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Residential Care Program - Drop-in Center: Haven Home

 

Haven (n.) – a place of safety, a place of protection, refuge, sanctuary.

 

To be a child is to be vulnerable.

But while the basic instinct of most is to protect such vulnerable beings, some instead choose to exploit this vulnerability. There are children who are physically maltreated, sexually abused, trafficked, or forced into child labor. There are also those who are neglected, abandoned, or orphaned, leaving them to fend for themselves in a world where danger abounds.

 

Where can these children find refuge?

 

One place that welcomes them to safety is Haven, A Kalipay Home. It is our foundation’s drop-in center, where children newly rescued are taken in by Kalipay are brought for shelter and care. It also serves as a halfway home, where children aged four to 12 years old stay on a short-term basis (three to six months) before being transferred to Recovered Treasures Home, if case assessment and evaluation warrant it. Infants and toddlers below four years old stay at Haven Home, as do beneficiaries of our Independent Living Program.

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Residential Care Program - Recovered Treasures Home

 

Imagine opening up a treasure trove filled with gems polished and sparkling. You know that it was God and Nature who provided the raw material, but you also know none of these treasures would have shone as brightly had they not been picked out of the rough and lovingly polished. Every treasure took time and work to be molded into the best it can be.


Every child is a treasure.


But not every child springs from a corner of the earth that takes care to lovingly mold it. There are children who have been left in the rough, in dark places where no light can allow anyone to see how much they can sparkle. There are children who were never valued for what they are, even though they too are treasures.

 

These children—neglected, abandoned, abused, or devalued—are the treasures that we at Kalipay Negrense Foundation, Inc. aim to recover through our Kalipay home, Recovered Treasures.

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Independent Living Program (ILP) for College Students: Haven Home

 

This program caters to older teens and young adults who has been in our homes and are eager to pursue higher education.  It prepares them for reintegration to the society and independent living whilst finishing their formal education.  Although the participants share the same residence with the newly rescued children at Haven Home, the operation and management of Independent Living Program (ILP) is administered separately and based on different principles. The participants are provided with various opportunities for experiential learning through exposure and community reintegration.  There are set rules conceptualized by the social worker and accepted by the participants and implemented under the supervision of the Social Worker and Home Manager.  The participants are also provided with life skill trainings to enhance their personal and social capabilities.

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Volunteers Program

KALIPAY has been accepting local and international volunteers since 2011.  Volunteers conduct various activities and services that are beneficial to the full development of the children in the residential homes.  Volunteers are seen as partners in Kalipay’s vision in providing for the needs of disadvantaged children and protecting their rights.  The services that they render create a great impact with lasting impressions on the development of the children.

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Community Outreach Program: Victims of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda

 

In our advocacy to decrease the number of the disadvantaged children, Kalipay extends our services to the most basic community structure that influences these children’s lives – the FAMILY.

Towards the end of 2013, one of the strongest typhoons in the world, typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda took many lives and left numerous families homeless. Only few know that there were also several communities in the northeastern part of Negros Occidental that were badly affected. In response to this tragic event, Kalipay has adopted a community that was not given much attention, the island of Lakawon, Cadiz Viejo, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental. The island has approximately 300 households and they will soon be transferred to a relocation site located in mainland Cadiz Viejo that will result in easier access and egress. Furthermore, there will no longer be a risk of the community being isolated from the rest of the province.

The commitment of Kalipay would not only end in the provision of basic services such as housing and livelihood. Its aim is to help the community rebuild their lives towards being self-reliant and self-sustaining community.

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Community Outreach Program: Gawad Kalinga – Hope Alberto Balcells Village

 

Before Kalipay Negrense Foundation was established in 2007, its President and Founder, Ms. Anna Balcells was already involved in a community outreach project, Gawad Kalinga at Barangay Kabatangan in Talisay City, Negros Occidental.  Her family donated a number of houses to GK beneficiaries.  Her commitment to help the poorest of the poor did not diminish.

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