Community Outreach for Malate Fire Victims

Last August 18, 2017, a huge fire went ablaze in barangay 704, Malate, Manila; a community where some of the beneficiaries of the Open Heart Foundation reside. A heartbreaking scenario for all those affected! No words could express how they felt since all their belongings turned into ashes.

Based on the data from the barangay, there were 102 legal owners whose houses were burnt, 385 families and nine hundred 900 individuals affected.

The Open Heart Foundation staff immediately responded by visiting the place and extended support; both morally & financially to its beneficiaries.

People take longer time to recover from this kind of disaster; hence, the Foundation did not cease to seek help from other organizations. With the Foundation’s strong partnership with De La Salle College of St. Benilde-Center for Social Action through Benildean Operation Sagip, we were able to extend help to the victims of this calamity. One hundred families were identified and received three different packs which include rice, canned goods and hygiene kit. Usable clothes were also given. The distribution of goods transpired at Bahay Bulilit beside the 704 barangay hall. Present during the distribution were the National Service Training Program (NSTP) students/volunteers of DLS-CSB. Barangay officials were, likewise, present to witness the distribution.

Kudos to the Open Heart Youth Movement officers who also extended their help! To all the staff present… thank you! The presence of our Executive Director, Ms. Rosalinda T. Perez, is highly appreciated. We hank you for setting a good mark to inspire us more to extend our effort and time unconditionally.

God Bless Open Heart Foundation!

God Bless De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde.

Article by: Visimar Mimay, RSW, CYDP Program Manager