"Do What We Can,
Where We Are,
With What We Have"
Our PPP slogan says it all. Let's do what we can for our planet! Not only should we be concerned for our environment but most of all for people who need our care and support! Here are some featured groups that everyone can volunteer for - let's all work together to make a difference!!! Read on!
When asked who among the Filipinos were ready to make a difference, WE raised our hand. Hands on Manila is a non-profit organization that recruits, educates, and coordinates a network of volunteers for diverse community projects within the Greater Manila area. They are committed in fostering the spirit of volunteerism.
Upon joining, members get a choice of volunteer opportunities every month! You can choose what cause to support, where to go, what you'll do, and when! You can choose from a multitude of tasks such as teaching computer skills to young adults, help maintain a zoo, reading a story to a sick child, cooking with young women, caring for the elderly, building a home for the underprivileged, fixing a museum or being a guide and many more!!!
Sign up or simply ask questions at Hands on Manila Foundation, Inc., Unit 10, Lower Penthouse, Medical Plaza Bldg., Amorsolo Cor. Dela Rosa St., Legazpi Village, Makati City 1229, Tel. No. (632) 8437044 / (632) 843-5231 or visit their site at http://www.handsonmanila.org/
What is Habitat for Humanity Philippines?
Habitat for Humanity Philippines (HFHP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating homelessness and poverty housing by means of constructing simple, decent and affordable housing with low-income families. HFHP is part of the global network of Habitat for Humanity International founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller.
Although Habitat for Humanity has been in the Philippines since 1988, it wasn't until former US president Jimmy Carter came to the country in 1999 that Habitat became a household name. To date, over 4,000 houses have been built all over the country through a network of 27 affiliates.
How does it work?
HFHP is not a hand-out program. Volunteers and homepartner families are directly involved in building Habitat homes. These are sold to the selected families at no-profit, no-interest terms. Homepartner families are chosen not only based on their level of need, but also on their ability and willingness to pay the monthly amortizations and provide "sweat equity". As part of their investment, they must render a certain number of volunteer hours to build their own homes and those of their future neighbors.
How much does a Habitat house cost?
Habitat houses are prices at P120,000. While they cost less to build, community-development costs are added to the price of each Habitat house. Even top government officials have acknowledges that Habitat is a cost-efficient solution to providing housing for the needy. The fact that Habitat homes cost lower than those provided by government is made possible, to a large extent, by volunteer labor and donations of money and construction material. HFHP also operates on a "house-for-a-house" system, wherein house repayments made by homepartner families are used to fund more Habitat houses in the future.
How can you get involved?
Break the cycle of poverty by supporting HFHP. Volunteer labor and donations in cash and in-kind are most welcome. HFHP affiliates assist the national program through fund raising, building site selection, partner family selection and mortgage servicing.
How to be a Habitat Volunteer:
1. In order to be registered as a volunteer, you should notify us of your interest at least one week in advance of the date you wish to work. Call, fax or e-mail for a Volunteer sheet.
2. Complete the Volunteer Information Sheet. If volunteering as a group, each member should fill out one form and submit all your forms together.
3. Minimum age requirement is 18 years for individual volunteers; 16 - 17 year olds will be accepted, provided they are part of a group or delegation supervised by an adult. Family, school, church and community youth groups are most welcome! Check how students may render community service by volunteering for Habitat.
During your work day:
Habitat for Humanity (HFHP) is a non-profit ecumenical Christian housing ministry founded in 1988 and is sponsored by Habitat for Humanity International. Since it began in Americus, Georgia in 1976, HFHP has built houses for more than 70,000 families in 60 countries around the world.
Capital, Not Charity - HFHP builds houses in Habitat affiliate sites using as much volunteer labor and donated materials as possible. The houses are then sold to impartially selected families mired in poverty housing through no interest, no profit mortgages. Each beneficiary family also contributes at least 400 hours of labor into the construction of their own and other families houses.
You too can make a difference! If you would like to help and make a difference in the community, we welcome your support through:
Be a member of Haribon Foundation and learn all about how important it is to value our forests, mangroves, seas and all our natural resources! It's really for our OWN survival! Join birdwatching trips and learn about how birds can be barometers for the health of the environment of a certain area. Observe rare birds like hornbills and eagles in the wild!!! Click to www.haribon.org.ph and see what you can do to help keep our endemic wildlife thriving!
Join WWF-Philippines (World Wildlife Fund) activities to help conserve the environment! See what they do daily like the ff. projects: Conservation and Development in the Turtle Islands, Marine Conservation in Balayan Bay, Mt. Guiting-guiting Natural Park, Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park, Conservation Science Research and Extension (Subic Bay), Dolphin, Whale, Dugong and Whale Shark Research and Conservation. Check them out at www.wwf-phil.org.ph WWF-Philippines is an environmental non-government organization in the Philippines whose ultimate mission is to stop, and eventually reverse the accelerating degradation of the natural environment in the Philippines, and to help build a future in which Filipinos live in harmony with nature.
Be a Birdwatcher! Do you know that the Philippines boasts of more than 500 kinds of birds? And even amazingly enough around 168 species of that number only reside here!!! We have one of the richest ecosystems, ranking very high in terms of endemic species! See them here at www.birdwatch.ph and maybe you'd like to join some of their birding trips! Never ever support the illegal pet trade by buying rare animals caught from the wild. Learn all you can about how to help protect them! More tips here
Do you know which Philippine animals can only be found here on Philippine soil? Do you know which of them are on the verge of extinction? Find out now and join the fight for their lives at Endangered Endemic Species of the Philippines http://www.geocities.com/RainForest/Vines/4625/main.html
He Cares Foundation - Streetchildren Caring Center
Here's your chance to make a difference in the lives of streetchildren! By dropping your contributions at the coin banks in all of our branches, you can help care for the streetkids at He Cares Foundation. We at Papemelroti support this small thriving caring center since we know that the kids lives there have been changed through the guidance of Bro. Joe Dean W. Sola in the years it has been in existence. Please visit their website at www.hecaresfoundation.com
We encourage you to visit them and see for yourselves how this group feeds, clothes, cares, and values these kids. The center is located at #11 Acuņa Drive, Philvirra Homes, Project 8, Quezon City.
Tel. No. (632) 928-8910
(call 1:00 - 5:00 pm)
Kidney Friends Foundation is a non-stock, non-profit organization that aims to empower patients with kidney failure to get educated and employed or start businesses so that they can better address their medical needs.
Papemelroti provides training for members of the foundation to earn from producing paper crafts and jewelry.
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