Author Archives: Ellen Goodridge

Girl’s School construction update

Construction of the Girl’s School building at Hijas de Esther continues to make good progress, staying on the anticipated schedule.

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JDSVF Awarded SOZI Prize from District of Bremgarten

The John D.V. Salvador Foundation was awarded the SOZI prize for best charity in the Swiss district of Bremgarten. The selection of JDVSF for this award was based on the ten years history of impressive work for street children in
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Construction progress at the Girl’s School

Construction of the Girl’s School building; part of Hijas de Esther at San Martin de Porres, is on track. The supporting pillars are now built and floors will come next. Thus, the structural work is now completed before the onset
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Volunteer teaching at Centro Salvator

Here are a few pictures of a long-term volunteer teaching children at Centro Salvador in Tondo, Manila. The Centro is always looking for volunteer teachers to help children with their home work and their English lessons. So far we have
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Construction begins at Hijas de Esther

In April, Construction began on Hijas de Esther, the girls’ school. This new structure, funded by the JDVSF, will provide more space for group lessons and gatherings. Workers have laid down the concrete pillars which will support the building. Strong
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Breaking new ground for the Hijas

On April 2, 2017, construction started on the new school building at Hijas de Esther at San Martin de Porres. This new structure, funded by the JDVSF, will enable the Hijas to gather for schooling and expand and enhance how
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View the latest video of life at St. Martin de Porres

Fr. Boyet recently produced a beautiful video showing a snapshot of daily life at St. Martin de Porres. Please enjoy the video here:

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Centro Salvador Unharmed after Tondo Fire, Focused on Supporting Families

On February 8th a large fire raged through the port-side area of Tondo, and by morning, over 15,000 residents were displaced from their homes. The Centro Salvador was unharmed, but now needing to focus on supporting the displaced families and
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Endah’s Experience at St. Martin de Porres

In January, Endah volunteered at St. Martin de Porres. She was introduced through U! Happy Events (http://uhappyevents.com/) a volunteer organization providing support and education to marginalized children in the Philippines. Endah is Muslim, and her experience shows that the values
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JDVSF Signs Cooperation Agreement with Don Bosco Vocational Training Facility in Tondo, Manila

On 8 January 2017, Father Gaudencio, the Rector of Don Bosco, Tondo, and Hugo Banziger, JDVSF Treasurer, signed the first cooperation agreement between the two groups. This agreement will enable JDVSF to help Don Bosco, the vocational training center for
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Christmastime Visit to Don Bosco Vocational Training Center

Board members Eunice Cheng Chua and Hugo Bänziger, along with Esther Bänziger visited the Don Bosco Vocational Training center in Tondo, the slum area near Manila’s shipping part on December 23, 2016. The visitors received a warm welcome from Father
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Christmas Eve Visit, and Special Update on Hijas de Esther

Board member Hugo Banziger celebrated Christmas Eve at San Martin de Porres. Hugo and his family were welcomed at the main village, followed by lunch. They then moved to Hijas de Essther, the girl’s village a short trip across the
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Swiss Chapter Raises Funds with Traditional Holiday Treats

The JDVSF’s Swiss chapter held its traditional Christmas sale to raise funds for San Martin de Porres today in Widen, Switzerland, a suburb of Zurich. Over 170 sweet bread mini-Santas, called “Grittibänz” were baked by the chapters members and sold
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Board visit to Centro Salvador

JDVSF founder Lizelle Salvador and Board member Ellen Goodridge visited San Martin de Porres, Hijas de Esther and Centro Salvador from October 19-20, 2016. In a previous post, Ellen covered her visit to San Martin de Porres as well as
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Reflections & Photos from Recent Board Visit

JDVSF founder Lizelle Salvador and Board member Ellen Goodridge visited San Martin de Porres, Hijas de Esther and Centro Salvador from October 19-20, 2016. Ellen Goodridge, though involved with the JDVSF since 2005, had last visited the Philippines in 2010.
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JDVSF to Build New School Facility for Girl’s Village

Given the success of the Hijas, the new girl’s village nearby San Martin de Porres, the JDVSF evaluated what additional infrastructure was needed to make it a fully independent hamlet. Currently, the girls go to school at San Martin de
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A report from St. Martin de Porres

Angela Freytag, a teacher at a primary school in Switzerland, spent two months at St Martin de Porres with around 30 girls aged 5 to 18 years. Here is her report: Each week, Angela taught English, Math, Biology and Chemistry
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Admissions Cottage Construction Nearly Complete

After 18 months of construction, the admissions cottage is now almost finished. This structure is a special living unit designed for the needs of children who are brand new to San Martin de Porres. For the first few weeks of
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Helping Hand: Partner Tia Razon extends JDVSF’s reach

The JDVSF extends a heartfelt thank you to our new friend and partner Tia Razon, pictured above with Lizelle Salvador [left] and her sister Diana[right]. Tia is the founder of the Corazon Roxas Foundation (www.corazonroxas.org). Here, Tia shares her inspiration
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JDVS Board Member Hugo Banziger visits St. Martin de Porres and Centro Salvador

JDVS Treasurer Hugo Banziger and Jennifer Asuncion met some of the 160 children at St. Martin de Porres during a December visit. They also met 15 college students who now live there who are studying subjects including accountancy, architecture, marketing
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Swiss Chapter holds holiday fundraiser

JDVSF’s Swiss chapter raised CHF 1,000 for St. Martin de Porres during its annual sale of the Brioche Mini Santa Claus. According to Swiss tradition, Santa Claus delivers this sweet bread to children when he visits their homes on December
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VIDEO: Lizelle’s Story – the tenth anniversary of JDVSF in her own words

Please enjoy this short video showcasing the ten years of the John D.V. Salvador Foundation’s work in St. Martin de Porres. Happy holidays from the JDVS.

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Centro Salvador thrives while providing hundreds with shelter, food and healthcare

Centro Salvador, the halfway house in Tondo, has been buzzing with activity since its inauguration in July, 2013. In addition to housing 12 children who are studying in Manila, Centro Salvador supports hundreds more. Close to 700 local children sponsored
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Path to success: SMDP has five new college graduates

St. Martin de Porres has five new graduates who are pursuing promising careers. John Paul dela Cruz and Emalyn Rontos graduated from the Philippine School of Business Administration. John Paul, who received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, works
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Swiss chapter leaders gets local coverage

Local Swiss publications cover Ms. Esther Banziger’s work with JDVSF, St. Martin de Porres and Centro Salvador. Hoffnung für 130 Waisenkinder Täglich eine Mahlzeit für 650 Kinder Täglich eine Mahlzeit für 650 Kinder

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Newsletter from Father Boyet, Fall 2015

Father Boyet’s periodic newsletter shares the latest happenings from St. Martin de Porres in Bulacan as well as from Centro Salvador in Tondo. St Martin de Porres 2015 Newsletter

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Reaching out: Swiss chapter founder Esther Banziger on her group’s mission

The Swiss Chapter of JDVSF has donated nearly CHF 80,000 (USD 84,648 K) to Saint Martin de Porres over the last six years. The enormous contribution is thanks to chapter founder Esther Banziger’s initiative, hard work and dedication. Here, Esther,
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A Celebration of Joy at the Inauguration of the Girls’ Village

Over 50 guests and six Board Members inaugurated the Girls’ Village on May 9, 2015. The village was named Hijas de Esther (Daughters of Esther) in honor of Esther Banziger. The celebration began with a traditional mass with Father Boyet
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Girls’ Village ready for May inauguration

The Girls’ Village is nearly completed, just in time for the inauguration celebration on May 9, 2015. The construction team worked weekends to get the two cottages ready, making final touches to the interior roof, painting and tiling. On May
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Centro Salvador flourishing: hundreds of children fed, educated and supported

Centro Salvador, the halfway house in Tondo, is thriving and working at full capacity. There are now four teachers, two nurses, one social worker, six field workers and three cooks working at Centro. On the ground floor, 650 sponsored, local
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