Bahay at Yaman ni San Martin de Porres


The partner:
Bahay at Yaman ni San Martin de Porres Tondo (BYSMP) is a halfway house located in Tondo, Manila. Tondo is one of the most crowded and impoverished areas in the Philippines. St. Martin creates programs for abandoned and neglected children and/or children who became victims of poverty, disabilities and abuse. For the last years, Father Boyet Concepcion and the team of St. Martin de Porres has been working hard in doing holistic projects not only for the benefit of the children but for the poor families as well.

The challenges:
In St. Martin, they believe that children need and deserve a healthy, supportive environment. The halfway house in Tondo serves as a temporary shelter for children who will be transferred to a different shelter where they will be provided with different kinds of activities, education, livelyhood programs, all which fits in their needs and wishes. Families will get help in a holistic way. There is a free medical clinic with checkups and medicines. Besides that for children who are not able to go to school are sponsorship programs, so they will be able to get proper education. Remedial teaching when needed. The mothers of the families are getting livelyhood training and loans, making soap, preparing food, english courses and value formation.  

The possibilities:

Ongoing: BYSMP Tondo needs the following:

  • Tutor - to help the children with their homework
  • Art/music teacher – to enable the children in expressing their emotions through arts
  • Computer Teacher – to teach the children basic computer skills
  • Livelyhood Specialist – to empower the families through specific skills training, value formation, calculating and savings
  • Marketing specialist – to help educate tourleaders in the slums

Practical info:

Location: Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Specifics about cost, in- & excluded: Standard volunteering fee, excluding food and accommodation. Safe accommodation is an hour travel from Tondo
Timeframe: None
Requirements: None
Safety and health: You are obliged to have travel insurance which covers your activities


Experience:

“I have done volunteer work for Bahay at Yamin Sin Martin de Porres for 5 months. I enjoyed helping this NGO, where I have seen with my own eyes how they make progress in their projects, committed to help the Philippines. My volunteer project contained improving and organizing a slum tour, Smokey Tours, The Smokey Mountain Tour in Tondo, Manila: an educational tour for the visitors and an empowerment for the slum community. It was a challenge, but an interesting one! This project asked of me a lot of effort and energy why I am thankful of the support from BYSMP. This was definitely the experience of life.”

- Helene de Coster, BYSMP Tondo volunteer

 

 

Bahay at Yaman ni San Martin de Porres Bustos


The partner: Children waiting in line
BYSMPBahay at Yaman ni San Martin de Porres, is a shelter in Bustos, Bulacan, a two hours drive from Manila. Here they create programs for abandoned and neglected children and/or children who became victims of poverty, disabilities and abuse. For the last years Father Boyet Concepcion and the team of St Martin de Porres have been working hard to complete the expansion of its home for street children in Bustos, Bulacan.

The challenges:
St. Martin believes that children need and deserve a healthy, supportive environment. Currently, they are accommodating a total of 100 children who cooperatively share tasks and responsibilities inside the home and receive education and care.

The possibilities:

Ongoing: BYSMP needs the following:
 

  • Tutor - to help the children with their homework
  • Art/music teacher – to enable the children in expressing their emotions through Arts
  • Activity Organizer - to organize all kinds of activities for talent development
  • Cook - to help cooking and share recipes
  • Computer Teacher - to teach the children basic computer skills
  • Sports teacher – to help develop fitness and wellness of the children (Ex: Martial Arts – for self-esteem development)

Practical info:

Location: Bustos, Bulacan, Philippines
Specifics about cost, in- & excluded: Standard volunteering fee, excluding food and accommodation
Timeframe: None
Requirements: None
Safety and health: You are obliged to have travel insurance which covers your activities

Experiences:

A photo of children inside the classroom

I want to thank Worldactivity Philippines for giving me one of the best times of my life. Through WAP I’ve had an impressing and eye-opening experience because I got to know the Filipino culture from very close by, and of course because I came to help St Martin in Bustos. This place, founded by Father Boyet with the purpose of providing former street children of Manila a safe and healthy environment, took a little piece from me. In the very short time of two weeks that I was there, St. Martin managed to attach me to itself, hence I know I will return to that place over and over again once I will get the chance. The site is situated in a gorgeous and peaceful valley surrounded by green rice fields, the staff working there is very passionate about their mission, and the children are so brave, cheerful and very very sweet. 

Throughout my stay in the Philippines I learned more than I expected; it changed my view on topics like poverty, developing countries, religion and corruption a lot by experiencing it in its original setting. As one of the trainers said during my preparation training given by the staff of Worldactivity Philippines: “You will learn more from being here in person than from watching 1000 hours of documentaries, or reading a hundred books about the society”. I definitely have come to support this opinion, and therefore I advice that if you have the chance, to pack your bags and jump in the plane to support this fantastic organization WorldActivity Philippines. It will be an eye-opening experience that you will not regret."

- Renske Schuitmaker, BYSMP Bustos volunteer