Care for 20 Children 0-10 Years Old in Philippines

by Angel House Orphanage Foundation, Inc.
Care for 20 Children 0-10 Years Old in Philippines
Our children all masked up for protection
Our children all masked up for protection


Covid-19 has impacted everyone across the world and has devastated families, communities and economies in every country. The Philippines implemented very strict policies from the start and continues to place severe restrictions on the movement of individuals in the country. The system is not perfect and elements such as testing and contact tracing could have been better, but we have managed to maintain a relatively low daily rate of confirmed cases compared to other countries.

Some of these restrictions have really affected the children in Angel House as they have not been allowed to leave the center since March of last year, that’s fifteen months of being confined inside the walls of Angel House. They have had no Day-care or elementary school classes during that time and are being home-schooled through modules collected from the school each week. It is difficult to assess the psychological impact of not being with their school friends or not being out in the community will have on their young minds.

Looking forward, it is going to be a slow process before we can return to a normal way of living; only 4% of Filipino adults have been immunized and the slow arrival of vaccines continues to be the major obstacle in gaining herd immunity. The government is hoping to achieve that goal by the end of the year, but many think that is not realistic, particularly as 40% of people are still hesitant about taking the vaccine. We can’t see face-to-face classes for our school students happening until next year. Which could have a significant impact on their education.

We are so thankful for your support through GlobalGiving, your funds mean that we have all the staff and resources that we need to educate and care for our children during these very challenging times. We provide them with facilities and activities that keep them happy and safe in the confines of our center; we are all looking forward to a better future for everyone.


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A young mother with her twin newborns
A young mother with her twin newborns

A young mother adjusts her face mask before attending to her newborn twins lying on a cramped cot inside one of the busiest maternity wards in the world. Nicknamed the ‘Baby Factory’, the hospital is in one of the poorest parts of the Philippine capital, surrounded by shanties and the infamous Manila City Jail.

She explains that she had to quit her job as a call center agent to care for her newborns. Her husband’s courier business was closed during one the longest lockdowns of any country, forcing the couple into poverty. The Philippines already has a poverty rate that’s nearly double that of other large countries in the region, such as Indonesia and Thailand. The World Bank estimates that 2.7 million more Filipinos fell below the poverty line last year, defined as someone living on less than $3 a day.

The lockdown also meant that that many women have been unable to access birth control, resulting in even more unplanned pregnancies. Indeed, it is estimated that an additional 214,000 unplanned babies will be born in the coming months, according to the University of the Philippines Population Institute. These children will be born in hospitals already overwhelmed by 1.8 million births a year, mostly into the poorest families.

Getting contraception has always been difficult for women in the Philippines, even before the pandemic. Birth control is taboo in a country where 80% of the population are Catholic. The church has pressurized officials to ban contraceptives and promote ‘a culture of life’. The reproductive health law, envisioned to provide family planning and sex education, took a 12-year battle before becoming law and another two-year fight in the supreme court. Key provisions, including teenage access to contraceptives, were restricted.

The upcoming surge in births will also increase maternal deaths and deepen the crisis with teenage pregnancies, one of the highest in south-east Asia. More children will also lead to increased neglect, malnutrition and abuse among families that are struggling to survive.

We anticipate that Angel House will receive many more abandoned or neglected infants in the coming months as a direct result of this lockdown baby boom. Your kind donations enable our foundation to give these children the love and care that they so desperately need; they are the innocent victims of this devastating pandemic. We will nurture them until their parents are capable of caring for them, or find new families that can give them a better future.


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D's special day to remember
D's special day to remember

In Angel House every child is very special and for each of them the most important day of the year is their birthday, so we always have a special celebration to mark that milestone in their life and give them a memory to cherish forever. This month we celebrated another birthday with boy D becoming six-years old, he enjoyed sharing his birthday cake and ice-cream with all his friends; D has the biggest smile and is a very bright little boy. But he is not one of our residents …..

He is one of our ‘drop-in’ kids that seem to spend more time in Angel House than his own home, we try to help families like his who struggle to survive and have many young children to feed, clothe and educate. Community outreach is an important element of the Angel House foundation, particularly during this pandemic. In the past we have helped the seven Day-care centers in our community and also had a scholarship program for children ages 5-8 years old.

Of course this year is very different as there has been no Day-care classes or school for any children due to the covid-19 virus; all children are being home-schooled and receive ‘modules’ of work from their school every week to be completed at home. But Angel House still tries to help wherever it can, giving out school supplies and supporting families like those of boy D.

Your donations through Angel House not only help the children that stay with us, but also those in the community who desperately need our support during these difficult times; at least boy D will have a happy memory of his birthday and that will give him hope for a brighter future without covid-19.


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Baby M
Baby M

Angel House Orphanage does not usually accept children with special needs as we are more than one hour from the nearest major hospital and although our center is wheelchair accessible, we do not really have the facilities or trained staff to cater for children requiring special care. However, as we do accept new-born babies, we can’t always predict what kind of physical or mental difficulties may arise as the child grows up in Angel House.

Such is the case of a cute little boy that we will call baby M. This little infant came to Angel House when he was only six days old and last month he celebrated his first birthday, a very important milestone for such a special child. He was born with microcephaly, which means his head is smaller than normal, a condition that can result in other physical impairments. He was recently diagnosed as having cerebral palsy and also has problems with swallowing and his vision. We are also waiting for baby M to have a CT-scan to gain a better understanding of his physical condition.

Baby M takes daily medicines to relax his muscles and enjoys being cuddled and tickled! His caregiver gives his arms and legs regular physical therapy and he often has a cheeky smile when he is happy. The future for this innocent little boy is uncertain and so we celebrate every day that we see his happy smile.

Your donations through GlobalGiving enables Angel House to pay for his regular medical check-ups and the CT-scan, as well as his daily medicines that keep him happy and comfortable.


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Social Worker or Detective?
Social Worker or Detective?

You would be amazed at how complex every single case that lands on our doorstep can be and our dedicated social worker has to become a detective to decipher the intricacies and decide on the way forward for the best interests of the child involved.

The most common problem is children that arrive without a birth certificate or any details about their date of birth or even the place of birth. Sometimes even the parents do not remember the year the child was born and our social worker has to trawl the birth records of different hospitals or birthing centers to try and find an answer. A birth certificate is one of the most important documents a person has, but because it costs money to register a new-born baby, many parents do not follow through with this legal obligation. If we have enough information we can also apply for a late birth registration and give the child a legal identity.

Another problem is when the parents disappear either before the child is admitted or shortly after, then we have to make radio announcements and newspaper requests for any relatives to come forward. On several occasions we have been lucky and found relatives, but most of the time there is no response. Our social worker will often visit the last known address of the family and ask neighbors and local officials for any useful information they might have. Sometimes the information is misleading or not accurate and creates more confusion about the case and different strategies have to be tried to locate any family members.

Social worker or detective, every case is fascinating and frustrating at the same time; we celebrate the occasions when we successfully trace a relative or lost document and work together as a team to find new ways to resolve a case, however complicated it may be. Our goal is to re-unite the family or find a new loving family for the child. Your support through GlobalGiving enables Angel House to employ our social worker and give these children a better future.


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Angel House Orphanage Foundation, Inc.

Location: San Isidro - Philippines
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Project Leader:
David Donaldson
San Isidro, Philippines
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