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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.

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