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Major Projects Assisted in 2004
 

Akany Avoko Ambohitratrimo, an orphanage in the outskirts of Antananarivo, Madagascar, serves as a half-way house to some 50 orphans, ages from new-borns to teenage, until they are placed for adoption. Youths are given skills in sewing and handicraft making and finished products are sold in the gift shop to augment income to the orphanage.

Nuestra Señora de Fátima is a vocational secondary school in Babahoyo, Ecuador. It provides vocational education to youths ages 14-20. There are 235 boys enrolled in automotive and general mechanics, 138 girls in dressmaking and hairdressing, 50 adults and youths in literacy education. Classes are scheduled in the Morning for the boys, Afternoon for the girls and Evening for literacy education. Also taught are subjects in History, Geography, Labor Law, Crafts, Cooperatives, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Social Studies and Civics. School year is from April to January.

Samabayan Educational Foundation, Inc. (SEFI) in Nueva Ecija, Philipines, supports and, partially or wholly, funds the educational needs of daughters from low-socio-economic families, intellectually capable in acquiring academic education in either of the pre-school, kindergarten, elementary and/or secondary school levels. The chosen scholars are sent to the private school situated in the La Loma - Sta. Mesa Heights District, reputed for their high standard and quality of instruction.

St. Luke's Cabiao Community Clinic, in Nueva Ecija, Philippines is a teaching clinic for medical students and midwifery.

The School for Chosen Children, in Cavite, Philipines, trains, educates and provides opportunities to the physically and mentally challenged children from the nearby communities of Silang. The school now services 74 children categorized according to their functional levels (cerebral palsy, toddlers, hyperactive, etc.). Besides the academic exercise, their educational curriculum includes arts and crafts, physical education, gardening and cooking. An inter-disciplinary team of teachers, psychologists, physical and occupational therapy interns, as well as volunteers are working hand in hand for the improvement of the children's fine motor, gross motor, cognitive skills, adaptive skills, social skills and communication skills necessary for their development as a whole.

Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA), together with locally based organizations in Iraq, operates 19 emergency relief centers in Baghdad, Basra and Mosul maintaining supplies for 40 days. Three of these centers were opened before the occupation of Baghdad. Five of the emergency relief distribution centers are ran by women volunteers who prepare boxes of rice, beans, sugar, tea, macaroni, oil and other basics to feed a family of four for 20 days. Some 1,200 families are being helped. Support also goes to Baghdad’s Al Hayat and St. Raphael hospitals, providing them medicines and medical supplies, including emergency generators for operating theaters, and expanding its free clinic for the poor from three to five days a week.

Gawad Kalinga (GK) transforms slum dwellings in poverty-stricken areas, into beautifully painted homes, built for and by the volunteers of poor families in the Philippines nationwide. A community is composed of about 60 – 100 families residing in a contiguous area. The success of the community rests the organization and empowerment of the Kapitbahayan Neighborhood Association, where the strong values formation is translated into concrete guidelines for community living, agreed upon and lived out by every member, strong enough to start a ripple effect of transformation in the larger community.

The Phnom Pehn Heart Center in Cambodia, founded by the Surgeons of Hope, has 50 hospital beds, performs 1000 open heart surgeries, 500 cardiac interventions and close to 20,000 consultations each year. The emphasis of assistance is in the training of nurses and the continuing participation of rotating international surgeons, along with periodic missions of cardiologists and head nurses, to continuously help in the installation and systematization of strict medical protocols by experts in the developed nations.

 
Funding Breakdown by Type of Activity    
Vocational/ Academic Education $ 13,200  
Special Education $ 3,300  
Hospital Care and Education $ 2,000  
Housing $ 5,500  
Others $ 500  
Total $ 25,500  
     
Funding Breakdown by Country Assistance    
Philippines $ 20,700  
Ecuador $ 2,500  
Iraq $ 1,000  
Cambodia $ 1,000  
Madagascar $ 300  
Total $ 25,500  
 
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