USEC offers financial grants to local organizations dedicated to improving the lives of women and children. Our primary focus is to assist organizations in the metro Manila area with small-scale projects in the areas of health, education, livelihood, and the environment. Grants are not intended to fund private profit-making activities or foreign based organizations.
Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr. Michael Klecheski presented the 2018 USEC Grant recipients with their award. The ceremony was held in the Charles Parson’s ballroom at the U.S. Embassy, Manila. One of last year’s recipients, Reach Youth Ministries, gave remarks to the 2018 grant recipients.
Three Filipino organizations:
each were awarded PHP 100,000.00 each to assist with small-scale projects in the areas of health, education, livelihood, and the environment.
USEC does not receive any government funding. All USEC funding comes from charitable giving and fundraisers.
2018 Grant Project Reports
HELP International Ministries, Inc. and Amazing Scarves/KITA Knitting
A collaboration of serving and empowering women both in Tacloban and eastern Rizal Province. It has been a joy to work together for this past year as we let women know in a variety of ways how very incredible they are.
The beautiful onesie sets created by the talented knitters in a rural village about 12 kilometers from Tacloban are given as graduation gifts to the women at Shiphrah Birthing Home who graduated from the 9 session Prepared Natural Childbirth and Motherhood Course.
It has been our joy to be able to present 230 sets of beautiful knitted onesies to the committed, diligent women who come to Shiphrah Birthing Home faithfully to learn more about good prenatal care, the process of childbirth as well as discussions of nutrition, breastfeeding, and family planning throughout the past year. It’s been an equal joy to be able to tell the mothers of Shiphrah that the lovely onesies were made especially for them by the women of KITA in Tacloban. It is truly women strengthening women.
Craniofacial Foundation of the Philippines, Inc.
The Craniofacial Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. (CFFP), provides free surgery to the cleft community courtesy of Smile Train. It also provides free surgery to indigents in need of surgery to release burn contractures, reconstructive surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery, meningoceles, and other special cases. However, funding for these cases are entirely dependent on private donors. The CFFP is proud of its record, providing quality work to patients it has had the privilege to help.
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, the CFFP has survived the test of time notwithstanding the pervading sense of materialism prevalent in modern day of 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, Tacloban) 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.
St. Maria de Mattias Center Inc.
A bakery in which we can let some of our mothers that have
skills to work in for this business.
Divinita’ Bread and Pastries
The bakery is located in St. Maria de Mattias Center Inc., Day Time Socio Educational Center.
I invited a person graduated in Sales and Marketing Management to study it and to instructed us how to start properly. We started with what we had already I mean I share my little knowledge and experience in baking and I invited another my compatriot to join me in sharing her experience in the production sector. I could not start hiring a professional baker because I don’t have enough capital. Trusting in our own ability with your Fund we bought a kitchen with electrical oven and other tools for baking pastries, for baking and slicing bread I am using an old oven borrowed from one of another community in Tandang Sora, Q.C.
I proposed to bake Italian bread that is good for those that suffer with diabetes since it is sugar free. We are now proposing Crinkles and Banana Cake. It is only 1 month that is active. We are really at the beginning because we need to promote more our products. Our manager in sales and Marketing is very active in this work.
As for now those that are working in this business are: 1 Manager for Marketing, Sales and promotion; one mother of our children will start this coming Monday as assistant Baker until she will learn how to bake, another mother is involved in the cleaning of the bakery area and one of my compatriots as part time involved in baking and the quality of the production. After one month I can say that we have done a lot but we need to work more especially in these coming days.
SR. MARIA GRAZIA D’ AMATO, ASC
Ambassador Sung Kim attended the 2017 U.S. Embassy Club (USEC) Grants Award Ceremony at the U.S. Embassy Charles Parsons Ballroom. Ambassador Kim noted in his remarks the shared belief of Filipinos and Americans that volunteerism, active citizenship and caring for fellow citizen help build stronger communities for our future generations.
Three Filipino organizations, Health Futures Foundations Inc., KILUS Foundation Multi-Purpose Cooperative, and Reach Youth Ministries, Inc., were awarded PHP 100,000.00 each to assist with small-scale projects in the areas of health, education, livelihood, and the environment. USEC does not receive any government funding. All USEC funding comes from charitable giving and fundraisers.