On June 20, 2023, Open Heart Foundation embarked on a visitation trip to San Fernando, Bukidnon. The purpose of the visit was to meet with the CYDP beneficiaries and their parents, assess their progress, and provide them with financial assistance in the form of allowances.
Upon arrival in San Fernando, our team was warmly welcomed by volunteer coordinator Pastor Allan and his wife Ms. Lorena. During this visit, the beneficiaries had the valuable opportunity to personally meet Ms. Mae Ortega, the newly assigned Area Coordinator. This meeting created an excellent platform for her to introduce herself and establish a more profound connection with the beneficiaries under her care.
To gain a better understanding of the beneficiaries’ needs and aspirations, the Evaluation form that was given to them allows the beneficiaries and parents to freely share their personal stories, challenges, and aspirations for the future.
Listening to their stories, hopes, and concerns was a humbling and enlightening experience. It reinforced the importance of the program objectives and highlighted the OHF support could have on their lives.
Later in the meeting, Atty. Natalia Guinto, one of the Board Members, and Mrs. Rosalinda T. Perez, the Executive Director, delivered their motivational messages to inspire and uplift the spirits of the attendees. Following these messages, the much-awaited part was the distribution of allowances to the five beneficiaries.
We express our sincere gratitude to the volunteer coordinator, and beneficiaries of San Fernando, Bukidnon, for their warm welcome and engagement during the visitation. It is through collaborative efforts and shared commitment that we continue making a difference in the lives of those in need.
Maejorie U. Ortega, RSW
Program Area Coordinator 1