A total of thirty-nine (39) children were provided with various services from February to May of this year, including nine (9) babies who were provided with milk formula. The other thirty (30) older children were given balanced and nutritious food such as protein sources, fruits and carbohydrates.
Eight (8) children ages one (1) year and seven (7) months old to three (3) years and eight (8) months old underwent Autism assessment and evaluation by a Developmental Pediatrician. An in-house Occupational therapist was contracted to provide the necessary services to the children. Each of the six (6) children completed approximately seven (7) sessions. These sessions resulted an improvement in their fine and motor skills; active participation in structured learning activities; reduced tantrums; enhanced initiative in expressing their needs and desires; and increased interest in attending day care. Additionally, they became more independent in activities like brushing their teeth and toilet training.
Health was a challenging aspect during this period, as twelve (12) out of the thirty-nine (39) children experienced various symptoms including colds, cough, rapid shallow breathing, fever and loose bowel movements. Unfortunately, one (1) child suffered from severe Pneumonia and Myocarditis, requiring him to be hooked to a ventilator and confined in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). This medical challenge used up the medical budget for the entire year, but we are immensely grateful that the child is recovering now.
Regarding education, fourteen (14) children are regularly attending school. This however was challenging for those children who could not attend daycare and kindergarten because of the COVID-19 pandemic. These children are more curious and adventurous about the school environment and this required increased monitoring by the social workers and houseparents. Continuous and increased coordination with the kids’ advisors and subject teachers also became necessary. The 2022-2023 school year is expected to end on the first week of July.
Thank you for your continued support and love that we are able to hurdle the challenges that cropped up during the past months.
It was challenging to celebrate the holiday season with two (2) children hospitalized due to Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever. One of the children recovered in two (2) weeks due to mild bleeding and had a lower platelet count. The other child recovered in less a week. Since classes have been resumed in a face to face setting in their physical school, it was assumed that they got the illness from their school. Tahanan ng Pagmamahal observed additional precautionary measures and certain protocols to prevent the spreading of the illness to the other kids.
Five (5) children also experienced minor skin problems and insect bites. These were treated with over the counter topical medicines.
Four (4) children resumed their therapy sessions with a licensed psychologist. As a result of these sessions, these kids are now more expressive with their feelings. They have shown enhanced social interactions with their classmates and the other kids in Tahanan. They are also more conscientious and aware of the consequences of their actions.
The older children are also currently receiving therapy sessions for their transitory transfer to other organizations that cater to children entering their teen years. These organizations can provide appropriate activities, facilities and services to teens. While waiting to get adopted, there are kids in Tahanan that are outgrowing the shelter’s age-limited expertise, which is caring for babies to young children.
Nine (9) babies were provided with milk formula to keep them healthy and ensure their physical development. Twenty-six (26) children were provided with nutritious food.
The medical expenses incurred in the hospitalization, medicines and therapies all required financial liquidity. It is with grateful hearts that we give you our utmost thanks in helping us overcome these challenges in making sure the kids are getting what they need medically and nutritionally. Thank you for being channels of blessings to our kids.
For the third (3rd) quarter of 2022, thirty-five (35) children were given educational assistance. Eighteen (18) children were enrolled in primary (formal) education from Daycare to Grade 5. However as of the last week of September 2022, only sixteen (16) are officially attending the blended learning classes since two (2) of the children were adopted.
The Blended Learning Classes are a combination of in-person and modular classes. During the two (2) years of the pandemic, the kids completed their education purely through modular classes facilitated by the staff. But now that they’re enrolled in the blended learning classes, all sixteen (16) children are excited, happy and religiously accomplishing their homework. Their in-person classes start at 6:00 in the morning and end at 12:30 noontime. They’ve missed the different group activities and their old classmates in the school.
Twenty-four (24) children had their health check-ups - various laboratory tests, weekly medical check-up with the private Pediatrician has been done to all the children. One (1) got confined due to Pneumonia but recovered well. The rest of the children had recurrent asthma, cough, colds and fever necessitating COVID-19 antigen and RT PCR tests. Thankfully all the results turned out negative. As a preventive measure all the qualified older children ages five (5) years old to eleven (11) years old were given full COVID-19 vaccinations. It was observed that the vaccinated children did not become sickly after their shots.
Thirty-five (35) children were provided with milk, nutritious food, multivitamins, extra Vitamin C to ensure that the children remain active, strong and healthy. Their anthropometric measurements also showed an increase in their body mass indeces.
Despite all the challenges, we are very tahnkful that through your generosity and kindness, we are still able toenroll the kids; pay for the hospitalization and confinement expenses; provide them nutritious meals, vitamins and medicine to help them thrive in this new normal.
As of the second quarter of 2022, there are thirty–six (36) children in Tahanan ng Pagmamahal. They were given milk, nutrionally-balanced meals, cared for and safe.
To maintain and ensure their health and well being, older children ages two (2) years old to eleven (11) years old underwent medical and dental check-ups. The children are continuously taking their daily multi-vitamins, and extra vitamin C to reach their ideal body weight and mass index.
The medical coordinator and the center’s cook coordinate closely to check the nutritional content of the kids’ daily meals based on their required needs. They regularly make sure that the kids’ meals are balanced, adequate and healthy.
There are two (2) newly admitted infants in Tahanan. One of them, a month old infant recovered after three (3) days of hospital confinement due to diarrhea. The doctors can only surmise as to the cause of his illness such as: the mother’s health practices while she was pregnant and perhaps the lack of pre-natal care; and when the child was taken in foster care by another caregiver (he wasn’t given the right and adequate dietary sustenance) prior to his referral and admittance in Tahanan ng Pagmamahal.
Sixteen (16) children are still studying through the distance learning and modular program of the Department of Education for the school year 2021-2022.
Thank you for your continued support and assisatnce in caring for the children of Tahanan ng Pagmamahal. We are truly grateful for your help and your generosity in helping our children thrive and grow in a safe, healthy and loving environment.
The start of 2022 has been very challenging but through God’s generous blessings through you, we have overcome these medical and educational trials we faced in the first two (2) months:
Eighteen (18) children had COVID-19 symptoms: colds, cough, and fever. One (1) eight (8) month-old baby was confined due to moderate COVID-19 and paediatric community acquired pneumonia. They all completely recovered after several trips to the doctor for medical check-ups; some required hospitalization; and all were given medicine to treat their symptoms.
The adjusted COVID-19 alert levels paved the way for the resumption of the several therapies the children needed. Four (4) children ages 3 -7 years old are now undergoing their occupational and speech therapies. Five (5) children were assessed by a developmental paediatrician and have resulted to; early detection of autism; establishing a baseline for the kids’ nutritional status; hearing tests; and the identification of stimulation activities to improve fine and sensory motor skills (pencil grip, writing), speech and language (body parts and object identification) of the kids.
Face to face classes are still not allowed despite the lower alert COVID-19 levels. Twenty (20) children continued with their studies through the Modular Distance Learning Program of the Department of Education
We were able to provide forty (40) children with nutritious food and vitamins to further strengthen their immune systems. We were able to provide them with the safety and security in having them under our care and Tahanan ng Pagmamahal is still able to continue its operations.
We thank you with grateful and joyful hearts because you chose to bless us in taking care of these children. Our kids are able to recover, heal, have the therapies and medical care they need. They can continue studying, eating nutritious food, thriving in a loving and protected sanctuary. Thank you for helping us continue in our journey in finding these kids their loving homes.
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