry or may attend classes in nutrition and hygiene.

World Vision believes that sponsoring a child is the most effective way to help fight poverty. Photo from World Vision's Facebook page

How to help:

Child sponsorship with World Vision in the Philippines only costs PHP 25 a day or PHP 750 per month. With that amount, you help lift up both your sponsored child and his or her entire community.

This Christmas season, you can support their Noche Buena Gift Campaign. Every donation of PHP 1,000 gives two families the joy of celebrating Christmas together as they share a Noche Buena meal. More than the meal, they will experience the love of God through your generosity. They are accepting gifts and donations for this project until February 2020.

For more information, visit worldvision.org.ph/