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Kalipay witnesses another life transformation: Update on our dear Levi


Levi has undergone two procedures to treat his Nasofrontal Encephalocele, a congenital defect caused by the failure of the neural tube to completely close during fetal development. The condition is generally operable, but is often treated shortly after birth as complications could be more severe if corrected later.

Last July 16, 2014, Levi went through the first procedure which was the installation of a Ventriculo-Peritoneal (VP) shunt to drain the fluid from the encephalocele. The procedure went smoothly, and afterwards, Levi was moved to one of Kalipay’s homes which was nearer to the hospital to better monitor his recovery.

On October 15, 2014, Levi underwent an 8-hour operation, which involved the removal of the sac, and the reconstruction of his nose. Prior to the procedure, the following risks were identified: hemorrhage, infection, and leaks. At the beginning of the surgery, Levi’s heart rate was very high, and the anesthesiologist had to make the necessary adjustments to stabilize it. As soon as he was stable, they proceeded with the surgery.


He is still being closely monitored in one of our homes. There is a great improvement in his moods since he no longer gets headaches. He is also able to drink straight from a glass or a cup whereas before he needed to use a straw to drink from a glass. These days, he enjoys doing art projects and spending time with the other kids of Kalipay.


Kalipay wishes to extend its heartfelt gratitude for the overwhelming support that the Levi campaign received both from the local and international community and also the team of medical specialists: Dr. Mario Marchadesch, Dr. Pamela Marchadesch, and Dr. Jesus "Bong" Paltriguera for offering their services for free.

Painter Travels World to Bring Children Joy

Friday, August 8, 2014

A 7-year-old victim of severe physical abuse finally found peace while sitting on the tusks of a big strong elephant.

The boy in the 4 by 3-meter mural painted on the wall of Haven Home in Bacolod City by Spanish painter Adrián Torres, had, for years, been badly beaten up by his own father.

Last month, after yet another severe beating the Bacolod police and social welfare personnel brought the boy to Kalipay Negrense Foundation that has provided a safe haven for him.

Kalipay Negrense Foundation cares for homeless, physically and sexually abused, malnourished, out of school and special children, its president Anna Balcells said.

The foundation runs Haven Home in Bacolod City, a “half-way” home or drop-in center for the newly rescued children, and Recovered Treasures Home in Bago City where the bulk of its 81 children live and go to school.

Torres, a 31-year-old artist from Cadiz in the south of Spain, is travelling the world visiting shelters for disadvantaged children. He brightens up the lives of the children at the homes he visits by painting bright colored murals, and letting the kids join in.

He kicked off his six-month mission in India at a center that cares for children suffering from cerebral palsy, and went on to Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and the Philippines.

“All these travels are changing my life and I try to express these experiences in my paintings,” said Torres, who has a gallery back home.

In Cambodia, he worked for a month teaching children how to paint and after that they had a show, where an important hotel owner ordered paintings from them, he said.

Torres leaves Negros today after spending three weeks at the Kalipay homes, but he says he has fallen in love with the children and will return to teach them how to paint.


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.*


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.*


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.*


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