Craniofacial Foundation of the Philippines, Inc.

What is the mission of your organization?   
The MISSION of the CFFP is to provide an integrated interdisciplinary approach to the complete habilitation/rehabilitation of persons with orofacial and craniofacial anomalies and communicative disorders. This is made possible both through a center-based ambulatory surgical clinic affiliated with a tertiary hospital and other institutions, and a mission mobilization program which extends to all the regions of the Philippines.

The Craniofacial Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. (CFFP) is unique since all of its volunteer surgeons, anesthesiologists, dentists, pediatricians, nurses, etc. provide their services for free. Adhering to the spirit of volunteerism inculcated by Dr. Aleli R. Guzman Quirino, Founder of the St. Martin de Porres Charity Hospital, the CFFP has survived the test of time notwithstanding the pervading sense of materialism prevalent in modern day society.  
The CFFP conducts Outreach Surgical Cleft Missions in far-flung areas of the Philippines where other similar organizations do not venture. Through the years, it has conducted missions in LUZON (Abra, Aurora, Batangas, Bulacan, Cagayan Valley, Cordilleras, Ilocos Sur, Mindoro, Naga, Palawan, Pangasinan, Quezon, Tarlac, Zambales), VISAYAS (Antique, Iloilo, Kalibo, Leyte, Samar) and MINDANAO (Bukidnon, Iligan, Tawi- Tawi). More missions have been scheduled giving the Foundation more opportunities to change the lives of God’s little children.  


How old is your organization?   
The CFFP started as a Craniofacial Section established at the St. Martin de Porres Charity Hospital (SMPCH) in 1989. After moving out of the SMPCH in1999, Dr. Teresita L. Tongson, CFFP Foundress, thought it best to establish the Craniofacial Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. (CFFP) in 2000 to ensure the funding requirements of the Craniofacial Center the CFFP now operates at a building constructed for its exclusive use by the Mabuhay Deseret Foundation at 3578 Lingayen Street, Sta. Mesa, Manila.  


HELP International Ministries-Shiphrah Birthing Home & KiTA Knitting Services  

What is the mission of your organization?  
As a mission, our purpose is to promote the dignity and safety of the marginalized women and vulnerable children in our surrounding communities. We implement this through the work of Shiphrah Birthing Home and the little children’s home.  
Every year we graduate approximately 500 expectant mothers from our Prepared Natural Childbirth and Motherhood Course in four graduation events throughout the year. To celebrate their achievement of 9 straight weeks of attendance, we honor them with a rousing graduation filled with games, food, and the gift of the onesies and a receiving blanket. In years past, we’ve been able to easily source onesies from departing expats or have groups in the U.S. source them, but in recent years that has become much more difficult than in years past.   
This year to augment our onesie supply I’m proposing that HELP International Ministries, Inc./Shiphrah Birthing Home teams with a knitting project run by Darlene Pridmore from Union Church of Manila in sourcing 160 onesies from her livelihood knitting project known as KiTA Knitting Services. She is teaching marginalized women in a village about 40 minutes out of Tacloban that was devastated by the Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in 2013 the skill of knitting high quality products for sale as a livelihood project. The women knit baby clothes. This village received little attention as it was far enough from Tacloban to be quite forgotten making the women and their families dependent on handouts.  


How old is your organization?   
We were founded in 1986, becoming SEC registered in 1987


St. Maria de Mattias Center 


What is the mission of your organization?  
St. Maria de Mattias Center Inc. envisions children and community with life of dignity and self-reliance committed in the service of the family and society.  

We, commit ourselves in collaborating with Christ in his work of Redemption through the promotion of the absolute dignity to every person both hearing and non-hearing children of indigent family from depressed barangays and community by providing them feeding assistance, educational support and Christian values formation.  
Children and communities that have achieved a certain degree of self-reliance.  
To form children and communities, which are aware and actively responding in promoting a healthy life and a healthy environment.  
To form children and communities as agents for change.  
To promote the child’s physical, psychospiritual development  


How old is your organization?   
Helping for over 16 years.



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