August 14, 2017

It has been a busy time for new admissions to Angel House and last week we received our smallest ever baby; this tiny and fragile girl weighs a remarkable 1.4 kg and was born one month premature. The mother left her in the hospital one day after giving birth and so our social worker will try to trace her through the address given on the admission papers. This little baby will require very special care from our professional team of staff. PHOTO: The hospital social workers with the baby girl.

We are also expecting another three siblings to be admitted to our center this week, so we have quickly filled up the spaces left from our adoptions earlier this year. This of course increases our expenses and we are so grateful to all our sponsors who donate funds and essential items to give our children a better life. A special thanks to those that participated in the Global Giving bonus week; every extra peso makes a difference and our premature infant needs special formula that is very expensive.

As we expected, one year old DC was not matched with adoptive parents in our region of the Philippines and so his papers will be forwarded to the Inter Country Adoption Board (ICAB) in Manila for matching with a family from another country. DC is a handsome and well behaved little boy that deserves to have his own loving family. PHOTO: DC with his big round eyes.

 

August 7, 2017

We welcomed another beautiful little girl into Angel House last week; this sweet one year old was born in Kuwait and has lovely curly hair. Her mother has another four young children and no partner to support her, so we will care for her daughter while she works to provide for her family. Yet another complicated case that will not be easily resolved. PHOTO: The latest addition to our toddler group.

Right now we have six boys and six girls, but 7 of them are one year olds and as all parents know, toddlers of that age don’t like to share their toys or play together, so it can be challenging for our caregivers to keep everyone happy. Then of course you are constantly changing diapers (we use environmentally friendly cloth diapers) and making sure each child gets attention and plenty of hugs. We pride ourselves on having a very professional and caring team of five caregivers that work 24 hours a day to provide the best care and protection for our young children.

Global Giving are celebrating international youth week by giving a 100% bonus to one off and new recurring monthly donations (9am August 7 until midnight August 12, USA time). So if you donate $100, Angel House will receive $200, making your funds have twice the impact on improving the lives of our young children. Please donate early as the matching funds are limited, click on this link to make your donation now: http://goto.gg/17913

 

July 31, 2017

Our children welcomed some visitors from Japan last Wednesday afternoon and enjoyed interacting with them as they played in the Angel House garden; it is always good for our children to experience meeting new people, particularly the ones that are being prepared for adoption. PHOTO: The visitors with our younger children.

On Friday our social worker was in Davao to present the case of one year old DC to the DSWD matching panel, but there were no approved adoptive parents available to take this little boy. His paperwork will now be forwarded to the Inter Country Adoption Board (ICAB) in Manila to be matched with a family from another country. PHOTO: This cute little boy deserves a loving family.

For those who missed the opportunity to participate in the recent Global Giving bonus day, start saving your money now as next week (August 7-12) is a special Global Giving event to celebrate international youth week. They are giving a 100% bonus for one-off donations and to all new monthly recurring donations! Right now we only have 15 monthly donors and we really encourage you to join this exclusive group of guardian angels; whether it is $10 or $100 a month, it really helps us to cover our basic expenses and spreads your giving through the year.

(Donations through Global Giving are tax deductible in the USA and qualify for 25% gift aid in the UK)

 

July 24, 2017

A new play park opened near to Angel House and it is really appreciated by our children and staff; our children go for a walk outside the center two times each week and so having the new play park as a destination is great. It is well designed and gives the children the opportunity to improve their agility and climbing skills as well as experiencing the thrills of sliding, going up and down, spinning and going through tunnels. PHOTOS: The new play park. The thrill of riding the horses.

As you may know, Martial law has been extended here in Mindanao until the end of the year, mainly due to the terrible crisis in Marawi City. Thankfully it does not really have much impact on our daily lives here in Angel House as we are very far from the main areas of conflict. Many people from other countries assume the whole of Mindanao is a war zone and a dangerous place to visit; this is just not true and we want to assure everybody that all our children and staff are very safe. However, our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the terrorism in Marawi city and we all hope that it ends soon.

One aspect that makes Angel House different from most other child caring centers is that we are not affiliated with any particular religion; we accept children of any faith and will respect their cultural traditions during their stay with us. Angel House takes a neutral political and religious stance and does not become involved or take sides in any such debates; our focus is on providing care and protection for our small children. Only by having more educated and morally strong individuals will the next generation make better decisions for a country that has amazing potential; hopefully Angel House plays a small but significant part in this process.

 

July 17, 2017

We welcomed a new addition to the Angel House family with the arrival of Fi, a very cute one year old boy; his mother is a young teenager who would like to continue her education and hopefully provide a better future for her child. Fi settled in quickly and enjoys playing with all our toys and receiving plenty of cuddles from our caregivers; he can already walk with support and is healthy, although a little underweight. PHOTOS: Mother and child. Fi playing in the garden.

Our Facebook page seems to be working normally again and we hope that there are no more problems as it is an integral component of our social media; with more than 3,200 followers it is also a popular way for all of you to keep up to date with all the latest news and events at Angel House. We really appreciate all your positive comments and messages; we receive many questions about adoption or becoming a donor and are happy to give the information you need.

The media often gives a negative view of orphanages and we would be the first to admit that caring for children in an institution is not ideal; that is why we try to limit their stay for a short time only. Our goal is to work with the family and eventually re-unite them, providing that the children will be safe and well cared for. We look for ways that the family can receive support through government programs such as job training and financial assistance. Sometimes we will place the child in foster care and adoption is always the last option after we have looked for other relatives who may want to take custody of the child.

Poverty is one of the reasons that children need our professional help and some would say that helping the family is a better way, but it is not as straight forward as that. Some parents have severe mental problems and others have abused their children. Others are drug users, in jail or have just abandoned their children. There will always be a need for short term care centers like Angel House and with your support we can make it a loving and caring place for these innocent children.

‘Orphanage’ and ‘institution’ are heavily loaded words that often bring up negative images; we don’t hide the fact that 90% of our children are not true orphans and have at least one parent, but they still need our professional help. The word ‘institution’ conjures up thoughts of Victorian workhouses or large mental hospitals with iron bars on the windows! Anyone who visits Angel House would see that this is a loving and caring home where children can receive professional help to resolve their emotional issues and recover from physical neglect. You only have to look at the smiling faces in the photos to see that these young children are in a place where they feel happy and safe.

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July 3, 2017

Last week was the adoption of Divine to Daniel and Kristina Nesz from Sweden and so she travelled to Manila with our social worker on the Monday for the entrustment at the ICAB office on Tuesday morning. Divine was excited and a little anxious to meet her new family as you would expect and was a little shy with them at first, but quickly began to interact with them and the bonding could begin. Daniel and Kristina are familiar with adoption as they already have two adopted sons, Alexander from Vietnam and Jonathan from Korea.

We were all so sad to say goodbye to Divine and we were blessed to have her be a part of our lives, but we are also very happy that she now has a loving family that will care for her and enable her to achieve her dreams. We send the Nesz family all our love and best wishes for the future; Divine is a girl that will definitely make this world a better place.

Here are some photos of this very special event:

1. The first moment they met each other.

2. Divine gets to know her new father.

3. Divine becomes overwhelmed by the situation and is comforted by Kristina.

4. Bonding with the Nesz family at the ICAB office.

We also celebrated another birthday as EB became five years old last Wednesday; another excuse to eat cake and ice cream! The future for EB and her three siblings is unclear and they may be with us for a while, but we are more than happy to give them the love and protection they need.

PHOTO: EB blows out her five candles.

On Saturday we had some visitors from the Hyundai Eon car club in Davao City with about fifteen cars arriving at Angel House around midday. They all brought supplies for our children that included clothes, slippers, toys, food, school supplies, even a TV and DVD player. Such a diverse and friendly group of people who share our common goal of making this world a better place; it was great to meet all of you and please come back to visit us again. PHOTOS: Everyone enjoyed the visit of HECP. Our garden was full of eon cars.

Finally, our apologies to all our facebook followers for the problems we are having with our facebook page; for some reason we are no longer the administrator of the page and can’t post or even open any messages. It is frustrating for everyone when we have so many exciting news to share with you; hopefully we can resolve the problem soon and get back to normal service!

 

June 27, 2017

On Saturday morning we had some visitors from the COMELEC office in San Isidro and they brought plenty of snacks for our children as part of their outreach project. We were happy to inform them about our children and for them to learn more about Angel House. PHOTO: Our visitors with the children.

Today the adoption of Divine will take place in Manila at the ICAB office and so yesterday she travelled on the plane with our social worker; Divine is so excited to finally meet her new parents after so many months of waiting. I am sure that the adoptive parents, Daniel and Kristina Nesz from Sweden are also anxious to embrace their little daughter and welcome her into their family. They already have two adopted boys from Vietnam and Korea, so they clearly love children and understand the unique experience of adoption. Look out for the adoption photos next week! PHOTO: Divine attended her last day of class with friend Jes on Friday morning.

On Wednesday we will have another birthday as EB becomes five years old, so another good reason to eat more cake and ice cream! This will be her third birthday in Angel House and the path ahead for EB and her siblings is uncertain. If you would like to sponsor her birthday celebration, please go to the virtual store on this website.

P.S. For those of you that follow us on Facebook, please note that we are having some problems in opening any messages, probably as we are still using windows XP on our computer. We have a new laptop coming soon with windows 10 and hopefully that will resolve any issues with Facebook.
We also found out that our newsletter request form on this website was not working, so our apologies to anyone that signed up and did not receive our bi-monthly newsletter. It is now working so please try again.

 

June 12, 2017

ANGEL HOUSE SEVENTH FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY

In June, 2010, we received our very first child, a malnourished little boy named Nerts; since then we have cared for almost one hundred abandoned, neglected, abused and orphaned children. During these seven years we have established a reputation for being one of the best child-caring agencies in the Philippines, striving always to provide the highest quality love and care that these vulnerable children so desperately need. PHOTO: Nerts, our very first child in 2010.

ADOPTIONS

Our first adoption took place in December, 2012, as one year old Raymond joined his new parents in Spain and the happy family is still in regular contact with us today. We now have six children in Spain with others adopted in Switzerland, Belgium, Norway, USA, Sweden, Canada, Philippines, France and the Netherlands, making a total of 15 adoptions so far. We are so proud to have given these children the opportunity of a better future with a loving family and to have given parents the precious gift of a son or daughter. PHOTOS: Here is a selection of the adoptions that have taken place:

TEMPORARY CARE

Over the last seven years we have cared for many children whose families are going through difficult times and need our professional help; cases of domestic violence, mental illness, physical or sexual abuse are just some of the reasons that leave these young children in a vulnerable situation. Angel House is here to provide counseling to these families and give care and protection to the children for as long as is needed; some stay only a few months while others require a longer time to heal their psychological wounds and find relatives willing to care for them. PHOTOS: Some of our re-united families.

THE FUTURE

Angel House has become a premier center for the care of young children who need our expert help in a critical phase of their development and we are very pleased with our achievements over the last seven years. But we are never complacent and are always striving to do better by improving our facilities and caring for more children over the coming years. We now have an established group of sponsors that truly care about Angel House and their donations enable our staff to continue their important work in giving these young children a better future with a caring family. We look to increase the number of sponsors and particularly corporate sponsors over the coming years to provide financial stability for the Foundation.

We share this celebration with all our supporters across the world that go through our emotional journey through our facebook page and this website; it is through your support that almost one hundred children were saved from abuse, neglect or abandonement and who now have a brighter future.

HAPPY FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY ANGEL HOUSE!

 

June 5, 2017

School starts again today after a long two month summer vacation and the children were excited to see all their school friends again and find out who their teachers will be. GK and his sister KB will both be in grade 2 and another sister, EB, will be attending pre-school every morning. It means getting up early again in the morning at 5.30 so that they can be ready to leave for school at 6.30am and it will take them a little while to get used to the new daily routine. PHOTO: The three siblings looking smart in their school uniforms.

Last week the case of one year old JM was presented for local matching at the DSWD in Davao, but as we expected there were no adoptive parents available for JM. This handsome and bright little boy will now go for international matching through ICAB in Manila, which means that he will be with us for at least another six months before going overseas. PHOTO: JM has a great smile to go with his loving personality.

This coming Sunday we will celebrate the founding of Angel House Orphanage Foundation; the first child arrived at our center in June, 2010 and since then we have cared for over 100 children. In those seven years we have completed 16 adoptions and re-united many other children with their families after the positive intervention of Angel House. Look out for our special anniversary news edition next Monday. 

 

May 29, 2017

The Hyundai Eon car club had to postpone their visit to Angel House, but they hope to schedule a visit to see our children another time; our children were disappointed to miss out on another trip to the beach with our Davao friends.

We are busy preparing for the start of school on June 5 and have been buying all the things the children will need; thanks to our many sponsors we have enough funds to buy all their notebooks, pencils and paper. KB and her brother GK will be entering grade 2, while their younger sister EB will be starting pre-school, which is mornings only. Four year old Jes will be the only one attending Day-Care class as Divine will be going to Sweden very soon.

This week it will be time to have their hair cut and makes sure that all their uniforms are in order for the start of the school year; the children are excited to return after the two month summer break and see all their friends again.

Our gang of toddlers is growing up fast with JB and EJ almost walking and the two year olds beginning to talk; it is amazing to see how they develop their physical and mental abilities with their brains soaking up everything that comes through their senses. What a privilege for us to witness these special moments and such a shame that their parents are not around to see these miracles of life that happen every day in Angel House. At least we can share these incredible children with our supporters across the world through social media and whose donations support our important work here in the Philippines. PHOTO: EJ is nearly walking by himself.
May 22, 2017

We were happily surprised to receive another box of essential supplies last week, this time it came from Jules in Canada. It contained plenty of shoes, clothes, toys and even some tinned food; the shoes and clothes were too big for our children, but we sold them and can use the funds for other items we need. Thank you Jules for caring about our children and taking the time to put together this box for us.

This week we will have some special visitors from Davao as the Hyundia Eon club will make a charity trip to Angel House next Saturday. We have an eight year old Hyundai Santa Fe, so we look forward to having support from the Hyundai community here in the Philippines (I keep asking the Hyundai dealership to donate a new Santa Fe to Angel House, but no luck so far!).

We have plenty of adoption news coming up as JB is matched with a family from overseas and the case of JM will be presented for local matching. The adoptive parents of Divine should be coming here soon to take her home to Sweden and we also have another girl joining Angel House, so watch this space for all the latest updates!

 

May 15, 2017

Last week our social worker collected the passport and medical test results for three year old Divine and so she is one step closer to starting her new life with her adoptive family in Sweden. She looks at the photos of her new family every day and I’m sure that her parents are eager to hold this beautiful little girl in their arms; if any child deserves a loving family it is this precious angel. PHOTO: The sea in Sweden will be colder than our lovely tropical ocean.

We took nine of our children to the beach last Wednesday morning and they all enjoyed swimming and playing in the sand, they only have three more weeks vacation until they start school and Day-Care again in June. PHOTO: JM and DC always like to play with the water and sand.

We received our annual box of essential supplies from the Ferres family in Singapore, for which we are extremely grateful. It contained toys, clothes, shoes, baby blankets and diapers, all of them will be well used by our young children over the coming months. Thank you for taking the time and effort to pack this box of love for our little angels. PHOTO: The children were excited to see everything in the box.

 

May 8, 2017

The first week of May was a very quiet one at Angel House; all our children are healthy and making good developmental progress. Thirteen month old JB is almost walking and has the most expressive face, sixteen month old EJ has always been slower in his development, but is now standing for a longer time and building strength in his little legs. All the others are racing around the house and garden, enjoying all the activities and toys that we have in Angel House.

This week we will take another trip to the beach as the children always enjoy getting out of Angel House and playing in the ocean waves. It is summer here in the Philippines and so most days are very hot and humid with temperatures reaching more than 35c.

We will be sending out our bi-monthly newsletter this week and if you are currently not on our mailing list you can sign up on this website. Each newsletter gives more information about particular children, advice on adoption and news for our sponsors. PHOTO: this month we focus on these four siblings:

 

May 1, 2017

We finally received the certification declaring one year old JM available for adoption and so the next step is to attend a matching conference in Davao to see if there are approved adoptive parents here in Mindanao that are willing to adopt this handsome little guy. That is unlikely as most Filipinos are looking for a baby girl less than one year old, so JM would then be matched with family from another country. PHOTO: JM is quite big for his age and has an amazing smile that melts your heart.

There have been quite a few earthquakes recently in Mindanao, but thankfully we are all safe and our buildings at Angel House are constructed well. I was in Davao City last week for a meeting and our hotel was shaking for about thirty seconds; quite scary when you are on the third floor of a building! Of course everyone was okay and there was no damage to any buildings in Davao from that earthquake.

Our children are enjoying their summer vacation and keeping busy with organized activities every morning; our older children also have some math and English workbooks to keep their brains active and to prepare them for the next school year that starts in June. We have such a lovely group of children who are helpful and usually get along well together; it is a joy to share their enthusiasm for living each new day as a fresh adventure, full of fun and laughter.

 

April 17, 2017

The children were counting down the days until our beach outing last Wednesday morning; it was our first time at the beach this year as they have been so busy with school and Day-Care. We left JB and EJ at Angel House as they are not walking yet, maybe we will take them next time. The other children and staff all enjoyed playing in the warm tropical ocean and on the sand; the beach is gritty and brown, but the children don’t mind at all. We bought three kick boards for them to use and they had fun taking their turn on the big board. PHOTO: The kids are ready to hit the waves!

On Easter Sunday we had our traditional Easter egg hunt in our garden, which is ideal for hiding all the little chocolate eggs. But with their keen eyes they quickly found every single one and eagerly shared their treasure with some of the younger children who didn’t quite understand why everyone was running around the garden. Of course the best part is sitting down with your friends and eating all that delicious chocolate! PHOTOS: Ready to start eating. Don't eat the wrapper, EJ!

Later this week we will be heading to Davao with three year old Divine to process her passport and have some medical tests; let’s hope that everything goes to plan as it is a long journey and we don’t want any delays with her paperwork. The adoptive parents from Sweden will be happy to know that they are one step closer to Divine becoming part of their family. PHOTO: Divine enjoying our trip to the ocean.

There has been a lot said in the media recently about security issues here in Mindanao and you would think we were living in some kind of war zone! But Mindanao is a very big island and the conflicts are only in a very small area much further south from Angel House. As a foreigner, I have always felt very safe living here and travelling on my own to Davao City and other places has never been a problem for me. The Filipino people I meet are very friendly and really enjoy meeting travelers from other countries; nearly everyone can speak good English and are genuinely helpful, without expecting anything in return. I think some of the foreign embassies are using a rather broad brush when it comes to their travel advice, (It’s like saying don’t travel to England because of the event in London, or don’t go to Germany because of what happened in Dusseldorf). I have travelled extensively in S.E. Asia and have found the people to be the friendliest in the world; please come and visit this beautiful country.

 

April 3, 2017

Three of our young girls attended the closing ceremony for their Day-Care and they received ribbons to recognize their good work and positive attitude throughout the academic year. Four year old EB graduated from her class with honors and will start pre-school in June; she is a bright little girl and right now she wants to be a nurse when she grows up. PHOTOS: The Day-Care graduates and parents from seven different centers put their hands on their hearts for the national anthem. EB with her lovely teacher, Ma’am Susan; you need the utmost patience to teach 3-4 year olds!

This week it will be the turn of our two grade 1 students to attend their elementary school closing ceremony; will KB and GK receive any awards? Find out in next week’s news! Then they will have two months of summer vacation and they are excited to have more trips to the beach and other outings to broaden their minds and keep them occupied.

 

March 20, 2017

We had some Japanese students visiting Angel House last Thursday afternoon; they were staying at another orphanage founded by a Japanese guy, so they have many sponsors and visitors coming from that country. We haven’t had any visitors for a while and so our children were very shy to begin with, some also had a fever that day and so were not their usual happy selves. But it is good for the children to meet new people so that they will become more confident and sociable.

The father of our four siblings came for his monthly visit on Sunday and the children were happy to see him again; they have been staying with us for almost two years and they will not be able to return to their family for at least another year. We tried to find a foster family for them, but there are no approved foster parents prepared to take on four young children. At least they are happy in Angel House and are being provided with love, healthy food and education. PHOTO: Father and his children.

JB will be celebrating his first birthday this coming Saturday and it will be the first time in a long while that we will not have any infants staying in Angel House; I’m sure that our house-parents will be thankful of having a better night’s sleep! JB has a serene look on his face that is very captivating, even with his lazy left eye his expression is so special. PHOTO: JB is almost one year old.

 

March 13, 2017

Last week we submitted the documents for one year old DC to be declared legally available for adoption, another one of our cute infants that needs a family that will love and care for him. He just started walking last month and talks with the other one year olds in a language that only they seem to understand! PHOTO: DC can ride a bike with his eyes closed.

Last Thursday we had an emergency admission of an eight year old girl that had run away from home and was found by a concerned citizen. She was very calm and seemed to enjoy playing in Angel House with the other children and having some nutritious food. On Friday morning she was re-united with her family and the local social services will continue to monitor her situation. PHOTO: This lost girl will now live with her aunt, not far from Angel House.

Ever since Angel House opened in 2010 we have been looking for a corporate partner to help with our expenses, but despite our best efforts we still do not have any company sponsoring our important work. All companies should have a corporate social responsibility (CSR) program and so if you work for a company, please ask about their CSR program and whether they would like to be involved in helping Angel House. Donations through Global Giving are tax deductable in the USA and qualify for tax relief in the UK. Some companies will also match employee’s donations and so you can check that out before you make a donation to Angel House; please use your professional and social contacts to make a difference to the lives of these vulnerable children.

 

March 6, 2017

One year old EJ has really impressed us with his rapid physical development over the last few months; towards the end of 2016 we had concerns about his slow progress. However, our pediatrician assured us that he was perfectly normal and in January he started crawling and being more expressive; this week he was standing as you can see from the photo below. We are hoping that a member of his family will take custody of EJ, otherwise he will be processed for adoption. PHOTO: A lovely smile from EJ as he stands proudly astride a truck.

Four year old Jes and her one year old sister, Jen, have been staying with us for almost one year and have a very close bond with each other. Their family situation is very complicated and we need to review their case next month and decide the way forward for these sweet little girls. PHOTO: Sisters Jes and Jen play together in the Angel House garden.

I’m sure that Divine’s adoptive family are patiently waiting for the day that they can finally come and collect their new daughter and Divine has been telling everyone about her new family waiting for her in Sweden. We are hoping to process her passport and other documents in March or April, bringing them one step closer together. PHOTO: Divine always enjoys posing for a photo.

 

February 27, 2017

Our resident social worker continues to be kept very busy with the processing of paperwork for our four remaining adoption cases; Divine has already been matched with a family from Sweden and is very excited about meeting them, JM and JB are waiting to be matched with approved adoptive parents, while the papers for one year old DC are about to be submitted for him to be declared legally available for adoption. PHOTO: JM needs loving parents to care for him.

We continue to review the cases of our temporary care children and are in regular contact with their relatives regarding their plans for re-unification; as a general rule we don’t allow children to stay with us for more than one year. Sometimes it is not possible for the children to return to their families and so we look at alternative options such as foster care, though the number of government approved foster parents is limited. PHOTO: Jes looks thoughtful in the garden of Angel House.

We consider Angel House to be one big family and the children treat each other with respect; the older children help the younger ones and also do some chores around the house. With five caregivers we can give all the children plenty of attention and provide stimulating activities to promote their physical and mental development. Visitors are always surprised at how happy our children are but like any family they do have their disagreements and require careful guidance on what is acceptable behavior.

 

February 20, 2017

There was a tropical storm that moved slowly over Mindanao last week and brought a tremendous amount of rain to this area; we are lucky that our garden drains well, but there were many other places where flooding was a problem. Our children were so desperate to play outside that they asked to play in the rain one afternoon and our caregivers also went out with them to run around in the mud and rain! PHOTO: Our children playing in the rain.

It has not been a good start to the year for our electrical appliances in Angel House; first to go was the office computer monitor and we managed to buy a second hand one at a reasonable cost. Next was the computer itself and it needed a replacement (second hand) motherboard, that was followed by our one year old Samsung refrigerator; luckily it was easily repaired by the technician. Last week our printer also stopped working and will need to be taken to Davao for repair. So we are just waiting for our washing-machine and rice cooker to break down! These are all extra expenses we really don’t need at this time of year when funds are low.

On a more positive note, we received news that JM has been declared legally available for adoption and so this delightful little boy will soon be matched with adoptive parents from the Philippines or overseas if no suitable parents are available in this country. When JM gives one of his big smiles you can’t help but smile back at that expressive face; any parents would be lucky to have such an amazing child become part of their family. PHOTO: Every day is an adventure for one year old JM.

 

February 13, 2017

Our eleven children continue to be happy and healthy, apart from the usual runny noses and coughs for a few of them; the weather has improved as we move towards the dry season here in Mindanao. The children enjoy being able to play outside in the garden or to go walking outside the center and explore the neighborhood with our caregivers.

Our three Day-Care girls really enjoy going to their class every weekday morning to learn some basic skills and socialize with other children of the same age. It is a good preparation for when they go to pre-school at five years old. Our two grade one children are also doing well this year and should be very proud of their achievements; KB is a very bright six year old that never stops talking, while her eight year old brother, GK, takes longer to grasp the basic skills of math and language. But he is much happier this year and has made significant progress at school. PHOTO: Our three angels ready for their Day-Care class.

Our five toddlers continue to provide us with much amusement with their antics and it is exciting to watch them develop new skills, such as walking and saying their first few words. Eleven month old JB tries to keep up with them and can stand with support when he is not zooming about on his hands and knees.

We received some welcome photos of MV, who was adopted by parents from Spain last December; the family is doing well and MV is very happy in his new environment. He will be celebrating his third birthday later this week and so everyone from Angel House would like to wish him a very happy birthday. PHOTO: MV always enjoyed riding on our tricycle and now he has his very own bicycle to explore his new country.

 

February 6, 2017

There were no special events to celebrate last week and no visitors to Angel House, just a normal busy week of caring for our little angels and keeping up with all our important paperwork. We had a slight interruption when the office computer decided to stop working and it had to be taken to Davao for repair. Our seven year old SUV was also back in the workshop for some more repairs, it really needs to be replaced, but we have no budget for that.

Three year old Divine was happy to receive photos of her new family from Sweden and we can begin to prepare all the documents for her handover to them later this year. Divine is a sweet natured girl who enjoys all the activities in Angel House and attending Day Care every weekday morning. PHOTO: Divine poses for her passport photo.

Our new admission was delayed as the child is still undergoing treatment for an illness and we anticipate that she will come to Angel House in May, when her treatment is complete. It is another complicated case, but we are always prepared to take on a new challenge!

We now have fourteen sponsors that are making monthly recurring donations; these give us a regular income to cover our basic expenses and so we really appreciate those donors. Monthly recurring donations also help you to spread your giving throughout the year and are very easy to set up, just visit the ‘HOW TO DONATE’ page in the Sponsor section of this website for more details.

 

January 30, 2017

We celebrated the second birthday of EJ on Sunday, she has been with us since she was three months old and is like Peter Pan’s Tinkerbell as she has a fairy like face and sweet personality. EJ is just beginning to talk, though it is often difficult to understand her conversation! Her case is complicated and EJ will probably be with us for a while, along with her three siblings. PHOTO: Birthday girl.

We have been having heavy rain every day and this has made it difficult for the children to play outside in the garden; most of them also have coughs and runny noses due to the damp weather and cooler temperatures. This is the tail end of the rainy season and the weather should improve soon and it will become hot and dry again.

JM and DC have both started making their first wobbly steps and it is a delight to see their big smiles as they sense a new freedom and see the world from a different perspective. Every time they fall down they stand up and try again and again, taking a few more steps each time. PHOTO: The first steps a child takes are into your heart.

 

January 23, 2017

Even though the handover of MT to her adoptive parents took place in Manila last week, it was still a special moment for everyone at Angel House. MT has been with us since she was one week old, arriving here on June 2, 2015, so it was emotional to say goodbye to our little angel. She enjoyed going in the airplane with our social worker and they stayed one night in Manila before meeting Wessel and Dianne from the Netherlands at the ICAB offices last Thursday. We knew that it was not going to be easy for the parents as MT is a very shy girl, particularly with people she does not know; that is why she is crying in the photo. But later she calmed down and we are so pleased that MT now has her own family that will love and care for her; we wish them happiness in their future together in the Netherlands. PHOTOS: MT on the day she arrived in Angel House. MT meets her new parents.

So now we are down to eleven children in Angel House, but we are expecting some new admissions of children that need our specialist care and so we always have new challenges ahead. We continue to give them our unconditional love and comfort them when they are upset, as well as recognizing their achievements and celebrating special events. Next week we have another birthday as EJ becomes two years old, such a sweet little girl and as light as a feather. PHOTO: EJ has an angelic face.

 

January 16, 2017

Last week we were busy with paperwork, preparing annual reports for the DSWD and our Board of Trustees as well as financial plans for the next two years. Our social worker submitted the files for DC and JM to be declared legally available for adoption; these two boys are almost the same age and are just starting to take their first wobbly steps. PHOTOS: DC and JM are two handsome little guys!

This week is the adoption of one year old MT, our social worker will be flying to Manila with MT on Wednesday and she will meet the parents for the first time on Thursday. We anticipate that this will not be an easy handover as MT is extremely shy with people she does not know and so the adoptive parents from the Netherlands will have to be very patient and take the bonding process slowly. We will post the photos of the adoption of MT next Monday. PHOTO: MT enjoys her last few days in Angel House.

 

January 9, 2017


Last week we celebrated two birthdays from our oldest to our youngest as GK became eight years old and little EJ celebrated his first birthday. So we held a double celebration on Saturday afternoon with both boys sharing their cake and ice cream with all their friends in Angel House. PHOTOS: EJ enjoys his birthday cake. GK poses for his birthday photo; he is tall and handsome!

We had a visitor last Monday from Germany who was interested in finding out more about Angel House, particularly the adoption process. Michelle Herrman also donated some food and our children always enjoy having visitors. PHOTO: Can you find a German lady in this picture?

We received news about two of our adoption cases; the parents of one year old MT are arriving in the Philippines from Netherlands next week to take custody of their precious new daughter; the handover will be in Manila and we will post the photos online when we have them. Three year old Divine has been matched with adoptive parents from Sweden, so congratulations to them after patiently waiting for so long; Divine is such a cute girl with a lovely personality. PHOTOS: MT and Divine both know what will be their new country.

With EJ becoming one year old we no longer have any infants, though seven toddlers definitely keeps our caregivers busy, particularly when it comes to sharing toys or cleaning up ‘accidents’. But it is fascinating to watch them learn to walk, talk and see their individual personalities develop. We enjoy sharing their special moments with you through this website and our facebook page as a way of thanking everyone for supporting our foundation.

 

January 2, 2017

2016 was another very busy year for everyone at Angel House, with twenty-four clients receiving the highest standard of love and care from our professional team of staff. We successfully re-united nine children with their families and completed three adoptions with two children going to Spain and one child to France. PHOTOS:

During 2016 we had many visitors to Angel House, including official visits from Government agencies such as the DSWD and ICAB. We also had many informal visits from those interested in the important work that we are doing with these young children. We also had sponsors who visited from Canada and Australia and our children always enjoy meeting new people. PHOTOS: Visitors from Australia, Canada and the girl scouts.

Other highlights included the closing ceremony of the elementary school year in March, where five of our six children received awards for their academic achievements, our Foundation Day celebration in June, the birthday party of our Director in November and of course our big Christmas party for over 150 people in December. PHOTOS: Elementary students, Foundation Day, Christmas party races.

Raising funds to cover our operational expenses continued to be a major challenge but thanks to our sponsors and friends we managed to have enough donations to cover 75% of our annual expenses in 2016. Of course we need that to be 100% this coming year and so look out for our new strategies that will hopefully result in Angel House having a more stable income; with your support we can continue to provide the best care and be one of the premier foundations in the Philippines.

So what lies ahead in 2017? We currently have five children being processed for adoption with two of those already matched with parents overseas through ICAB. Our seven temporary care children are all complicated cases that may not easily be resolved over the coming months. But we also look forward to receiving more young children who are in desperate need of our professional care and to give them a brighter future. Please join with us in helping the future generation to become successful and happy individuals that have parents that will love and care for them.

 

December 26, 2016

On Monday our social worker presented the case of eight month old JB to the DSWD matching panel, but as expected there were no available adoptive parents here in region XI and so his papers will be forwarded to the Inter Country Adoption Board for matching with approved parents overseas. PHOTO: JB is a cute little boy who needs a family that will love and care for him.

On Tuesday it was the elementary school Christmas parties and GK and KB were excited to enjoy the games and food; they are both in grade one, but different classes. The parties were in the morning and finished at lunch-time; they have no more school until January. PHOTO: Two excited children ready to party!

Most of our activities were in preparation for the big day itself on Sunday; we were so happy that our gifts from Husmo Nursery School in Norway finally arrived on December 23, just in time! A very big thank you to teacher Heidi and the parents for choosing and wrapping all these great gifts for our little children; there were enough for every child to have three or four presents and they were opened with big smiles and eager anticipation. PHOTOS: Every child was excited to receive their Christmas gifts.

After all the excitement of Christmas comes the end of year paperwork for senior management; we have annual reports to write, accounts to be sorted out and the budget to be set for the coming year. But we are all ready to face the challenges that will come our way as we help more children that need our love and care, together with our many sponsors across the world.

 

December 19, 2016

The major event last week was the arrival of Jose and Irene from Spain, along with their translator, Isabel. Their flight was delayed so we took them straight to their hotel, arriving about 7.30pm; the couple could enjoy their last night of freedom before meeting their young son the following morning. Our social worker had already prepared MV for this meeting by showing him photos of his new parents and talking about going on the airplane to Spain. The first meeting at Angel House on Tuesday morning was very good and two year old MV hugged his adoptive parents tightly and the bonding of the new family started.

The parents went for a walk with MV and the rest of our older children before having lunch at Angel House. In the afternoon we brought MV to their hotel so that they could have some quality time with him; MV was happy to stay with them until the following morning and Jose and Irene were surprised at how quickly he had bonded with them. On Wednesday morning we held our short adoption ceremony where we officially handed over MV to his new mother and father; it is always an emotional event as we are sad to say goodbye to our precious child, but so happy that he now has parents to love and care for him. PHOTO: The official handover of two year old MV.

As I drove them to the airport later that day I remembered all the happy times we had with MV; he came to us when he was only seven weeks old and has become such a wonderful character over the last two years in Angel House; such an expressive face and a good sense of humor. We wish the new family all the best as they begin their life in Spain.

On Thursday it was the Christmas party for our two Day-Care children; they looked so pretty in their party dresses! PHOTO: two beautiful four year olds ready to party.

On Saturday we held our big Christmas party with about 150 adults and children enjoying this special event; our children were dancing and singing, followed by a delicious lunch prepared by our hard working staff. Then we had a special treasure hunt in the garden for chocolate coins, followed by races for all ages. Then we had our musical games and everyone truly had an enjoyable day celebrating Christmas with Angel House. PHOTOS: The food was great! Races for all ages. Musical games.

This week will be very busy; on Monday the case of seven month old JB will be presented to the DSWD panel to see if he can be matched with parents in this region of the Philippines. Then we have the Christmas party for our two grade one students on Tuesday and then of course Christmas Day itself; we are hoping that our special gifts arrive in time!

December 19, 2016

The major event last week was the arrival of Jose and Irene from Spain, along with their translator, Isabel. Their flight was delayed so we took them straight to their hotel, arriving about 7.30pm; the couple could enjoy their last night of freedom before meeting their young son the following morning. Our social worker had already prepared MV for this meeting by showing him photos of his new parents and talking about going on the airplane to Spain. The first meeting at Angel House on Tuesday morning was very good and two year old MV hugged his adoptive parents tightly and the bonding of the new family started.

The parents went for a walk with MV and the rest of our older children before having lunch at Angel House. In the afternoon we brought MV to their hotel so that they could have some quality time with him; MV was happy to stay with them until the following morning and Jose and Irene were surprised at how quickly he had bonded with them. On Wednesday morning we held our short adoption ceremony where we officially handed over MV to his new mother and father; it is always an emotional event as we are sad to say goodbye to our precious child, but so happy that he now has parents to love and care for him. PHOTO: The official handover of two year old MV.

As I drove them to the airport later that day I remembered all the happy times we had with MV; he came to us when he was only seven weeks old and has become such a wonderful character over the last two years in Angel House; such an expressive face and a good sense of humor. We wish the new family all the best as they begin their life in Spain.

On Thursday it was the Christmas party for our two Day-Care children; they looked so pretty in their party dresses! PHOTO: two beautiful four year olds ready to party.

On Saturday we held our big Christmas party with about 150 adults and children enjoying this special event; our children were dancing and singing, followed by a delicious lunch prepared by our hard working staff. Then we had a special treasure hunt in the garden for chocolate coins, followed by races for all ages. Then we had our musical games and everyone truly had an enjoyable day celebrating Christmas with Angel House. PHOTOS: The food was great! Races for all ages. Musical games.

This week will be very busy; on Monday the case of seven month old JB will be presented to the DSWD panel to see if he can be matched with parents in this region of the Philippines. Then we have the Christmas party for our two grade one students on Tuesday and then of course Christmas Day itself; we are hoping that our special gifts arrive in time!

 

December 12, 2017

Last Wednesday we discharged six month old CC to the care of his aunt and uncle in Davao; his young mother wants to continue her education and is not capable of providing for her young son, so she agreed for her relatives to care for him. CC was only with us for a few months and we are happy that he now has a loving family to care for him. PHOTO: Mother, aunt and uncle with CC.

Also on Wednesday morning, eight month old JB was released from hospital after recovering from his dengue fever and other infections; he still has to continue taking medications to ensure a full recovery. Dengue fever is spread by mosquitoes and attacks the white blood cells, reducing the ability to fight infection and can be very serious for young infants, so we were all pleased to see JB back in Angel House.

On Thursday afternoon we celebrated the fourth birthday of Jes and she enjoyed all the extra attention; Jes and her younger sister, Jen, have been with us since April. Photo: More cake and ice cream for everyone.

On Saturday evening we attended the Christmas party at another orphanage that cares for older children and we enjoyed the singing, dancing and delicious food; we brought our seven oldest children to that event. PHOTO: The orphanage children entertained everyone with their singing and dancing.

Yesterday we said farewell to our resident social worker, Ms. Jennyluz Coma; after three years with us she has decided to move on to another challenge as a medical social worker in Davao city. We would like to thank her for her dedication to Angel House and particularly the children that she cared so much for; good luck and come back to visit us often Jennyluz!

We have a busy week ahead with the adoptive parents of MV arriving from Spain this afternoon and staying with us until Wednesday. Then next Saturday we have our big Christmas party for 100 adults and 80 children, it should be a great event! Check out all the photos next week.

 

December 5, 2016

Last Wednesday we held a double birthday celebration as DC became one year old on November 30 and JM on December 1, so a joint party was organized with the usual ice cream and cake. DC has wonderful big, round eyes and a soulful look, whereas JM has a very expressive face that really lights up when he smiles; both of these handsome boys are being prepared for adoption. PHOTOS; Both boys were surprised about all the extra attention, but really enjoyed eating their cake!

On Thursday we brought infants EJ and JB to the hospital for a check-up; we were concerned about the physical growth of eleven month old EJ, he looks more like four months old as he is so small and not yet crawling. However, the doctor said he was making normal progress, but was very underweight, so we just have to give continue giving him plenty of food and vitamins. Not such good news for JB, who was diagnosed with dengue fever and had to be transferred to the major hospital in Tagum, about 80 minutes from Angel House. But he is responding well to treatment and we are hoping that he will be discharged in the next few days. PHOTO: JB will be back with us very soon.

We have a busy week ahead as six month old CC will be discharged from Angel House to the custody of his relatives in Davao City, following a case conference on Wednesday. We also have another birthday as Jes becomes four years old.We are also preparing for the adoption of JV; the adoptive parents from Spain will be here from December 12 – 14 and so everyone is excited about that.

 

 

November 28, 2016

Last Tuesday we had two visitors from the Inter Country Adoption Board (ICAB) in Manila, they are the ones that match our children available for adoption with approved adoptive parents from other countries. They also prepare the passport and visa documents so that parents have everything they need to take the child back to their country. It was good of them to make the long journey to visit Angel House and see the children that are being prepared for adoption. PHOTO: One of the visitors from ICAB with some of our angels.

We had news about two brothers that were adopted by a family from Spain and are pleased that they are doing really well and are very happy in their new home. Michael is now six years old and his brother Gabriel is five; they have had so many new experiences in Spain and we enjoyed looking at all the photos that came with the update from the adoption agency. PHOTO: Two happy and handsome boys.

We have started our Christmas angel appeal to raise much needed funds for Angel House; so far this year our donations have only covered 50% of our expenses and so it is very important that you participate in this event. Please visit the Christmas angel page on this website to find out how you can become a Christmas angel.

This week will be a busy one; we have two birthdays to celebrate and another child joining our big family. We will also be putting up our Christmas decorations to get the children even more excited! December is of course our busiest month with Christmas parties and organizing our own big party for about 200 people, followed by the big day itself.

November 21, 2016

Last week was one of meetings and seminars; our Director and social worker attended an orientation on domestic adoption, part of the ongoing training for our staff on the latest developments in adoption in the Philippines. Our Director is one of the panel members that matches children available for adoption with approved adoptive parents in this region of the country; right now we have two children that should be declared legally available for adoption soon, seven month old JB and eleven month old JM. PHOTOS: JB and JM are waiting for their new families.

We receive many questions about adopting a child from the Philippines and that is why we have the adoption Q&A on this website to answer the most common questions. You can see from the photos on this website that our children are really beautiful and have amazing individual personalities that any parents would fall in love with.

We will be sending out information about our big Christmas angel fund raiser later this week that offers a special reward for every donation and lots of bonus opportunities from Global Giving from November 29 until December 31. We hope that everyone will participate and make a difference to the lives of our children.

Next week we have two birthdays to celebrate as JM and DC become one year old boys, so look out for the photos next week.

 

November 14, 2016


The big event last week was celebrating the birthday of our founder and director, David, who has dedicated the last six years to caring for all the little children that pass through Angel House. His passion and dedication towards developing this home into one that gives unconditional love to each child, helping them to overcome so many hurts and fears, moving forward to a happier future.

The children fondly call him Kuya Daddy and together we all enjoyed a day of celebration at the beach, enjoying the pleasures of the warm tropical ocean and eating fried chicken and freshly grilled fish, along with lollipops and popcorn for this special occasion. We even brought some of our younger children along, with JM and DC enjoying their first ever visit to the ocean. All of our children are confident in the water, but of course we still supervise them carefully at all times. PHOTOS: Children and staff enjoy the calm ocean water. MT likes the warm water.

Christmas is fast approaching and we look forward to receiving your gifts for our children; look out for our special Xmas appeal later this month to help us cover our budget deficit for this year. With your support, together we can make a big difference to the lives of vulnerable children

 

November 7, 2016


We received another wonderful parcel of hand crochet baby blankets from Patty Beukema in Canada; our little infants love to snuggle into these comforting blankets during nap time. We are so grateful to Paul and Patty for their strong support for Angel House and the love they give from so many miles away; they are true guardian angels to our small children. PHOTO: four month old CC enjoys his new blanket.

Our seven year old Hyundai Santa Fe has been a reliable transport for all our children, but with the high mileage it is inevitable that repairs will be needed from time to time. Last week it required some major surgery to repair some engine components at a cost of $300 and it now runs much better. My Christmas wish is for Hyundai or another car company to help us have a newer model (please Santa). PHOTO: Our car in the Hyundai workshop.

All of our children are already excited about Christmas and are constantly reminding us that it is coming soon! We are delighted that the parents of the children in Husmo Nursery in Norway are once again donating gifts for our children, but we hope that more of you will also send gifts to make it a really special Christmas for everyone. However, you need to send them within the next week to be sure that they will arrive on time and be placed under our Christmas tree.

 

October 31, 2016


Last Monday Angel House was invaded by more than 150 girl scouts; they were camping at the local elementary school and decided to come and see the wonderful work that we do with these little children. The girl scouts sang some songs and donated some food and we are thankful for their visit; GO GIRL POWER!

On Tuesday morning it was a bright, sunny day and we brought our eight oldest children to the nearby beach and everyone enjoyed playing in the warm tropical ocean and on the sand. It has been a while since we made such a trip and so the children made the most of their time at the seaside. PHOTOS: EB crashing through the waves. Three little children with their own small pool.

We received two updates on children from Angel House that were adopted earlier this year and we always enjoy reading about their progress and looking at the photos of them with their new families. Five year old JC was adopted to Spain in January and adapted quickly; he is learning Spanish and has made many new friends in his adopted country. Two year old AH went to France in March and his parents instantly fell in love with him; he is gradually learning to speak some French words and has experienced many new activities; riding a pony, picking raspberries and attending the wedding of his new cousin. PHOTOS: JC making a sand monster with his father. AH at the Eiffel Tower with his mother.

Receiving the progress reports on the children that have been adopted brings us happiness and the inspiration to continue preparing other children for a better future with a family that will love and care for them. This is only made possible through your kind donations and we hope that you will open your hearts (and your bank accounts!) as we approach Christmas; a time for giving and making a difference in the lives of these little angels.

 

 

October 24, 2016


Last week was a routine one at Angel House with all the usual activities taking place; we have such a lovely group of children right now who get along together like any large family. We have a good range of ages and with seven girls and seven boys every day is full of joy and laughter. Of course tears are shed when infants are impatient to be fed or there is a dispute over a well loved toy, but these are soon forgotten and everyone is happy once again.

As with any large family, a well organized routine is very important and we are fortunate to have a dedicated team of caregivers that provide safety and security for all our children. Their unconditional love provides a foundation for the children to face their fears and individual challenges, moving forward to a place of physical, emotional and mental health.

This week it is the mid-term vacation for our school students and so we will take the opportunity to visit the beach with our older children and provide other special activities for all our children. Thankfully we have not had the extreme weather experienced by those in northern Luzon and our thoughts and prayers are with those who suffered during the recent typhoon.

October 17, 2016


Last Tuesday we returned to Davao with MV and MT to complete their passport applications without any further problems; their passports will be ready for collection after ten days. We then went on to the hospital for MT to have some medical tests requested by the adoptive parents from the Netherlands. Both children were good travel companions and so well behaved throughout the day, of course they slept most of the time while travelling in the car. PHOTOS: These two angels are one step closer to having their new families.

Our social worker submitted the applications for two more children to be declared legally available for adoption; six month old JB and ten month old JM. JB is such a cute little boy and always has amazing hairstyles! JM is a strong and handsome boy with a big smile for anyone that gives him attention. It will still be a while before we can proceed with matching them with adoptive parents. PHOTOS: JB and his crazy hair. JM is almost ready to start walking.

Most of our children have recovered from their sniffles and coughs which made some of them irritable, giving our resident caregivers some sleepless nights! We are still having plenty of rain, but mostly at night, so we can usually still take the children out to play every afternoon. Our large garden gives them plenty of space to run and tumble or play on the swings and bicycles.

 

October 10, 2016


Last Tuesday we made the long journey to Davao city, setting off at 6.30 in the morning with two year old MV, one year old MT and three month old VA. Our first stop was the orphanage in Davao where we were transferring VA and we met his mother there; it will be easier for her to visit her son as she lives nearby the orphanage in Davao city. PHOTO: VA with his mother and the social worker.

We then went on to the passport office, which is conveniently located inside a shopping mall, to process the passports of MV and MT. Unfortunately we encountered some more problems with the documents and despite the best efforts of our social worker and six hours waiting, we had to leave without completing the process. With more than six hours of driving and six hours at the passport office, we were all very tired when we arrived home at 7.45 in the evening. At least MV and MT were very good all day and they enjoyed the sights and sounds of the busy city; we will have to repeat it all again this week to complete the passport applications! PHOTO: MT and MV with their caregivers wait patiently outside the passport office.

On Wednesday it was vaccination day again with five of our infants receiving immunizations at the local health clinic, a process that is provided free and happens every first Wednesday of the month. Some of our children still have coughs and runny noses due to the damp weather; we continue to give them all the necessary medicines to prevent the development of more serious illnesses.

 

October 3, 2016


We have had rain nearly every night recently and the days are damp and cooler than usual, so of course most of our children have sniffly noses and coughs. This doesn’t prevent them from enjoying life and I envy the way that they start every day as another new adventure, full of laughter and joy, with no concerns about the future. That, of course, is our responsibility as we try to make plans that are in the best interest of the children involved, whether it is re-integration with their family or adoption.

Delays are inevitable when we are working with the various government agencies involved and we are still waiting for some documents for the processing of passports for MT and MV; hopefully they will arrive this week and we can get that done. It would be great if they could both be with their new families before Christmas, we can only hope everything goes smoothly from now on.

We had some staff changes last week as two of our caregivers left Angel House to work overseas, where they can earn more money for their families. Our two new resident caregivers are well qualified and have spent some time training with us and getting to know the children they will be looking after. Of course our children become very attached to their caregivers and so there will be a period of adjustment for them until they become comfortable with the new staff. We wish Tiffany and Cath all the best as they embark on their new adventure in Jordan.

 

 

September 26, 2016


Divine had a wonderful birthday celebration last Wednesday with four sponsors contributing funds to make it a really great party with balloons, ice cream and cake for everyone to enjoy. She is such a sweet little girl that has had a very difficult start to life and deserves a future full of love and joy with an adoptive family. We are hoping that she will be matched by ICAB in October and any parents would be lucky to have such an amazing child become their daughter. PHOTO: Even the little children were singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Divine.

On Thursday afternoon we had a visit from almost forty directors and social workers from various government agencies that wanted to visit Angel House to find out more about the important work that we are doing with these children and the high professional standards that we maintain. They also enjoyed spending a short time with our children and learning more about why they were staying in Angel House.

The Philippines lies in the ‘ring of fire’ and that is why we have several active volcanoes and experience frequent minor earthquakes. However, on Saturday morning at about seven o’clock we had a magnitude 6.5 earthquake here at Angel House! These events happen so suddenly and it only lasted about 15 seconds, not enough time to get the children out of the building. It was scary with the ground shaking and the ceiling fans swinging from side to side, but thankfully there was no damage and everyone was shaken, but fine. I think the depth of the earthquake at 42 km lessened the impact on buildings, but we also had several minor aftershocks the same day.

September 19, 2016


We had to postpone the processing of the passports for MT and MV, as some important documents were missing from their file; you can imagine the paperwork involved in processing the passport of a child that is being adopted by parents from another country. The Department of Foreign Affairs is of course very strict and every document has to be correct, but hopefully we will be able to process these passports later this week. PHOTO: Passport photos of MT and MV.

This Wednesday we will celebrate the birthday of Divine; we don’t know her actual birth date or even her true age, but after performing bone ageing through x-raying her hands we found that she is about three years old. Divine was found abandoned inside a church on September 21 last year and so we decided that this date would also be her given birthday. It will be such a special celebration for this angel who needs a family that will love and care for her; we are waiting for Divine to be matched by ICAB with approved adoptive parents. PHOTO: Divine enjoys playing in the garden of Angel House.

Please don’t forget the Global Giving BONUS DAY, also on Wednesday, September 21 (USA time). If you make a donation to Angel House on that day, Global Giving will match your donation with an extra 30%. It is a great opportunity for your donation to stretch further and make an even greater impact on the lives of our little children. Just click the Global Giving link on our home page and make a difference on Wednesday, September 21.

 

 

September 12, 2016


Last Tuesday evening nine month old EJ was very ill, but our dedicated staff managed to nurse him through the night and with the right medication he made a good recovery without another trip to the hospital; he is such a small boy for his age and is often prone to sickness. PHOTO: EJ looks a lot younger than nine months old.

On Wednesday it was immunization day with five infants making the journey to the local health center for their vaccinations, this happens every first Wednesday of the month. Some of them had a little fever afterwards as a reaction to the injection, which is to be expected.

We were pleased to receive confirmation that one year old MT has been accepted by adoptive parents from the Netherlands and we will be processing her passport, along with two year old MV this coming Wednesday. Hopefully we can also do the medical tests for MT in Davao on the same day and transfer three month old VA to his new home. PHOTO: The adoptive parents will be excited to know they have been matched with MT.

September 5, 2016


Last week our social worker was busy processing paperwork for the children being prepared for adoption, right now we have five;

MV (two year old boy already matched with adoptive parents from Spain)

MT (one year old girl already matched with adoptive parents from Europe)

Divine (two year old girl waiting to be matched with parents overseas through ICAB)

JM (nine month old boy waiting to be declared legally available for adoption)

JB (five month old boy waiting to be declared legally available for adoption)

If you are interested in adopting a child, please read the adoption Q&A on this website. PHOTOS: JM and JB still have a long journey ahead before they will have a new family.

Our temporary care children are all doing well and seem to grow up so quickly! The four siblings still have some emotional issues that sometimes affect their behavior, so patience and understanding is required. The other infants and toddlers continue to reach their developmental milestones through a healthy diet and organized activities. We are going to transfer three month old VA to another orphanage in Davao City, so that he will be closer to his mother and she can visit him more often. PHOTO: Three month old VA is a handsome little boy.

Angel House is looking to hire a residential social worker to join our professional team of staff; the work is challenging, but also very rewarding as you can follow the progress of our clients from admission to being re-united with their families or adopted into a new family. Applicants must be registered social workers and experience of working in a similar environment would be useful, though new graduates with energy and ambition will also be considered. Please email your letter of application and resume as soon as possible to the Director.

 

August 29, 2016


It was a fairly quiet week; there was an immunization last Wednesday morning for Jen, who celebrated her first birthday the previous week. On Friday the mother of Jes and Jen made a visit to Angel House, along with an aunt and grandfather of the siblings. It has been many months since the children have seen their mother and so it was not surprising that Jen did not recognize her and cried. Even Jes was slow to react to seeing her relatives again. The mother is pregnant again with child number five, but we are hopefully working towards a re-unification of the family. PHOTO: Bonding with the family will be a slow process.

Each weekday morning we provide organized activities for our little children that are not attending elementary school (2) or Day-Care (2). On Monday and Thursday we take them for a walk outside of Angel House and they enjoy the exercise and seeing all the nature around our center. Tuesday is singing with plenty of action songs, Wednesday is story time and looking at picture books, then on Friday morning they play organized games in the garden. These activities help to develop their physical and mental abilities, as well as learning to share and co-operate with each other. PHOTO: Story time with Mommy Nochelyn.

Check out our updated photos of the children staying with us in Angel House and also the life stories; we always try to keep our website up to date and packed full of interesting information and great photos of life in the orphanage.

 

August 22, 2016


Two month old VA was discharged from the local hospital last Tuesday afternoon; all his laboratory tests came back clear and so he only requires some maintenance medicines for the next week. He certainly looks a lot better and we are happy to have him back with us in Angel House. The hospital was so over- crowded, particularly with many sick children, but the hard working doctors and nurses still do a great job under such extreme circumstances. PHOTO: VA almost ready to go home from the hospital.

We all celebrated the first birthday of Jen and she enjoyed all the special attention, clapping along to the singing of ‘Happy Birthday’. Jen and her three year old sister, Jes, have settled in well to Angel House since arriving in April this year. Jen can already walk a few steps and crawls really fast; we have three crawlers right now speeding around the place! PHOTO: Jen looked very pretty in her party outfit.

Our social worker presented the case of Divine to the matching panel at the DSWD in Davao City on Thursday. This is done with all children declared legally available for adoption, to try and find an approved adoptive family here in region XI of the Philippines. However, there were no parents available for Divine and so her papers will be forwarded to the Inter Country Adoption Board (ICAB) for international adoption. PHOTO: Any parents will be so lucky to have such an adorable little girl in their family.

 

August 15, 2016


We received a package of hand knitted baby blankets from our good friends in Canada, Paul and Patty Beukema; this is their second batch of blankets as they would like every child that comes into Angel House to have their own special blanket. I’m sure that you have all seen the cute video posted on facebook with some of our infants and the baby blankets; we appreciate the love and time that went into making every single one. PHOTO: snug and comforted babies.

Last Wednesday morning it was our monthly schedule for immunizations and we had six infants to take to the clinic, to manage all this we had to take three and then return with another three children later. We are thankful to the health workers who try to ensure that all children are vaccinated and it is a very successful national program.

Late on Saturday evening we rushed two month old VA to the local hospital as he became dehydrated due to diarrhea and high fever; at only 5kg it was important to have him treated promptly and he was immediately admitted and put on an IV drip with antibiotics. They will carry out some tests to determine the cause of his sudden illness and hopefully he will make a quick recovery. PHOTO: VA when he arrived one month ago in Angel House.

If you would like to send a package of essential items to improve the lives of our little children, please check the sponsor pages for details of what we need and our address. You can also use the virtual store to easily buy everyday things for Angel House; it is so simple to bring some joy to their young lives! We are also looking for companies that would like to partner with us in giving these children a brighter future, so find out about your organization’s corporate social responsibility program (CSR) and ask them to help one of the best charities in the Philippines, ANGEL HOUSE ORPHANAGE FOUNDATION.

 

8 August, 2016


On Saturday we attended the founding anniversary celebration of our partner orphanage in San Isidro that cares for older children and so together we provide services for children from new-born to age 18. Right now they have eighteen children and we all enjoyed the performances and delicious lunch afterwards. PHOTO: Our seven oldest children and staff having a feast.

Most of our little children have recovered from their coughs and colds, though still a few runny noses; last week we bought our monthly supply of medicines; we go through a lot to cover all the usual childhood ailments and prevent more serious illnesses developing.

Next week we have six children receiving vaccinations and will be celebrating another birthday in Angel House as Jen becomes one year old; this cute and chubby girl arrived in April with her older sister, Jes and they have settled in well to their new home. PHOTO: Jes is very protective of her younger sister, Jen.

 

August 1, 2016


Last week we returned two little children back to their families; first to go was two year old GK, who joined Angel House in June, 2015. His mother has now resolved problems with her family and GK will be cared for by his grandmother while his mother continues to work in order to provide for his needs. One year old KR has also been at Angel House for one year and will be going to stay with her mother and other relatives. We will miss both these lovely children, but this is a very happy outcome for both families and we wish them all a bright future together. PHOTO: KR with her mother leaving Angel House.

With our adoption cases, two year old MV is waiting to go to Spain, one year old MT has been matched with adoptive parents in Europe; we are waiting for Divine to be declared available for adoption and are processing the adoption paperwork for several other children in our care. PHOTO: Divine waits patiently for adoptive parents and a new start in life.

Some of our little angels have been having a fever with cough and colds over the past week and of course it quickly passes from one child to another. We have gone through a lot of medicine as they slowly recover from their illness; hopefully they will all be feeling better soon. If you would like to contribute medicines for our angels, please visit the virtual store on this website.

 

July 25, 2016


Last week was one of regular routines with elementary school, Day-Care and activities for our toddlers all taking place as usual for our children; our director and social worker keeping busy with scheduled meetings and processing paperwork.

Right now we have seventeen children in Angel House, consisting of nine boys and eight girls; our youngest is one month old VA and the oldest child is seven year old GK. We have seven children under one year old and so they keep our five caregivers very busy day and night! You can see photos of each child on the ‘Our Children’ page on this website. PHOTO: Here are DC and JM demonstrating their ability to stand; at only seven months old they are two strong boys.

It is always a joy to see these helpless little infants develop their mental and physical skills, from crawling to standing and then taking their first wobbly steps towards independence. From babbling sounds to their first words, we are privileged to be the ones to witness these special moments in their development.

We fully understand the importance of the first three years of life and provide plenty of stimulation and activities for their developing brains, along with a healthy diet and a caring environment where they feel loved and safe. Your continued support makes all this possible and we are thankful for your partnership in caring for these little angels.

 

 
July 18, 2016

Last Friday afternoon we were invited to the birthday party of the chief of police and so we brought seven of our older children to the police station to enjoy the entertainment and delicious child friendly food. Thanks to our friendly police force for providing safety and protection for us all. PHOTO: Our children and staff join in the fun.

MV received a nice package of photos, coloring book and small toys from his adoptive parents in Spain; they are excited to finally meet their new son later this year after we have his passport and visas all arranged to make the adoption go smoothly. MV also understands at his young age of two years that the people in the photos are his new mama and papa. PHOTO: MV plays with his new toys.

We were delighted to receive updates on some of our children that have already been adopted from Angel House; four year old JC is doing very well in Spain and adjusting easily to the new culture and language. Two year old AH is settling in with his new family in France and I know that they enjoy every moment with their new son. Five year old MR and his four year old brother GR are enjoying having a new family in Spain; these energetic boys are playing many sports and learning to speak Spanish. PHOTOS: MR and GR looking very Spanish with their parents, JC in his new bedroom, AH with his pet cat in France.

Receiving these positive reports validates the important work that we are doing with the children that need new families to love and care for them; we make their dreams come true and also the dreams of their adoptive parents to finally have a family. If you are interested in adopting a child from the Philippines, please read the adoption Q&A on this website for more information.

Everyone that donates to Angel House should be happy to know that they have played an integral part in making these dreams a reality, giving our little children the chance of a better future with a family that will love them. If you are haven’t joined our family of guardian angels, just click on the ‘DONATE’ button and help us make more dreams come true.

 

July 11, 2016
Last Tuesday we accepted another small baby into Angel House; his desperate mother traveled from Davao City to place her child in the care of our professional staff. VA is only 26 days old and his father died in a motorcycle accident before he was born, leaving the mother in a difficult situation and two older children to care for. The grandmother will care for them and Angel House will look after VA while his mother works hard to provide a better future for her young family. PHOTO: He is a cute and happy baby.
On Thursday it was time to celebrate another birthday as GK became two years old; his mother came from Mati to share his special day and brought a cake and brownies for everyone to share. GK has been with us for one year and will be returning to his family later this month; we will miss his charm and personality in Angel House. PHOTO: GK with his birthday cake.
On Friday morning we brought two year old MV to the hospital for a check-up as part of his adoption processing; he has been matched with an adoptive couple from Spain and will be joining them later this year. He enjoys traveling in the car and was very well behaved throughout the journey. PHOTO: Passport photo for MV.

Last week we emailed the first of our monthly newsletters to all our supporters across the world; if you did not receive yours, please sign up on our home page. Each newsletter contains the background story of one of our children as well as advice for those interested in adoption.

 

July 6, 2016
We celebrated another birthday with EB becoming four years old; this is her second birthday in Angel House and last year it was hard to get this cute little girl to smile. But look at this confident young lady now; she has become much more outgoing and socializes with her friends in Day-Care class, no longer the shy little girl that entered Angel House in April, 2015. PHOTO: A very happy little girl with her birthday cake.

Some of our little children were very sick last week and two year old Divine was vomiting and had diarrhea for several days; the medications we gave her were not working and so she was admitted to the district hospital on Thursday afternoon. Three month old JB had similar symptoms and so he was also admitted at the same time; at 5kg any illness can be very serious for this fragile infant. Thanks to the dedicated staff at Lupon hospital our two children slowly recovered and were finally discharged on Sunday afternoon.

Hospital admissions place great stress on our resources, both in terms of logistics and finances; two of our caregivers had to stay in the hospital with Divine and JB, so our other staff had to work overtime to provide enough supervision at Angel House. Once we have our extension building completed (still looking for potential sponsors) we can accept volunteers that with provide much need help in such emergency situations.

Angel House also has to pay for all medical expenses and so it also places a financial burden on our small foundation; I have argued before that we should receive free medical care as we are looking after the children on behalf of the Philippine government. I think the perception is that NGOs have plenty of financial resources to pay for medical bills and schooling, but of course that is not the case. Anyway, we are just relieved to have Divine and JB back with us, happy and healthy once again

June 27, 2016
It was a relatively quiet week as we returned to the routine of school and Day-Care classes once again; our two elementary students have settled in very well and are enjoying school, but our two Day-Care children are taking a little longer to feel comfortable in their different environment. PHOTO: EB and Jes ready to make new friends at the Day-Care center.
Amer and Rojemay from Jordan visited Angel House on Wednesday afternoon, bringing snacks for all our children and staff. They enjoyed interacting with our infants and were impressed with the love and care that we give to all our little angels. PHOTO: Our visitors with one of our infants.
On Saturday we accepted another infant for temporary care; this three week old boy is cute and healthy. We now have a very balanced eight girls and eight boys staying with us. PHOTO: Another small infant to love – and feed – and change diaper– and wash – and hug – and feed again!
 

The rainy season has returned and after three months of drought we have had heavy rain nearly every day this month; it certainly makes it cooler, but most of our children now have coughs and colds due to the damp weather. They still have plenty of energy and it is frustrating when they are not able to play in the garden because of the rain.

This week we have another birthday to celebrate as EB turns four years old on Tuesday; we all look forward to sharing her ice cream and birthday cake.

This week it will be the turn of our two Day-Care children to start their classes which are every weekday morning from 8.30 am until 11 am; this will be the second year for EB and she will be joined by three year old JM. One of our caregivers will stay with them until they are feeling happy and secure at the Day-Care center.
Last weekend it was the fiesta here in San Isidro and there were parades, dance competitions and other exciting events; Filipinos love their fiestas and the sounds and sights were spectacular, with some amazing performances by elementary and high school students. PHOTO: High School cheerleaders perform in the hot afternoon sun.

This July we are starting a new monthly newsletter that will focus more on the life stories of our children and will also have a section offering adoption advice, as we receive many questions about this topic. Please sign up for the newsletter on our home page to make sure you receive your copy every month.

June 13, 2016
Ten year old Ji and her eight year old sister Je were re-united with their mother last week and left Angel House to stay with her in Manila. They have been with us since April, 2014 and under our loving care and guidance have become responsible, sociable and educated young ladies. They have been the big sisters to all our little children and helped with caring for them, as well as assisting with many household chores. We will really miss these two wonderful girls and wish them all the best for their future in the big city. PHOTO: Ji, Je and mother prepare to leave for the airport last Thursday.
On Saturday we celebrated our 6th Foundation Day with an informal lunch for staff, children and parents of Angel House; we all enjoyed a lovely meal that included favorites like fried chicken, grilled fish and lumpia, followed by fruit salad, mango float and a special cake. Six years ago the first child entered Angel House and we have grown in numbers and experience every year since that day in June, 2010. We are now regarded as being one of the best child caring agencies in this region and that is thanks to our professional team of dedicated staff and well organized management team, supported by amazing sponsors from all over the world. PHOTO: Everyone enjoyed the delicious food.
We also celebrated two birthdays with little KR becoming a one year old; she is a little shy and does not like changes to her normal routine, but she does enjoy eating birthday cake! KB was very excited to have her sixth birthday on Saturday and really enjoyed herself; she is such a happy little girl and always has a million questions about everything. PHOTOS: Both girls enjoyed their birthday cake. 
School finally starts today after a long two and a half months vacation and we only have two elementary students this year; KB and her brother GK will be in the same grade one class; GK is repeating grade one as he has significant learning problems, mainly as a result of emotional trauma before coming to Angel House. They are both excited and nervous about returning to school, so one of our staff will stay with them on the first morning until they are settled. PHOTO: GK and KB looking smart in their school uniform. 
June 6, 2016

Last week was quieter with no visitors to Angel House; if you would like to arrange a visit just contact us through email or text message, we encourage more Filipinos to take an interest in our important work. Angel House is located two hours north of Davao City, near Lupon, Davao Oriental.

With so many infants we reached another new record with five immunizations on Wednesday morning; this required two visits to the health center as of course each child needs a caregiver to accompany them. Our thanks to the medical staff that give this free service and ensure that all our children receive the correct vaccinations.

It has been a very long summer vacation for the school children at two and a half months, but school finally starts again next week. We will have two children in grade 1 and two children attending Day-Care classes every weekday morning. The children are excited and nervous and for sure it will take a little time for them to settle into the routine.

This coming week is very busy with two more birthdays, a beach trip, Ji and Je leaving for Manila, plus the sixth Foundation Day of Angel House on June 11. Make sure that you check our Facebook page for all the latest news and photos of these upcoming events. PHOTO: Ji and Je are very excited about returning to their mother after more than two years in Angel House.
 
May 30, 2016
We celebrated two birthdays last week, on Tuesday it was the tenth birthday of Ji, our oldest child in Angel House. Ji has been with us for over two years and is like a big sister to the younger children, helping care for them and entertain them with her talented singing and dancing. On June 9 Ji and her eight year old sister, Je, will finally be re-united with their mother in Manila. She is excited to fly on the airplane to start her new life in the big city. PHOTO: Ji looks beautiful in her birthday dress.
On Thursday it was the first birthday of MT, who enjoyed all the special attention she received from everyone. MT can stand and has good balance when holding on to something, but is not ready to start walking. She has been with us since she was one week old and is waiting to be matched with a family through inter-country adoption. PHOTO: MT is a very cute little girl that needs her own mommy and daddy.
On Saturday morning the SAAG Mountaineering Group from Mati City visited Angel House and provided Jollibee snacks for everyone, along with donations of formula, toys and clothes. They organized some games and we all enjoyed their visit to meet and play with our little angels. Thanks to Councilor Kobe Capina and his wife for organizing this event. PHOTOS: Our infants loved all the extra hugs from our visitors.

It is so good to see more Filipinos taking an interest in the important work we are doing at Angel House and making donations to enable us to continue providing the very best care for these children. Through giving love and care, clothing and food, shelter and protection, education and healthcare, together we give the next generation the tools they need to make the Philippines a better country. MABUHAY!

May 23, 2016
Office staff from the Philippine Normal University visited Angel House last Tuesday to learn more about the important work that we do in taking care of these little children. They also enjoyed playing with the older children in the garden or cuddling our infants. We thank them for their visit and for their donation of baby formula, milo, snacks, diapers and some cash. PHOTOS: our infants loved the extra attention from the PNU staff:
We brought the four siblings aged 1, 3, 5 and 7 to visit their 9 year old sister, who is in another orphanage located in Tagum. The children all enjoyed playing together while we held a case conference to discuss their very complicated case and it looks like they will be staying at Angel House for a while, unless we can find approved foster parents that are prepared to take them all. PHOTO: The five siblings together for a short visit.
Later in the week we had a visit from one of our good Filipino friends, Lucia Hoffman, who brought afternoon snacks for the children and staff. She arranged it on banana leaves in the traditional Filipino way and everyone enjoyed the delicious food. Lucia also donated some much needed funds and we are thankful for her continued support for Angel House. PHOTO: Lucia dishes out the snacks for our children.
This week we have two birthdays to celebrate as Ji becomes ten years old and MT will be one year old and so plenty of ice cream and cake to come and it will be another busy week in Angel House!
P.S. OUR PAYPAL IS NOT OPERATIONAL RIGHT NOW; PLEASE USE GLOBAL GIVING FOR YOUR DONATIONS. OUR APOLOGIES FOR THE INCONVENIENCE.
May 16, 2016
We had some special visitors last week, Fred Bouwman is a sponsor and good friend of Angel House and this time he brought his partner Vangie, her daughter Angel with her friend Angeline, and even their friendly retriever dog, Casey. They made the long journey from Manila by car to visit our children and stayed for two days. On the second day we went to the beach with our older children and everyone enjoyed swimming in the warm tropical ocean, even Casey the dog. Fred has introduced his relatives and friends to Angel House and helped raise vital funds to sustain our charitable foundation. PHOTOS: Casey enjoys the ocean. Three year old Jes holds on tight to Vangie.

We receive many questions about adopting a child from Angel House and we are happy to offer advice about the adoption process here in the Philippines. We recommend that anyone interested in adoption reads our adoption Q&A on this website which gives clear guidelines on how to start the long journey to successfully adopting a child. Angel House has completed 13 adoptions and our director is a member of the adoption matching panel for the DSWD, so we have plenty of professional experience to share.

With regards to adoptions, we received updates on two of our children that were adopted last year; boy GL celebrated his third birthday in Sweden and is learning how to ski. Five year old L is enjoying life in Canada and also experiencing snow for the first time in his life. We always enjoy hearing about the progress of our overseas adopted children who have so many amazing experiences that they could never have here In the Philippines. PHOTO: GL on the slopes!
 
May 9, 2016
Last Tuesday we said farewell to three of our children that were being re-united with their family. Eight year old BJ and her six year old sister, AJ, are going to stay with their mother and her new partner, while their younger brother, two year old JV, will be with his father and his new partner. It is not the ideal solution, but at least they are with relatives and will probably see each other often. These three wonderful children stayed at Angel House for just over one year and we will all miss their happy smiles and playful personalities; they are also the cutest looking kids! We wish them all a wonderful future and will be checking up on them next month to make sure everything is going well. PHOTOS: JV is happy to be with his father; AJ and BJ with their mother.
So we now have seventeen little angels and almost half of them are being prepared for adoption, a process that takes a long time, though the DSWD are currently looking at ways to try and speed up the paperwork. We know that overseas adoptive parents need a lot of patience when it comes to adopting a child from the Philippines and we all understand your frustrating wait for your own angel to enter your lives and make you a family. PHOTO: We do know that two year old MV is already matched with adoptive parents from Spain.
Our two latest arrivals, three year old Jes and her younger sister Jen, are still settling in and have the occasional emotional meltdown. Their favorite activity is playing outside in the garden every afternoon and they are interacting more with our other children. PHOTO: Eight year old Je entertains some of our younger children in the garden; you can also see how the drought has affected our grass.
 
May 2, 2016
We brought our older children to the beach on Wednesday morning and they all enjoyed swimming in the calm tropical ocean and playing in the sand; we are fortunate to be only ten minutes from lovely beaches that are always quiet and offer simple facilities at a reasonable price. PHOTO: Children and staff enjoying the warm ocean.
On Friday we received two new children, two young sisters that will be processed for adoption; that now brings our total number of children to twenty and we really are completely full! However, we know that five of our children are being prepared to return to their families this month and that should relieve some of the pressure on space. PHOTOS: Eight month old Jen and three year old Jes adjust to their new home. 

All praise to our dedicated team of professional staff that are working day and night to provide the highest quality care to each and every child in Angel House. Thanks also to all our sponsors that enable us to pay our staff, buy food and infant formula, run our car and pay all our bills. We always try our best to acknowledge your generosity on our home page and facebook.

April 25, 2016

Last week was mainly meetings and paperwork; we have to submit an annual audited financial report to SEC and the Departments of Social Work Development (DSWD), a necessary requirement to maintain our registration and accreditation. Angel House maintains careful financial records with every donation and purchase itemized to ensure that we are being a financially responsible charity. We even have to complete our tax forms for the BIR, even though we are a tax exempt foundation.

Our three new infants are all doing well and consuming large quantities of baby formula; we are currently purchasing five 1.3kg cartons of formula each week at a cost of $55, we wish that one of the manufacturers would sponsor Angel House and donate their formula as it is a major expense for us. PHOTOS: JM and EJ are growing up fast.

El nino continues to affect us and we have had no significant rain for several months; the grass on our garden has turned to dust and the local farmers are really suffering with their crops. It also makes the summer heat that more intolerable with temperatures often over 40 degrees that just sap your energy. Thankfully we have not had the power cuts that have affected Davao city, so we can still keep our electric fans blowing to cool down our children.

The best time of day is late afternoon, when the temperature cools and the children can play outside in our dust bowl of a garden; they love to play soccer, ride the bicycles or play games with each other. Our staff will bring out the infants for some fresh air and they enjoy watching the older children play. PHOTO: Nine year old Ji enjoys watching the children running in the garden.
 
April 18, 2016
Last Monday we welcomed some visitors from a nearby town that came to donate some clothes and they also provided afternoon snacks for our children and staff; we always enjoy having visitors, particularly when they come with gifts! PHOTOS: Visitors with some of our children. New outfits for the children.
Last Tuesday we received another infant from the refuge center in Mati; this little boy was only 17 days old and will be processed for adoption by our resident social worker. He is very small at only 4kg and will need very special care from our dedicated team of caregivers at Angel House. PHOTO: A little bundle of joy who will need loving parents to give him a better future.
On Wednesday we finally managed to have the hands of little Divine x-rayed so that we could have an official estimate of her biological age; we had to have her sedated as last time she would not allow the x-ray to be done. The estimate from the radiologist is that Divine is about two years and six months old; so now we can give her a birthday and continue processing her adoption papers. PHOTO: Divine is truly a fairy princess.

The discharge of the three siblings to their father was delayed as they realized their house is too small; they have eight children altogether and so need to find a bigger place before they can be re-united. The children were a little disappointed, but understand the situation and are looking forward to being back with their family later this month.

So we now have eighteen children once again, including six infants that need our specialist care; we appreciate your support in helping us provide the baby formula, food and clothes for these little angels (you can visit our virtual store to purchase baby formula). One child at a time, together we can make the world a better place for the next generation.

April 11, 2016

Last week was quieter after the previous two weeks of visitors, the adoption of AH and the school award ceremonies, a welcome respite for staff and children. Our school students are enjoying their vacation and being very helpful around Angel House, doing some chores and entertaining the younger children.

Some of the older children will be returning to their families over the next month and we have received three young infants this year, so it seems that we will have a younger age group of children in Angel House for a while. We are expecting another baby that is only a few weeks old to join us in the coming week, so we are rapidly running out of cribs! PHOTO: These three angels will be returning to their family later this week after one year in Angel House.

Feeding all these young infants is hard work for our dedicated team of caregivers and also very expensive; every week they consume four or five 1.3 kg cartons of milk formula at $12 per box. That is why we appreciate your financial support for Angel House and particularly those of you that make monthly recurring donations through Global Giving or PayPal. Without your money these infants would not survive and their future would be uncertain. Don’t forget that you can also buy infant formula through our virtual store on this website, as well as other things that we need to give our children the best care.

April 4, 2016
We met Jean, Delphine and their travel escort, Helen, at Davao airport last Monday and brought them directly to Angel House for their first meeting with two year old AH. As we expected, the two year old was hesitant at first, but was soon happily sitting on their knees and the bond between them could begin to develop. On Tuesday morning they went for a walk with our other children and AH began to understand that this couple was his new papa and mama, letting them hug and comfort him. PHOTO: Our children outside Angel House as they prepare for their walk.
On Tuesday afternoon we had our adoption ceremony and it was an emotional time for everyone; AH has been with us since he was one month old and so it was sad to say good-bye, but we are so happy that he has such loving parents. Jean and Delphine obviously love AH with all their hearts and were frequently overcome with emotion, realizing that their long awaited dream to have a child had finally come true. We wish them a happy future as a family in France; bon voyage! PHOTO: The happy parents with our staff and children after the adoption ceremony.
On Thursday afternoon it was the closing ceremony for our children attending elementary school; eight year old BJ was performing and looked beautiful in her stage make-up and dance outfit. She was also an honor student and really enjoys school. Our two pre-school children, AJ and KB, received ribbons, along with grade 3 student, Ji. PHOTOS: From the left; BJ, KB, AJ and Ji. BJ entertains with her classmates.
On Friday afternoon it was the closing ceremony for the special education students and there were many good dance performances from the different classes. Eight year old Je danced and received a medal in recognition of her hard work this year; she also enjoys school and keeps cheerful, despite the challenges of her hearing impairment. PHOTO: Je was proud of her medal and achievements in school.
 
March 28, 2016
Last Monday we brought Divine to the hospital for her hand x-ray to determine her age, but once again she would not co-operate, we think she is just afraid of the x-ray machine. We will have to sedate her next time to finally get a valid result before we can continue the adoption process. We also collected two infants from the rescue center in Mati that need our professional care; they are both boys and one is a chubby three month old, while the other is a small two month old. PHOTOS:  A thin two month old and a chubby three month old join Angel House.
On Tuesday we welcomed some special guests; Darren is originally from Australia, but has been working in Singapore for the last eight years. His wife is from the Philippines and they have a four year old daughter, Denise. They are good supporters of Angel House and wanted to visit us to see first-hand the important work that we do and how they may be able to help in the future. We all went to the beach on Wednesday and everyone enjoyed their day swimming and playing in the sand. On Thursday morning our children performed for our visitors and Darren and his family gave gifts to all our children, plus lots of delicious candies. We all enjoyed the visit of our special guests and we are sure that they will continue to support Angel House. PHOTOS: Darren and Dahlia with three month old DC. Our children enjoyed having the visitors to play with in the warm ocean.
On Sunday we had our traditional Easter egg hunt in the garden of Angel House; the children enjoyed finding the chocolate eggs and of course eating them afterwards! PHOTO: Toddlers JV and MV check how many eggs they have collected.

This week we have an adoption taking place as the parents of two year old AH arrive from France today; we also have the closing ceremonies for our school children on Thursday and Friday, so make sure you check out the photos on Facebook or in next week’s news.

March 21, 2016

Last week was another quiet one in Angel House, some of our little children have coughs and colds, but early intervention with the correct medicine prevents more serious illnesses developing. Our older children were taking their final tests before school finishes for the long summer vacation next week; they have all improved their grades with the support of our daily tutorial sessions at Angel House.

Yesterday we had a welcome visit from our friend, Lucia Hofmann, along with some friends from Davao City to celebrate her birthday with our children. We all enjoyed the lovely food, including a chocolate fountain, plus small gifts for all our angels. Thanks for sharing your birthday with us Lucia! PHOTO: The children were dancing and singing at the party.

This coming week will be busier for everyone; today we are taking Divine for her hand x-ray at the hospital in Mati to help determine her physical age. We are also expecting to collect two infants that need our specialist care, so look out for their photos on Facebook later this week.

On Tuesday we have some special visitors arriving from Singapore; Darren Halse is an Australian who has been supporting Angel House while working for ABN-Amro bank in Singapore. He wants to visit us before he returns to Australia to see the important work that we do with these wonderful kids. We are planning a day at the beach for Darren and his family on Wednesday, along with most of our children.

We will have plenty of closing ceremonies to attend to next week as we have one child in Day-Care, one girl in Special Education School and five children in the regular elementary school. Plenty of stamina will be needed as these ceremonies can be long (particularly in an election year), but we should get some nice photos for you to enjoy when it is all done.

Make sure that you keep up to date with all these exciting developments by checking our Facebook page; it is updated every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You can find a link to the Angel House Facebook on our Home page.

March 14, 2016

Last week was fairly quiet and so this is a good opportunity to give you all an update on the progress of some of our children and their future plans.

Right now we have five children being processed for adoption; two year old AH is still waiting for his parents to arrive from France, I think the recent security issues in that country have delayed his paperwork. Two year old MV will be matched with his new adoptive parents by ICAB this week and eight month old girl MT is also waiting to be matched with parents by ICAB (inter country adoption board). After they are matched it will take another six months to process their passports and visas. Divine and three month old DC are still in the early stages of the paper trail that makes up the adoption process. PHOTO: Who will be the parents of MV?
 
The other eleven children are staying with us on a temporary basis and the plan is for most of them to return to their families this year. Five children will be discharged to relatives after the school year ends later this month and we will really miss their happy smiles and cheerful dispositions. The situation for another four siblings is more complex and we need to have another case conference to decide on their future. The final two have mothers that are working hard in order to support their children in the future. PHOTO: The five children going out next month. At the back, sisters Ji and Je, front are BJ, JV and AJ.

There is no doubt that the happy children that go out from Angel House will have a brighter future than when they entered our loving home, neglected or abandoned by their families. You only have to look at their bright smiling faces and healthy bodies to see the impact that we have made on their lives. In partnership with all our valued sponsors we have given them love, a healthy diet, medical care and education that will provide them with a springboard to success.

We will have many new admissions to replace those that leave us and that desperately need our specialist care and support over the coming year and that is why Angel House exists; to rescue abandoned children, to help victims of rape or incest, provide support for pregnant teenagers and help single parents during a crisis. None of this would be possible without your financial support for our important work and we appreciate every single donation. Don’t forget that Global Giving is having a BONUS DAY on March 16 where they will match every donation with a share of $75,000.

March 7, 2016
Last Friday we brought Divine to have her dental x-ray, so that we can have a clearer indication of her age. Unfortunately she was scared of the large x-ray machine and after several attempts to calm her down, we decided that this was not going to work. We will have to do an x-ray of her hand, which should be less traumatic an experience for little Divine. PHOTO: A girl with no birthday.
But on Saturday we did have a birthday to celebrate as BJ became eight years old; she is such a sweet girl and is very helpful around the house and takes good care of her younger sister and brother. BJ is also a good student and enjoys school, where she has many friends. The three siblings will be re-united with their father after the school year ends later this month. PHOTO: BJ with her younger brother, JV.
It’s puppy time here at Angel House once again; we have three female dogs and this year they all gave birth at around the same time, so we have no idea which puppies belong to which mother! So far I have counted eight and it is a good opportunity for our children to learn how to care for animals. PHOTO: One year old EJ was particularly fascinated by the soft and squishy puppies.
 
February 29, 2016
Last Thursday we brought most of our children to the beach as it was a public holiday and everyone enjoyed playing in the ocean and on the beach. Most of our toddlers prefer playing in the sand, but the older children love to splash in the water, particularly when there are big waves. Of course we always make sure that they are well supervised as most of them are not able to swim. PHOTO: children enjoy playing in the waves.

On Saturday some students from Mary Knoll High School in Lupon visited our children and our angels always enjoy some extra attention. It is good that these students are taught basic moral values, such as taking care of those less fortunate and doing charitable work. Visitors are always welcome to come and see the important work that we are doing with these vulnerable little children.

Next week we have another birthday to celebrate as BJ becomes eight years old; she is a sweet girl and takes good care of her younger sister AJ and brother JV. She is also a hard working student and enjoys attending elementary school, where she has many friends. All three children will be re-united with their father and older siblings after the school year ends next month. PHOTO: BJ is counting down the days to her birthday next Saturday.
 
February 22, 2016

Last Wednesday one year old EJ had her MMR vaccination at the local health center and had no adverse reaction; she was still her happy self and always starts to dance when she hears any music. EJ enjoys exploring the garden and picking up any interesting things that she sees.

On Friday afternoon some Japanese students visited Angel House and spent some time playing with our children, some of our children were very shy at first but soon began to interact with the visitors. The students were visiting orphanages as part of their university course and will also have two weeks in Davao learning English. PHOTO: The Japanese students enjoyed their short visit with us.
On Saturday we had more visitors with Malou Rafanan and Imelda Pelayo coming from Davao to see our wonderful children. They brought Jollibee chicken and spaghetti for the staff and children, plus individual gift bags for each child. Each bag contained useful items like slippers, notebooks, hats, hair-bands and water bottles. Our children were excited to receive their gifts and we are thankful to Malou and Imelda for their time and effort; Imelda even baked special cookies for everyone to enjoy. PHOTO: Our visitors from Davao with some of our children.
On Sunday we celebrated the second birthday of MV, who has been with us since he was one month old. He is a bright little boy and very tough and strong for his age; if he falls down or crashes his tricycle he just gets up and continues to play. MV is finally going to be matched with adoptive parents next month and they will be lucky to have such a wonderful child. PHOTO: MV enjoys listening to his happy birthday song.
 
 
 
February 15, 2016
We brought Divine to the dentist last week to try and obtain a more accurate estimate of her age, but as the dentist explained, every child develops differently and so the estimate is still 2-3 years old, as she does not have a complete set of first teeth. A dental x-ray would produce a more accurate age, but that is only available in Tagum, one and a half hours from Angel House. We will probably schedule that for later this month. PHOTO: Divine enjoyed her visit to the dentist and was well behaved.

We have had some welcome rain this week and hopefully the farmers can rescue some of their valuable crops, this region has already lost so much due to the drought caused by el nino. Many fish ponds and rivers have also completely dried up over the last few months. As a consequence we have noticed a significant increase in the cost of vegetables and fish when we do our grocery shopping for Angel House.

A big thank you to Paul and Patty Beukema from Canada, who sent us a package of 21 baby blankets; Patty hand knitted every single blanket as an expression of love for our little angels. Our infants will enjoy the comfort they bring as they dream of a better future with a loving family. (see photo on our home page).

Later this week we have another birthday to celebrate as MV becomes two years old; he is a real character and very strong for his young age. Every afternoon he plays on the tricycle and can push it even when three children are riding on it. We are waiting for him to be matched with adoptive parents from another country. PHOTO: Driver MV; everyone loves his expressive face.
 
February 8, 2016
Last week was a welcome change of pace after the previous week that included an adoption, new arrival and even a birthday celebration. Everything was back to our normal routines of school and day-care classes for our older children and plenty of activities to stimulate our infants and toddlers. Three year old EB still cries a little when I drop her at day-care in the morning, but is always happy and smiling when I collect her at lunch-time. PHOTO: EB is slowly emerging from her shell.
Our six elementary school students are all doing well and happily go to school each day; seven year old GK is becoming more confident and beginning to participate more in class, though he will most likely have to repeat grade one again as his still needs to grasp the basic skills. Eight year old Je still enjoys her special class and copes well with her hearing difficulties; she is learning sign language to aid her communication skills. PHOTOS: GK and Je are happy students.
 
 
No adoptive parents were available to be matched with eight month old MT at the recent matching conference In Davao, they might try one more time before she is considered for matching with parents from another country. There is a big shortfall of adoptive parents here in the Philippines and that is why we try to encourage more families to consider adoption. It is common knowledge that a lot of informal adoptions take place in this country that don’t have the legal paperwork. If you are considering adoption always go through the proper government agencies to ensure that everything is done legally. PHOTO: How could any parents resist the smile of MT?
Our latest arrival, two month old DC, is doing very well and seems to be a healthy and active little boy, always kicking his legs and looking around his new home. It is another complicated case that will require many follow-up enquiries before he is available for adoption. PHOTO: All our boys are ‘guapo’ (handsome).
 
February 1, 2016

The adoptive parents of four year old JC arrived last Monday for their first meeting with their long awaited son; we were amazed to see that JC ran straight into their arms and gave them both a big hug; it was a very emotional moment for everyone. JC continued to have the biggest smile on his face for the remainder of their visit and was constantly calling for his ‘mama’ and ‘papa’.

On Tuesday morning we went to the beach with some of our younger children and for the parents to spend more time with JC. After lunch we brought JC and his parents to their hotel and he stayed with them until Wednesday morning. It was an opportunity for them to bond with their son and again we were surprised to see that JC was happy to stay with them for the night.

On Wednesday morning we had our emotional adoption ceremony and officially handed over JC to his adoptive parents, Luis and Rosa from Spain. JC has been with us at Angel House for almost two years and so it was very sad to say goodbye, but we are so happy that he has such loving parents and we are sure that he will have a bright future in his new adopted country. Congratulations to Luis and Rosa, we know that you have been waiting many years for this special event that will change your lives forever. A special thanks to their friendly translator, Isabel, who travelled with them from Manila. PHOTOS: Our children perform. Luis and Rosa gave individual gifts to every child. Luis and Isabel play with our children.
As one child leaves another quickly takes their place and on Friday we admitted two month old DC; this little boy will be processed for adoption but his case is complicated and our social worker needs to make many follow-up enquiries in order to establish his background. PHOTO: Another cute baby joins our family of angels.
On Saturday we celebrated the first birthday of EJ; this little girl’s elfin features make her look very fragile, but she has an inner determination to overcome any obstacles and was taking her first steps at ten months old. She really enjoyed clapping along to her birthday song and celebrating this important event. PHOTO: How we all wish that we could go back to having just one candle on our birthday cake!
 
January 25, 2016

We really have an amazing group of children staying with us right now and it is a privilege to be part of their young lives; to witness their first smile and first steps into a world that is full of promise for these young and innocent children. We try to prepare them as best we can for the challenges that still lie ahead of them and shower them with the love and care that will give them the confidence to overcome their difficult start in life and have a better future.

We have a very good balance of ages with four children aged 7-9 who are capable of assisting the younger children and the house-parents; through this we teach them responsibility and encourage them to become more independent. Then we have our fun loving group of 3-5 year olds for whom life is one big adventure every day and always make us laugh with their antics and comments. We also have the 1-2 year olds that keep us busy with their energy and need for constant activity. Finally, we have our two infant girls that are also becoming more active and growing so fast.

This week we have an adoption taking place and today Luis and Rosary will arrive from Spain for the first meeting with their new son, four year old JC. Tomorrow we will go to the beach and give them more time to bond together and then on Wednesday they will leave for Manila as a family. PHOTO: JC is very excited to finally meet his new parents.

Later this week we are also expecting to admit some new children to Angel House and we also have another birthday to celebrate. This is going to be a very busy week!

January 18, 2016
Three year old EB started attending Day-Care classes last Monday morning, accompanied by one of our caregivers. This little girl is very shy and afraid of new situations after some traumatic experiences before being rescued and brought to Angel House last April. She has slowly recovered and is usually a happy little girl, but going to Day-Care was a big step for this fragile girl. She cried for the first few days, but now she enjoys all the different activities and making new friends. PHOTO: This sweet, innocent face hides a dark past.
The rest of the week passed as normal, we are busy making some repairs to Angel House with help from our amazing carpenter, Lando. Some floorboards needed replacing, along with some water damaged panels in the shower room. Our landmark angel gates also need some welding; then hopefully that will be all for a while! In our humid tropical climate it is important to keep buildings in good condition to avoid more serious damage, but it all costs money and we appreciate your support in creating a nice home for our little angels. PHOTO: The lower panels of our iconic angel gates need replaced because of rust.

Next week is going to be very busy; we have an adoption with the parents arriving from overseas next Monday. We are also expecting three new children to be admitted next week; then we also have a birthday to celebrate! So make sure that you check in next week to find out who is being adopted and where they are going, plus more details about our three new arrivals.


January 18, 2016
Three year old EB started attending Day-Care classes last Monday morning, accompanied by one of our caregivers. This little girl is very shy and afraid of new situations after some traumatic experiences before being rescued and brought to Angel House last April. She has slowly recovered and is usually a happy little girl, but going to Day-Care was a big step for this fragile girl. She cried for the first few days, but now she enjoys all the different activities and making new friends. PHOTO: This sweet, innocent face hides a dark past.
The rest of the week passed as normal, we are busy making some repairs to Angel House with help from our amazing carpenter, Lando. Some floorboards needed replacing, along with some water damaged panels in the shower room. Our landmark angel gates also need some welding; then hopefully that will be all for a while! In our humid tropical climate it is important to keep buildings in good condition to avoid more serious damage, but it all costs money and we appreciate your support in creating a nice home for our little angels. PHOTO: The lower panels of our iconic angel gates need replaced because of rust.

Next week is going to be very busy; we have an adoption with the parents arriving from overseas next Monday. We are also expecting three new children to be admitted next week; then we also have a birthday to celebrate! So make sure that you check in next week to find out who is being adopted and where they are going, plus more details about our three new arrivals.


January 11, 2015

Last Monday our elementary students went back to school as we returned to our regular routine after the hectic but enjoyable Christmas break. Our administrative personnel are busy writing annual reports for the DSWD, along with financial plans for the next two years. All our accounts from 2015 have to be collated and passed to our auditor for the annual financial report. We keep very careful records of all our donations and expenses, making the best use of the limited resources we have.

On Wednesday it was the 7th birthday of KB, he is a sweet little boy who has been through some very difficult experiences in his short life. He has slowly grown in confidence and we always praise his good efforts in school, which he finds extremely difficult. He happily celebrated his special day with all his friends at Angel House. PHOTO: KB blows out his seven candles.
Wednesday was also immunization day for our three infant girls and we received the good news that seven month old MT has been declared legally available for adoption. The next stage is for her to be matched with approved adoptive parents, either here in the Philippines or in another country; baby girls are the most popular choice for parents. PHOTO: Who will be the lucky parents of this cute girl?

We also received news that one of our children that went to Norway in 2014 has been legally adopted by his parents; Ken is now four years old and is learning to ski during the Norwegian winter and catch fish on his father’s boat in the summer. Our congratulations to Karl, Ida and Ken, we are so happy for you and we are sure that Ken will have a great future with his loving family.

January 4, 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR to all our friends, sponsors and adoptive families across the world! We truly hope that you will continue to follow our children through our Facebook page and this website, as well as supporting our important work with these little children. Over the past year 27 children passed through our angel gates to receive love and care from our dedicated team of professional staff; your partnership has enabled us to provide them with healthy food, education, medical care, clothing and a supportive environment for them to recover from their emotional trauma.

During the year six children were successfully adopted by parents desperate for a family. Our children went to Spain (3), Sweden (1), Canada (1) and Philippines (1). Five children were re-united with their families and we currently have sixteen little angels staying with us. Five of these children are for adoption with two heading overseas to France and Spain later this month. The other eleven children are with us for temporary care and will be returning to their families this year.

Last Tuesday morning we brought most of our children to the beach and everyone enjoyed playing in the warm ocean or on the beach. It was nice to enjoy our last outing of the year together. PHOTOS: Playing in the water and on the beach.
Last Wednesday some of our children went to the homes of their relatives to celebrate New Year and on Thursday the rest of our children went to enjoy a family vacation with the caregivers and social worker of Angel House. They all returned over the weekend and our school students went back to school this morning after an action packed Christmas vacation. PHOTO: BJ, AJ and JV with their father and relatives.
 

December 28, 2015

All last week the excitement was building with constant questions from our children about Christmas and when it was going to finally happen. On Christmas Eve we talked about the true meaning of the celebration and then placed juice and cookies on a plate for Santa Claus, including of course a carrot for his hungry reindeer.

On Christmas morning they were so amazed to see all the gifts under our Christmas tree and like all children were trying to see which ones had their names. After breakfast and when everyone was dressed and ready, we gave out the gifts and then the frantic ripping of wrapping paper began to reveal the toys, jewelry, coloring books and clothes. PHOTOS: Giving is better than receiving!
We really want to thank all those who donated gifts, particularly the staff of ABN-Amro Bank in Singapore and Husmo Nursery School in Norway, both providing gifts for all of our children. Every child received three or four amazing gifts and their happy smiles are all thanks to YOU! Our children will have endless pleasure playing with their toys over the coming weeks. PHOTOS: Happy children with their precious gifts.
 
December 21, 2015
Last week was very busy with many Christmas parties taking place, starting with Day Care on Wednesday, elementary students on Thursday and Friday. PHOTO: Our elementary school children are dressed and ready to party.
On Friday afternoon we were invited to attend the Christmas party of our local police and our children were excited to see that Jollibee were providing the food and entertainment. Some of our children were a little scared of the Jollibee mascot, but they certainly enjoyed themselves. PHOTOS: Children doing an action song. Posing for a photo with Jollibee.
On Saturday it was time for our much anticipated Christmas Party; our opportunity to thank all our friends and neighbors for their support. It was a rainy day, but we still entertained over 100 adults and 75 children with our singing, dancing, games and delicious food for everyone. A big thank you to all our staff and helpers for making a it a great success, despite the rain. PHOTOS:
Adults and children enjoyed the delicious food!
 
Children of all ages enjoyed our special races:
 
 
Finally, we all enjoyed the musical games to end a fantastic celebration:
 
 
 
 
 
 

December 14, 2015
Eight year old Je enjoyed her two day visit to Mati with her classmates to participate in a dancing competition. Je loves to dance, despite her hearing difficulties, and the event integrated children with special needs with mainstream elementary school students. Je certainly gained a lot from the experience and has been talking about it all last week. PHOTOS: Je, second from left, with her classmates. Je also visited her half-brother and stepfather in Mati.
On Saturday evening we brought our older children to a Christmas party at one of our partner orphanages and everyone enjoyed the entertainment and good food provided. This orphanage looks after children aged 3-18 and they will also be attending our party this coming Saturday. PHOTOS: The children sing a Christmas song. The audience enjoys a performance on stage.

We have a busy week ahead as we prepare for our big Christmas party; it is our opportunity to thank all our supporters and neighbors and we are expecting over 100 adults and 60 children. Our angels are already practicing their singing and dancing for this big event. The neighborhood kids are looking forward to the good food, treasure hunt, races for every age and musical games to entertain them. Plenty of photos in next week’s news so make sure that you check it out!

December 7, 2015
Last Tuesday was the first day of December and we followed our tradition of putting up our Christmas tree and decorations in Angel House; for eleven of our little children it is their first Christmas with us and they were all very excited when they saw the tree and the glittering lights. The joy on their happy faces is what Christmas is all about and makes all the effort worthwhile. PHOTOS: The little children are amazed to see all the decorations on the tree. The Christmas tree in the evening.

On Wednesday it was immunization day for our three youngest infants and they coped well with no after effects of their ordeal at the Health Center.

On Sunday afternoon we took most of our children to another nearby orphanage for a combined Christmas party organized by Mary Knoll High School students from nearby Lupon. Everyone enjoyed the afternoon of entertainment, games, food and gifts, so well done students! PHOTO: Students (in white), along with Angel House and children from another orphanage (in green) after the Xmas party.

Eight year old Je has been very busy practicing her dancing as she is taking part in a special event this week and will be travelling with her class to Mati today and staying until Wednesday at the Special Education elementary school. Our social worker will be going with her and Je is very excited about the whole thing; the experience should be a very positive one for her, I will post some photos in next week’s news.



November 30, 2015

Last Monday afternoon we had some more visitors from Japan that were staying at another orphanage nearby that cares for older children. Some of the visitors were friends we had not seen for a while and we all appreciated that they came to play with our children at Angel House.

On Tuesday we said farewell to one year old DJ who returned to his mother after three months with us in Angel House. DJ was very popular with our Filipino visitors because of his fair skin and handsome face. We wish the family all the best for the future and will miss this little Americano

On Wednesday we were in Davao to collect the passports for AH and JC who are now one step closer to being adopted by parents from France and Spain.

On Saturday afternoon we celebrated the birthdays of two year old AH and eight year old Je with ice cream and cake. The adoptive parents of AH sent some money for us to buy him a toy truck and also donated the ice cream, cake and other food. AH is becoming more confident and sociable, while Je stays cheerful despite her hearing impairment.

Tomorrow is the first day of December and we will be putting up our decorations, Christmas tree and lights to get into the festive spirit. For eleven of our children this will be their first Christmas in Angel House and they are sure to be excited about all the extra activities planned for December.