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2009 In Pictures Backward In Time


Christmas 2009 We were privileged to have the Women’s Auxiliary Charity Group of the Kang-Ha Association as the sponsor of UHF’s Annual Children’s Christmas Party. Members of the Women’s Auxiliary Charity Group of the Philippine Kang Ha Association with UHF children on December 5, 2009.


200 children and youth from our Welfareville and Calbayog centers were at the party which had games, dance numbers and awards. The children were those whose attendance in UHF programs exceeded 60% of all possible attendance-days.

Children who did not make the cut-off were treated to smaller Christmas celebrations sponsored by other groups and organizations. Right, Program Assistant Mylene Batalla opens the party.

Christmas 2009


Christmas 2009

Gift bags and lunch packs were distributed by the Women’s Auxiliary Charity Group headed by Ms. Elizabeth Lim of the Philippine Kang-Ha Association, Inc.


UHF 2010 Calendar This year, our calendar not only showcases our children’s talents but also provides paid work for our out-of-school youth.

This year’s calendar features a paper tole created from a drawing made by a UHF child and put together by a team composed of young people taking the alternative learning program.

You can purchase the calendar by calling us at 632.531.3474.


UHF 2010 Calendar

Above, the various steps in creating this year’s calendar from cutting the pieces for the paper tole which decorates the calendar, a most laborious process, to layering the tole. Right, members of the work team.


Strengthening ties with the local government

Above, Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur Abalos visiting UHF in October 2009. Right, Bahay ni Jose, our center at the Botanical Garden Compound on Martinez St., Bgy. Addition Hills, which has been lent to us by the city.


Strengthening ties with the local government

Typhoon Ondoy which hit the city in September 2009, affected over 1,000 families in Bgy. Addition Hills. Above, bottom right, happiness is your house, such as it is, left intact by the typhoon. Right, UHF’s OIC Ms. Merli Adviento turning over a donation of medicines to Mandaluyong City Executive Secretary Victor Victoria.


Strengthening ties with the local government

Above, homes razed by a fire in November 2009 at Block 37, Welfareville Compound, Bgy. Addition Hills. Right, UHF staff with Bgy. Chair Kuyog Posadas turning over our donation of 5 sacks of rice for families staying at an evacuation center.


UHF was able to qualify 20 of our older children under the city’s Summer Program for Employment of Students (SPES). This enabled us to conduct a survey on the schooling of children in the community (see left). Right, UHF President Olie Lucas briefing the Block Leaders Association of Bgy. Addition Hills on the survey. We have also used access to the Computer Room of the City’s Lingap Karunungan Center for computer and tutorial classes to expand our available resources.

Strengthening ties with the local government


Consolidating partnerships with social welfare and development institutions

During the year, UHF was Chair of the ABSNET-NCR Metro East Cluster, organized by the Department of Social Welfare & Development (DSWD) and composed of NGOs operating in San Juan, Marikina, Pasig and Mandaluyong. Above, UHF President Olie Lucas (rightmost) at the 2nd Area-Based Standards Network (ABSNET) National Consultation Dialogue held in Angeles City in February 2009.


Consolidating partnerships with social welfare and development institutions

In December 2008, UHF President Olie Lucas was elected to the Board of the National Council for Social Development (NCSD), a national association of private welfare and development institutions, for the period 2009-2010.


Consolidating partnerships with social welfare and development institutions

UHF holds the chairmanship of the Metrowest Network (MWN) for Children In Need of Special Protection (CNSP) for 2009-2010. MWN is an association of child-focused NGOs in Manila, San Juan, Makati and Mandaluyong and was originally organized by NCSD.


As Chair of MWN, UHF automatically became a member of the Council for the Welfare of Children’s National Network for Street Children. Through UHF’s representation, CWC’s 2009 Christmas giftgiving project was directed through MWN’s members. 4 sacks of gift packages were given to UHF (right). CWC’s Christmas packages being distributed to street families being assisted by UHF (left).

Consolidating partnerships with social welfare and development institutions


Through our participation in MWN, we opened opportunities for UHF children & youth to participate in various trainings and fora. Above left, Sheila Calot (18) was UHF’s representative to the Street Children Congress organized by SOS Village in October 2009. Below left, Lester Caalim (15) at a meeting of the Metrowest Youth. Right, Rica Lauzon (16) at the Regional Congress of Street Children.

Consolidating partnerships with social welfare and development institutions


As chair of MWN, UHF spearheaded a workshop on legal procedures which was co-organized with the Ateneo Human Rights Center. Atty. Patty SisonArroyo, a Director of AKAP-Ateneo Human Rights Center (left, upper photo), led workshop participants into a discussion on the practical aspects of laws protecting children.

Consolidating partnerships with social welfare and development institutions


During the year, we began to fully implement StepUP, a computer literacy project in partnership with Visayan Forum (in turn, a partner of Microsoft Philippines) that is designed to equip disadvantaged children and youth with basic computer skills and reduce their vulnerability to human trafficking. Through this partnership, UHF also become a member of the War Against Human Trafficking (WAHT) Network.

Consolidating partnerships with social welfare and development institutions


As a member of the Civil Society Network for Education Reforms, or E-Net Philippines, UHF has been a persistent advocate for out-of-school children and youth (OSCY). A call for expanded programs for OSCYs highlighted E-Net’s Global Action Week for education in April and later mass actions organized to raise public awareness on the needs of OSCYs.

Consolidating partnerships with social welfare and development institutions


Building the UHF community: Parents Group

The Parents’ Orientation which this year was held in July 2009 serves as venue for recruiting parents into UHF’s Parents Group. Right, OIC Merli Adviento (at extreme right) talking to one of the mothers.


The parents, esp. the mothers, of UHF’s children provided invaluable assistance throughout the year – performing much of the ground coordination in the case of special activities, handling communications among parents, doing various types of repairs and carpentry work, and otherwise helping us with all the heavy lifting.

Building the UHF community: Parents Group


Building the UHF community: Batang Guro

Our peer tutors, or Batang Guros, are the next UHF generation. Right, DepEd Division Superintendent Dr. Florencia Domingo congratulating our Batang Guros for contributing to the success of Magtulungan at Mag-Aral, the summer tutorial program organized by UHF in May 2009.


Left, our Batang Guros in action during Magtulungan at MagAral, the basic reading and math program organized by UHF for incoming Grades 1 to Grade 3 students in April/May 2009. The program was staffed by an all volunteer group of grade 6 and high school students with even some former out-of-school youth (high school level students), all of whom were either past or present UHF beneficiaries.

Building the UHF community: Batang Guro


Reaching out to the external community

UHF President Olie Lucas receiving a bouquet of appreciation from the members of the Rotary Club of Makati Central after a presentation on the gaps in education today and UHF’s response.

After 12-odd years of testing and evaluating different program approaches, we have finally gained sufficient confidence in our understanding of what needs doing and our ability to do those things right.


Left and bottom right, in April 2009, UHF was presented with a Plaque of Appreciation by the Mandaluyong Division of City Schools for “its valuable contribution and unwavering display of genuine support and services for underprivileged pupils.� Bottom left, our first speaking engagement was before the Rotary Club of Makati Central in September 2009.

Reaching out to the external community


A new center: Bahay ni Jose In June 2009, the building being lent to us by the city in the Botanical Garden Compound was finally ready for occupancy. The city transformed into a more permanent structure what was originally just a shack for the storage of construction materials while it built the Lingap Karunungan Center in the same compound.


Half of the building (below right as it looks today) is used for tutorial classes for a new group of 100 elementary school students. The enclosed area is utilized for alternative learning tutorials.

A new center: Bahay ni Jose


As in our other centers, reading and math tutorials are held Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Mondays are for values classes and Saturdays for catechism and art classes.

A new center: Bahay ni Jose


This is the study center and meeting place for out-of-school children and youth.

On weekday mornings, there is breakfast and tutorials for a few children who at age 12-13 are still in Grade 1. After breakfast, they go to their class at the Jose Fabella Memorial School. The most recent report from their special education teacher confirmed that the children are now doing better in school.

A new center: Bahay ni Jose


An expanded initiative: Alternative Learning Program

To better address the learning needs of out-of-school children and youth (OSCY), UHF fully adopted the DepEd’s Alternative Learning System.

The Alternative Learning System (ALS) is the alternative track created by the Department of Education (DepED) for those not in the formal education system.


From a standing start, 20 UHF learners took the Accreditation & Equivalency (A&E) Examination in October 2009. 5 took the grade school equivalency examination and 15, the high school equivalency examination. A new batch of 200 learners have signed up for tutorials that resume January 2010.

An expanded initiative: Alternative Learning Program


New offering: Basic computer literacy classes

A member of our1st batch of learners talking about her StepUP experience.

StepUP has afforded us the opportunity to add computer literacy classes to our basic offerings. We have aggressively used the offer of such classes to entice out-of-school children & youth to register for the alternative learning program.


John Paul (15), who dropped out in 2nd year high school, is typical of StepUp’s learners: “I used to think that computers were just for games. But since I learned how to use the internet properly, I've been able to go to Jobfinder and Jobstreet. Now I know that if I don't finish college I will have a hard time finding a good job” (translated from Tagalog).

New offering: Basic computer literacy classes


Kwentuhang Bata 5 community read-alouds were held from August 2009. All our readers were volunteer children who read to 5-10 other neighborhood children. On Esteban St., Bgy. Highway Hills, Kwentuhang Bata is held on the sidewalk.


Left, UHF Program Manager Fe Climacosa, guides a young reader. Reading is an activity that attracts a great number of children.

Kwentuhang Bata


Art Class The art class serves to hone the children’s fine motor skills and their eye for detail and form, as well as, giving them practice in close observation and critical thinking. Volunteer Art Teacher Yvette Co teaching the class how to draw a face.


This year, art classes were held every Saturday, 2PM-5PM. Classes were open to all children – not only those children participating in UHF’s tutorial program.

Art Class


Ugnayang Sining 2009 Ugnayang Sining is our annual exhibit of children’s artwork. The exhibit was again held this year at the lobby of the Executive Building of the Mandaluyong City Hall. The child artists with UHF staff.


Left, children pose in front of panels on which their drawings hung. Right, the children with Ms. Menchit Abalos, the wife of Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur Abalos (standing immediately beside the panel on the right), who opened the exhibit which was also part of our celebration of Children’s Month.

Ugnayang Sining 2009


Ugnayang Sining 2009 Side-by-side with the children’s whimsical drawings were visual expressions of their Typhoon Ondoy experience.


Spiritual Formation UHF is not a faith-based organization but we felt the need to respond to the children’s search for truths beyond themselves which we saw in their drawings, reflections and volunteerism. Ms. Ecky Warren, a long-time UHF volunteer, started with a catechism class of 5 high school-age children. Today, the class has grown to over 300 children.


During the year, we opened a new catechism class and organized Holy Masses for children on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month.

Spiritual Formation


Magtulungan At Mag-Aral

A peer tutor is congratulated for her work during the summer, from left, by City Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Florencia Domingo, UHF Trustees Ms. Pandy Singian and Mr. Raffy Guerrero, and Lingap Karunungan Center Administrator Mr. Paolo Trinidad.

Because children liked helping other children, Munting Titsers (peer tutors) became a constant at UHF. This summer we decided to test their mettle by organizing a tutorial manned completely by peer tutors.


30 young people signed up as peer tutors – 16 Grade 5 & 6 students and 6 high school students who were or used to be in UHF’s tutorial program plus 8 young people who were in UHF’s Alternative Learning program. As they were older and no longer small (or munti), we called them Batang Guros. 224 children were served by M&M which ran from April 13 – May 12, 2009.

Magtulungan At Mag-Aral


Survey of School-Age Children & Youth

Working as 2-person teams, our young people went from houseto-house noting down the number, age and the status of schooling of children in each household. Additionally, they disseminated information on the availability of public day care centers and UHF’s services for children and youth.

In May 2009, we conducted a survey of all households in Welfareville and selected areas of Bgy. Highway Hills where UHF had centers. It served to identify OSCYs and determine the extent of school participation in the community.


We were gratified to discover that fewer than 1% of primary school age children were not enrolled (against 7% in the National Capital Region), affirming the work UHF has done over the past 10 years in the surveyed communities helping children in the age group that historically exhibits the highest drop-out rates keep up with school work. We also determined that there were over 600 persons, half of them aged 16-24, who needed to be introduced to UHF’s Alternative Learning Program.

Survey of SchoolAge Children & Youth


The process of undertaking the survey surfaced misconceptions about school fees and the requirements for enrollment. Working with the Mandaluyong’s Division of City Schools, we were able to respond to those issues including a few raised by members of the Block Leaders Association of Welfareville (left). At right, Dr. Josefina Espeso (seated, 5th from left) of the Division of City Schools with the survey team.

Survey of SchoolAge Children & Youth


Surviving Ondoy Some 1,000 families in Bgy. Addition Hills had to be evacuated at the height of Typhoon Ondoy. To help the children recover from that experience, we held a de-briefing for 478 children in October 2009. We asked the children where they were during the typhoon. What did they see, feel, do?


Water rose 9 feet high in some places of Welfareville and lower, just waist-high, in others. Of course, if you were just a bit above 4 feet, it meant that water was up to your chin as one little boy told us. Despite the horror – “Na-isip ko baka katapusan na ng mundo” (I thought the world was ending) – hope and an abiding faith kept the children whole – “Dapat naming ipasalamat na binigyan kami ng Diyos ng pagasang bumangon” (We should thank God for giving hope in a second chance).

Surviving Ondoy


Volunteers from among UHF’s Batang Guros assisted in the de-briefing together with volunteers from EON who came as part of Hands On Manila’s (HOM) 2009 Servathon. Krispy Kreme, another HOM partner, gave away donuts. The children also took away loot bags donated by EON and other UHF sponsors.

Surviving Ondoy


School-to-Work In 2006, we held a Talakayang Lansangan, a meeting with street folks who told us that what they needed most was jobs. All roads led to jobs. Education was important to get better jobs and staying in good health was necessary to be able to keep their jobs.


During the year, we finally got a handle on integrating school-towork in our programs. We started with giving allowances to our Batang Guro and those who baked UHF’s cookies and did other odd chores. This opened the way to requiring them to adhere to certain standards and maintain a proper work ethic. We placed 5 young people as Paralegal Interns with the Humanitarian Legal Assistance Foundation (HLAF) and renewed our arrangement with SM Supermarkets which hired 7 young people as baggers during the Christmas season.

School-to-Work


For a group of special children who wanted to grow up to become police officers and restaurant personnel, a visit to the Mandaluyong City Police headquarters and Gallileo Enoteca & Deli on Calbayog St., Bgy. Highway Hils, was arranged. The group was largely composed of school children very much behind other children in their age group.

School-to-Work


UHF was a beneficiary of The Hot Rod and Car Restoration Expo held in March 2009. Top left, UHF children manning an art activity station; bottom left, waiting for a demonstration on car detailing to begin. Right, UHF children with Dohna Sarmiento of Outbox Media (second from right), organizer of the event.

Special events: The Hot Rod and Car Restoration Expo 2009


Special events: Hands On Manila’s Servathon 2009 UHF was a beneficiary of HOM’s annual Servathon in October.

Washing off the paint after a hard day’s work.


HOM volunteers from Max’s Restaurant and Krispy Kreme brightened the appearance of Bahay ni Jose, painting a charming mural of children among plants, flowers and trees.

Special events: Hands-On Manila’s Servathon 2009


At Bahay ni Nino Hesus, HOM volunteers from True Value brought their paints and erased the graffiti from the center’s walls.

Special events: Hands-On Manila’s Servathon 2009


While others were painting the walls around them, EON volunteers applied their people skills to de-briefing children on their Typhoon Ondoy experience.

Special events: Hands-On Manila’s Servathon 2009


Special events: Visit of Pusong Pinoy

Donna Rosario, founder of Pusong Pinoy, standing 2nd from left, with UHF’s staff and children visited with us in June 2009, bringing boxes of books and toys and providing us with several electric fans.

Pusong Pinoy is a USbased organization started by Donna Rosario, who asked friends on Facebook to donate books. Propelled by the networking power of Facebook, Pusong Pinoy has evolved to become more than a donor of books.


Special events: Visit of Pusong Pinoy

With a group of Manila friends, Donna (above) treated the children to a meal as well.


Special events: A joint birthday party

In 2003, Rhona (standing left carrying her little boy) was an architecture student from Notre Dame University working as an intern at the national housing agency. She was also a regular volunteer tutor at UHF and one of her students was Edwin, then a 14 year old street child who had just started literacy classes.

We had a visit in December 2009 from former volunteer Rhona Reodica, now an architect in New York City, who celebrated her birthday with Edwin, one of our Old Kids.


The event was both happy and sad as Rhona remarked. It was a happy reunion of UHF’s Old Kids – the street children of EDSA Crossing who were our original clients. All had kicked the habit of sniffing rugby and most had started their own families; but while they all had work, their incomes were low and uncertain. They were mainly just running in place.

Special events: A joint birthday party


Leaving no one behind: Talakayang Lansangan 2009 We took the opportunity of getting together at Christmas to check out how our Old Kids were doing, our former client-children who were now young adults , most with families of their own. Ms. Rose Yenko, a Jungian psychologist and advisor to UHF, facilitated the focus group discussion on where each one was now, where they wanted to be, and how UHF could help them get to where that is.


They told us that they were very grateful to UHF. We helped them change their lives and stop using drugs. They were satisfied with their lives today and dreamt only of having their children complete their schooling as well as possibly owning a house. No one was idle but they described work that just paid for basic necessities which was principally food.

We marveled that they could be satisfied with so little and offered them the opportunity to enter the Alternative Learning System so that they can aspire for more and create a different future for their children.

Leaving no one behind: Talakayang Lansangan 2009


Creating a different future: Board Involvement

Board Champions were identified to address UHF’s longterm sustainability, strengthen its programs on basic literacy, work and life skills training, and identify pathways to work.

We started our year with a Board Retreat in February 2009. The results were specific commitments to be the Board Champion guiding the development of key strategies needed for UHF to grow.


We welcomed two new members – Mr. Raffy Guerrero and Ms. Pandy Singian, 2nd and 3rd from right in photos on below left and on the right. Their participation in regular case presentations with UHF Treasurer and Trustee Angel Gonzalez have led to improved interventions. UHF Past President Carissa SingsonMabasa (2nd from left in photo above left) has started regularly counseling some special children.

Creating a different future: Board Involvement


Creating a different future: A peek at 2010

A path opening to the site of a new center in Mexico, Pampanga.

We expect 2010 to be a year of expansion and continuing evolution, of starting up in new locations while undertaking a constant review of our programs and operations to identify and retain only the best practices.


We will be expanding to other cities and towns through partnerships with strong local organizations. •

In each place, we will leave behind a dedicated corps of peer tutors and community youth and adult leaders. •

We will advocate for improved access to work for our grown children . •

Creating a different future: A peek at 2010


Our contact details: 39 Calbayog St., Bgy. Highway Hills Mandaluyong City, Philippines ďƒľ Telephone: (632) 531 3474 Email: unanghakbangfoundation@gmail.com http://sites.google.com/site/unanghakbangfoundation/


Thank you to all who have consistently supported us.


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