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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International Human Rights

Mission: Roots of Health empowers women and girls to secure their right to health and freedom from violence, and to support and protect the health and well-being of their children. Roots of Health conducts educational workshops and provides health counseling and nutritional support. Our activities are guided by the international human rights framework, which includes a core belief that health is a human right, and are carried out using a community-based approach.

Target demographics: Underserved communities in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines. We focus on mothers because we believe that healthy mothers have healthy children, who become healthy families.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,512 students, 1,036 women, 243 children, 158 vertical gardens, 17 community health advocates, 54 out of school youth

Geographic areas served: Puerto Princesa City

Programs: Adolescent Health Education Financial Literacy Classes Pre and Post Natal Services Reproductive Health Classes Reproductive Health Services Vertical Gardens

Community Stories

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Roots of Health's friendly and knowledgeable clinical staff provided me with prompt yet compassionate, and complete RH service. They answered all my questions about contraceptives, and they gave me a full range of options. Their service did not end when I was able to procure the supply of my choice. I was able to contact them for health-related concerns. It was also easy to arrange for follow up consultation.

3 Paola G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the opportunity to volunteer with the wonderful organization Roots of Health over the past months and it has been an amazing experience. This organization works within communities all over the island to provide quality services to some of the most underserved women and young people in Palawan. The services ROH provides allow women and adolescents to take control of their own reproductive health in hopes of achieving brighter futures. The best part of this organization is their dedicated staff who are so passionate about the work they do. While working closely with the teaching team, I have witnessed the energy they exude when discussing topics like puberty, relationship and sexual health to over 300 students at a time. For many young people, their lessons with ROH teachers are the first and only time they will learn and discuss about such important topics. Roots of Health is providing invaluable services that are desperately needed by some the most vulnerable populations in Palawan. Keep doing great work ROH!!

3 Federico M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of visiting Roots of Health just a few weeks back as part of an independent review of their organisation on a research trip - looking at their governance, programme impact, their accountability to the communities they work with, their processes, and their structure. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to anyone that they support the work that they do. Their strength lies in their team and the fact that they work closely with their communities and local health actors who they consider as genuine partners in their activities. All those who volunteer from amongst the communities are extremely motivated, and it was not hard to see the impact that they have. Their structures and processes whether financial management or general administration are solid. Thats not to say that there aren’t areas that they can improve on, but I guess what impressed me most was the fact that they actively seek ways to do so in the way they operate. I know a few well known international NGOs who could take a page out of their book. If anyone is interested in more detailed information about them - email me at info@fieldworksfoundation.org and I would be happy to oblige.

3

Advisor

Rating: 5

I learned many things about maternal health, its essence. I am happy to be part of Roots of Health as Community Health Advocate (CHA). I’ve learned many things about maternal health on how to get a blood pressure and sugar testing and especially how the modern contraceptive work. In our monthly monitoring with our client I got the chance to know them more and met more people. By meeting regularly with our clients it made them more comfortable to ask questions about contraceptives and their bodies. It is also the chance where I can impart the things I’d learned from our workshops and seminars such as hormonal contraceptives and Tuberculosis.

In our CHA quarterly meetings I get the chance to meet with my fellow CHAs from other communities and know them better. I also got the chance to be a part of doing a baseline survey for our new community - Bucana.


Being a CHA and a member of the Advisory committee I also got the chance to meet the organization’s visitors and guests from Korea, and took part in an implant mission in Aborlan. I can say that I am happy being a part of ROH and being a CHA in our community. I hope that ROH can reach more people in Palawan so that they can help those who are in need of reproductive health services.

Geralden

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being part of the Youth Advocate program of Roots of Health helped me in so many ways. It helped me to motivate myself and to know much about myself. I also learned from it how to become a good leader, and gain more knowledge about reproductive health. Thank you very much Roots of Health.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an intern at Roots of Health (ROH) this summer, I was given the privilege to work with a team of people that was dedicated to their mission and the people they served. ROH helps fill the gap in reproductive healthcare and sexual education in Palawan, and does so by forming meaningful partnerships and creating sustainable programs. I admire how sensitive ROH is to the needs of the communities they serve. They actively seek feedback from their clients and value their thoughts and opinions. During a community visit, I spoke with a community health advocate and asked her about ROH's influence. She answered that the organization has taught her about her rights to her own health and body, and that it is up to her to decide when she is financially, emotionally and physically ready to have a child. Her words showed me how important ROH's work is in helping women and girls identify their autonomy. Although I am back at school, I have kept the stories and memories dear to heart, and continue to support ROH as it expands to reach more women and their families.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was such a pleasure working for Roots of Health as an intern! While I was only able to spend two months with ROH, I felt right at home and wish I could have stayed longer. My first week at ROH, I immediately saw how important the work they do is to the community and how much of an impact they have in Puerto Princesa. I believe they truly empower young women and young people with their work and know they will continue to do so for many years to come. As a public health masters student, this organization is truly a great example of helping the health of the public! It was such an honor to have worked with them and I hope to volunteer again for them in the future!

2

Advisor

Rating: 5

From being a participant of ROH maternal health session to a Community Health Advocate to my community and becoming a member of the ROH advisory committee was a privilege for me. I accepted my role because I felt the need of the people specifically women and I saw what is lacking in our community. Year 2011 when I first accepted my responsibility as a CHA, I helped with the clinical services being held in our community twice a month; I assisted pregnant clients during their prenatal check-up up to when they are giving birth. I learned the art of counselling women of reproductive age about the importance of birth spacing to their health. I have also experienced teaching financial literacy to my fellow women from my community. from then on, my experience flourished and my learning has developed through time.

1

Advisor

Rating: 5

I am happy to be a part of the Youth Advocate program of Roots of Health. I learned a lot of things that I didn’t know before. Roots of Health imparted a lot to me. I will share many of the information I have learned from Roots of Health to my fellow youth. I have learned a lot, and will still learn more.

1 Jason123

Volunteer

Rating: 5

During my 1-month period of service as a volunteer worker in Roots of Health, I felt that this organization gives its utmost effort to improve the maternal healthcare of the regional society. I was impressed by how it approached the health problem categorically, dealing from education to allocation of contraceptive devices; I was also impressed by how successfully the organization managed to involve the local residents, eliciting active participation and learning.