ABOUT US

OPEN HEART FOUNDATION WORLDWIDE INC. is a not for profit, non-stock, non-government organization founded by Robert LeGore, an American barrister who served as a public defender for youth offenders in the USA. He believed that if children and youth were given the opportunities and experiences by which to develop their potentials they become self-directed, responsible, creative and productive members of society. Robert LeGore, together with a Chinese educator and three Filipinos who believed in the inherent worth and dignity of every child established the FOUNDATION for the realization of this vision.

OUR VISION

Empowered children and youth who are responsible leaders and productive members of a dynamic and inclusive society.

OUR MISSION

Provide opportunities and experiences anchored on the basic rights of the child for the holistic development of children and youth from disadvantaged and marginalized families through educational assistance, health and nutritional support, alliance bulding, and improvement of the capacities of families and communities.

OUR GOALS

  • Ensure the development of marginalized children and youth through the implementation of educational and health assistance in all regions of the philippines.
  • Yearly enhancement of the child protection and child-caring capacities of families and communities in areas where OHFWI operates.
  • Actively foster private and public networks, as well as partnerships, to advocate for the rights of the child.
  • Uphold the highest standards of organizational excellence in child-caring and child-protection services.

Core Values

  • O – Open-Hearted
  • H – Harmonious
  • F – Fairness
  • W – Willfulness
  • I – Integrity

Target Participants for Development

  • Children and youth in need of special protection.
  • Families and communities to support the total growth and development of children and youth.

Robert LeGore, the Founder

He first set foot on Manila soil in 1992. Back in New Jersey, USA where he was born, he was a public defender for youth offenders. He believed that by giving a guided chance at life for these youth offenders, they would gain experiences for a more meaningful existence. He strongly believed that with meaningful experiences, one can bring out the best in one’s self.

In the years that he travelled to see the world, South East Asia was his target but the Philippines was never in his itinerary because of the political situation then. But fate would have it, that he landed in the Philippines. Mt. Pinatubo erupted and the plane that was taking him to Bangkok had an emergency landing in Cebu, an island south of Manila.

While having dinner in Cebu, he met another passenger by the name, Exclamado, a well-known Filipino–American publisher in San Francisco, California. They talked about people, events and places and intrigued by the publisher’s description of Manila, Robert soon found himself roaming the streets of Manila. In the streets of Manila, he found the Filipino children different from those in other parts of the globe. Despite their poverty, he said, they are friendly, they smiled at strangers and their eyes glimmer with hope. He was inspired by the children’s resilience. He befriended them and listened to their dreams of a brighter future. This inspiration from the children gave birth to the Open Heart Foundation Worldwide, Inc. in June 1992.

Since the Foundation was established, he would spend most of his time in the Philippines. He would go back to the USA or visit other countries, but he saw to it that he would stay longer in the Philippines to have more time in joining children’s activities that he supported financially or would visit children’s centers where he gave monetary contributions.

In June 1997, he went home to the USA. Since then, he never had the chance to come back but would always get in touch through phone calls. In August 3, 2000, he died of emphysema at the age of 59. Robert LeGore has left life on earth but his spirit lives on. Through the Foundation, he helps thousands of children yearly through education which he believes is the most important tool to liberate man from ignorance and poverty.

Main Office

#14 Peace St., East Fairview Subd., Brgy. Fairview, Quezon City 1118 Philippines

Telefax

(63-02) 981-1791

Telephone No.

(63-02) 352-0326

Email Address

admin@openheartfoundation.org.ph

Satellite Office

Lot L, Unit 3, 2nd Flr., Paseo de Carmona, Brgy. Maduya, Carmona, Cavite, 4116 Philippines

Telefax

(63-46) 412-9742