Manila, the capital of the Philippines, a multi-million metropolis housing both the rich and the famous as well as millions of the poorest of the poor. It has been at the center of our mission focus for many years now. Amidst skyscrapers, magnificent shopping malls and entertainment districts, Manila is also a city with unprecedented poverty with millions of children going hungry and many dying of starvation and sickness. UNICEF has even numbered the Philippines among the 10 countries with the worst malnutrition among children under the age of 5 years.
As many poor families struggle to even find the most basic needs to survive while searching the streets or garbage dumps for food and reusable items, countless abandon their children to the streets and garbage dumps where they roam.
At times, often as a result of having been violated, mothers leave their newborn babies at hospital floors or even hire “special midwives” to kill them. Others are sold to syndicates and human trafficking groups.
VHICF’s residential child care center in Antipolo, named House of Hope, with its Malnutrition Daycare Center in Tondo, Manila, stand together with the local governmental organization, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to address these problems and help provide care, shelter and nutrition for the abandoned, neglected and orphaned children of Manila.
Daily feeding programs are conducted at various dumpsites and our permanent nutritional daycare facility provides the necessary care for many of the severely malnourished children from 0 to 4 of age. For those that we find to be abandoned, orphaned or those that need temporary shelter due to various family problems, House of Hope stands as a refuge where children can find a new home in a loving, safe, and healthy environment where they are nurtured and cared for–where their lives are rebuilt.