Author Archives: Ellen Goodridge

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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St. Martin de Porres Awarded Best NGO

St. Martin de Porres was awarded Best NGO for the second year in a row by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Region 3. The award acknowledges SMDP’s “exemplary performance in the delivery of social services for the
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Construction Update on Girls Village for January 2015

The Girl’s Village continues to rise at St. Martin de Porres.

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Nearly 900 Tondo children receive medical checks

During the last week of October Medical Checks for Children (MCC), an organization based in the Netherlands providing medical care to children in schools and orphanages in developing countries, visited Tondo for the third consecutive year. The volunteer doctors examined
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Construction Update on Girl’s Village: Building Second Floor and Roof

Construction of two houses for the Girl’s Village of the St. Martin de Porres facility has reached the second floor. The next step will be putting the roof on the buildings. Despite a construction delay due to building complexities, the
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Swiss Chapter Summer BBQ Fundraiser

Despite miserable weather, the JDVSF’s Swiss chapter held its annual BBQ to collect funds for San Martin de Porres. The clouds and the rain did not deter the members and many guests to show their commitment to our cause. “There
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Shop at Amazon and 0.5% of your purchase can go to the JDVSF

The John D.V. Salvador Foundation is now part of Amazon Smile! Simply start your Amazon shopping session at this URL – http://smile.amazon.com/ch/56-2535579 – and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase total on eligible items to the JDVSF.

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Construction continues apace at the Girl’s Village

Construction continues to move ahead at the site of the future Girl’s Village of St. Martin de Porres in June 2014. Please see below for detailed construction and site photos and notes.

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New York Fundraiser – May 2014

Over 110 people gathered at the Fig & Olive restaurant in New York City’s meatpacking district on Thursday, May 15 to celebrate the accomplishments of the John D.V. Salvador Foundation and to raise money for future programs. The event raised
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JDVSF silent auction in New York on May 15

The JDVSF charity event in New York on Thursday, May 15 will feature a silent auction. The auction will include a painting from Diane Detalle who exhibits her unique art every year in different cities and countries. Event details follow
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Swiss Chapter Scholarships Enrich Lives

For the last three years, the Swiss Chapter of the JDVSF has provided scholarships for five students of St. Martin de Porres. The scholarship covers living expenses and accommodation since SMDP has been able to arrange free education. During their
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Construction Update on Girl’s Village

Construction on the Girl’s Village extension of the St. Martin de Porres facility is progressing. The foundation and stilts of the two sister houses are well underway.

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Progress Abounds for St. Martin de Porres

There has been extraordinary progress on multiple projects at SMDP during the start of 2014. Construction has begun on the Girls’ Village. Pillars for the first house are already being built. Construction on an additional building for volunteer staffers is
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St. Martin de Porres Honored with Award

On January 30, 2014 St. Martin de Porres was handed over the Salamat Po Award for best NGO (Non Govermental Organisation) of Field Office III by the DSWD Department of Social Welfare and Development. The criteria for the Award was
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Join (or attend) Upcoming NYC Fundraising Event

Find out more here for the JDVSF fundraising event on May 15th in New York city.

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Children Helping Children: Ginger Bread Auction Aids SMDP

On Friday, January 17, Swiss school children auctioned off ginger bread in Widen, a suburb about 15 miles from Zurich. Under guidance of their teacher Angela Freytag and Deacon Edith Rey, the 10-12-year olds baked and sold their own breads
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Mia Martin becomes JDVSF Board Member

JDVSF is honoured to welcome Mia Martin as a new Board Member. She was appointed on November 21, 2013 and will serve as our company secretary. Mia is a partner at Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro & Leaño Law Offices
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New School Bolsters Children’s Future

SMDP has established a new school to accommodate the growing children’s village which has exceeded the capacity of the local school in nearby Bustos. The new building is nearly completed and being used by all 125 children who attend school
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Exciting Outlook for 2014

The JDVSF has had many successes over the last year and has many wonderful opportunities on the horizon. There have been exciting developments on our buildings. Construction on the Girl’s Village will begin this month, with the structure expected to
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December Visit from Down Under

Students from St. Aloysius College, a Jesuit school in Sydney, Australia, visited SMDP in December. The students were there as part of St. Aloysius’ three-week intensive service-immersion experience. Under the guidance of Father Ross and Gary, a teacher, the students
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JDVSF Approves Funding for Girl’s Village at St. Martin de Porres

The Board of the John D.V. Salvador foundation has unanimously approved funding of the next stage of construction to support the development of the St. Martin de Porres children’s facility. Construction of the first two villas for the Girl’s Village
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JDVSF Sets Next Fundraiser in May 2014 in New York City

The John D.V. Salvador Foundation has now set it’s next fundraising event for May 14, 2014 at the Fig & Olive restaurant in New York City’s meatpacking district. The event will be focused on targeted donations for the next stage
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Supporting Relief Efforts in the Philippines

Thank you to all of our friends who have reached out to see if SMDP and the Tondo Halfway house were affected by the devastating Typhoon Haiyan. We are very grateful that they were not in the storm’s path, and
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Super typhoon spares Centro Salvador and SMDP

Centro Salvador and St. Martin de Porres are not in the direct path of a powerful typhoon ripping through the Philippines. Board Member Eunice Cheng Chua says, “Since Manila and Bulacan are not in the direct path of the storm,
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Dr. Salvador Provides Medical Care at Centro Salvador

Families lined up for free medical care at Centro Salvador’s health clinic in July. Dr. Vicente Salvador, JDVSF Chairwoman Lizelle Salvador’s father, volunteered his time and treated 255 patients on July 10 and 17. Patients ranged from infants to the
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Solar energy for St. Martin de Porres

The bright sun in the Philippines will be put to work at St. Martin de Porres (SMDP). To reduce an expensive power bill, solar cells converting sunlight into electricity will be installed on all of the cottage roofs this month.
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Groundbreaking set for Girls’ Village

Construction will begin for the Girls’ Village in November, 2013. This will become the centre for vocational training and housing for girls advancing to high school and college. The construction is planned to take 9-12 months, and will including building
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A Message of Hope at the Inauguration of Centro Salvador

Family, friends and supporters from near and far gathered for the inauguration of The Tondo Halfway House (“Centro Salvador”) on Monday, July 1, 2013. The dormitory provides support for around 30 teenage boys doing vocational training in Manila. In addition,
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