On January 7th, members of the JDVSF paid a visit to Centro Salvador in Tondo, Manila. Eunice Cheng Chua, a Board Member of JDSVF is devoted to the well-being of the children and communities of San Martin de Porres and in Tondo. She shared the latest developments and status on her hard work as well as the service provided by the JDVSF in Tondo.
Key facts on Tondo, Manila and Centro Salvador
- Since the Centro’s inauguration in summer 2013, it has undergone many changes as the needs of the community evolve
- Today, the Centro looks after 1,500 children up to the age of 12 who are all sponsored by the Canadian Chalice Foundation
- Each child has a bank account which gets directly credited by Chalice every month
- Eunice is currently planning to increase this program to 1,800 children
- In addition to the monthly allowance, the sponsored children each receive a healthy meal per day, free school uniforms and school back packs, an annual medical and dental check (thanks to the Belgian MCC medical mission), help with their home work and on-going psychological support
- Given rampant on-line sexual exploitation of slum children in Tondo the Centro also started an awareness campaign throughout the area
- To be more efficient, The Centro decentralized the food program which is now run out of five food centers throughout Tondo (one being the Centro itself)
- The Centro now also looks after 40 children with special needs, such as Down Syndrome
- Last but not least the Centro developed an outreach program for the parents to look after their needs. After one counselling session, 30 couples who lived together for years decided to get married!