on September 13, 2019
The Open Heart Foundation opened its door for internship programs to students since 2009 to be part in the implementation of the organization’s programs and services and to immerse them to the culture of the Philippines. For this year, two (2) students from Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences were the third Batch of students who had their internship program. They are Klara and Leonie. The objective of the internship program is for the students to relate and describe the experiences and knowledge gained about the programs and services of the Foundation; describe culture, attitudes and behaviors of the clientele of the organization; explain the process of preparing a Social Case Study Report; discuss the administration of a social service and development agency; and enumerate and describe the procedures on how to conduct psychosocial interventions. The whole exposure lasted for 6 weeks, from August 1 to September 12, 2019.
During their first week, the students were oriented about the operations of OHFWI, they were given the tasks to make write up to get to know and be familiarized with the organization they will be working with. The following weeks, the students were exposed to the Children and Youth Development Program (CYDP), Child Abuse Prevention and Community Intervention Program (CAPCIP), and the Health and Nutrition Program (HNP), particularly in the areas of Quezon City, Cavite and Rizal. They were able to observe the process of opening the feeding program in Rizal, from pre-weighing and evaluation of target beneficiaries of the program, and the implementation process.
Each of them were assigned to one case to experience case management in the Philippines. They conducted home visitation, exploration of the program in the local government, and produced a social case study report which will be their tool for their treatment plan. They were able to conduct at least two activities in their treatment plan on each case.
Klara conducted three (3) lessons of tutorial to evaluate her client in reading skills then left exercises for the client to continue developing his skills. Leonie on the other hand, conducted psychological session with her client for her to learn and develop her skills in dealing positively with her traumatic experiences and gain strength necessary to handle possible issues in the future.
Both of them encouraged the parents of their clients to seek capability training to equip themselves and have a better job opportunity. The two interns then facilitated two additional Psychosocial sessions. First, is the “Self-Awareness Session” to the 15 beneficiaries of OHFWI in Quezon City. The objective of this activity was for the beneficiaries to learn how to make positive and healthy decisions as an important part of preparing them for responsible adulthood. Second, is the psychosocial activities with children in conflict with the law and children who need protection in GMA, Cavite. The objective of this activity was for the children to reflect one’s own behavior and to determine the children´s need for protection and support they need.
The interns were also exposed in the process of how the government and private social work service agencies are organized and administered to develop a programs and services, mandates, etc. for the welfare of the children and youth through attending the meeting of the Regional Council for the Welfare of Children which is a government network of OHFWI and to the Local Council for the Protection of Children in Carmona Cavite and for having a visit at Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office in GMA, Cavite.
They were also able to join the outreach program of OHFWI in San Teodoro, Oriental Mindoro as part of the celebration of the 27th anniversary of the Foundation.
These were part of the activities for them to experience and gain knowledge on the aspect of Social Case Work and Administration of Social Welfare Administration.
The two intern students were able to complete all the activities assigned to them despite the challenges in language and time constraints. They were able to demonstrate knowledge on the strategies applicable to all types of clientele system, shows adaptability and flexibility in the system of implementing the program and services here in the Philippines. They were immersed in the Filipino culture by recognizing the uniqueness of the diverse individuals and groups’ situation including effects of personal and societal forces and influencing behavior.
Article Prepared by Saleah Joy Uclusin, RSW
Developing a Child-Friendly Monitoring Tools
on September 8, 2019
Developing a Child-Friendly Monitoring Tools for the 3rd NPAC is this year’s topic of the CRC Coalition’s Annual Children’s Consultation held September 7-8, 2019 at La Breza Hotel in Quezon City.
Attended by children and youth representatives from various children’s rights advocate organizations in the country, the Open Heart Foundation Youth was represented by Alexandra Del Rosario and John Christian Valles.
Discussed in this activity is the 3rd National Plan of Action for Children (NPAC) for 2017-2022, a medium-term action plan to achieve and realize the vision for the Filipino Children or Child 21, stating the 4 goals as follows:
Goal 1: Children have a better quality and improved quality of life. Goal 2: Children are well-nourished, have healthy lives and are active learners with good quality education. Goal 3: Children are safe and free from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation. Goal 4: Children are actively participating in decision-making processes affecting their lives according to their evolving capacities.
Through child-friendly games, workshop and interactive activities, the perspectives of the youth participants and their understanding of the UNCRC children’s rights and NPAC goals were gathered. An additional topic in Understanding Sex and Gender was also discussed by the facilitators from the CRC Coalition.
The participants have identified indicators in determining whether each goal is achieved considering the topics that has been discussed. They have chosen at least two significant issues of concerns in the community and society, as a whole, where they came out with sets of questions that can be used in the monitoring tool.
Participants presented their proposed data gathering techniques, methodologies, schedule and monitoring process that they see effective and applicable for children their age. The types of support they need and from whom was also identified.
The 2-day activity concluded with a consultation meeting with the youth participants of the Children Talk to Children (C2C) facilitated by Ms. Olive of Save the Children. This was in view of the possible changes of C2C program management from SM-ZOTO, the organization who sphere headed this initiative, to CSCCRC Coalition.
Article by: Janette C. Corollo, RSW
Expanding in Eastern Visayas
on July 1, 2019
Open Heart Foundation Worldwide, Inc. extends its services in Catarman, Northern Samar through partnership with its Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office. This expansion is part of the foundation’s move in helping to alleviate poverty in the Philippines as Northern Samar is one of the poorest provinces. Believing that education is a powerful tool to overcome poverty, Open Heart Foundation open its services through the Children and Youth Development Program (CYDP) by giving educational assistance to incoming college students this school year 2019 – 2020.
Part of the visit in the area was monitoring the CYDP beneficiaries in neighboring municipalities, like Lavezares and Bulusan in Sorsogon.
Article prepared by Saleah Joy Uclusin, RSW
Romblon Monitoring Visit 2019
on April 11, 2019
The Open Heart Foundation Worldwide, Inc. (OHFWI) conducts its regular monitoring in Sibuyan Romblon last April 10 – 11, 2019 now with, our partner and benefactor Rick and Mely Rey Foundation (RMRF) and together with two of our board members. Through the generosity of our benefactor, OHFWI opens 30 new slots for the deserving students who will enter college. The slots opened to the students of Romblon State University – San Fernando Campus and Lumbang East National High School. A total of 37 students will be supported in their college studies through Children and Youth Development Program.
Another highlight of the visit is the turnover of the donation to Lumbang East National High School. Rick and Mely Rey Foundation donated a cash for the completion of the school’s building that will accommodate senior high school students. Lumbang National High School is located in the middle of the mountains which caters hundreds of students so that they will no longer go to the municipality centre for their schooling. As Ms. Repiso, Principal of Lumbang East National High School, said that RMRF’s donation that was coursed through OHFWI is one of the great moves in the completion of their school project.
Article prepared by: Saleah Joy Uclusin, RSW
CYDP Expansion in Sarangani
on January 31, 2019
In the pursuit of reaching out to more disadvantaged children and youth in the Philippines, the Open Heart Foundation Worldwide Inc. coordinated with the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, Saranggani Province last May 2018. In September 2018 the Open Heart team headed by the Executive Director, Ms. Rosalinda T. Perez, went to visit the provincial office for courtesy call to the PSWD – OIC Ms. Raquel S. Panal. She was very accommodating and happy for possible services that would be extended to the area. She has recommended the Municipality of Alabel and Malapatan and coordination in both municipalities were done.
On the same day, the OHF team were able to interview twenty seven (27) applicants for educational support. In Malapatan, most of the applicants belong to the Blaan tribe. Blaan is a coined word “bla” and “an”. “Bla” means counterpart or pair and suffix “an” expressing ownership or possession. When joined together, Blaan, means our counterpart tribe.
Out of the 27 applicants, fifteen (15) of them got to the final list and have met the requirements of the Foundation: 5 from Alabel and 10 from Malapatan.
Last December 17, 2018, the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office facilitated the MOA between the beneficiaries together with their parent/guardian and OHF. The release of the monetary assistance was done by the PSWDO Sarangani as seen through attached photos.
Article by: Saleah Joy Uclusin, RSW
Outreach Project of Living Waters Church
on January 21, 2019
The Open Heart Foundation Worldwide, Inc. (OHFWI) successfully welcomed a new year with a back to back outreach project through the initiative of Living Waters Church – Pennsylvania and Let’s Share Foundation Inc.
This has been the tradition of the team to bring joy to the children every January. For this year, the team’s main agenda for the visit is to share the love of God to the children and victims of injustice. They also advocate in promoting health through education awareness of proper hygiene with the children.
The team distributed school supplies to 35 children in Payatas, 75 children in Reception and Study Center for Children in Quezon City, 75 Aeta children in Palauig, Zambales, and 200 in Tagudin, Ilocos Sur. They also shared their time with the victims of sexual exploitation, who are in the in custody of ECPAT Philippines.
This was a coordinated project with OHFWI, Living Waters Church and Let’s Share Foundation. Their annual visit to the country is significant and plays a huge role in promoting the welfare and empowerment of children in fulfillment of OHFWI’s mission.
Article prepared by Saleah Joy Uclusin, RSW
Children’s Month Celebration in Romblon
on November 17, 2018
Because of the cooperation and strong relationship of each beneficiaries, we Open Heart Youth Movement Romblon came up with an activity for the children and their parents, as celebration for children’s month. Early morning of November 17, 2018, we started preparing, by doing our assigned tasks: some prepared the gifts, the games, and the food that we would give to our participants. Every one of us did our tasks happily that’s why we finished the preparation early, then proceeded to our venue, in Lagting. We were even accompanied by our beloved guidance counselor, Ms. Molo. While we were on our way, we encountered children who are malnourished and with no clothing, we also invited them to join our activity because we want them to feel happy though our gifts.
When we arrived at the venue, the chieftain, who is a father of one OHF beneficiaries, warmly welcomed us together with many children and their parents. One of the elders showcased their tribe dance as a sign of our acceptance in their area. Lagting is a place which is far from civilization of the municipal center of San Fernando, Romblon. It is located 3km away from the barangay Poblacion. It is a place where the indigenous people live, called Mangyan. We have seen how the tribe respected each other, their culture and their beliefs.
When we officially started the program, Jessica Roda opened it with a prayer then followed by a simple speech by Ms. Molo. Marvin Iyas then gave the lecture about disaster preparedness during an earthquake. Everyone is interested about the topic and even asked questions and also shared their ideas about the topic. During our games activity, the children enjoyed their experience that even their parents joined the games too. After the games, we gave our simple gifts and some food. Everyone in the community was really happy and thankful, specially their chieftain saying it is their first time to experience it and that a foundation came to visit them, it is a great help to their community.
The Open Heart Youth Movement Romblon is really thankful to all the staff and people behind the foundation who supporting and helping us more than just financially but to pay back and help other community. This experience is memorable and incomparable.
Article by: Jessica Roda, OHYM Romblon
Simultaneous Cleanup Drive by OHF Youth Movement
on October 28, 2018
A day of a simultaneous cleanup drive was conducted in three different areas on October 28, 2018. This is an initiative of the officers and members of the Open Heart Youth Movement; an organized children and youth group of the Open Heart Foundation.
For Quezon, in Palawan they have identified the bliss site. This area is similar to the slum area in the metro. It is rarely cleaned by concerned individuals. The Open Heart Youth Movement then decided to extend their free time to do a cleanup in the area especially the road canals.
For Manila beneficiaries, Dakota and Quirino streets in Malate, Manila, was the place they have reached out. This place is near their respective communities. The area is often cleaned by street sweepers but during this day while the street sweepers were on rest day, they have taken the responsibility to do the task.
For Binan, Laguna beneficiaries, the flooded prone area in Barangay Dela Paz was their place for the community cleanup. It is near the vicinity of school which was long submerged in water. Several streets where also cleaned up. Together with some parents and staff the activity transpired.
Kudos to all these young men and women of the Foundation. More community outreach to extend in our respective communities. We always got your back!
Article by: Visimar Mimay, CYDP Program Manager
Coastal Clean Up in Romblon
on October 18, 2018
Ocean provides us lot of things. It is vast, wide, and deep that nurture different kind of living things. Its beauty captivated our naked eyes. Therefore, it needs care, love and protection to make it clean and beautiful up to the next generation.
Last October 18, 2018, the Open Heart Youth Movement in Romblon conducted an activity held at Pantalan of Poblacion, San Fernando, Romblon. This activity was coastal clean-up. We heard the cry of nature that it needs us to protect, love, and care. To show our love to our mother nature we conducted this activity. This was a small activity with the purpose of awakening youths and the people nearby the coastal area that even a simple way of cleaning the seashore makes a big impact to the nature. Cleaning plastics and plastic containers along the shore will help and rescue the sea to make it hospitable for the creatures living in it. There are news that endangered species of sharks and whales die because of plastics they accidentally swallowed from the sea.
The Open Heart Youth Movement – Romblon started the clean-up at 7:00 in the morning. We gathered garbage like plastic cans, tin cans, plastic cups, plastic bags, dried leaves, and etc. we put it in sacks and segregated for disposal. The clean-up ended at around 11:00 in the morning. As we finished the activity, we feel very happy and fulfilled seeing the clean seashore and realizing that in the simple way we already helped our environment.
A simple move makes a big impact if you have a team that helps and supports you all the time.
Open Heart Youth Movement: Service from the heart in protecting our Mother Earth.
on September 28, 2018
Driven by commitment, powered by passion, The Open Heart Youth Movement (OHYM) participated in the 33rd Annual International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) 2018 together with the Open Heart Foundation Worldwide, Inc. (OHFWI) staff and beneficiaries from Biñan, Manila, and Quezon City. This is to help LESSEN and IMPROVE the cleanliness of our ocean, held last September 22, 2018 at Baywalk, Roxas Boulevard.
To save Mother Earth from near destruction and the oceans from contamination, thousands of participants from different schools and organizations gathered for this event. This activity only happens once a year where our ocean is the focus. Many participants from different sectors came to offer their helping hands in order to remove all unnecessary debris in the shorelines.
The children & youth organization of the Foundation felt that there is an urge to be involved in this advocacy. Twenty seven (27) volunteers successfully participated and completed the task of gathering and segregating garbage’s from the bay like plastics, plastic bottles, cups, slippers, and other things that are considered as trash. In total, OHF volunteers collected 11 trash bags filled with garbage which had an estimated weight of 71.8 Kilo in the distance of 1 kilometer.
By participating in this project and doing this simple gesture, we have conveyed our humble effort to save our mother nature from destruction. We know that each of us have a responsibility to save & conserve our environment. More so, it is our duty to maintain a clean ocean in particular.
Those who participated in this endeavor felt a feeling of fulfillment and therefore pledged to take part again in the next International Coastal Clean-Up. Call of duty as they say; let us all be responsible in keeping our ocean clean and safe for all the living organisms that depend on water.
Article by: Joan Sinampan and Anna Marie Laganzon, OHYM Quezon City
Summer Camp 2018
on April 23, 2018
Open Heart Foundation Children and Youth Movement (OHF CYDP) Officers of Binan, Laguna, Manila, and Quezon City had a brainstorming about the first ever summer camp that will gather all the beneficiaries and staff of different areas to have fun and make new learnings. The officers together with Social Worker Ms. Visimar Mimay and Ms. Saleah Uclusin planned and think about what will be the objective, theme, location, date and activities of the upcoming summer camp.
The Summer Camp 2018 with a theme “WERPA: We are Empowered, Resilient, Purposeful and Assertive” Youth Leaders was held at Jabez Camp Site in Dasmarinas, Cavite on April 21-23, 2017 was joined by beneficiaries and staffs.
The first day activity was assigned to Wowie Mapakit and Crystal Timbal the Youth Facilitators assigned to assists the campers about the activities that will be having for the day. The campers was divided into 6 groups named by colors which are group yellow, peach, green, violet, blue, and orange that will be the groups to be together in the tents and activities designated to them, they are grouped by the staffs and recognized together with their facilitators. Wowie Mapakit for group yellow, Joshua Sipat for group blue, Angelou Corales for group green, Crystal Timbal for group violet, Ruzzel Camposano for group peach, and Sheila Savellano for group orange. They will be the leaders of the group as well as the facilitators of the activities of the camp.
Each group should come up with a name and make a flag that represents their group that will be presented to the staffs and campers. After the activity on the first day, the group leaders and members get the food that they will cook for their dinner. Before the day will end, youth facilitators conducted an activity to get to know their members and to have a bonding for the rest of the camp, each members will pick a paper that has a pictures of things that they think represents them and will be discussed within the group.
The highlight of the camp was the second day because the activities was extreme for the campers which is facilitated by Ruzzel Camposano and Angelou Corrales; at exactly 6:00AM the campers get ready by cooking their breakfast and participating on the Zumba that were prepared by the youth facilitators. The campers was engaged to different obstacles with their groups to learn how to work with others and have a strong stamina to surpass any trials that they will face. Lastly, the campers get the chance to enjoy and have fun in the swimming pool after the activity. At night, we set a bonfire to end the day with some sharing of experiences and learnings of the campers for the activities that has done, they are given papers to write their thoughts and things that they wanted to get rid of themselves by burning them.
The last day activity was facilitated by Sheila Savellano and Joshua Sipat, it was the giving of certificates for the winners of the games and recognition for those who excel in different areas of the activities in the camp.
Article by: Sheilamae Savellano, CYDP QC Beneficiary
Medical Mission 2018
on February 4, 2018
Let’s Share Foundation (LSF) is a partner agency of Open Heart Foundation Worldwide Inc. (OHFWI) from Pennsylvania, USA in providing services to the people. Together with Living Waters Church (LWC), they collaborated with OHFWI in the conduct of psychosocial activities for children, Buntis Lecture and Pneumococcal Vaccination, which happened on January 24, and 25, 2018.
Psychosocial activities were conducted in the Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) and Kapalaran Disciples Child Development Center, Payatas Quezon City. The volunteers from LWC shared the story of a Good Samaritan to the children to emphasize being a good neighbor to others. They also played fun games with the children and gave away loot bags to hype up their excitement. As response to the generosity of the volunteers, the children presented singing and dancing performances.
Buntis Lecture was conducted to 50 pregnant women in Barangay North Fairview in the afternoon of January 24, 2018 to promote a healthy journey in their pregnancy and empower them as mothers. Ms. Sonia Lagario, a midwife officer from health center, gave a lecture about the First 1000 days of pregnancy while Dra. Nicole Dacanay, an OB volunteer from LSF, gave a glimpse about pre-natal and post-natal care and addressed the concerns of the mothers in regards to their pregnancy. The local health center of barangay North Fairview gave a free HIV and Urine testing to the pregnant women. Loot bags were also given to pregnant women from LWC.
After the successful activities in Manila, volunteers from LWC, LSF and OHFWI proceeded to La Trinidad, Benguet province to administer 100 pneumo-vaccinations to individuals identified by the local health unit.
A day after La Trinidad, LWC and LSF went to Tagudin, Ilocos Sur to undertake another vaccination mission and conducted psychosocial activities for children.
The purpose of the vaccination is to augment the government initiatives in providing health care services to the Filipino people. It is given to individuals who could not afford to take these vaccines from private clinics or hospital.
Article by: Saleah Uclusin, CYDP Area Coordinator
C2C: National Agenda Setting and Advocacy Planning
on November 5, 2017
Children Talk to Children is a child led coalition of 20 organizations, represented by a Project Team. It monitors the implementation of United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child through making a report base on the situation of children here in our country and by participating in government policy lobbying and program planning.
Two of the beneficiaries of Open Heart Foundation namely Joshua and Crystal Joanne are active Project Team member of Children Talk to Children. Last November 3-5, 2017, Children Talk to Children organized National Agenda Setting and Advocacy Planning at Ciudad Christhia Resort, San Mateo, Rizal. They consolidated the C2C Children’s Report to be submitted to the United Nation’s Committee on the Rights of the Child, by identifying emerging issues of children here in the Philippines, the positive and negative impacts of the government’s legislations, and by formulating recommendations for the improvement of children’s situation here in Philippines.
Their representation provide them opportunities and experiences that raises the voice of children in the Philippines, making them responsible, self-directed, creative and productive members of our society.
Article by: Saleah Joy Uclusin, CYDP Area Coordinator
Safeguarding the Children’s Rights
on October 29, 2017
Open Heart Foundation Worldwide Inc. is one of the NGOs actively promoting and monitoring the implementation of the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC) through its different programs. As part of advocating UN CRC, Open Heart Foundation Worldwide Inc. also participates in different consultations to review the status of children’s rights here in our country, Philippines.
On October 26-29, 2017, the Civil Society Coalition on the Convention on the Rights of the Child Inc. (CRC Coalition) conducted a Luzon Island wide consultation to CSOs and Children at Sequoia Hotel, Quezon City in preparation for the Alternative Report to be submitted to United Nation’s Committee on the Rights of the Child. The Alternative Report is passed after the State has reported to the Committee on the Rights of the Child. It highlights good practices, identify gaps and underline challenges in the implementation of legislation, programs and policies in connection to UN CRC, and can provide information that is not included in the State report, such as information that they feel is missing but would be important for the Committee to know about.
Crystal Joanne is a beneficiary of Open Heart Foundation Worldwide Inc. and a member of Children Talk to Children (C2C) Project Team facilitated the consultation with children from different NGO here in Luzon. Other four CYDP Beneficiaries from Quezon City, namely Joshua, Anna, Jeanne, and Jeremy also participated in the said consultation.
Article by: Saleah Joy Uclusin, CYDP Area Coordinator
Fun Games for children victims of fire in Malate
on October 21, 2017
The weather was fair and good when Open Heart Foundation conducted a fun day with the children-victims of fire in Malate, Manila on October 21, 2017.
This activity was planned by the Open Heart Youth Movement after they heard about the fire and learned that some of their fellow beneficiaries and other children in the community were affected. They discussed how they could extend help to those affected. After several brainstorming, the group came up with a decision to conduct fun games for children. This is timely learning for them when the Foundation celebrated its 25th anniversary to conduct psycho-social activity for the victims in order to ease the stress/fear that they experienced.
Each area from Binan, Manila and Quezon City were all represented by their respective officers. There where 30 chosen children who joined in the activity.
A short orientation on the purpose of the activity was facilitated by the youth leader from Binan. Games followed which was facilitated by the different officers of the youth movement. The volunteers from De La Salle College of Saint Benilde who were there for their NSTP were also present and joined in the games.
Everyone who witnessed the activity really had fun. Winners in the different games had prizes which made them happy. Foods were also served. Children showed priceless smiles on their lips and could not hide the happiness and excitement they felt. After the activity, each one willingly waited for their gift packs.
It was tiring but very fulfilling activity. Sharing is indeed showing that we care.
Thank you Open Heart Youth Movement! Way to go! Thank you to Open Heart Foundation! For supporting this endeavor of the OHF Youth Movement. Thank you Commander Group of Companies for sharing your blessing to these wonderful children.
Article by: Visimar Mimay, RSW, CYDP Program Manager
OHF @ 25: Celebrating the Legacy of Robert LeGore.
on August 5, 2017
The Open Heart Foundation Worldwide, Inc. celebrated its 25th Founding Anniversary on August 5, 2017, Saturday at the Ciudad Christia Resort, Brgy. Ampid, San Mateo, Rizal. It was attended by almost 250 participants from all over the Philippines where the foundation operates.
At the onset upon registration, each participant was given a token/giveaway item which contains an OHF-printed ID lace with whistle and flashlight as Big One survival kit.
The program started with opening preliminaries: Opening dance number and national anthem from the CYDP beneficiaries, doxology from ECCD pupils, and welcoming/acknowledgment of guests. A warm welcome speech from one of the Board of Trustees, Ms. Marlyn Fernando, marked the formal opening of the occasion.
One of the highlights of the program is the viewing of two audio-video presentations showing the OHF agency profile and the story of Robert LeGore’s journey to Manila. It was followed by another breakthrough of the foundation which is the book launching. OHF Executive Director, Ms. Rosalinda Perez, announced the launching of the book authored by the foundation entitled “Pursuing Dreams, Transforming Live”. The book articulates the path traveled by OHF in its 25 years of serving the Filipino children.
Mr. Ramil Manzanilla, a representative from the Department of Social Welfare and Development under the office of Honorable Undersecretary Hope Hervilla gave his message of inspiration. Two OHF graduates, Raul Menor and Misael Camposano, also shared their life testimonies from being ordinary kids, their experiences as beneficiaries of the foundation until they graduated from college, and now having good paying job capable of helping their own families and others.
Another highlight of the program is the awarding. Recognitions of service award were given to Ms. Rosalinda Perez on her five years of undaunting and exemplary leadership as Executive Director to the foundation; and to Mr. Nemencio Maloles for his 10 years of dedicated service. Ma’am Linda Perez gave a message of inspiration after the awarding.
The foundation also acknowledged partnership and expressed its appreciation to 45 network agencies, organizations, institutions, and individuals by awarding them certificate of recognition. Certificates of recognition were also awarded to the OHF members of the board of trustees, Ms. Marlyn Fernando and Ms. Lilet Bermejo, for their unwavering support for they have been helping the foundation fulfill its vision, mission, and goals.
A presentation on Disaster Risk and Reduction Management was also demonstrated thru a role play which performed by the CYDP beneficiaries. The role play showed the importance of being prepared in times of emergency and disaster.
The first half of the program has ended and a sumptuous lunch was served. During free time, everybody enjoyed the camaraderie and the photo booth.
On the second half of the program, learning sessions on Child-led Disaster Risk Reduction were conducted. The sessions covered five topics: Basic First Aid, Climate Change Adaptation, Child Protection in Emergencies, Participatory Community Risk and Vulnerability Assessment, and Psychosocial Intervention for Children in Emergencies. The resource speakers from different organizations spearheaded each session with the aim of building the capacity of the children/youth in times of emergency and disaster.
The Basic First Aid was done in a plenary session while the other four topics were done thru breakout sessions. Afterward, the entire group went back to the plenary hall for the closing program.
Ms. Lilet Bermejo, the Secretary/Treasurer of the OHF Board of Trustees, gave her powerful closing charge for the youth participants and for the adult guests to continue the legacy of Robert LeGore.
To encourage the participants be accountable to what they have learned on the sessions, a pledge of commitment was pursued. Participants were asked to write a statement in a sheet of paper as their commitment to practice what was learned in the breakout sessions. One by one, the participants post their written commitment on the stage.
In closing, the entire group posed for photo opportunities and class pictures.
To mention, OHF would like to thank special people who helped the foundation in making this event a success. To the members of the board of trustees, staff and organizing committee as the main driving force behind the event, to our respected guests and participants from all over the Philippines, to Christopher Corro and Rogine Domin for excellent job as the masters of ceremony, to CYDP beneficiaries for showcasing their talent thru the opening number, national anthem and DRRM role play, to RSCC pupils for the doxology, to ECCD teachers who supported at the registration and served as ushers/marshals, to CYDP alumni for the tshirt donations, to AJ Alconaba and Chy for the stage tarpaulin, to Kenny Roger for image design/layout for tarp and souvenir program, to Jayson Tapong, Dexter Rabida and John Paul Cedrick Garcia for the stage decorations, to Julia Kamenzin for her helping hands, and to all the Volunteers who supported in numerous ways. Big thanks to everyone who worked tirelessly for this celebration.
Mabuhay and God bless the Open Heart Family!
Article by: Susie Bedia, Admin Officer
World Day Against Child Labor
on June 17, 2017
On June 17, 2017, the Open Heart Foundation joins the yearly celebration of International Labour Organization (ILO) in World Day against Child Labor (WDACL) to give attention to the child labour and to call action and efforts to eliminate it. The local theme is “Sa armadong tunggalian, sakuna o bagyo, iligtas ang bata sa trabahong mapang-abuso”
Part of the program are tour around Rizal Park and Art Painting Workshop. The Art Painting Workshop is in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment – Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (DOLE-BWSC) and Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC). The workshop gives opportunity to the participants to learn new skills about painting. After the workshop, the organizers conduct a mini art painting competition and the beneficiary of Open Heart Foundation, Jayson Tapong, won and got the Best Painter award.
Jayson’s painting represents the children who are blinded by the poverty and have no choice but to work and which should be given hope and enabling environment for them to experience the conditions they should enjoy. His painting calls for the attention and promotion of children’s rights especially those who are caught up in child labor.
Article by: Saleah Uclusin, CYDP Area Coordinator
Children’s Power: Children Talk to Children Project Team Meeting
on May 31, 2017
Two beneficiaries from Quezon City namely, Joshua Dacuyan and Queye Kim Zaragoza, participated in Children Talk to Children (C2C) Project Team Meeting held in Cocoon Boutique Hotel last May 28, 2017 to May 31, 2017.
The C2C is about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC) Project, a joint initiative of child-led organizations which aim to strengthen the meaningful participation of greater number of children in CRC monitoring and campaign.
The topics tackled during the meeting were Universal Periodic Review briefing, Positive Discipline Bill, and Martial Law. Consulted with the children are the recommendations of different countries affecting the issues of children, given in the Universal Periodic Review session of the Philippines. There are also children representative who were sent in the Senate briefing regarding Positive Discipline Bill to share their CRC monitoring data in corporal punishment. The participants were also educated about how the martial law is being passed, evaluated its negative and positive impacts.
The two beneficiaries shared their thoughts and opinions during the meeting which is very important, giving them the chance to share their own data in CRC monitoring and campaign.
News Article by Saleah Uclusin, CYDP Area Coordinator
OHF… Empowering Lives in Romblon
on April 30, 2017
The Open Heart Foundation Worldwide Inc. operates in different parts of the country including Romblon. The Executive Director and three staff of Open Heart Foundation together with a book writer went to Romblon for a monitoring visit last April 25 to April 30, 2017.
The team was welcomed by the Open Heart beneficiaries from Romblon State University together with their parents. Former beneficiaries of Open Heart who are already employed and successful in their chosen careers were there too. Ms. Wilhemina A. Molo, Guidance Counselor of the University and the Vice President of Romblon State University, Dr. Emelia B. Ramos, were there as well.
We were given the chance to pay our courtesy visit to the incumbent Mayor of San Fernando, Hon. Salem R. Tansingco, who expressed his thanks for the continuous support OHF has been extending to college beneficiaries.
A new set of 17 applicants were also interviewed for validation and may be given the chance for educational assistance. The team also conducted a learning session attended by 10 applicants and 6 student assistants from Romblon State University, tackling the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Children and Leadership orientation. The learning session conducted is a stepping stone towards the Foundation’s advocacy on promoting the rights and protection of children, and empowering them to be self-directed, responsible, creative, and responsible individual. The participants enjoyed the session and were enthused to elect their officers for OHF Youth Movement in Romblon. The OHF Youth Movement officers were excited to conduct activities in the community and become responsible OHF Beneficiaries serving their communities to promote an OHF culture of service.
The Open Heart Foundation operates in Romblon and continues to impact on the lives of the youth, families and their community by helping them in their education and making them productive individuals.
News Article by Saleah Uclusin, CYDP Area Coordinator
Moving Up and Recognition Day!
on April 20, 2017
MOVING-UP, a term coined to describe an action of leveling up in one’s qualification or position. It is stepping up ahead towards a future goal.
In the Early Childhood Care and Development Program (ECCDP), it is an inspiring sight to see parents guiding their children in the early stages of their education. The unconditional love of parents, their patience and understanding are factors that guide the children through so that someday they will also treat and care for their future families in the same way.
In this stage of their development, children are taught basic concepts of the things they see and feel around them but most of all, they learn some social skills necessary for appropriate interaction with their peers. It is always during the first day of classes when you can see the struggle of the children and parents. Children do not want to be left in a strange classroom without their mothers, and mothers also are hesitant to leave their children behind. But at the end of the school year, the innocent girl/boy leveled up to become a little independent and gain a confidence to be on her own with his/her peers.
Recognizing children’s talents at the end of the school year is something parents’ look forward to. It is during the moving up activity when talented and gifted children showcase their gifts and talents. This is the time of the year when parents free themselves from whatever that keeps them busy because it is their pride to accompany their children go up the stage to receive medals, certificates and ribbons. Teachers are proud as well. Teachers are aware that someday these small children will move-up to elementary, high school and college and become responsible adults in their respective communities. It would be good to look back that sometime in the distant past; these children have been their pupils!
Cheers!!! To all who step-up to reach their dreams and congratulations both to the parents and teachers for the job well-done.
News Article by: Davilyn Fajardo, ECCD Program Manager
Clean-Up Drive in Quezon City
on April 9, 2017
Environmental sustainability helps prevent global warming and climate change. One example of environmental sustainability is simply through cleaning. Cleanliness in the environment contributes a lot in maintaining a clean and green surrounding. It is simple yet a helpful way of improving a healthy environment.
As part of the scheduled activities of Children and Youth Development Program for SY2017-2018, the beneficiaries of Open Heart Foundation Worldwide Inc. conducted a Clean-Up Drive in Barangay West Fairview, Quezon City last April 9, 2017. The objective of the activity is to bring the beneficiaries together, to work together for a common good which is to promote cleanliness and be active in the community where we are residing.
The activity was attended by five OHF beneficiaries in Quezon City and assisted by Ms. Saleah, an Open Heart Foundation area coordinator in-charge of QC beneficiaries. Right after the activity, we, the beneficiaries donated cleaning materials like broomsticks and dust pans to the Barangay to be used by their cleaning department.
Helping is not a privilege, it is an obligation. Therefore, as youth of today, we are obliged to take care of the provisions God has given us. We are grateful that in our own little way, we could be of help in improving our environment. Thank you also to Open Heart Foundation for teaching us and helping us making a difference.
News Article by Iryll Castillo, CYDP-Quezon City Beneficiary
OHF joins the campaign against Lowering Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility
on March 10, 2017
Open Heart Foundation Worldwide Inc. is dedicated to the empowerment of children and youth, believing in the inherent worth and dignity of a person. Our founder, Robert LeGore believed that if children and youth were given the opportunities and experiences by which to develop their potentials, they become responsible, creative, and productive members of society. Thus, Open Heart Foundation supports the campaign against House Bill 002 otherwise known as Lowering the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility, joining media forum, subcommittee hearing, and mobilizations.
House Bill 002 is contrary to what OHF stands for: that is the rights of the children to survival, protection, development, and participation. Putting them into jail at a young age will make them as a hardened criminal. Instead, full implementation of RA10630 or Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006, which creates a separate justice system for children in the country and is guided by restorative justice, should have been exercised. The JJWA covers different stages of prevention, diversion, and rehabilitation involving children at risk and children in conflict with the law for reintegration. OHF believes that if the children are given another chance and proper intervention is done, they will be responsible members of our society.
News Article by: Saleah Joy Uclusin, CYDP Area Coordinator
CAPCIP Training on Case Management in Handling Cases Involving Children
on February 28, 2017
The Open Heart Foundation conducted a 2-day training seminar on Case Management in Handling Cases Involving Children to three CAPCIP areas in Cavite: Carmona, GMA, and Silang. It was held on February 28 to March 1, 2017 at Tagaytay Country Hotel, Tagaytay City. The 27 participants who attended the seminar were composed of Local Social Workers and Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) Staff, Philippine National Police (PNP) and Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) Officers. The Resource person was Mrs. Leah S. Sanzuela, RSW, Director of the Pangarap Foundation.
The 2-day training was designed for the participants to be refreshed on case management process and to strengthen the collaboration among service providers engaged in preventing and responding cases of abused children. Group workshops were done according to their areas and made them work together in identifying the flows of services in an integrated and systematic approach. As a result, participants in different fields came out with a case management planning as means of determining the appropriate interventions for a child.
News Article by: Farisa Baniaga, CAPCIP Area Coordinator
Clean-Up Drive in Binan, Laguna
on February 25, 2017
The Open Heart Youth Movement -Binan Chapter proved that they are earth lovers. Last February 25, 2017, timely for the people power celebration, we have initiated a one-time community clean-up drive in Barangay Malaban. It was initiated by the officers of the Open Heart Youth Movement and was enjoined by other beneficiaries of the Foundation, Binan City in particular. The officers made all the necessary coordinations in the Barangay. The CYDP staff of the Open Heart Foundation, likewise, joined them in the activity. Some parent volunteers were also present during the event.
Positive feedback from the barangay officials and the constituents were heard during the activity and this served as their inspiration to do more for others. “As long as we have the support of the adults, we will continue to serve our community in our own little way. Doing this simple activity enhances our self-worth as ordinary young people”, commented by the beneficiaries.
With the guidance of the CYDP staff and with the unified effort of all beneficiaries, the community clean-up was, indeed, a success and an accomplishment that we will never forget.
News Article by: Chrysales Borlagdan Open Heart Youth Movement Officer
Regional ABSNet Federation Program Implementation Review & Staff Development
on December 14, 2016
Program Implementation Review and Staff Development of Regional ABSNet Federation and Cluster Officers
The Regional ABSNet Federation had its last meeting for this year last December 14, 2016 at the Mabuhay Manor Hotel, FB Harrison, with the theme Program Implementation Review and Staff Development of Regional ABSNet Federation and Cluster Officers
Each cluster reported their accomplishments for this year and presented their plan of action for the year 2017. Other things that were tackled are the following: Changing the name of Regional ABSNet Federation (RAF) to Regional ABSNet (RAb), and updates regarding the DSWD Adminstrative Order No. 17 series of 2008.
Since this is the last meeting for this year, RAF or RAb made it sure to end it with fun and enjoyment. Each cluster showcased their talents and played the games, where central cluster won almost every game!
News Article by: Saleah Joy Uclusin, CYDP Area Coordinator
ABSNET Central Cluster – Caravan 2016
on December 8, 2016
ABSNET Central Cluster – Caravan 2016
Annually, the ABSNET- Central Cluster unite together for the promotion of child welfare. Last December 08, 2016, over 15 non-government organization gathered together at Quezon City Hall Covered Walk to showcase their programs and services.
Open Heart Foundation is one of the participating non-government organizations who showcased the programs and services. Open Heart Foundation showcased the three major programs such as Children and Youth Development Program (CYDP), Early Childhood Care and Development Program (ECCD) and Child Abuse Prevention and Community Intervention Program (CAPCIP); and services such as Educational Assistance, Psychosocial interventions, Reinforcement/Remediation activities/Tutorial, Independent living for young adults, Socio cultural activities, Technical assistance for CYDP graduates, Technical support for ECCD partners, Capacity building, Network building, Referrals for medical care and others. Open heart Foundation unites with other organizations and ABSNET in advocating the rights of the children.
News Article by: Saleah Joy Uclusin, CYDP Area Coordinator
National Children’s Month: Palarong Pinoy 2016
on November 12, 2016
Festival of Filipino cultural games for children gives an excitement to all how it would be taught to the kids in all Early Childhood Care Centers. The idea came up when we saw the theme for the National Children’s Month celebration “Isulong: Kalidad na Edukasyon Para sa Lahat ng Bata”
This celebration is really for them to enjoy. Games of long ago like hopscotch, kadang-kadang, tumbang preso and other Filipino cultural games inspires them to improve their social skills. We encourage all the teachers to teach and try these games in their Physical Education subject weekly. All the kids and even parents enjoyed and had fun. It is now our desire to bring back games of yesteryears because these games teaches children to interact and discover meaningful friendship with playmates.
“Palarong Pinoy 2016” was the event for the celebration of National Children’s Month. The entrance of the colours brought more excitement to the audience and to those who celebrated with us. Kids from every school in their different colours of uniform gave extra thrill to their parents as they cheered and welcomed all the kids. Ms. Aira Binas of High 5 Philippines read a story for them. They also met and greet Grimace of Mc Donalds as they were served lunch. The goal to inform the children on how to protect and know their right was done through a Puppet Show. They were also given a chance to express themselves through the arts and crafts corner. Playing the different games was the main course of the event. It was really fun and enjoyable. The best day ever to celebrate!
The celebration of National Children’s Month was realized thru the sponsorship of ON Semiconductor which was facilitated thru Ms. Cynthia Sloane, a US Peace Corps Volunteer of Open Heart Foundation. It was last November 10, 2016 when we had the opportunity to meet and have a photo ops with the big bosses of the company as they turned over the cheque to the Executive Director, Rosalinda T. Perez and the Staff of the Foundation.
The presence of the people who got involved in the celebration; the representatives of the ON Semiconductor headed by Mr. Paolo Seminiano, the Executive Director and the Staff of Open Heart Foundation, the Children, the Parents of children from different areas and, of course, the amazing Teachers from the Early Childhood Care and Development Program, summed up the success of the event.
Truly we were amazed with the smiles we see from these kids as they received their loot bags for the Children’s Month Celebration. With the success of this event, we wish to bring back all the glory to God whom we praise.
News Article by: Davilyn Fajardo, ECCD Program Manager
A Sweet Success Behind Poverty
on November 8, 2016
Every child has his or her own ambition in life. And every time we ask children what they would like most to become in the future, they have plenty to share.
Moises Ramos, a beneficiary of the Open Heart Foundation is one of those children whom if asked of his dream would gladly share, He wants to be an Engineer.
Life has never been easy. He belongs to a poor family. His father has no permanent source of income and his mother is a full time house wife. In spite of their difficulty, the parents really tried hard to be able to provide the basic needs of their children.
Moises diligently finished his high school education as a Valedictorian. Proud parents as they maybe, but at the back of their minds, they started to worry about the future of their son. They knew that they have no capacity to provide for his college education. Graduating as a valedictorian gives one an opportunity for a full tuition fee free upon enrolment. He then used this chance to enroll at St.Louis University. This means that he should be in a boarding house in Baguio City. Life as a student, in a boarding house, with other people whom you never met before and being away from your family was difficult. He took time to adjust; despite the difficulty he remained strong.
Financially struggling, delayed payments for boarding house, skipping meals, allowances insufficient, He faced them all, with a big heart and belief that God will send an angel to help him with his struggles in life. God never sleeps. God has His own time to pour his blessings.
Mr./Mrs. Rick Rey, partner of the Foundation came and asked the Open Heart Foundation to identify poor but deserving students for them to support. Moises then had an interview with the Social Worker; and he was then recommended for full support. This gave him inspiration to go through his studies more diligently. The support given to him made him more focused to reach his goal. He was in his scholastic performance. He then graduated with honors at St.Louis University in Baguio City.
He took the Licensure Examination last October 16, 2016. And after few days of waiting, the big news came. He was 2nd
place topnotcher in the licensure examination for the Electronics and Communication Engineering. Our heartfelt Congratulations Engineer Moises Ramos! Kuddos to you and your proud parents as well. We are very happy for your success, other scholars of OHF will emulate your example. Truly, poverty is never a hindrance for one who has the strong determination and perseverance in life… and success does not come easy. It is even sweeter when you’ve sacrificed and worked hard for it… to reach that goal.
News Article by: Visimar Mimay, RSW, CYDP Program Manager
Open Heart receives an award on the 38th Founding Anniversary of DSWD-NCR
on October 28, 2016
The Department of Social Welfare and Development National Capital Region Field Office (DSWD NCR FO) celebrated its 38th Founding Anniversary last October 28, 2016 with the theme “Mga Kwentong Tagumpay Tungo sa Masaganang Pagbabago” held at Cecilia Munoz Palma Hall, Universidad De Manila, Philippines.
The Open Heart Foundation was invited to receive a Plaque of Recognition and a Certificate of Appreciation as partner of DSWD-NCR in supporting the Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC).
Open Heart Foundation also received another Plaque of Recognition for meeting the stringent standards for the 2nd level accreditation of the Standards Bureau.
These recognition awards were presented by no other than the Regional Director of DSWD NCR FO, Mr. Vincent Andrew Leyson, and Assistant Regional Director, Jacel Paquio.
We are very much honored to have received these awards. These will serve as our inspiration and motivation to continue our commitment in serving children and youth.
News Article by: Kate Roque, RSW, CYDP Area Coordinator
An Enchanting Experience for Open Heart Beneficiaries
on October 15, 2016
On Saturday, October 15, 2016, thirty children/beneficiaries of the Open Heart Foundation was given the opportunity to visit this theme park amusement center in Sta. Rosa, Laguna; the magical world of the Enchanted Kingdom. Ms. Gosiengfiao called up Open Heart Foundation and asked if its possible to invite 30 to 35 children and bring them to Enchanted Kingdom.
During assembly at the training center of the Foundation in Casile, children became excited. This was because it is their first time to visit the place. They looked forward to the different rides they have heard from the experiences of others who had visited the place.
They were oriented on safety policies/reminders before the trip to Enchanted Kingdom. A short prayer was led by one beneficiary. Two jeepneys were hired by the benefactor to bring the children to Enchanted Kingdom. As soon as we arrived there, the guest officer assigned to assists us patiently waited for us. The children could not hide their excitement but they were all behaved. A welcome snacks was made available for the group. A short orientation was then conducted by Ms. Kristine from Enchanted Kingdom.
The children were divided into six groups, each group was supervised by OHF volunteer and parent monitor. Each group went on their choices of rides together with the staff/adult companion. They really had fun and enjoyed the magical experience of the place. Their laughter was contagious and manifests the happiness and joy they feel.
One of their most unforgettable experiences was the close encounter with the sponsor. Least did we know that she was Ms. Alodia Gosiengfiao, a famous cosplay artist. She has this angelic and enchanting beauty. She says she likes being with children and expressed her gratitude to the children. This experience is another memorable and remarkable one for us, especially the children. Thank you for the opportunity you have shared to the less fortunate children of the Foundation.
The day ended with smiles on their lips. It was, indeed, a tiring day but with memories worth treasuring and reminiscing.
Thank you and Kudos.
News Article by: Visimar Mimay, RSW, CYDP Program Manager
Open Heart Foundation @ 24th
on August 6, 2016
The Open Heart Foundation’s desire to extend services to communities seldom reached by other non-government organizations, once again brought them to the municipality of Lavezares, Northern Samar and conducted a medical mission. It has become a practice already of the Foundation to conduct medical or dental mission in provincial areas. This form of service and means of celebration started four years.
So, on August 6, 2016, the Foundation’s staff, volunteers, and a member of the Board of Trustees traveled to Lavezares, Northern Samar to celebrate the Foundation’s anniversary and commemorate the death anniversary of the Founder, Robert LeGore. The theme of this activity is: “Proteksyon sa Kalusugan,Landas sa Magandang Kinabukasan”.
To complete the merriment, 140 ECCD children were identified by the Municipal Social Welfare Office from their ECCD centers to participate in games and receive loot bags from the Foundation. Winners received their prizes and nobody went home empty handed. Children and their parents as well enjoyed the fun.
The objective of the mission was realized and the celebration was successful. This was due to the strong partnership between the Foundation and the MSWDO headed by Ms. Mesalina Dulfo. The participation and motivation to all OHF Staff. The vigor and enthusiasm and of the Executive Director provided direction for this activity. It was another milestone etched in the history of the Open Heart Foundation.
News Article by: Visimar Mimay, RSW, CYDP Program Manager