Author Archives: Ellen Goodridge

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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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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