Dear friend,

A big thank you for granting the all the Child Haus kids’ wishes.

As the Christmas carol goes, “Santa Claus is coming to town” but this time you can be Santa’s little helper without traveling all the way to the North Pole. Now that we is online, you can be a Christmas elf and help from anywhere in the world, anytime you want.

The Child Haus kids have the time of their life at Timezone and TGIFriday’s every Christmas season. You made them feel loved! Thank you for your generosity. Thank you also to our friends and corporate sponsors who made the party extra special:

Timezone, BGC (twitter: @timezone_phil IG: @ilovetimezone
TGIFriday’s @TGIFridaysPH
Victory Liner @VictoryLinerInc
Toys ‘R Us @toysRusPH
Belo @BeloBeauty
Book and Borders @bookandborderscafe
Shalani Soledad-Romulo (for the shampoo for the kids and their parents)

Shout outs to the people who gave their precious time to multiply the kids’ smiles to 100x!

Our hosts: Chill Repedro and Julian Rodriguez of Game Plan
• Showtime PinaSikat Grand Winner Spyros’ Marco Betito (we missed you this time Mark), Showtime Mini Me Michael Jackson grand winner Nhikzy Vheench Calma
• Michael Lasac, Mr. Bean Kalokalike.
• for buying all the gifts in our first attempt to check if the website works! (And it does!)
• All the volunteers for being such wonderful ates and kuyas to the kids
• Thank you to all the friends who sent monetary donations.

If you are thinking of becoming a ChildHaus volunteer yourself, please watch my Ted x Manila talk.
We’ll keep you updated with the next event. In the meantime, please feel free to browse the site in case you want to help the beneficiaries of Child Haus, White Cross or Feed the Children Philippines, Inc. Salamat!


Karylle teams up with the Child Haus kids and changes roles from big sister to co-singer in this inspiring musical project called Akay.

Akay is a project that advocates Child Haus’ vision mission of allowing those undergoing medical evaluation and treatment to live a happy, healthy and productive life. The song was written by Yael and Karylle Yuzon, and features performances of Child Haus kids Catherine Buenaobra, Earhonel Cayetano, Katrina Cagampang, Jhon Jhoven Lagaras, Mary Joy Patillan, Joseph Ramirez, Mark Lester Tayo & Gideon Yason.

The project also aims to increase awareness on the basic needs of the organization in order to provide the best service possible such as medicine, diapers, food, and other household materials. With the help of MyPledge, becoming a donor is easier than ever. Make a donation today from anywhere in the world!


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Title: Akay

Artists: Karylle feat. Child Haus kids

Catherine Buenaobra, Earhonel Cayetano, Katrina Cagampang, Jhon Jhoven Lagaras, Mary Joy Patillan, Joseph Ramirez, Mark Lester Tayo & Gideon Yason

Guitar: Edwin Dimaranan

Producer: Alvin Cornista

Composers: Ysmael & Ana Karylle Yuzon

Voice Coach: Lindie Achacoso

Director & Editor: Nani Naguit

Footage from Recording Session by: Julian Rodriguez


About Child Haus

Child Haus is an NGO that provides a temporary home for children and adults with cancer while seeking medical attention in Manila. Now on their 13th year, they’ve moved to a bigger location and can now accommodate more patients – which also means that they need your help more than ever. Their daily census ranges from 30-40 patients.

How can I help?

Become a Donor

Child Haus is a partner NGO of the MyPledge site, so you can donate worry-free knowing exactly where your donation is going.


Become a Volunteer

Do you have mad storytelling skills? Are you good at organizing workshops and events? An extra hand is always welcome! To learn more about being a volunteer, watch this video:


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A little early this year, we started raising funds for the medicine needs of Child Haus. We are very grateful to those who extended their helping hand and make this campaign a success.

Child Haus already received the donations for the first quarter and they were able to acquire the medicines and other medical equipment they needed.

Thank you for your support and we hope that you continue this journey with Child Haus!


Heard about Baguio’s famous Ube jam? It’s made with love and prayer by the Good Shepherd Sisters and partners. But that’s not their main occupation.

They believe that one person is of more value than the whole world. This philosophy compel them to take care of women and girls (as early as 1912!) who have been victims of prostitution, human trafficking, and abuse. While daylight is spent on caregiving, classes, counselling, skills training, and nursery work in 13 houses spread across the country, every night outreach teams brave the red light districts and port areas to seek for women working in prostitution who want to quit their jobs as sex workers and to raise public awareness of the problem of human trafficking. Annually, they help 523 women and girls to get out of these condition and throughout the years, countless stories of hope and conversion emerge from their shelters. This is small compared to the estimated 300,000 – 400,000 number of women and girls engaged in prostitution rings so they collaborate with organizations, churches, and public institutions to bring about change in whatever condemns others to live a marginalized life.

You may see some of their work in this video:

Keeping these houses running entails a great deal of support from donors who share the same belief as the sisters. But funds to keep these shelter to operate are dwindling over the years and for some houses which used to be supported by government funding were cut. Only by miracle that they are able to manage day to day operations, let alone the upkeep of the facilities. With your support, they can increase the number of women and girls who can benefit from their programs, engage to a wider audience to combat human trafficking, and uplift the quality of services they provide. This means more girls safe from harm’s way and countless families provided with decent work. Just imagine how many more lives we can change every year.


For more details about their mission, visit their website at:

LP4Y Fundamentals


In the world today there are now 1.2 billion young people aged between 15 and 24. Of these, 550 million, that is nearly half, suffer from malnutrition, illness and violence. It is calculated that in 2025, 1 billion Young People will be living below the poverty line of $2 US per day.


In response to this desperate situation, a group of friends, entrepreneurs and young people in Europe and the US decided to create Life Project 4 Youth, an organization 100% dedicated to the integration of Young Adults living in extreme poverty and exclusion. The challenge was to set up “Life Project Centers” near slum areas. By means of entrepreneurial projects operated from these LPCs, LP4Y would accompany the Young Adults towards social and professional inclusion.


LP4Y has chosen to accompany Young Adults living in extreme poverty (less than $2 US per day) who are victims of exclusion (people with disabilities, orphans, victims of domestic violence, prisoners or ex-prisoners, young single mothers, out-of-school youngsters …). The most important criteria for the Young Adults to enter LP4Y programs are the demonstration of serious commitment and motivation.


The Young motivated Adult joins a program made of a team of 15 others, evolving together through the three pedagogical pillars of the Professional Training for Entrepreneurs :

  • WORK (2 and a half days per week): creation, development and management of a micro economic activity.
  • LEARN (1 and a half days per week): English, IT, communication training and catch up education.
  • GUIDE (1 day per week): coaching to further their personal skills and build their Life Project Plan.

This pedagogy, that encourages them to look ahead, imagine a future and voice their dreams and ambitions, gives them the keys to managing their own lives and escaping exclusion in order to achieve a decent existence (employment, accommodation, good health and nutrition, education).

The Professional Training for Entrepreneurs is a pedagogical journey lasting

  • 18 months on average
  • 5 days a week
  • 8 hours a day

It is broken into 4 successive stages of about 4 months each: Autonomy, Responsibility, Management (all of which take place in the LPC), and Entrepreneurship, which is an internship or first job.


By entering LP4Y, the Young Adult immediately steps out of extreme poverty thanks to the Life Project Money (LPM), an allowance he received every week. It is sufficient to supply the basic needs of food, hygiene, clothing, accommodation and health, and to contribute to the financial security of their biological or adopted family. It also allows them to start saving for the development of their future Life Project. The amount of the allowance increases as they complete successive levels of the PTE. At its lowest it is equivalent to twice the poverty level of $2 US per day. It is always below the minimum local wage so as not to discourage the Young Adults from seeking work. The Young Adults are assisted with the management of their savings by the coach at the LPC.


Each team of 15 Young Adults is accompanied by a coach-coordinator, an LP4Y volunteer on a 1 – 2 year mission. In addition, volunteer professionals work with the Young Adults to help them develop their skills according to their specific needs. It is central to the LP4Y philosophy that the Young Adults have only affirmative experiences. While the accompaniment is by necessity demanding, all communication must be 100% positive. Team spirit is actively encouraged.


Since its inception in 2009 in the Philippines, LP4Y has developed:

  • 6 Life Project Centers (LPCs) in the Philippines (Manila, Cebu, and Iligan)
  • 3 LPCs in Indonesia (Jakarta)
  • 3 LPCs in Vietnam (Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City)
  • 4 LPCs are opening in India (New Delhi and Kolkata)


LP4Y has developed 6 LPCs in the Philippines which host 12 programs (in the parenthesis are the micro-economic activities managed by the Youth of the teams):

  • Hear-Us (jewelry) and Origin (jewelry) in Iligan. The origin program is located in the Iligan City jail and Hear-Us welcomes deaf youth.
  • Aurora (sewing, embroidering), 3S (renting of solar lanterns in Tondo slum) and Bloom (Sari-sari snack supply) programs in Tondo. This LPC welcomes only young mothers and hosts a nursery (Little Angels Nursery).
  • Eco Construction (Bamboo construction), Green Garden (farming and outdoor arrangement) and Green Program (healthy food – jams, cakes, juices, fruits shakes) programs. The LPC is located in a relocation site in Calauan, Laguna.
  • MyCraft (bamboo / wood candles) and Origin (jewelry) in Lapu-Lapu City. The Origin program is located in the Lapu-Lapu City jail.
  • Fashion 4 Youth (sewing and printing) and Natural Health Care (soaps and ointments) located in Quezon City.


For more information, please visit the following links:

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