Thursday, May 1, 2008

The Haven for Children

When Manay Gina returned as President and Chairperson of the CSFI in 2001, her inspired leadership has become the rallying spirit of the congressional spouses to establish The Haven for Children in Muntinlupa City, for the rehabilitation of streetchildren, ages 7 to 13.

The complex is composed of eight 2-story buildings, with its own multi-purpose gymnasium, well-appointed cottages, a non-formal school run by DECS, a medical & dental clinic, an administration building and a training center that teaches the children practical livelihood skills. It was inaugurated in January 15, 2004.

The center’s goal is to provide the displaced children a ‘home’ away from home with the help of social workers from the DSWD and well-meaning volunteers. Its objective is to reunite the boys with their families. To achieve this, the center has a special counseling program for the parents so that they will become more responsive to the needs of the children.

For children who have no family, the center has a program that screen prospective foster parents for possible adoption, while the others are transferred to other government shelters that offer programs which are more suited to the needs of the child.

In 2006, Manay Gina, brought her campaign to save the abandoned children to a national scale by finishing three Regional Centers for Children in Dagupan City, Tarlac City and Solana, Cagayan.

In February of 2007, the fourth Regional Center for Children in Agusan del Sur had its groundbreaking ceremony. Similar to The Haven for Women, Manay Gina hopes to put up satellite centers of The Haven for Children in all regions.

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1 comment:

Enzo Emmanuel said...

It’s a wonderful feeling to know that there are people helping others who are in need. Those efforts are being exerted without expecting much in return but a sense of fulfillment knowing that they have done their part in giving happiness to this world where much suffering is present. Manay Gina De Venecia truly has shown much dedication in service of the people. Her works inspire others that there is still some good left in the world. Today, we are faced with so much problems that some of us even have no idea what to do next or where to turn to. People like Manay Gina give these people hope that there is still a chance to go through the problems that they are facing. Gina Devenecia, a hero in her own right that has made a mark as a shoulder to cry on and a Filipina to be truly proud of.