Chalice has been serving children in the Philippines since 1999 in four sites in both rural and urban communities.
It is difficult for many children to attend school, because public schools are poorly funded and teachers are often under-qualified. The two most urgent issues of children’s health is stunting, which is caused by poor fetal development, and malnutrition. Anemia and dental health are also of major concern. Internal political disruption and civil armed conflict have kept communities in conditions of extreme poverty and prevented large populations of children from attending school. Families in urban settings typically construct their homes in “squatter” conditions, and rural families are very vulnerable to extreme weather and natural disasters, especially typhoons, floods and mudslides.
Through the support of sponsors and donors, Chalice and our local partners focus on:
- Education - Ensuring each child completes their education until high school graduation, at a minimum. Our sites places special emphasis on providing access to education to children of marginalized groups.
- Nutrition - Our partners ensure children have balanced, nutrient-rich diets by implementing school feeding programs through the support of the Chalice Children Nutrition Program.
- Resilience - Bolstering parents’ abilities to generate income and take leadership in their communities, as well as building physical infrastructure before and after extreme weather events and natural disasters.
Our Philippine sites:
Bulacan - Chalice has partnered with the Bulacan Diocese, near Manila, since 1999. Leila Fernando-Tolosa directs the sponsorship program from Bethlehem House of Bread, a home for orphaned, abandoned, and abused children, and St Martin’s Home for Boys. The site also runs a network of small groups that address local community issues at the grass roots level. In addition to sponsorship, the site works to create opportunities for families, especially women, to generate family income. The site aims to empower parents and youth to become decision-makers and leaders in their communities.
Cotabato - Chalice has partnered with the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in the province of Cotabato since 2004. Fr. Rafael C. Tianero, OMI, directs the sponsorship program from Pangipasan Community School and student hostel, which serves children of the Manobo tribe. Their educators teach the Manobo children a modern curriculum, as well as the beauty and richness of their ancestral traditions. In addition to sponsorship, the site provides a nutrition program. Elder community members and parents volunteer their time to supervise the children as they learn to cook and tend the school’s vegetable garden.
Samar - Chalice has partnered with the Missionary Sisters of the Poor of Christ (MSPC) on the island of Samar since 2000, defining it as its own site in 2013. Maricel A. Abangan oversees the sponsorship program. With Chalice Children support, the Liceo de Bethlehem of Samar elementary school runs a school feeding program for more than 350 children. The site conducts monthly nutrition sessions for parents, which include food preparation training. Children participate in regular activities and seminars teaching them about healthy and active living. In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, Chalice has run a home-building project and undertaken both short and long-term relief and reconstruction projects throughout the area.
Tondo - Chalice has partnered with BYSMP Bless the Children Foundation Inc., in the densely-populated Manila slum region since 2014. Eunice Cheng-Chua oversees the sponsorship program which runs through the school year and has summer activities for the children. The site provides regular daily meals, supported by the Chalice Children Nutrition program, as well as supplemental nutrition to anemic and vitamin-deficient children. In addition to sponsorship, the site provides extra-curricular activities in arts, dance and music, and remedial tutoring in Math and English. The site conducts awareness programs such as prevention of violence against women and children, children's rights, hygiene, and parenting skills. They also provide vocational skills training for parents.