The Philippines has an estimated population of ninety seven million people living on two thousand of the seven thousand islands that make up the nations land area. In spite of government efforts, 2013 statistics estimate that approximately 25% of the population live below the poverty level.
This puts a huge pressure on Government healthcare resources to cope with the healthcare needs of many especially children. The Ruel Foundation, in partnership with the Philippine government has established a four phased programme in the nation consisting of;
- Free surgical care for children with a physical deformity and living in poverty.
- Providing a safe place for children living in life threatening situations including physical abuse.
- Provide a special nutrition programme for children on the verge of starvation. The “re-feeding” program is within the guidelines of World Health Organisation.
- Provide a loving home for children who can no longer live with their families, while, at the same time, process them for international adoption in accordance with Hague Convention requirements.
This is accomplished by the building of “Ruel House” in Calapan City on the island of Oriental Mindoro. This two storey facility along with an adjacent two storey house provides accommodation for children at risk and a nutrition centre where children can stay for up to six months in order to restore them to full health.
The facility also houses the offices for all our programmes in the Philippines. It is the base from which our teams reach out into the most isolated and forgotten areas of the nations rural communities.