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.

25.3.14

Jill Sinclair, my friend, my supporter, whose loving friendship will always remain with me throughout the rest of my life.  


A Tribute:

It is with a sense of deep personal sadness that I speak to you of the death of Jill Sinclair.  Jill is a close and loving friend who has helped in the work of the two charitable incorporations in the Philippines.  I first met Jill in 1989 through my brother Liam.  It was a good day and we have done a lot together since that first handshake. We have had plenty of hugs and kisses since then.  Jill, was only too willing to give her name to the now JTJ Trust Fund when I asked her.  Jill answered “If my name can help the charitable aims of your charity then I give it to you gladly”  Giving ones name to another is a very sacred act.  Trevor was to do likewise in 2010.

Jill, first supported four children as she and Trevor had four children, this was just after the birth of their last child.  When her father died, Jill adopted another child in memory of her father.  After my own mother’s death Jill adopted two children in memory of my father and mother.   Trevor was to adopt another three children after 2006.  Jill and Trevor, continued to donate £5000 every May (The beginning of the school year)  to support our orphan students.  Trevor and Jill has since 2006 contributed, along with other benefactors which includes Aaron in the building and improvement of our present five floor college building, with over two hundred students and two separate constructions which comprises the orphanage. Trevor and Jill also contributed toward the cost of building an all weather covered play court. 

It would be my personal wish that the proposed building of a two storey Technical College to teach trades to very poor children be named “The Jill Sinclair Technical College” to be built in her memory.

The Technical School will be built and equipped at a price of around £250,000.  A number of musical fundraising events will be organised and the Horn Family wish for donations to be made to the JTJ Trust Fund in memory of Jill.  These donations while helping to educate the children of very poor families will also be a symbol and celebration of the earthly life of Jill.  Jill spoke of her support when she spoke of  “Fr. Jimmy’s Orphanage” which really means her and Trevor’s care of the poor, abused, and homeless orphans of Sapang Palay.  In my deep appreciation of a loving friend and co-worker in alleviating the hurt of the economically poor and in our common desire to care for the orphan I write this tribute to Jill and on a life well lived.   


I extend my prayers and deepest sympathy to Trevor, Aaron,  Ally, William and Gabriella.

To Irene Sinclair,  to Rabbi Yaakov Asher Sinclair and to all the other family members and friends, I offer my condolences.

Fr. Jimmy 







19.2.14

February 20, 2012


FR. JAMES PATRICK TEELING
Honorary Founding President 
Ateneo Casa Famiglia Servants of the Poor, Inc. 
Sapang Palay, San Jose del Monte,
Bulacan, Philippines

Dear Fr. Teeling,

It is my great honour to inform you that you have been selected as the recipient of the TONY QUIRINO AWARD of the Rotary Club of Makati East (RCME) for Rotary Year 2013-2014. For your uncompromising dedication to your craft and decades of service to communities in the Philippines and abroad, the Awards Committee, comprised of Past Presidents and senior-active members of RCME, as well as the current Officers and Directors have unanimously agreed that you are most deserving of the award.

The TONY QUIRINO AWARD is the highest honour the club confers to deserving individuals or groups. It is a tribute named after RCME’s Founding President, Antonio R. Quirino, a visionary Rotarian who has institutionalised community service amongst its members. He and other like-minded professionals, all with impeccable credentials in their respective fields, formed the club in full embrace of Rotary’s motto: “Service Above Self”. Throughout the years the club has grown to become one of the most active and longest serving Clubs in Rotary International District 3830.

Following the zeal of its founder, RCME’s members, in all of the thirty-one years of service to various causes and communities, have added immeasurable value to the Tony Quirino Award. This value proposition has given the Tony Quirino Award Search Committee great motivation in carefully selecting an individual or group who has gone to great lengths in improving the lives of others without any expectation of reward or recognition.

In behalf of the officers, directors, and members, I would like to officially invite you to our Charter Anniversary Gala Night on March 7, 2014 where the ceremony for the Tony Quirino Award will be part of the program. The venue for the event will be at the Manila Golf & Country Club, Harvard Road, Forbes Park, Makati City, at six o’clock in the evening.

 Congratulations and more power!


Yours in Rotary,


PAUL ANDRE MARTIRES

President, RY 2013-2014 

14.8.13

 To the Horn Family for their continuing financial assistance to the children of MOSPI and ACFSPI. A donation of £5000 has been received with grateful thanks from the orphans and students whose lives are nurtured by this kind donation. Fr. Jim.

10.4.13

MOSPI Endowment Fund



MOSPI  Investment Analysis, April 2, 2013





















Sales Proceeds RTB 20-01
  2,595,424.81 
at 125.29




weighted average of earnings:



Initial Investment July 20 12
  2,170,374.70 
at 104.46




  2,170,374.70 
0.911204282340593
0.309526923117292

Principal Appreciation
  425,050.11 
0.195841810172225
from July 20 12







Interest earned
  66,452.85 
coupon




  211,500.30 
0.088795717659407
0.0244862555759643

Total Income from investment
  491,502.96 
0.226459956430565










0.339689934645847
annualized return


RTBs CitiSav
  2,381,875.00 
0.514314975821469
33.40%
0.171787979923674

















Odyssey BPI
  2,249,285.11 
0.485685024178531
64.98%
0.31559812871121
Sales Proceeds RTB 15-02
  234,238.57 
at 116.759








Initial Investment Sept 25 12
  211,500.30 




overall
  4,631,160.11 


48.74%
Principal Appreciation
  22,738.27 
0.107509398331823
from Sept 25 12







Interest earned
  6,423.33 
coupon








Total Income from investment
  29,161.60 
0.137879709863296










0.275759419726592
annualized return



















  520,664.56 
total income from RTBs including coupons








cf. separate report
  365,423.09 
income from Odyssey Peso Bond Fund from Dec 2012 (NAV 257.59) to March 2013 (NAV 280.52)










with present value of 

2,614,718.20







  886,087.65 
Total earnings of MOSPI




















  813,211.47 
Total earnings of MOSPI without the coupons









  447,788.38 
total income from RTBs without coupons



















Grand total initial investment
  4,631,170.11 










  0.19 
nominal return









48.74%
annualized return









2.3.13

Graduation Day

MOSPI students are now on the final month of classes. On March 25, we shall hold the Baccalaureate Mass, Recognition Day and the Commencement Exercises. Another graduation... another step forward in bringing education to the poor children of San Jose del Monte.  Congratulations to the Director, the Teaching  staff, the Volunteers, Benefactors; Trustees and all other persons involved in this work of educating the economically poor. In grateful appreciation. Hon. Founder.

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