For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you
invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.
About half of the population of the Philippines officialy live in poverty, having less than 50 pesos (about 80 pence) a day to live on.
One of our primary aims is to aleviate poverty but we don't just give 'hand-outs' that fail to address the underlying problems that cause the poverty in the first place. Instead we try to provide creative solutions that help people to make long -term positive changes in their situation.
We do this in a number of different ways:
1) Supporting Education. We see education as a long term key to greater prosperity. Through a sponsorship scheme that pays for children from poorer families to go to school we increase their prospects of getting a good job in the future. We currently have about 40 children in the sponsorship scheme, The "Growing Hope" program is run as a community outreach initiative of the House of Joshua Children's Home. For more information please see our Child Sponsorship page
2) Adult Training. By funding adult skills training we have enabled several ladies to be trained as dressmakers and others to learn how to make sandals and belts, working in a community workshop that we helped to equip, to supplement their family incomes.
3) Business Start-Ups. Through our "Business in a Box" program we provide tools for carpenters, mechanics, plumbers and electricians and equipment to set up micro-enterprise businesses or workers co-operatives. Each box of tools that we ship contains everything needed for a family to start their own mini business. We also offer ongoing training and advice to help these businesses grow.
4) Providing Medical Equipment to local village health centres enables people to access affordable health care instead of having to borrow money to pay for treatment at expensive clinics and private hospitals. Working in partnership with UK charity, Aid to Hospitals Worldwide, we have been able to provide a wide range of medical equipment to underfunded local clinics, including re-equiping several clinics in the wake of "Typhoon Bopha" which caused widespread devastation in Southern Mindanao in 2012. However, following the closure of A2HW we no longer have a reliable source of medical equipment and are now only able to undertake small shipments when resources permit.
More recently we have been able to support Nurse Force Global, a Philippine international medical charity with several pieces of equipment including a heart monitor and two "Resusci Annies" (Manikins for teaching CPR).
A dressmakers qualification
Mechanic's tool set -
a "Business in a Box"
Loading a shipping container with over 8 tons of medical equipment for village health centres