"I spent most of my life trying to do as much as I can to help people that are really in need. I may not have all the money in the world but i know even a small amount goes a long way. When i was still living in Philippines, I've seen lots of beggars in the streets and some of them even have children. As I look at the child which is covered with grease, I asked myself, Is this child eating right? Is she getting good education? Has she been abused? I saw these kids everywhere and my heart cries as I see them so young as 8 years old already working just to earn money.. If this would happen to my children in the future, it would kill me. I think that is one of the reason why i get so affected everytime I see children in this situation.. It's the same feeling that I would have if my children would have to be in this situation.. Many of the children in Philippines aren't getting the proper care, proper education and proper living. Since I'm currently living now in Finland, extending help can be very difficult but with the help of the internet, it gets easier to help the children from Philippines. I've made my very first online donation through ABS-CBN Foundation's Bantay Bata 163 by donating some percentage of my royalty earnings from my gospel album with Sakari Kukko. Then later on, I donated funds to Philippine National Red Cross during the Typhoon Sendong that cause death, injuries, damages surrounding Iligan City & Cagayan De Oro. Along side, I found out about Unicef. I heard about this organizations that focuses on the children worldwide and I have continually donated funds to them. After doing a lot of research of reliable organizations who offers online donation, so far Bantay Bata 163, Philippine National Red Cross & Unicef are the three of the most reliable charity organizations that I could find that offers reliable online donations... I may not be able to help all the children in need around the world but at least I know i can help some of them wherever I am.. If you want to help the children and people in need in the Philippines, you may choose the organization you want to help by clicking one of their logos which is added on the side column."
UNICEF is an agency of the United Nations devoted to serving the world’s children. UNICEF began providing assistance to the Philippines in November 1948. Since then, Unicef and the Philippine government have been partners in protecting Filipino children. UNICEF Philippines has more than 60 people working to promote and protect the rights of children. Their main goal is to provide the best quality of life for every Filipino child through programmes that help them survive and flourish.
UNICEF Philippines works to help children develop into their full potential, enroll and keep kids in school, create a safe and protective environment, ensure that children’s voices are heard and counted, involve and mobilize society to fulfil, promote and protect children’s rights, and assist and protect children in emergencies and disasters.
Bantay Bata 163
Bantay Bata 163 is a child welfare program of ABS-CBN Foundation that not only rescues and rehabilitates sick and abused children, but also provides shelter, therapy and quality home care for rescued children until they can be reunited with their families or referred to proper child-caring agencies. Bantay Bata163 gives emphasis on the family through the following services: training and advocacy on child abuse prevention, rehabilitation of families in crisis, educational scholarships, livelihood, community outreach and medical and dental missions.
Philippine Red Cross
In all its 63 years of reputable existence, the Philippine Red Cross has lived through many changes that were intended to help more people. Where it used to be involved only in providing blood and in disaster-related activities, the Philippine Red Cross now focuses on a holistic approach to uplift the condition of the most vulnerable. Where it used to offer short-term palliatives, it now offers a wider array of humanitarian services ranging from preventive medicine to therapeutic counselling, to youth leadership. At present, the Philippine Red Cross provides six major services: Blood Services, Disaster Management Services, Safety Services, Community Health and Nursing Services, Social Services and the Volunteer Services. All of them embody the fundamental principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement – humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. These values guide and inspire all Red Cross staff and volunteers, to whom being a Red Crosser is more than just a philosophy but a way of life.