FILIPINO AMERICAN MAGTINABANGAY FOUNDATION INC
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Location: 1008 Hudson Ln % Maria Christine Brown Napa CA 94558 USA
Results: FAMFI has accomplished a lot since I started the non-profit in September of 2006. We began by sending clothing and school supplies, then provided meals and temporary shelter. With the help of many generous benefactors, we have expanded our purpose and we are currently working on several important projects, which will help many more people. Cebu City Mayor, Tomas Osmena, started a project called Cebu City Frontline Cluster (CCFC.) Under the direction of Dr. Alice Utlang, (who is a our Philippine Board OIC), CCFC is composed of different city government agencies which travel to the remote and mountainous areas of Cebu. They provide free medical, dental, legal - even garbage pickup - to families who have never experienced these basic services. Since August of 2007, FAMFI has supported this project by supplying medicine and vitamins. Our contribution to CCFC has already helped thousands of needy people. I had been working for months with the World Medical Relief (WMR) for the donation of medical and dental equipment. WMR finally approved our request, and close to one million dollars worth of medical equipment and supplies, (including an ambulance), is ready for shipment from Detroit, Michigan to the Philippines. We have been trying hard to gather donations for the very expensive cost of shipping - ( $12K each!) On my trip to Cebu last April 2008, I met with Mayor Tomas Osmeña and Lt. Gen. Victor S. Ibrado, the former Commanding General of the Central Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. We made an agreement that FAMFI will donate medical equipment and supplies to CCMC or Cebu City Medical Center, and to the military hospital, in exchange for the use of their facilities for the free monthly surgeries we offer. Gen. Ibrado also offered us the use of military doctors and dentists for our Medical Mission. Retired Lt. Col. Nicolas C. Pongos Jr., Vice President of FAMFI Philippines, is a very good friend of Gen. Ibrado (now the Commanding General of the Philippine Army/ Chief of Staff), and will oversee our Medical Mission with the military. I have also met with a group of surgeons, headed by Dr. Manuel Villamor of Cebu Doctors' Hospital, who volunteered to donate their time to give at least five free surgeries per month to our indigent beneficiaries. Our agreement is that FAMFI will provide the hospital and medicine, which we have already arranged with the CCMC and the military hospital. The two recipient hospitals are also the possible venues for two groups of US surgeons, doctors and nurses, who have agreed to help our mission by coming annually to Cebu to provide free services to the indigent. In our agreement, they will shoulder the medical supplies, provided that FAMFI will make available the location and accommodation of the Medical Mission. The Foundation is eager for these projects to swing into action. Once the shipping is paid for, everything else will fall into place.
Target demographics: Our main purpose is to bring help, healing and hope to neglected children and their families in Third World Countries, currently the Philippines and Brazil.
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We are an international non-profit public benefit charity foundation, dedicated to hands-on community service, mentoring and fund raising for less fortunate children and their families. Our main purpose is to bring help, healing and hope to neglected children and their families in Third World Countries, currently the Philippines and Brazil. Please join our campaign to make a difference in the lives of children and their families… touching hearts and changing lives… One heart at a time… www.famfi.org
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It is easy to ignore things we don’t actually see. We get wrapped up in our busy lives and focus only on our immediate family & surroundings. We need to remember that our big, beautiful world isn’t big at all. Thinking on a more global level, we are all God’s children, and it is our responsibility to help each other.” “I finally know the feeling of real joy!!! Helping people and doing it without expecting anything in return is very rewarding- what a wonderful feeling!!!”
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Advertise all over, invite more people to join and do more fundraising.
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What is this organization's top short-term priority?
Mobile Dental Clinic Our main project with this new alliance ( YMCA Cebu & Rotary Club of Talisay -Cebu) is a mobile dental clinic that caters to people that live in the mountain and remote areas of Cebu City, Philippines and neighboring cities.
What is its top priority in the long run?
Build a Multipurpose Building - Chapel & Daycare Center Several weeks ago we received a very generous donation from Alfie Jr. & Leizel Gabuya (my brother and sister-in-law) donated a 2,152.782 sq ft (200 sq meters) piece of land in Bonbon, Cebu. What a wonderful 4th B-day gift for FAMFI!!! It will be a multi-purpose center, serving as a home base for the accumulation of projects we’ve been working on. Our plan is to build a multipurpose building, a chapel and daycare center. For younger children we will provide day-care and preschool. For older children, it will be used as a Boys & Girls Club, with after school sports. We will provide meals for these malnourished kids and give them medical attention as needed. We will monitor the health of all the children through regular medical and dental check-ups, as well as provide daily rations of nutritious food.
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