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, Centro Salvador feeds malnourished children daily and provides free dental care for impoverished children and adults.
JDVSF Chairwoman Lizelle Salvador delivered the keynote speech and dedicated Centro Salvador to her parents, whose support and hope helped her and her siblings achieve success. She said: “Today is a very special day for the John D.V. Salvador Foundation, for me and especially for my family because Centro Salvador is about hope and has been built on hope. When we looked for a solution to meet the hopes of our children, we did not immediately see the answer. But, instead we found an empty plot of land in Tondo. And when we visited some vocational training centres here in Manila, we understood that there was an urgent need for accommodation of young apprentices. Bringing these two ideas together is how it all began. We hoped for a solution and we found one.”
Centro Salvador was blessed following a holy mass and participants gathered for a celebratory luncheon.
JDV Salvador Board Members and Father Boyet of St. Martin de Pores sign lease agreement for Centro Salvador
Signing of lease agreement with Chalice Canada, represented by Father Boyet, Mr. Greg Forbes and Eunice Cheng Chua
JDVSF Board members at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
JDVS Foundation Chairwoman Lizelle Salvador and Treasurer Hugo Banziger unveil the Center's Marker
Father Boyet reflects on the journey which brought us here over the last 8 years and what lies ahead of us "Building a house is easy. Making sure that our children will have the ability to look after themselves and earn a decent living will be much harder work"
Key note speech by Lizelle Salvador, our Chairwoman
Eunice Cheng Chua with Mr Greg Forbes from the Chalice Canada Foundation who sponsors children in primary and secondary education. The Chalice Foundation is an active supporter of San Martin de Porres and sponsors many of our children
Our children who played at the Mass and reception with our teacher and singer Citadelle
There were more than 400 guests and friends attending Mass and reception just next door to the Centro Salvador (we met in a basket ball court which the children of San Martin de Porres had converted)
Maria statue "borrowed" for the mass
Girls from St Martin de Porres performing a traditional dance