Groundbreaking Housing Project Demonstrates Hope for the Future


Municipality of Dingle and Bayanihan Foundation celebrates ground breaking ceremony of construction of 40 new homes in Dingle (left to right): Ms. Evelyn Castillo, Bayanihan Foundation Liaison; Mr. Jessie Alecto, Vice Mayor of Dingle; Mr. Dale Asis of Bayanihan Foundation; Dr. Rufino Palabrica (Doc Pinoy) Mayor of Dingle

Groundbreaking ceremony of construction of 40 new homes in Dingle (left to right): Ms. Evelyn Castillo, Bayanihan Foundation Liaison; Mr. Jessie Alecto, Vice Mayor of Dingle; Mr. Dale Asis of Bayanihan Foundation; Dr. Rufino Palabrica, Mayor of Dingle

(left to right): Febbie Ann Deatras Celo of Dingle; Evelyn Castillo of Bayanihan Foundation; and Mark of  survey the new homes in Dingle, Iloilo

 

 

 

 

 

 

In February 2015, I was proud to take part in the groundbreaking ceremony for 40 new homes in Dingle (pronounced ‘ding-leh’), Iloilo. The Bayanihan Foundation is partnering with the Municipality to provide 40 families with new homes equipped with running water, electricity, bathrooms and the comforts of a modern home. This project has been made possible by the generous contribution of the PFK Family Foundation. Dr. Rufino Palabrica, mayor of Dingle (affectionately called Doc Pinoy) has been the catalyst in making this project a success. He leveraged the funding and provided the roads, electricity and sewer connections and other infrastructure to make this housing project possible and affordable for deserving families.

(left to right): Dale Asis of Bayanihan Foundation and Marfe Quinlat, Municipality of Dingle Agricultural Officer, in charge of the cacao processing plant

(left to right): Dale Asis of Bayanihan Foundation and Marfe Quinlat, Municipality of Dingle Agricultural Officer, in charge of the cacao processing plant

Ripe cacao bean, the raw ingredient for fine chocolate

Ripe cacao bean, the raw ingredient for fine chocolate

But most of all, Doc Pinoy and the Municipality of Dingle have secured funding for a plant to process organic cacao beans into raw chocolate. The chocolate processing plant will be built near the housing project to provide much-needed jobs and economic development to the town of Dingle. The Bayanihan Foundation hopes to provide the connections abroad to fetch better prices for the town’s organic chocolate and potentially create higher income for the local families in Dingle.

Laying the initial foundation during the ground breaking ceremony of 40 new homes in Dingle, Iloilo

Laying the first foundation during the groundbreaking ceremony for 40 new homes in Dingle, Iloilo

Foregound: Children living in Dingle, Iloilo that will potentially live in the 40 new homes. Background (left to right): Evelyn Castillo, Dale Asis, Dr. Rufino Palabrica and Mr. Jessie Alecto

Foreground: Children living in Dingle, Iloilo who will potentially live in the 40 new homes. Background (left to right): Evelyn Castillo, Dale Asis, Dr. Rufino Palabrica and Mr. Jessie Alecto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I would like to share two personal reflections of this special and momentous occasion for the Bayanihan Foundation:

(left to right): Vicente Yanesa graduating from College of Nursing 2008 and Dale Asis

(left to right): Vicente Yanesa graduating from College of Nursing 2008 and Dale Asis

1. Providing housing and education and giving the gift of choice. In 2008, I was able to provide a scholarship for my cousin’s son, Vicente Yanesa, to study nursing, my first act of philanthropy. I was proud to make a difference in Vicente’s life and thought that, like many nursing graduates at that time, he was going to migrate to Chicago and work there. But the gift of education gave him the power of choice. He chose to stay in Bicol and practice his profession there. He now works in a local hospital and helps his family. In 2015, I cannot help but reflect that the gift of housing will bring choices to 40 families and their children. I cannot help but admire the impact of the generous gift that the PFK Family Foundation will have in giving these families security, a roof over their heads, and the power of choice. Many years from now, I will look back with pride knowing that I participated in this project and made an impact on the lives of 40 families, giving them a choice and a decent life.

(left to right): Dr. Rufino Palabrica, Mayor Dingle; Mr. Romeo Aguirre, Dingle Housing Association President; Evelyn Castillo, Liaison of Bayanihan Foundation

(left to right): Dr. Rufino Palabrica, Mayor of Dingle; Mr. Romeo Aguirre, Dingle Housing Association President; Evelyn Castillo, Liaison of Bayanihan Foundation, surveying the new homes

2. Finding dedicated public servants like Dr. Palabrica. The news tabloids are filled with stories of corrupt politicians and mismanaged projects. However, we should not lose hope that there are still many people in public office who want to serve and help the community. Dr. Rufino Palabrica (Doc Pinoy) stands above the crowd. The moment I met him he showed his selflessness and dedication to serve the municipality of Dingle. He has managed to build the existing 20 homes in Dingle at a reasonable and manageable cost. Doc Pinoy leveraged the municipality’s finances and infrastructure to support the building of these homes. The housing project is built near the main road; it’s close to the elementary and high schools; and all the homes have access to clean running water. Mayor Palabrica demonstrates that dedicated and honest public servants still exist and should be supported in their careers of public service.

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‘Adorables’ Fulfill Dream of Protected Waiting Area for Hospital Patients


Ground breaking ceremonies at JP Rizal Memorial Hospital (left to right): Dr. Borlongan, Carminda Aldeza, Dr. Ronaldo Catindig, Jeff & Penelope Krogmann, Christine Krogmann, Evelyn Castillo, Gov. Hernandez, Mrs. Hernandez, Brian Aldeza, Atty. Rebanal, Angelita Alviar & Rosemarie Aranza

Ground breaking ceremonies at JP Rizal Memorial Hospital (left to right): Dr. Borlongan, Carminda Aldeza, Dr. Ronaldo Catindig, Jeff & Penelope Krogmann, Christine Krogmann, Evelyn Castillo, Gov. Hernandez, Mrs. Hernandez, Brian Aldeza, Atty. Rebanal, Angelita Alviar & Rosemarie Aranza

On February 17, 2015, I joined Carminda Aldeza and her family in the groundbreaking ceremony of two new hospital lobby areas for the JP Rizal Memorial Hospital in Calamba, Laguna, the only charity hospital in the Laguna area, located 100 kilometers south of Manila. The hospital serves over 20,000 indigent patients and it’s the only medical facility for miles that provides charity care.  However, it did not even have a proper hospital lobby. All indigent patients have to wait out in a makeshift shed with a few corrugated metal sheets attached together as a roof and a few slabs of wood as benches. I’m glad that it was a nice sunny day when I visited.  I wondered what happens when it rains and you have to wait out in the open?

Makeshift hospital lobby of the Calamba Municipal Hospital

Makeshift hospital lobby of the JP Rizal Memorial Hospital

 

Woman holding infant waiting in JP Rizal Memorial hospital

Carminda Aldeza and her legion of volunteer Filpinas called ‘Adorables‘  (Carminda Aldeza, Dr. Dorothy Anoina, Aurora Gagni and Eva Torres) immediately got to work and fundraised for the hospital lobby project, in honor of my late cousin Peter Aldeza, honoring his memory, his goodwill and his legacy. The new lobby will offer protection from the elements while patients wait to be seen by doctors.

(left to right): Dr. Dorothy Anoina, Eva Torres, Aurora Gagni, Carminda Aldeza and Dale Asis

Filipina women working together in Bayanihan spirit at a fundraiser in Carminda Aldeza’s home (left to right): Dr. Dorothy Anoina, Eva Torres, Aurora Gagni, and Carminda Aldeza, with Dale Asis

I am proud that the Bayanihan Foundation made it possible that the charity donations of the ‘Adorables’ became a reality and made real impact in people’s lives in Calamba, Laguna. After construction, the new hospital lobby will be used by over 20,000 indigent patients every year that otherwise would have to wait outside in the elements.  ‘The Adorables’ demonstrated that the four golden Filipino values are alive and well:

  • Tiwala’ (trust)
  • Kabalikat’ (interdependence, sharing responsibilities)
  • Pagkakaisa’ (mutuality, helping each other)
  • Tradisyon’ (traditional values of helping ‘bayanihan’)

The family of the late Peter Aldeza at a fundraiser in Carminda Aldeza’s home (left to right): Jeff Krogmann, Christine Krogmann with baby Penelope, Carminda Aldeza, Carminda’s father, Brian Aldeza

I also would like to extend my sincere thanks to Evelyn Castillo of the Bayanihan Foundation and Dr. Doreen Sales for all their help in making this project possible, despite first challenges in implementing the project.

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Partnership To Build 40 homes for the Indigent in Dingle, Iloilo


40 additional homes planned at PFK LIGHT Village Housing in Dingle, Iloilo

40 additional homes planned at PFK LIGHT Village Housing in Dingle, Iloilo

Dingle Iloilo

(left to right): Housing Village Association President, Dingle Mayor Dr. Rufino Palabrica, Dale Asis and Dane Dizon surveying land for 40 more homes in Dingle, Iloilo

I am excited to announce that the Bayanihan Foundation plans to partner with the Municipality of Dingle to build 40 homes for the indigent in Dingle, Iloilo Philippines. The project is made possible by the generous contribution of the PFK Family Foundation to build these 40 homes as part of the PFK LIGHT Village Housing Development in Dingle (pronounced ding-leh).

Dale Asis (center) and Evelyn Castillo (next) surveys the area for the additional 40 homes in Dingle, Iloilo

Dale Asis (center) and Evelyn Castillo (next) of the Bayanihan Foundation  surveys the area for the additional 40 homes in Dingle, Iloilo, with residents looking on (December 2014)

The Bayanihan Foundation will partner with Mayor Dr. Rufino Palabrica in the building of these homes. Dr. Palabrica, affectionately nicknamed Doc Pinoy, remains the key  in the continued success of this project. He exemplifies an elected official who is truly dedicated to serve his community.  The Municipality of Dingle has generously provided  the infrastructure including building of the road, sewers, electricity and water lines to accommodate the additional 40 homes. The municipality also has set up a lottery system and a thorough screening process to name and select indigent families that deserve the homes. The families also have to contribute hundreds of hours of ‘sweat equity’ in the construction of their home.

(left to right): Mayor Dr. Rufino Palabrica, Village Housing Association President; and Evelyn Castillo, Liaison of Bayanihan Foundation

(left to right): Mayor Dr. Rufino Palabrica, Village Housing Association President; and Evelyn Castillo, Liaison of Bayanihan Foundation

But most of all, the Bayanihan Foundation is excited to partner with the PFK Family Foundation and the Municipality of Dingle in the construction and establishment of a cocoa processing plant nearby. Upon completion, the residents will work in processing and manufacturing raw organic cocoa that can be refined and manufactured into fine chocolate and artisan chocolate products.

I am hopeful that the foundation can continue its five-year track record of transparency and accountability of its diaspora philanthropy projects, in order to engender more support from Filipino diaspora donors. The Bayanihan Foundation continues its winning streak of completing projects that can be accounted for.

Planned 40 homes in Dingle, Iloilo sponsored by the PFK Family Foundation

Planned 40 homes in Dingle, Iloilo sponsored by the PFK Family Foundation

Bayanihan Foundation visits Dr. Palabrica in the municipal hall (left to right): Dale Asis, Evelyn Castillo, Will Dix and Dr. Rufino Palabrica

Bayanihan Foundation visits Dr. Palabrica in the municipal hall (left to right): Dale Asis, Evelyn Castillo, Will Dix and Dr. Rufino Palabrica

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Highlights From 2014, Looking Forward to 2015


Maraming Salamat!  Thank you for your support of the Bayanihan Foundation Worldwide. You helped make 2014 one of the best fundraising years for the Foundation. 97% of all your donations went directly to our programs and intended beneficiaries. In 2014, the Foundation earned the Guide Star USA Exchange Gold logo as a symbol of commitment to transparency and accountability. Gifts like yours are critical and are put to work right away. In 2014, I wanted to share four highlights of the foundation’s work:

1. Provided Immediate Recovery Relief to 12,000 flood victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)

Typhoon Haiyan Eye of the Storm about to Hit Landfall (November 2013)

Typhoon Haiyan Eye of the Storm about to Hit Landfall (November 2013)

On November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in Guian, Samar becoming the strongest typhoon ever recorded, with sustained winds recorded up to 315 km/hour. By August 2014, I had visited Leyte and Samar three times and handed out 12,000 emergency food relief packages worth over $15,000 to far-flung barangays (villages) including providing food relief packages to street children scavenging on a garbage dump in Tacloban, Leyte.

Evelyn Castillo and Dale Asis distributing food relief to street children in Barangay (Village) Santo Nino Tacloban City, Leyte Philippines

Evelyn Castillo and Dale Asis distributing food relief to street children in Barangay (Village) Santo Nino Tacloban City, Leyte Philippines

Volunteer doctors from Medical Action Group provided much needed medical care

Volunteer doctors from Medical Action Group provided much-needed medical care

2. Impact on education and children

In August 2014, the Foundation donated ten used laptop computers and ten used desktop computers to Giporlos, Samar, donations courtesy of Will Dix, Linda Jamrozy and other donors like you. Since 2011, James Castillo and other donors like you have supported youth environmental education for hundreds of youth in Cebu, planting over 10,000 mangrove trees to promote long-term sustainability and positive climate change.

(standing left to right) Dale Asis and Evelyn Castillo handing over six laptop computers to the Giporlos Central Elementary School

(standing left to right) Dale Asis and Evelyn Castillo handing over six laptop computers to the Giporlos Central Elementary School

  1. Supported Health and long-term sustainability

In August 2014, the Foundation built two latrines for 4,000 schoolchildren in Iligan, Philippines in partnership with Rotary Chicago Far North. In 2015, foundation plans to build 1,200 latrines in partnership with Rotary clubs, the Samar Health Office and the local government.

(standing left) Dale Asis inspecting new wash basins with running water, with Principal Vivian Santiago and teacher Ms. Gutierrez looking on

(standing left) Dale Asis inspecting new wash basins with running water, with Principal Vivian Santiago and teacher Ms. Gutierrez looking on

  1. Raised funds to support a public hospital

In October 2014, ‘The Adorables’ (Carminda Aldeza, Dr. Dorothy Anoina, Aurora Gagni and Eva Torres) held a fundraising party to build a hospital lobby in Calamba in memory of the late Peter Aldeza, a native of Calamba living in the US. It’s a testament of Filipinos working together.

(left to right): Dr. Dorothy Anoina, Eva Torres, Aurora Gagni, Carminda Aldeza and Dale Asis

(left to right): Dr. Dorothy Anoina, Eva Torres, Aurora Gagni, Carminda Aldeza and Dale Asis

Plea for your Continued Support and Donation

Although we have made major gains, I would like you to stay with the Philippines and continue your support for long-term sustainability. Would you be able to help the Foundation build on its successes? The Foundation is also working on other issues including advocating for Filipino Amerasians and the cleanup of former US military bases.

Your donation of any amount will go a long way.

  • Would you consider donating $25? It will provide continued recovery in areas hit hard by Typhoon Yolanda or help Board member James Castillo led a campaign to help children plant thousands of mangrove seedlings to support long-term recovery efforts including permaculture.
(standing second from right): James Castillo, foundation board member, leads youth participants in planting mangrove trees in Cebu, Philippines

(standing second from right): James Castillo, foundation board member, leads youth participants in planting mangrove trees in Cebu, Philippines

  • Would you donate $50 to help conduct one educational workshop on youth and sustainability? In 2015, the Foundation plans to build 1,200 public and private latrines in Eastern Samar to contribute to the UNICEF WASH efforts of ‘zero open defecation’ for long-term health.
Bayanihan Foundation board member conducting permaculture workshop in Cebu, Philippines

Bayanihan Foundation board member conducting permaculture workshop in Cebu, Philippines

  • Would you donate $100 to build one latrine, end open defecation and promote hygiene?
Open sewer of non-functioning latrines at Iligan Central Elementary School in 2012

Open sewer of non-functioning latrines at Iligan Central Elementary School in 2012

  • Would you donate $500 to build an additional home for low-income families in Dingle, Iloilo?
Planned 40 homes in Dingle, Iloilo sponsored by the PFK Family Foundation

Planned 40 homes in Dingle, Iloilo sponsored by the PFK Family Foundation

You can send your donations directly to Bayanihan Foundation 2020 N. California Ave. Suite 7 Chicago, IL 60647. You can also donate securely online through PayPal at www.fdnbayanihan.org Remember, 97% of your donation directly goes directly to our projects. Maraming Salamat! Thank you again for your continued support.

 

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Foundation Replaces Sacred Imagery of Historic Church


Immediate relief replaced broken stained glass windows of historic Giporlos Church

(standing in center) Evelyn Castillo stands in front of broken stained glass windows of the Giporlos Church

Rainbow appears in the sky above Giporlos Church

Rainbow appears in the sky above Giporlos Church

On Christmas Day, many Filipino Christians flocked to their local churches to celebrate the holiday.  However, the devastating typhoon Haiyan destroyed many buildings including places of faith like the Giporlos Catholic Church in Giporlos, Samar. It was not spared by the typhoon, the strongest ever recorded in history to hit landfall. The church is in the middle of the town and is more than a place of worship. It also serves as a community and youth center with most of the town folk are predominantly Roman Catholic. Evelyn Castillo, Liaison of the Bayanihan Foundation pleaded to help rebuild the broken stained glass windows and help restore dignity to the historic church.

Volunteers Roxzine Albutra and Gretchen Lo points out the broken stained glass windows of historic Giporlos Church being replaced

Volunteers Roxzine Albutra and Gretchen Lo points out the broken stained glass windows of historic Giporlos Church being replaced

In December 2014, I went back to Giporlos and inspected the broken stained glass windows. I was pleasantly surprised that they replaced almost all the broken windows. The foundation’s small donation efforts made tremendous impact in the aesthetics of the historic church and another concrete step forward in the town’s rebuilding efforts.

(left to right): Fr. Eutiquio Belizar  of Giporlos Catholic Church and Evelyn Castillo of Bayanihan Foundation

(left to right): Fr. Eutiquio Belizar of Giporlos Catholic Church and Evelyn Castillo of Bayanihan Foundation

Fr. Eutiquio Belizar, parish priest of the Giporlos Catholic Church was particularly thankful of the donation to help rebuild the historic church. The foundation’s support shows the successful support of diaspora philanthropy and faith-based efforts.

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The Town of Giporlos, Samar Honors Bayanihan Foundation Recovery Efforts After Typhoon Haiyan


On December 13, 2015, the town of Giporlos, Samar honors the many efforts of the Bayanihan Foundation, one year after the wake of typhoon Haiyan, the strongest typhoon ever recorded in history to hit landfall with winds up to 315 km/hr. Vice Mayor Fritzie Odron presented a plaque of appreciation and an award to the Bayanihan Foundation for “its financial, moral, medical and material support which contributed in distinctive ways for the recovery and rebuilding of damaged properties, dreams and aspirations of the people of Giporlos, Samar in the wake of typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) catastrophe.”

(left to right): Evelyn Castillo, Vice Mayor Fritzie Odron and Dale Asis. Vice Mayor Odron awards Bayanihan Foundation for its support for the town's rehabilitation after typhoon Haiyan

(left to right): Evelyn Castillo, Vice Mayor Fritzie Odron and Dale Asis. Vice Mayor Odron awards Bayanihan Foundation for its support for the town’s rehabilitation after typhoon Haiyan

Vice Mayor Odron personally visited me and Evelyn Castillo, the foundation’s Philippine Liaison. Evelyn is also a native of Giporlos. It was one of the first towns struck in the path of typhoon Haiyan.  I was very surprised and honored that the municipal government of Giporlos recognized the efforts of the foundation and the hundreds of donors that donated to help typhoon victims.  This demonstrates that diaspora philanthropy and government partnership could work. Besides Giporlos, the Bayanihan Foundation also provided direct typhoon relief in Guian, Samar and Tacloban, Leyte. The foundation also provided funds to the Visayas Disaster Response Network and they provided immediate disaster relief to other affected areas in Leyte.

On November 2014, I also shared on a previous blog the major accomplishments of the foundation one year after typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines:

Typhoon Haiyan, One Year Later 2014: Three Points of Impact of the Bayanihan Foundation

I would like to emphasize three major points that prove the impact of the Bayanihan Foundation after the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan one year later and its continued impact in helping with the recovery and rehabilitation efforts for long-term sustainability. Although major efforts have been made, the Bayanihan Foundation implores you to stay with the Philippines and continue to be a partner for long-term sustainability. The foundation is asking for your support for three short and long-term projects and become a partner for long-term recovery.

1. Immediate Recovery Relief

By August 2014, I have visited Leyte and Samar islands three times and have participated in handing out thousands of emergency food relief packages worth over $15,000 to far-flung barangays (villages) in Leyte and Samar including providing food relief packages to street children scavenging on a garbage dump site in Tacloban, Leyte. These street children are education scholars of Blair Smart and his project that have helped street children have enough to eat for the day and help them stay in school.

Evelyn Castillo and Dale Asis distributing food relief to street children in Barangay (Village) Santo Nino Tacloban City, Leyte Philippines

The Bayanihan Foundation partnered with multiple organizations including Filipino medical doctors who volunteered with the Medical Action Group (MAG) and provided emergency, medical relief to hundreds of typhoon victims.

Volunteer doctors from Medical Action Group provided much needed medical care

The Bayanihan Foundation also partnered with Murat Kose of the Zakat Foundation who immediately visited devastated areas in Leyte and with the tireless volunteers of the Visayas Mindanao Disaster Response Network in Cebu.

Volunteer members of the Visayas Disaster Response Network

The Bayanhan Foundation also partnered with international volunteers including Anna Hastreiter of Germany and volunteers with the Filipino internet based Worldwide Filipino Alliance (WFA). A big thanks to donors like Barbara Dix and members of the Committee on Pilipino Issues (CPI) who were the first ones who donated so generously.  The foundation would like to thank the hundreds of generous donors who donated for emergency relief without being prompted or asked.

Volunteers including the Worldwide Filipino Alliance (WFA) handing out relief goods

2. Impact to education and children

In August 2014, the Bayanihan Foundation donated 10 used laptop computers to Giporlos Central Elementary School, courtesy of Will Dix. In December 2014, the foundation is planning to donate 1,000 children books to the school and 10 used desktop computers to the Giporlos Central Trade High School, courtesy of donations from Will Dix, Linda Jamrozy and other donors. The foundation is planning hands-on computer training to the teachers and staff at these two schools so they could in turn train their students and improve teaching and productivity at these schools.

(standing left to right) Dale Asis and Evelyn Castillo handing over six laptop computers to the Giporlos Central Elementary School

According to the United Nations International Children’s & Education Fund (UNICEF) October 2014 report, children were the ones severely affected by the super storm Haiyan with 5.9 million children suffered out of 14.1 million people affected. So the Bayanihan Foundation had been focusing its long-term recovery efforts into education and children.

3. Health and long-term sustainability

In 2014, the Bayanihan Foundation is planning to work with several key partners for long-term sustainability in health: 1) Rotary Club of Borongan in Eastern Samar; 2) the Philippine Provincial Health Office of Eastern Samar; and 3) several municipal and barangay (village) government officials including the Mayor of MacArthur, Eastern Samar, Jaime Ty.

(sitting far left); Rotary Club Borongan, Eastern Samar President Dr. Antoinete Cui with fellow Rotarians

(standing far left) Dr. Marian Isidero of Provincial Health Office of Eastern Samar Philippines looking over UNICEF WASH survey and objectives

(standing in center) Mayor Jaime Ty of MacArthur, Eastern Samar conducts town hall meeting about the need for latrines and meeting 'zero open defacation' goals

The foundation would like to provide 1, 200 public and private latrines in over 10 towns and cities throughout Samar island, including Guian where typhoon Haiyan hit landfall. This will definitely contribute to the island’s ‘zero open defecation’ strategy and the UNICEF’s overall water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) long-term objectives.

Typhoon Haiyan, One Year and Beyond: Stay With the Philippines – Three Pleas for your Continued Support

Despite these short-term gains, the Bayanihan Foundation would like you to stay with the Philippines and continue your support on these three projects that will continue the road of long-term recovery:

1. Immediate relief to replace broken stained glass windows in a place of worship

(standing in center) Evelyn Castillo stands in front of broken stained glass windows of the Giporlos Church

Rainbow appears in the sky above Giporlos Church

Like many buildings that were left standing, the Giporlos Church was not spared. The church is in the middle of the town and is more than a place of worship. It also serves as a community and youth center with most of the town folk are predominantly Roman Catholic. Evelyn Castillo of the Bayanihan Foundation pleads for your continued engagement to stay with the Philippines and help rebuilt the broken stained glass windows. “We need just $500 total to help replace stained glass windows and make this place of worship a decent place again to contemplate and for youth and families to gather,” Evelyn said.

  • Would you donate $20 to repair at least one stained glass window pane? To donate securely online click HERE

2. ‘Backpack to Recovery’ education and  youth empowerment efforts

Bayanihan Foundation board member conducting permaculture workshop in Cebu, Philippines

Bayanihan Foundation board member James Castillo is leading a campaign to provide backpacks to youth and children in Cebu as symbolic and real tools for recovery and help children in their education and long-term efforts for recovery. In December 2014, James is also planning to conduct educational workshops for the youth on permaculture and sustainability and to plant thousands of mangrove seedlings in the area.

  • Would you donate $50 to help conduct one educational workshop to youth on sustainability and permaculture and help plan mangrove seedlings? To donate securely on this online crowd fundraising campaign click HERE

3. 1,200 latrines in Eastern Samar on the road to hygiene and ‘zero open defecation’

(standing left) Dale Asis inspecting new wash basins with running water, with Principal Vivian Santiago and teacher Ms. Gutierrez looking on

Rotary Chicago Far North donated funds to install two functioning latrines for Iligan Central Elementary School in 2014

In August 2014, the Bayanihan Foundation successfully installed two latrines in Iligan, Philippines in partnership with the Rotary Chicago Far North, the Rotary Iligan East and with my uncle and aunt, Dr. Vicente and Mrs. Luz Saavedra. In 2014, the Bayanihan Foundation would like to duplicate this successful effort in a big way by building 1,200 public and private latrines in Eastern Samar to contribute to the UNICEF WASH efforts of ‘zero open defecation’.

  • Would you donate $100 to build one latrine, promote hygiene and end open defecation? To donate securely online click HERE

The Bayanihan Foundation needs you to stay with the Philippines and to continue your help and support.

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Travel, Live and Learn in the Philippines: Apply for the 2015 NEXTGEN Scholarship


You are invited to apply for the 2015 NEXTGEN: ‘Pagbabalik’ (Coming Home) Travel Scholarship and travel with the Bayanihan Foundation to the Philippines this summer 2015.   In 2015, the Bayanihan Foundation will sponsor travel and accommodations for up to three young adults ages 18 years old and above to visit the Philippines for 14 days. The immersion trip is coordinated to promote diaspora philanthropy; know more about Filipino culture; learn about the foundation’s sustainable projects; connect and develop the participant’s potential sustainable projects; and connect with relatives and the participant’s heritage. The NEXTGEN Travel Program is scheduled for June 23, 2015 to July 7, 2015 and travel to four different islands in the Philippines.  You can download  NEXTGEN 2015 Travel Schedule and itinerary.  You will have the opportunity to visit with Filipino Amerasians in Clark, Pampanga and other projects of the foundation.

Entrance to Clark Freeport Zone, Philippines

Entrance to Clark Freeport Zone, Philippines

The Bayanihan Foundation will provide three travel scholarship opportunities valued at $3,500 each (includes international airfare to Manila from Chicago, domestic transportation in the Philippines, meals, lodging, and sightseeing).  The cost to the qualifying student is $0.  However, students are expected to pay for the following: 1) passport and/or visa costs; 2) incidentals; 3) souvenirs; 4) travel vaccinations (please consult your doctor); and 4) travel insurance costs around $300. Students are also encouraged to fundraise individually or with their friends and family to raise $300 to $1,000 for their own personal service projects in the Philippines).

Philippine carabao (indigenous water buffalo)

Philippine carabao (indigenous water buffalo)

Participants are encouraged to visit family and friends before or after the scheduled itinerary. Participants are also encouraged but not required to fundraise $300 to $1,000 individually or with family and friends.  These funds will be used for self-directed service projects in the Philippines and promote diaspora philanthropy.

Besides the chance for free travel, the NEXTGEN Travel Scholarship also has some NEXTGEN Requirements and Expectations. Please also read carefully the NEXTGEN Certification Form.

NEXTGEN APPLICATION.  So how do you apply for the NEXTGEN Travel Scholarship?  You can easily apply by completing these four easy steps:

1) Complete the NEXTGEN Travel Scholarship Application ONLINE.  You can also download here NEXTGEN Pagbabalik Travel Scholarship Application 2015 Fillable Form with mailing instructions.

2) Send one completed recommendation letter (email dale@fdnbayanihan.org or mail: 2020 N. California Ave. Suite 7 Box 147 Chicago, IL 60647).   Download here NEXTGEN Recommendation Letter Template Form

3) Send one copy of your official school transcript to Bayanihan Foundation (email dale@fdnbayanihan.org or mail: 2020 N. California Ave. Suite 7 Box 147 Chicago, IL 60647).

3) Print, notarized and send the completed notarized form (email dale@fdnbayanihan.org or mail: 2020 N. California Ave. Suite 7 Box 147 Chicago, IL 60647).  Download here NEXTGEN Notarized Release Form

Complete these four easy steps no later than Tuesday March 31, 2015 – 11:59 PM Central Time.  The Bayanihan Foundation will announce the selected applicants no later than May 15, 2015.  Please email Dale Asis at dale@fdnbayanihan.org if you have any questions. So come travel with us to the Philippines and promote diaspora philanthropy.

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