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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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.

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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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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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

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

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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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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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, 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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