Children & Youth
Friendship Home Fr Luis Amigó
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.
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.
time, the number of individual donors, philanthropists, cooperators,
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.
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.