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The JDVSF is proud to note that 45 Senior students started their hospitality & tourism training in August in the newly renovated facilities. The junior intake follows next week. The heavy equipment for training has not arrived yet thus they
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While the new school at the Hija’s de Esther area in San Martin de Porres is not officially inaugurated, the students and teachers are making enthusiastic use of the new facility already.

The JDVSF’s project funding a major refurbishment to the Don Bosco Youth Center in Tondo, Manila is making good progress. The upgrade to the future Tourism & Hospitality Center at Don Bosco is both on time and on budget.

Construction for the additional facilities at the Hijas de Esther Girl’s Village at San Martin de Porres continues. Above and below are recent photos showing status as of mid-march 2018.

February was a busy month at St. Martin de Porres, and included Bible Camp for the kids, as well as a huge milestone in our construction for the school for the Hijas – the installation of the roof!

In late December, the John D.V. Salvador Foundation and Don Bosco Vocational Training Center in Tondo, Manila, signed a funding agreement whereby the JDVSF will fund investment in the large, but old faciliaty in Tondo. Additionally, the JDVSF built and
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JDVSF Treasurer Hugo Banziger visited Centro Salvador in Tondo, Manila on January 6, 2018. Centro Salvador is always a hub of activity. While there, Hugo observed the children writing thank you notes to donors who provided Christmas presents. This year,
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Despite cold and rainy conditions, the Swiss chapter of the JDVSF raised over $1,700USD this past weekend with the annual bake sale of the regional delicacy called “sweetbread men,” or “Grittibaenz.” These funds are specifically earmarked for scholarships for the
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Celebration is in order as our four San Martin de Porres alumni and students at Don Bosco graduated from their vocational training courses this past week in Tondo, Manila. Congratulations to them for their hard work over the past year,
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Construction of the Girl’s School building at Hijas de Esther continues to make good progress, staying on the anticipated schedule.

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 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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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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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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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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