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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
DC and JM walking
DC and JM walking

Something remarkable happened last week here in Angel House with JM and DC taking their very first steps by themselves; to see the delight on their small faces as they took those little clumsy steps was such a precious moment for everyone. Even when they fall down, they still try again and again until they master the act of walking on two feet, giving them a sense of freedom they never had before.

JM and DC are taking their first steps on the journey of life, to a better future with a new family that will love and care for them; a family that will walk by their side and guide them through the challenges ahead, holding their hand when times get difficult. Their new parents will nurture their hopes and dreams, giving them the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

Of course, amazing things happen every day in Angel House; the first time an infant smiles, crawls, stands up and murmurs that first word. Or when an older child comforts a younger child in distress with a loving hug, or when a child that normally struggles in school receives praise from their teacher for an assignment well done. When a visitor is moved to tears by the happiness she sees in the faces of our children that have suffered so much, or the moment adoptive parents embrace the child that finally makes them a loving family.

Along with everyone that donates to Angel House through GlobalGiving, we celebrate each small step towards a brighter future for all of our children. We walk together in our quest to provide the resources needed to love and care for them, allowing them to take the first steps towards a better life.

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AH with his mother at the Eiffel Tower
AH with his mother at the Eiffel Tower

From my many years experience of working with children that have suffered abuse and neglect or who are abandoned by their parents, I am always amazed at the resilience they show as they face their fears and individual challenges, moving forward to a place of physical, emotional and mental stability in the safety and security of our loving embrace.

Their instinctive need to bond with others and to be loved helps those children that need new parents adapt quickly to their new families and environments: AH is one such child. He was adopted by a family from France in March and will celebrate his third birthday this month. Since his arrival in France he has taken possession of his life in a remarkable and positive way; each month is a big step towards his adaptation to people, places and culture, all in a climate of love and trust.

AH has put all his trust in his new parents since they first met and accepts naturally and spontaneously all they offer him because he knows that it is for his physical and psychological well-being. The parents say that together with AH they brought themselves the greatest joy for all three. His future with his new family seems assured in his adopted country; FRANCE.

Angel House has completed thirteen adoptions over the past four years and many more children have been re-united with their families after staying in Angel House. Thanks to your partnership with Global Giving we can continue to provide the very best care for these young children and give them a better future with a loving family; we hope that you will take advantage of the Global Giving campaigns over the Christmas period and donate to our Foundation.

BLESSINGS TO YOUR FAMILY AND ALL THE CHILDREN OF THE WORLD.  

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Many of the children staying in Angel House are only here on a temporary basis before going back to stay with their families. There are many reasons why a child may need temporary care; usually one parent has left the home and the remaining parent has to work in order to support their young child, as there is no government program to provide any financial assistance for single parents. Other reasons include mental health problems, single teenage mothers or domestic abuse.

GK came to Angel House in June, 2015, after his mother suffered physical abuse from her husband and asked for help from the local social services. They helped her to find employment while GK came to stay with us at only eleven months old. Every month she would visit her son and they managed to maintain a close bond during their precious time together; we allow mothers to stay overnight so that they can remain close to their young children.

Our social worker would also meet with GK’s mother during these visits and provide counseling and practical advice on how to save money and plan for the future with her young son. Over the coming months his mother regained her confidence and resolved conflicts she had with her own family, so that finally GK’s grandmother agreed to care for him while the mother continued to work and provide for his needs.

GK left Angel House with his mother on 29th July after staying with us for just over one year; with a healthy diet, proper health care and a stimulating environment, he became a strong and delightful character that everyone loved. Thanks to your amazing support through Global Giving, GK is one of seven children that have been re-united with their families this year and yet another success story for Angel House.

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Our elementary school children
Our elementary school children

As Nelson Mandela once remarked, education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.  At Angel House we know that giving our children a good education will enable them to achieve a happy and successful future, despite their difficult early experiences in life.

This year we had three children aged 3-4 years attending Day Care classes every weekday morning, five children in mainstream elementary school and one child who is profoundly deaf attending a class for children with special needs. All of these children also receive a tutorial from Monday to Thursday, guided by our house-parents, so that they have a good understanding of all subjects.

They have all improved their grades and performance during their stay with us and most received awards at the recent elementary school closing ceremony, with one being an honor student. We always praise their efforts and give them words of encouragement to improve their confidence, remembering that some of them have emotional difficulties due to their traumatic experiences before entering Angel House.

Your financial support through Global Giving enables us to give our school children uniforms and all the educational supplies that they need to help them develop their academic potential. With a good education they can hopefully go on to college and a successful career, breaking the cycle of deprivation and poverty that prevents so many Filipinos from achieving their dreams of a better life.

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The happy parents in the photo are Luis and Rosa from Spain. Last month they arrived at Angel House to meet their newly adopted son, four year old John. This sweet little boy had been staying with us in Angel House for two years, waiting to finally have his dream come true of having his own family.

The adoption process for overseas parents is a long one and Luis and Rosa had been waiting for more than five years before they were successfully matched with John. They first had to prove to the Spanish authorities that they were capable of raising an adopted child, attending many seminars and completing a lot of required paperwork. This took two years and only then could they proceed with their application to the Inter Country Adoption Board (ICAB) in Manila. They were then placed on the long waiting list to be matched with an available child, so they definitely needed to have a lot of patience!

All that waiting was rewarded when they first met John at Angel House; he ran straight into their arms and gave them both a big hug. It was a very emotional moment for everyone to see this passionate embrace that was the creation of a new family. For the next three days John had a big smile on his face and was always calling for his mama and papa, he was so happy to have his new parents.

As Luis explained, it was as if a big weight had been lifted from his shoulders after the many years of waiting for this special moment to arrive. Now, the parents could enjoy being with their son and look forward to being a family. For John, not only does he have new parents, but also grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins and a whole new culture to experience in Spain.

Angel House has completed 12 adoptions over the last four years and re-united more than 20 children with their families after living in Angel House. All this is made possible through your kind donations that enable us to provide the highest quality care for these vulnerable little children and find them a family that will love them. We value your partnership in giving these children hope of a brighter 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
$47,812 raised of $95,000 goal
 
976 donations
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