KAYO MISMO ANG KAMANGHA MANGHA
Ever since we launched AKO MISMO, we have been encouraged by so many school and socio-civic organizations that have approached us, sharing with us their own advocacies and the parallels between theirs and our mission. The idea of empowerment and self-initiative is certainly not an exclusive or even a unique idea. But the fact that AKO MISMO has resonated so deeply and was soon followed by so many others along the same themes, are simply an indication of the sentiments in the hearts of many Filipinos who desire positive change and no longer wish to depend on others to make a difference.
We would like to acknowledge here the organizations that have reached out to us and with whom we will partner, and recognize what they have been doing to make this country a better place, long before AKO MISMO gained public attention.
DYNAMIC TEEN COMPANY—founded by CNN hero and Bagong Bayani awardee, Efren Penaflorida, the foundation supports the education of street children. Armed with a simple kariton, which carries monobloc chairs and teaching implements, Efren and his team travel through the poorest streets of Manila and other provinces to teach street children. It is an advocacy that Efren has dedicated his life to for the last 12 years.
Contact person: Efren Penaflorida - Founder T: +6346.431.8586
CARITAS MANILA—the lead Catholic agency for social services and development in the Archdiocese of Manila, CARITAS has been actively involved in supporting programs for the needy such as education, health, livelihood, disaster and crisis management, restorative justice and housing. Its current program, SEGUNDA MANA”, collects toys, clothing, books etc and resells them in parish-sponsored bazaars, the proceeds of which go towards the support of these programs.
Contact person: Rev. Father Anton Pascual M: 09189245095 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
UNITED NATIONS STAND UP AGAINST POVERTY and the MILLENIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS—STAND UP is a worldwide activity to create awareness for the plight of the less fortunate which the Philippines has engaged in for the last three years, mobilizing Filipinos all over the country to take a stand against poverty. Last year, 35 million Filipinos pledged to the cause, and engaged in a variety of activities to address the issue. This year, the thrust is children’s welfare and maternal health.
WORLD VISION—an international organization founded in the United States by Bob Pierce, it has been in existence in the Philippines for 50 years, helping children and their communities move from poverty to fullness of life, providing not only physical resources but also the hope and empowerment to take ownership of their future. Through their child sponsorship program, donor contributions will be pooled with World Vision resources to provide health, nutrition and education services, and support community development projects. World Vision is present in 34 provinces all over the Philippines.
PLDT SMART FOUNDATION (PSF) - is a non-stock, non-profit organization that serves as the social outreach arm of the country's oldest and largest telecommunications conglomerate, the Philippine Long Distance Telecommunications Company (PLDT) and its wireless subsidiary, Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart). Headed by PLDT and Smart Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan, the PSF is now mainly involved with corporate social responsibility programs focused on seven areas: microfinance, sports, education, juvenile rehabilitation, community building and poverty alleviation, disaster risk management, and support for the arts. All these endeavors have one singular goal – that of fulfilling the needs and uplifting the quality of life of each and every Filipino.
EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE (ERDA) FOUNDATION, INC-- founded in September 1974 by a French Jesuit, Fr. Pierre Tritz, SJ, the Foundation has helped over 90,000 preschool and elementary schoolchildren go back to school. ERDA put up the Tuklasan Center in San Juan and the SaBana Center in Tondo to reach out to street children and child scavengers. ERDA’s vision is to to give children educational opportunities that can prepare them for life, and where marginalized families will have better social and economic living conditions. Their programs and services include educational assistance such as school materials, finances for pre-school and high school students, and scholarships for college; health and livelihood benefits for targeted children beneficiaries and families; education that provides value formation and leadership training for the children, youth and interested community members and offers basic Christian formation, bible leader’s training, catechetical instructions, retreats and recollections.
GAWAD KALINGA - Gawad Kalinga (GK) translated in English means “to give care”, and is an alternative solution to the blatant problem of poverty not just in the Philippines but also in the world. GK’s vision for the Philippines is a slum-free, squatter-free nation through a simple strategy of providing land for the landless, homes for the homeless, food for the hungry and as a result providing dignity and peace for every Filipino. It is more than about building houses for the poorest of the poor. Providing a decent home is just the beginning of the transformation of the people and the community. It came about in search of deeper expressions of holiness by loving the poor and seeking a new path towards self-discovery as a Filipino by finding our dignity and pride as a people.
PNP BADGE OF HONOR FOUNDATION—the foundation aims to provide financial assistance to PNP personnel, their families and private citizens, honorable men and women who have dedicated their lives to protect our countrymen. The badge symbolizes honor, courage and integrity, enforcing the law without the influence of fear or favor. The foundation encourages and recognizes those in the police force to keep true to its oath to hold sacred its covenant with God, country, and people.
UP PGH CANCER INSTITUTE FOUNDATION – born seven decades ago, its vision is to provide financially challenged Filipinos diagnosed with cancer the comfort and benefit of total quality care. It receives diagnosed cases from PGH general wards as well as referrals from different clinics and hospitals all over the country. It remains the country's sole medical establishment, which integrates the academic, clinical, and multidisciplinary approach to screening, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. It serves as the national standard center for the control of cancer, commits itself to the different oncologic departments' units in producing the necessary pool of skilled cancer specialists and personnel. Its commitment is to provide a model facility for the early detection, treatment and quality care of cancer patients. It also serves as the national tertiary referral center.
Contact person: Chair Dr. Cecilia Ladines-Llave M: 0917 825 6358 E: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
DDB CARES—the corporate social responsibility arm of the DDB Group, it has championed for many years such causes as protection of the environment through tree planting and support of proper waste disposal initiatives, the rights of women through Teodora, voting responsibly, protection and education of children, the alleviation of poverty, and recently, AKO MISMO. Using its creative and media resources, DDB has generated awareness for such social issues, and lent its support to Couples for Christ, Caritas and Veritas, the PBSP, JPA and other business and socio-civic organizations.
Website: www.akomismo.org Contact person: Susan Dimacali – VP Chairman DDB PHILIPPINES E: email@example.com T: (02) 8567888 F: (02) 8569352
CUTIS LAXA BENEFIT—Citis Laxa is a group of rare connective tissue disorders in which the skin becomes inelastic and hangs in folds, most evident in the face, causing its victims to have a premature aged appearance. When severe, it also affects joints and internal organs such as the heart, lungs, intestines, and arteries. This Benefit is being spearheaded by Ely Buendia, who wants to create awareness for the cause and rally support behind it.
PAG ASA (People's Assembly for Genuine Alternatives to Social Apathy) is a spiritual-cultural movement, a kilusang kultura, that seeks to involve individuals from all walks of life in the process of creating a better Philippines. They believe that genuine transformation on a national level must be rooted upon profound inner change and a failed democracy can only be renewed by transforming it from the inside, in each of our hearts and minds, in order to advance creative, just, and compassionate alternatives to societal problems. This idea informs PAGASA's work, ranging from the Workshops of Hope, which explore the inner realms of the individual and their manifestations in society, to various fora, festivals, VisionCafes, and other cultural initiatives.
CENTRAL STUDENT GOVERNMENT, HOLY NAME UNIVERSITY – is a student body organization of Holy Name University Tagbilaran, Bohol as they envision themselves as servant-leaders with dignity, education and training geared towards the building of Christian communities in Bohol and beyond. Central Student Government’s program includes: Students' Cooperative, Welfare Facilities, Development Logistics, Student Center, and Students Involvement. In 2006, one of their activities was E.S.P.N (Enhancing Sportsmanship Promoting Nationhood), which they had Intramural Games with a theme “future is built on the things we learn today".
Contact: Mr. David Maulas Information: +63 (38) (PLDT) 411 3764, 411 3432 (Cruztelco) 235 3399 (Globelines) 501 9817 Telefax: +63 38 411 3387
BRIGADA ESKWELA at PAYATAS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL--BRIGADA ESKWELA is a school- based maintenance program nationwide that engages all education stakeholders to contribute their time, efforts and resources in ensuring that public schools are all set in time for class opening. It includes repair of damaged school furniture, blackboards and other school facilities and equipment. Tasks done during the week include some repainting, grass-cutting, earth-filling, and ground-leveling activities. In 2007, members of ACED (Ateneo Center for Educational Development) joined Brigada Eskwela in helping building the PAYATAS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL by giving their time and effort and also by encouraging their friends and colleagues to help.
Contacts:T: (02) 6316033 F: (02) 6365876 E: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com