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I am a special educator who has recently relocated to Manila. One of my goals for this year is learn more about early childhood education and special education in the Philippines. I have been visiting schools and therapy centers (among others) and providing info here about them. I do not aim to endorse these different centers/schools, but my intention is to provide information in case some people are interested in learning more about them.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Gentle Hands, Inc.

Today I got to visit Gentle Hands, Inc.  - a ministry dedicated to helping the poor.  At the site they housed babies to high school students, young adults who grew up there and who were also working there, as well as adults suffering from TB.  I was very, very touched and inspired by the work that I saw there.  The kids were so sweet and the staff so dedicated.  I was glad to have been allowed to play and interact with the kids for a couple of hours and eager to go back soon. 

Thank you Tracey Heppner, for taking the time to show me around and also to Rina Fajardo Molenderas for introducing me to Jonathan and Tracey :).

The new building is a work in progress.

Front office.

I couldn't take more pictures inside but I found the place bright, airy and clean.  It seemed like a really welcoming place and the kids are happy and well cared for . 


The three pictures above were taken from Gentle Hands' Facebook page and Inspirational Insights blog...

Got lots of sweet hugs and
 smiles today :). 

For more pictures and descriptions regarding Gentle Hands:

If you would like to donate, here is a short list of things they need on a regular basis:

Gentle Hands Current Needs List
Stuff for the Children and Babies
Daily Needs
Onesies baby undershirts (especially sizes 0000 and 00000/preemie)
Cloth diapers
Receiving blankets
Baby wipes, baby powder, lotions
Diapers  – preemie pampers
Crib sheets
Diaper rash cream
Bed sheets
Thin blankets
Summer clothes
Bigger Needs
Air-conditioners (5 @ $1000)
High chairs (6 @ $50)
Special Infant Cribs (6 @ $200)
Medical Stuff
Daily needs
Antibiotic ointment
Hydro-cortisone cream
Anti-fungal cream
Children’s Tylenol
Children’s Vitamins
Telfa non-stick gauze
Bigger needs
Portable Oxygen tank
Microscope for labwork
Office Stuff
typewriter (yes it’s true! we still use these here!)
computer/laptop for social worker
Food & Personal Hygiene Items
canned goods of any kind
milk powder for babies

Contact Info:
Email Addresses:

Websites to look at:

Canadian Mailing Address:
CCCE - Gentle Hands
PO Box 10285
Airdrie, AB, Canada
T4A 0H6

Philippines Mailing Address:
Box 574
San Juan, Greenhills
Metro Manila 1502

Address: 27 F. Castillo, Project 4, Quezon City

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