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*  25th Anniversary Friendship Home Fr Luis Amigó  *

 

         BACKGROUND

          Friendship Home Fr. Luis Amigó was initially established in May 1991 as a shelter for a number of homeless and battered children. At that time Philippine statistics indicated that there were at least half a million “streetchildren” in the country, or children in especially difficult circumstances. Friendship Home was able to give protection, shelter and complete health, medical, nutrition, educational, counselling, spiritual and other basic services to only a handful of them: children who used to live in empty tombs, a child sold for a sackful of rice; a child maimed for life by a drunkard of a father. These were just a few glimpses into the children’s lives before finding a second family at Friendship Home.

          In December 1992, Friendship Home was registered as a non-stock, non-profit organization. Its capacity to take care of the needs of more children increased under the wings of the Mater Dolorosa Parish in  19th Avenue, East Rembo, City of Makati. With the help of the Manos Unidas,  a Spanish funding agency, the children were assured that they would have a safe and secure home for residential and non-residential care for as long as they are in need and on a long term basis.

          In time, the number of individual donors, philanthropists, cooperators, corporate donors, civic-spirited groups, government agencies and foreign funding agencies came to know about the work of Friendship Home and gave their wholehearted support. The number of children, youth and families being served grew to as many as four hundred at the start of the new millennium. The geographical scope also expanded beyond the cities of Makati and Manila to as far as Bacolod.

Today, faced with shrinking fund support due to growing economic difficulties, foreign funder’s project priorities, and shift in allocation of government funds for charitable causes, Friendship Home has been constrained to limit its operations to its permanent center located at 2339 Espiritu St., Malate Manila. This five-story multi-purpose center was built in 2000 with assistance from the Agencia Española de Cooperacion International and ANESVAD, a Spanish development agency. There are currently one hundred  (100) children benefiting from Friendship Home services.

    In recognition of its effort to contribute to the upliftment of the marginalized and vulnerable child and youth sector of Philippine society, Friendship Home has been registered in the Registry of Social

    Welfare and Development Agencies of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Friendship Home has also been awarded a Certificate of Accreditation by the DSWD. This certificate was issued to Friendship Home for having satisfied the government’s social welfare standards in the implementation of Residential and Community-based Programs and Services for Children and Youth.