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Kalipay: Levi needs help

 

July 24, 2014

Help is needed for a 13-year-old boy suffering from Nasofrontal Encephalocele, a congenital defect caused by the failure of the neutral tube to close completely during fetal development,  Kalipay Foundation president Anna Balcells said yesterday.


Levi was rescued from the streets by Kalipay and has been living in one of the homes of the foundation ever since, she said.

He has a large mass on his nose, but never had the chance to have it checked because of his family’s financial constraints.  As soon as Kalipay rescued him, he was able to seek medical attention with the consent of his parents.

After consultations with experts and undergoing advised laboratory tests, Levi was diagnosed to have Nasofrontal Encephalocele.

As soon as the defect was identified as operable, Kalipay met with doctors involved to come up with a concrete plan, Balcells said.

Levi needs to undergo three major procedures:  the first will be the installation of the Ventricular Peritonial shunt where the cerebral spinal fluid in the sac located above his nose will be drained out.  After Levi recovers he will then undergo a second procedure where the encephalocele (sac with fluid) will be disconnected from the brain. Finally, the last part will be the removal of the sac which a form of reconstructive surgery.

Once the plan was put in place, Kalipay decided to raise funds for the treatment plan for Levi.  A campaign was started, and letters were sent to Kalipay’s supporters and benefactors to garner as much support at possible, Balcells said.

The first of the series of procedures was done  July 16. Levi is  now recuperating  under close observation. He will be then  be scheduled for follow-up check-ups and tests.  The latter will then determine the next date for the other procedures, she said.

The medical plan for Levi is in action. The expenses do not only include the hospital and doctors’ fees, but also the different diagnostic tests, medicines, and for contingency in cases of complications, Balcells said.

“With all the expenses for Levi’s treatment, Kalipay is in dire need of financial assistance.  We are appealing to everybody.  The campaign for Levi is still ongoing. Your assistance will definitely go a long way in helping our dear Levi,” she said.*



http://www.visayandailystar.com/2014/July/24/topstory10.htm

 
Kalipay to exhibit Paderna paintings


July 11, 2014

The works of artist Rafael Paderna will be exhibited in a show, titled “Healing through Art”, by the Kalipay Negrense Foundation Inc., at the University of St. La Salle Museum in Bacolod City July 17, a press release from Kalipay said.

The opening reception will be from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, also at the museum. Paderna supports Kalipay and its vision, mission, and goals. Through his art, donations, and unwavering support, he helps Kalipay's children heal from the damage that they went through, the press release said.

Paderna's paintings and sculptures have been recognized in the country and abroad. For more information, those interested may contact (034) 435-2496 or 0917-3100059, the press release added.*

http://visayandailystar.com/2014/July/11/people.htm

 
Healing Through Art - An Art Exhibit by Rafael "Paeng" Paderna



July 16, 2014

Kalipay Negrense Foundation Inc. is honored to present the works of Rafael Paderna though an exhibit entitled "Healing Through Art.".

Rafael Paderna is a name that conjures images of vividly colored paintings and graceful sculptures that invoke emotions because of their powerful messages. Both his paintings and sculptures have been recognized not only in the country, but abroad as well. Several of his works feature women having bigger hands which according to the

artist are "the hands that rock the cradle". The vibrancy of the colors and the grace of the sculptures are striking. But what makes Rafael Paderna’s works stunning are the stories that these works depict.

"For me, ‘Mother and Child Theme’ is the highest form of social realism: the love, sacrifices, the endurances, the failure, and success are all that a mother will face in bringing up a child," says Rafael Paderna on why most of his works center on this subject.

A multi-awarded and well-recognized artist, Paderna’s aim is "to give joy to the viewer, to relate my thoughts, my experiences, and my feelings as an artist, to represent my time so that in the future, that generation will have an idea of what is art in our time. To be remembered as an artist (not a craftsman) and give back."

Kalipay Negrense Foundation has for the past 7 years championed the cause of disadvantaged children – the abused, homeless, abandoned, malnourished and special children. Its goal is not only to give them a new home, but a new life. It was at a chance encounter that the artist Paderna first heard of Kalipay and its work for the cause of disadvantaged children. A close friend had given him some tickets to the benefit concert "Kalipay Mo, Kalipay Ko" featuring vocal artist Jed Madela last December 06, 2014. The experience of that night visibly moved Paderna.

Seeing the joy on the faces of these children who had gone through such painful experiences reinforced his commitment to do something. He knew that it was through Kalipay Negrense Foundation that he could give back and fulfill his long-time goal. He could use his art to help heal these children.

This exhibition entitled "Healing through Art" is the first venture of Paderna with Kalipay Negrense Foundation as his main beneficiary. The proceeds from the sale of his works will all be donated to Kalipay Negrense Foundation, Inc. The opening reception of the exhibit is tomorrow, July 17, 2014 from 4:30 – 7:30 pm in the University of St. La Salle Museum. The exhibit will run from July 17, 2014 to August 15, 2014.

For more information or inquiries contact: +63 34 435 2496 or +63 917 3100059.*

http://www.ndb-online.com/july1614/healing-through-art-art-exhibit-rafael-paeng-paderna

 
MAPFRE Insular Provides Van to Kalipay Negrense Foundation

July 11, 2014

 

MAPFRE Insular, one of the world’s largest insurance firms based in Madrid, Spain, turned-over a 20-seater van to Bacolod City, Philippines-based Kalipay Negrense Foundation that takes care of scores of homeless, physically and sexually abused children.

MAPFRE Insular President Javier Warleta was represented by the company’s Visayas Regional Head, Neil Ceniza, during the turn-over of the van at the Kalipay office in Villamonte, Bacolod on July 3. Ceniza and Anna Balcells, Kalipay Foundation Founder and President, signed the sponsorship agreement, with the latter receiving the van with the staff of the foundation.

Ceniza said, MAPFRE Insular’s support to Kalipay is part of the worldwide corporate social responsibility (CSR) undertakings of the company.

He said that MAFPRE Insular continues to look for avenues to be able to help more institutions that cater to disadvantaged children as part of its advocacy.

Balcells, on her part, said that true to the advocacy of MAPFRE Insular, she is extending the children’s gratitude to the officers and staff of the company around the world for coming up with such advocacy. "This is what we badly need at this time to enhance our mobility," Balcells said.

Balcells added, Kalipay, a non-profit foundation working for the causes of disadvantaged children, such as the homeless, physically and sexually abused, malnourished, out of school and special children, is lucky to receive help from MAPFRE Insular.

The van will enhance the capability of the foundation to better serve the disadvantaged children see hope and a bright future.

RECOVERED TREASURES

Following the turn-over ceremony, MAPFRE Insular and Kalipay officials and staff visited the facility of Kalipay in Bago City, named Recovered Treasures, some 20 kilometers from Bacolod.

About 30 children and volunteer-teachers and staff welcomed the entourage, offered songs and thanked the donors.

The children at the Kalipay housing and education facility used to be victims of poverty and family dysfunction. They were forced into the streets.

Kalipay Founder and President Balcells said if it can afford more, she hopes to bring in more street kids and take care of their future.*

 

http://www.ndb-online.com/july1114/mapfre-insular-provides-van-kalipay-negrense-foundation

 
MAPFRE Insular provides much-needed van to Kalipay Negrense Foundation

Thursday, July 10, 2014

MAPFRE Insular, one of the world's largest insurance firms based in Madrid, Spain, turned-over a 20-seater van to Bacolod City, Philippines-based Kalipay Negrense Foundation that takes care of scores of homeless, physically and sexually abused children.

MAPFRE Insular President Javier Warleta was represented by the company's Visayas Regional Head, Neil Ceniza, during the turn-over of the van at the Kalipay office in Villamonte, Bacolod on July 3. Ceniza and Anna Balcells, Kalipay Foundation Founder and President, signed the sponsorship agreement, with the latter receiving the van with the staff of the foundation.

Ceniza said MAPFRE Insular's support to Kalipay is part of the worldwide corporate social responsibility (CSR) undertakings of the company.

He said that MAFPRE Insular continues to look for avenues to be able to help more institutions that cater to disadvantaged children as part of its advocacy.

Balcells on her part said that true to the advocacy of MAPFRE Insular, she is extending the children's gratitude to the officers and staff of the company around the world for coming up with such advocacy. “This is what we badly need at this time to enhance our mobility”, Balcells said.

Balcells added, Kalipay, a non-profit foundation working for the causes of disadvantaged children, such as the homeless, physically and sexually abused, malnourished, out of school and special children, is lucky to receive help from MAPFRE Insular.

The van will enhance the capability of the foundation to better serve the disadvantaged children see hope and a bright future.

Recovered treasures

Following the turn-over ceremony, MAPFRE Insular and Kalipay officials and staff visited the facility of Kalipay in Bago City, named Recovered Treasures, some 20 kilometers from Bacolod.

About 30 children and volunteer-teachers and staff welcomed the entourage, offered songs and thanked the donors.

The children at the Kalipay housing and education facility used to be victims of poverty and family dysfunction. They were forced into the streets.

Kalipay Founder and President Balcells said if it can afford more, she hopes to bring in more street kids and take care of their future. (PR)

 

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/manila/feature/2014/07/10/mapfre-insular-provides-much-needed-van-kalipay-negrense-foundation-353063

 
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