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Sharing at Christmas with joy

 

By Betsy Gazo

Saturday, November 17, 2012

 

GOD loves a cheerful giver and the giver is also gifted with much cheer and joy. When Christmas is in the air, generous souls can smell the fragrant opportunity to share their blessings with others in need. Opportunities for giving are plentiful and it is just a matter of choosing a favorite charity or cause.

After all, there are so many causes to support, too many charity cases to contribute to, and countless people in need awaiting a little blessing. Remember, we neither can save nor feed the whole world but we can save one person, one animal, or one tree at a time.

To make a suggestion, SM City Bacolod is campaigning to support the children of Kalipay Negrense Foundation, Inc. Anyone in society can give donations and these donations will help the homeless, the malnourished, the sexually and physically abused, the out-of-school youth, and the special children sheltered by Kalipay. Kalipay’s aim is to bring joy to disadvantaged children.

Disadvantaged children. Who are they? They are the 1.6 million street children in the Philippines of whom 60,000 are prostituted. They’re the 6 million children who are malnourished. They’re the 28 children arrested every day. In our province, 3 children are rescued daily on the average.

“Jemma” describes her young life: “I was living in the streets, a rugby addict. My father was dead. My mother a prostitute. At a very young age, my siblings and I were sold in the flesh trade by relatives.“ Jemma’s story is replicated often.

SM takes part in Kalipay’s goals through its SM City Bacolod Christmas Centerpiece Launch at the Event Center last November 10. Its theme, Christmas Isn’t Christmas Without Sharing, aptly provides the motivation for everyone who has even just a little to spare. It was a fun-filled event showcasing the talents of Kalipay’s beneficiaries.

The Kalipay children danced to the delight of the crowd. The girls looked prim and proper in their printed long-sleeved tops with jaunty ribbons at the collar. Proudly looking on was Kalipay Chairman Anna Balcells who was beaming in her seat. (Anna and some concerned friends started Kalipay Negrense Foundation, Inc. in 2007.) She would later tell me of one particular girl who is now doing so well in school. It means that when given the right environment and love and support, abused children who have only known poverty, crime and pain can get past through these and enjoy victorious living.

The partners and projects of this foundation are Haven Children’s Home (Bacolod City), Calvary Kids Home (Bacolod City), Recovered Treasures Children’s Home (Bago City), Gawag Kalinga-Balcells Hope Village (Talisay City), and Angel’s Workshop (Don Salvador Benedicto Town). The Board of Trustees are John I. Gayoso (Vice-Chairman), Belinda U. Tanpinco (Treasurer), Sylvia M. Campos (Secretary), with Emilio L. Abello VI, Atty. Lyndon P. Cana, and Atty. Joselle Batapa as Members of the Board.
Apathy towards the needy will only worsen the situation and these children, if not rescued, will become the future generation of drug addicts, petty thieves, murderers, hardened criminals or prostitutes. They will certainly become a burden to society. We would have mentally, physically and spiritually sick people amidst us. We can help save ourselves and our country by saving these children.

For donations through SM City Bacolod, get in touch with the Marketing Department or call (034)4680209 and (034)4680168. Don’t forget: when you sow sparingly, you also reap sparingly.

 
‘Christmas Bears of Hope’ drive on

 

 

A fund-raising project called “Christmas Bears of Hope” was launched Saturday by SM City Bacolod at the SM City Bacolod Event Center to support the Kalipay Negrense Foundation campaign for homeless, malnourished, sexually and physically abused, out-of-school youth and special children.

This Christmas, SM Supermalls is celebrating the holidays by remembering all the things that make Christmas merry: music, laughter, indulgence, gift-giving and the spirit of sharing, George Jardiolin, SM City Bacolod mall manager, said.

He said music will be in the air in all 46 Supermalls as they serenade people with childrens’ choirs, the Von Trapp Family Singers, SM’s ‘random girl,’ and a host of other musical talents.

They enjoin the public to share with the less fortunate orphans chosen by each mall through their Bears of Joy Program, where P200 buys two teddy bears, one to keep and one to give to a child in need.

Angelo Alba of Kalipay Negrense, said the foundation was spearheaded by Anna Balcells in 2007 with some friends, now has 70 children.

He said they are helping the most vulnerable sector and they believe no child should be on the street, be deprived of education, or subject to abuse.

Balcells said “It is not an easy journey but at the same time it is wonderful. We are witnessing miracles happen every day because a child rescued is one more life in this world.”

Most of the children are top in their class, she said.

She also said they desperately need help to provide nutritious food for the children and to send them to school and buy their needs and asking the public to be part of this journey and be part of Kalipay Negrense.

Present at the launching were Bacolod Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson, Councilor Catalino Alisbo, Secretary to the Mayor Moises de la Cruz and MassKara Queen 2012 Ena Louise Velasco.

Those who wish to donate may get in touch with the Marketing Department of SM City Bacolod or visit the Christmas centerpiece at the Event Center of SM Bacolod or call (034) 4680209/4680168.*CGS

 
Opinion: From the Center

From the Center
with Rolly Espina



Our salute to Kalipay Negrense Foundation Inc. Anna Balcells, founder and president, reportedly for unhesitatingly taking over the Recovered Treasures Home of the Christ Central Ministries of the Philippines Inc.

Therasa Hyself and Balcells recently presided the turnover ceremony of the Recovered Treasurers Home in Barangay Busay, Bago City.

The home takes care of 57 disadvantaged children. These mostly are abandoned, malnourished, and physically and sexually abused children not only from Bago City but from all over Negros Occidental, reports said.

But what Balcells and the KNFI board have taken over is not a walk in the breeze. For a start, its cost P250,000 to run the home. The original 75 children had been reduced to only 57 because of cost-cutting measures, she said in a DAILY STAR report yesterday.

KNFI, incidentally, is also operating another home for children in Bacolod City with 30 of them.

At least, Balcells pins her hopes on government to be able to come up with the funds needed to sustain their expenses.

But they don’t lose hope. Perhaps, various government units of the province, especially the provincial government may be also to cough up some funds to help out KNFI with its daunting task for the sake of the children.

So with better-heeled Negrense families. After all, the hope of the Fatherland are the children.

 

 
Feedback

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with Primo Esleyer

It is also good that people have awakened to our problem of cruelty to children.

The case of that 6-year-old girl who died in the hands of her parents, from what police reports said were beatings made by her parents, we hope will also awaken our people to this great problem.

Anna Balcells who runs a foundation that takes care of some 275 street children, pointed out a very important problem.

The reality, Anna said, is most of these street children run away from home, not because of poverty but because of the abuse of their own parents and close relatives.

This is a big social problem.

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We suggest that our Social Welfare officials dig deeper into the problem.  They get these street children, interview them and find out the real cause why are they in the streets.

I tend to believe what Anna Balcells said that most of these street children run away from home to escape the abuses of their own parents and close relatives.

Social Welfare can file cases against these parents and relatives, people responsible for the abuses.

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Stars pledge help

Carla Gomez
Inquirer Visayas

January 02, 2011

BACOLOD CITY, Philippines – Some 57 celebrities have pledged support for the children of Negros in need of shelter, education and care.

Actors, doctors, chefs, designers and photographers joined 2010 PledgeStock—promising to share their time, talent and ideas to generate awareness of two foundations, according to Jay Abello, one of the organizers.

The event, held at Gamma Studio in Makati on Dec. 8 and 9, sought to raise funds for the work being done by the Kalipay Negrense and Tapulanga foundations for Negrense children, Abello said.

Kalipay Negrense helps the homeless, orphaned, physically and sexually abused, malnourished, out-of-school and special children, its president Anna Balcells said.

Tapulanga helps provide educational, health care and micro-credit assistance to communities in Silay City and neighboring areas, said its executive director, Micmic Abello-Golez.

During the PledgeStock event, the celebs offered their services for free to star in 20 advertisements that Abello shot, and which will be aired on cable channels throughout 2011.

Abello said many of the celebrities who came to his Gamma Studio for their shoots stayed to talk to the people running the foundations.

Many of the celebs had roots in Negros. These included Joel Torre, Ronnie Lazaro, Analin Bantug, and JM Rodriguez. The others who also made pledges were John Lapus, siblings Mark and Cherie Gil, Pinky Amador, members of The CompanY, and designer Rajo Laurel.

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