7.12.15

Upcoming events to raise funds as discussed at Trustees Meeting.

Fr. Jim reported that Trevor Horn will be organising a music fundraising event. The group all agreed with Fr. Jim that most funds from Trevor's event will be ring fenced with a sum being sent directly to the Philippine Corporations. Fr. Jim and Sue Mc Goldrick would draft a policy document which can be circulated to all Trustees and ratified by email.
Fr. Jim proposed that Margaret Gill be appointed as a Trustee. This was unanimously agreed by the Trustees present. 
Sue Mc Goldrick informed the group that Sittingbourne community Choir will be be performing at a Christmas Fund Raising event on the 14 th December 2015 in the Carmel Hall.
Hazel Scotland proposed a high profile event in the House of Commons. Gabriel Ivbijaro and Patricia Scotland as possible speakers. Sponsorship needed. JT to speak to Phillipino contacts. Auction will be included on the night.

5.9.15

Financial help needed

With 40 Orphan Boys living in MOSPI, each day is a difficulty for Fr. Roger, Director of MOSPI, to obtain money for tuition fees, for food, electricity bills, water bills and MOSPI salaries and other expenses. The building of proper facilities to educate, house the boys and to help educate the 200 or so poor children in ACFSPI has been mostly achieved.  How do we  maintain the fabric of the buildings so that they remain at a high standard of quality is another constant problem.  I was very much unaware of these difficulties of Fr. Roger, I was engaged in getting the buildings completed. Now, that I am aware of this need I respond by appealing to Filipino's domiciled in Luzon and wider afield.

I need Filipino sponsors, living in the Philippines, to assist financially, Fr. Roger in caring for all of the children of MOSPI, ACFSPI and the wider locality whilst also giving financial aid to maintain the buildings of both incorporations. Some resident wealthy Filipinos have helped, so I beg from the others who have not yet helped but desire to do so.

On the 12 September the inauguration of the Jill Sinclair Technical Building will take place. Extensive repairs have also been carried out on the roofs and interior of the older buildings. While all of this is seen as a good the better good is in the actual care of the children.

I know the Philippines has other areas of deprivation but Fr. Roger cannot be expected to beg and borrow to feed, to educate and to cover the other costs of 40 orphans.

It is true that no more major buildings will be built so the monies that will come from the JTJ Trust Fund in the future will assist Fr. Roger but financial help from Filipinos living in the Philippines is essential to the continuance of his vital work for the poor. Please contact Fr. Roger Cruz 09328541251, Benie 09366189206, Jennifer 09063140374 to make a financial donation to the personal need of the 40 orphans.

Without the financial help of resident Filipinos we will never be able to achieve our full potential of care for your poor and orphaned brother and sisters. Fr. Jim Teeling. Hon. Founding President of MOSPI & ACFSPI.

Be cheerful in your Giving while asking yourself ' What can I do to HELP?'

6.5.15

Jill Sinclair Technical School Sapang Palay.

£50,000 (Fifty Thousand Pounds Sterling) was sent through the JTJ Charity Bank Account to ACFSPI bank account for the construction of a Technical School in memory of Jill Sinclair. 

Two engineers have been consulted and it is hoped that Fr. Jim can dedicate the Technical School to Jill's memory and to their friendship when he visits mid August into September.

It is personally important to Fr. Jim that we remember Jill's friendship and kindness to the children for near fifteen years.

Trevor and the children have agreed to the Technical School being dedicated to Jill's memory.   Trevor, Ally, Aaron, William and Gabriella's kindness is expressed through their continuing yearly donation to ACFSPI & MOSPI.

Funds are still needed for the purchase of lathes, industrial drills, welding machines and teaching equipment for the Technical School, plus teachers' salaries.

Fr. Jim gives thanks to Trevor and the Children for allowing the Technical School to be dedicated to the memory of Jill.


25.2.15

£1500 was lodged from the Paypal account into the JTJ Bank Account, this money will be forwarded to the ACFSPI Filipino Account to be used for preparing the grounds for the building of the Technical School for the poor children of Sapang Palay.
Our deep appreciation to Trevor Horn and his family for their donation of £5000 which was deposited into the JTJ Trust Fund account on the 28th January 2015.
Trevor and his family support ten children of our two incorporations MOSPI and ACFSPI.

27.10.14

Her Britannic Majesty's Ambassador to the Philippines Mr. Asif Ahmad writes of his recent visit to MOSPI and ACFSPI.

I was truly moved by my visit to the Mater Orphanorum in Sapapang Palay. The joy on the faces of all the students who are part of the Ateneo Casa Famiglia community spoke volumes about the real and positive impact of being cared for by dedicated people. What began as a mission by a few has truly taken shape and is changing the destiny of children who otherwise would face a bleak future. What struck me was that unlike other orphanages, the approach was to make the children a part of the community. The dormitories and training facilities are not just housed in one building. Another striking feature was the quality of the facilities. There are some who believe that the less fortunate amongst us should make do with sub-optimal classes, books, equipment, food and lodgings. The Mater Orphanorum is right to set as good a standard as funds allow. 

There will be a continuing need for resources at the Casa Famiglia because costs continue to rise and the need far exceeds the capacity of the organisation. Sadly, every time the authorities launch squatter clearances out of congested places in Manila, they have failed to ensure that the relocation areas offer adequate livelihood options and appropriate accommodation. People struggle to get their lives on track and those who are the most vulnerable are left in the most dire circumstances. Every week, the Orphanorum faces the difficult decision as to who they can help. 

Those who currently sponsor the work being done in Sapang Palay can see the effect of intervention where the facilities nurture the children not just in their education but also their future employability. The children are treated with respect and taught essential life skills. 

Not everyone can provide the active day to day care and support the orphans and other vulnerable children receive. But everyone, in the Philippines, the UK and elsewhere, can make a contribution. In doing so they will know that the resources are making a tangible and much needed difference to the lives of children who through fate find themselves in the hands of carers who will do their utmost to give them what they need to sustain and improve their lives.

13.6.14

A Fitting Tribute to a Good  Person.

Dedication of  Technical School  in memory of Jill Sinclair.

A new two storey building housing a Technical School will be built on land already purchased and in the vicinity of the ACF College Building.

The cost of construction will be approximately £45.000

We hope you will all assist in the completion of this Technical School so that the children of poor families will learn a trade and so receive employment to better their lives and that of their families.

Copy of email sent by Jill to Fr. Jim on the 25/07/2001

This is a confirmation that I intend to continue contributing £...... pounds sterling a year to the charity that Father Jimmy is running for his wonderful work. I will also try to get other people to contribute as well so that he might be able to do more good works than his limited resources allow at present. Yours, Jill Sinclair.

Note received July 2005 : I'm sorry about the delay (Cheque) May G-- continue to bless you with health, strength and courage. All the best, Jill. Received July 2005