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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

72 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am one of the client of Roots of Health, I am very happy with their service. They gave me very comprehensive information about my fp method and how to take care of my reproductive health.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is my story worth sharing to Roots of Health

I’m a korean tourist in Palawan and not so good in english too. I have tiny infected wound in my thigh and can’t sleep well for 2 nights because of pain so I asked filipino friends to have appointment with doctor. It was Saturday and I’m trying to look for cheaper check-up but most public clinic is close until some bystander told me to try to go to Roots of Health clinic. So we look for it and able to find it. I didn’t know that the clinic is for birth control consultations but still all staff gave me advice on how to take care of my wound and also gave me free antibiotic. All of them are so friendly even if we mistakenly went there for different consultation.

Thank you for their extra effort to help me. In case my girlfriend needed birth control, I will bring her to them

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a youth advocate of Roots of Health since 2016. I got interested when I learned about the objective of ROH so I decided to undergo Youth Advocate training and that's when I gained more confidence in dealing with my own body and sharing knowledge to my friends. Until now, I'm still doing volunteer work in ROH clinic as clinic assistant because I am enjoying serving clients and doing health teaching about reproductive health especially to teenagers. I know that most of the teenagers nowadays doesn't have enough knowledge about reproductive health and sexuality. Being part of ROH really made me feel that I am vital agent of change.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I haven't heard Roots of Health until a friend of mine who recently had her IUD told me that she was able to get it for free. I am working in a government organization and I know most of the health care facilities are giving out contraceptives for free as well but not all family planning methods are always available like the implant and IUD. So I decided to try and check on the ROH Clinic. It's good that even on Saturday they are open. I decided to have IUD since I don't want any children anymore and as the nurse explained it to me, IUD is good as long term birth control method. So far I had my IUD for 2 months now and I'm feeling great about it because I have no worries of getting pregnant anymore.

More power to Roots of Health!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Being a nurse, it is very crucial to deal with different types of clients with different needs. I am happy to say that it is a privilege for me to be a part of the Roots of Health team and to learn more about reproductive health, not only for myself but also for the benefits of women who want to learn more about reproductive health. I admire the advocacy of this organization to improve the lives of women especially teenagers with reproductive concerns and how the employees primarily we nurses are taught to deal with clients in need of the services to render the service without discrimination and judgement but with respect and confidentiality.
In a world wherein everything should be paid, there is Roots of Health that gives reproductive health services free and accessible to every women who wants/needs to avail it and i am very proud that now I am already belong in a team that gives importance and priority to women. Another job, another journey in my career as a nurse is very fulfilling, knowing that i was able to help others by answering their queries and concerns and helping them know and see the real answers by being their counselor and it's because Roots of Health gave me the opportunity to be one of them. Thank you Roots of Health. God bless us.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Beverly and I am currently working as a Police Officer in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. I have one daughter and my husband is also working as a Police Officer in different municipality of Palawan. I first heard Roots of Health from a friend who had prenatal check up with them and she informed me that family planning services are free at roots of health clinic. I find it hard to locate the exact building of the clinic but luckily I found it.

It was my first time to encounter such thorough counseling before getting any family planning method. I was a pill user before but through their counseling I realized that I was taking the birth control pills the wrong way. I was just lucky of not getting pregnant. The way they explained the advantages and disadvantages of different methods is not the same with barangay health centers. They even taught me what to do in case of missed pills.

I wasn't able to get the contraceptive that I want during my visit because of the assessment of the nurse but she recommended to temporarily use condom and then return three weeks after my last sexual contact for pregnancy test. I took their advice because it was clearly explained to me. Hopefully on my next visit the PT will be negative so I can get my depo shot.

I would highly recommend roots of health to my friends and I am planning to meet up with my colleague to talk about the possible invitation to roots of health as resource speaker on family planning and reproductive health. More power and bless them all.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My time with Roots of Health has been by far the most rewarding of any of my professional experiences. It is evident how passionate the staff are about the work they do and the people they serve. The executive team is transparent and approachable creating an incredibly positive and collaborative environment. I would definitely recommend a fellowship/internship opportunity with ROH.

1 Abed R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with the Roots of Health organisation as an intern for a month and I have been pleasantly impressed more and more every day with their determination and motivation to make an impact in the Filipino community in regards to sexual health and reproduction. The running of their organisation is always seeking to maximise its productive capacity in order to make the most significant effect within the community. The workers are able to maintain a very friendly and welcoming environment without the compromise of productivity. Tasks are delegated to specific groups within the organisation in order to maximise the focus level and efficiency of the tasks at hand. They are a growing organisation slowly but surely impacting many families and communities in a way which will cause a positive long term generational change in regards to sexual health awareness and the empowerment of women and children within the society. From the day that I started here it was evident to me that a strong team environment has been established between everyone and they project that positive team reinforcement through their work and how they welcome new workers and interns allowing them to adjust quickly to the work environment.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working at Roots of Health for a month and a half as a summer intern in the clinic, and see on a daily basis the impact that each of the midwives, nurses, youth leaders and teachers, and directors have on the lives of women and adolescents in Puerto Princesa and in various provinces.

Each of the staff members in the clinic is always incredibly kind and welcoming to all, and medical services provided, including prenatal checks, provision of contraceptives (DMPA, IUD, Pill, Implant, Condoms), vitamins and ultrasounds, and birth assistances, are high quality and free. These services make crucial differences in the lives of clients-access to free, high quality family planning tools gives these women agency and control over when/if they choose to have children, as well as the tools to have a healthy pregnancy.

The clinical team not only provides medical goods and services, but also helps women across the Philippines on a daily basis by providing information regarding different contraceptive methods, STIs, menstruation, and multiple other topics both in the clinic and on the Facebook page. This information helps dispel some of the common myths regarding pregnancy, STIs, and menstruation that are widespread throughout the Philippines and throughout the world.

Interning at Roots of Health this summer has given me a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with the wonderful staff on a daily basis to help women take control of their reproductive health. The work they do is invaluable-reproductive agency has a cascade effect on bettering the community as a whole. The nurses and midwives are some of the kindest, most welcoming, and judgment-free individuals I have met, and always do their best to ensure that each client has the opportunity to make informed decisions about their reproductive and sexual health.

1 Olivia W.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Roots of Health is one of the most incredible organizations I've ever had the pleasure of working with! The staff is committed to providing accurate and judgment-free reproductive healthcare and education to women and girls in need throughout Palawan. Beyond this, you can tell everyone who works with ROH is truly passionate about the work they do! Great job, Roots of Health!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a graduate researcher working on a study on adolescent sexual and reproductive health in the Philippines, with a particular focus on teenage pregnancy. I have had the privilege of witnessing how Roots of Health works in its communities in Palawan, and have only the greatest respect for all the members of this organization and the incredibly important work that they do. Not only are they qualified, competent professionals - they also work with HEART, and this is evident in the way that their clients trust, return to, and tell others about them. I am excited to continue observing as Roots of Health expands its territory to help even more women, young people, and families in the Philippines.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am proud to say that I'm a nurse and a teacher at Roots of Health! It's been a year since I’ve become part of Roots of Health family and I’ve never been so fulfilled as when it comes to providing clinical services and education campaign especially for our young people. As a member of the Youth Team I teach in schools about comprehensive sexuality education with age appropriate modules comprising of puberty, reproductive health and HIV; which is quite relevant and timely nowadays. We also conduct teachings among out-of-school youth, in order to address problems like teenage pregnancy and HIV/AIDS. We also train teenagers to become part of our Youth Advocates Program which helps us to disseminate information about reproductive health, and conduct community outreach with different communities.

Roots of health gives me the privilege to provide reproductive health services and health education in far flung areas and also to support the full empowerment of our young people. Kudos to all the staff!!!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was lucky enough to complete a 6 week university placement at ROH in early 2018. It was inspirational observing the work that Ami, Marcus and their staff do everyday to empower women and youth in the community. They create a safe and comfortable environment for anyone to learn about sex-education, while also providing quality clinical treatments for a range of health concerns.
They truly are leading the way to a smarter and safer generation of women and youth in Palawan!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a volunteer for Roots of Health in 2016 from South Korea. It was a wonderful experience to get to know one of the greatest local NGOs in Palawan. They have kind staffs who are willing to help women for their rights. Also it is one of the best client centered clinic in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Keep the best work!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

LOTS OF FREEBIES!!

Great experience!! I've been receiving my DMPA injection since 2016 and this year I decided to have my implant. Unlike in other health centers, the nurse (I think his name is Mark) explained to me the benefits and disadvantages of having an Implanon. He provided me information on how it works in the body and gave me comparison of different contraceptives. All my questions were answered in details. So I had my implant insertion with no worries.

I brought some friends as well and the time we had our check up together, they gave us free dental kits. :)

So nice!!! We hope that Roots of Health will continue their work for a long time. Thank you so much!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The best choice for prenatal check up for teenagers like me.

It wasn't the best thing that happened to my life getting pregnant at the age of 15. My mom and I was so close that I couldn't keep a secret from her so I decided to tell her that I'm pregnant. I could tell my mother was disappointed, but she wasn't mad. I think that's because she had my older brother when she was only 17, and he turned out great. Anyway, after the shock wore off, both of us felt a little nervous but excited.

We then decided to have my first ever prenatal check up with a male OBgyne doctor. The check up was quite expensive but I'm too hesitant to do my prenatal in barangay health center. I'm too scared to be judge by others that I don't even know.

When I went out of the doctor's clinic, one of the patient told me to try doing my check up with Roots of Health. I actually don't know where it is but I was able to find it. It's not the typical clinic that I've expected but all the staff were friendly and I didn't have to wait for a long time to have my check up. I even had a free ultrasound which really amazed me. Ma'am Karen was so nice to me and she even told me the foods to eat and not to eat, the things to prepare before delivery, and what to expect before giving birth. There were lots of things I've learned during my check up. I have no regret of climbing such high stairs just to be part of Roots of Health.

It's really a great experience and I'll definitely return for my follow up check up until I give birth.

More power Roots of Health.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am Nurse from Palawan and being a health care provider I know the current Reproductive Health status of our Province. Palawan is not only Best Island in the world but also number one in Region IV-B with problems relating to Reproductive Health like mother dying from complications of pregnancy, teenage pregnancy and HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). The percentage of this health indicators are continuously rising. The Provincial Health Office and other Government agency cannot battle this problem alone. Other Civil Society Group like Roots of Health which is based in Palawan is helping out to drop this number.

Roots of Health have been in Palawan for years, their mission is to provide education and health services to women. The organization believes that being healthy, a woman should decide for their health. Roots of Health have various programs to foster self-reliance among women.

One of this is Youth Program. This program focuses on sexuality education conducted by professional teachers on Secondary Level to raise the students’ knowledge on how their body works specifically Reproductive Systems. In addition with this program teacher of Roots of Health train teens to become a Youth Advocate which there responsibility will become peer educator and counselor, with this program, teens who want to use contraceptive will be more confidential and they will gain more self-confident when it comes with their Reproductive Health.

Roots of Health also have Clinical team consists of dedicated Nurses which provision of clinical services such as prenatal, contraceptives and family planning counseling is their primary function. Roots of Health believe that education should always partner with health services to become effective and efficient. These Nurses conduct community visit every month to reach far flung area within the city to extend and render their services. They want to make sure this mother will receive the commodities and unique care that they needed. Not only in the city, they also do missions in the province to provide long acting contraceptive to prevent unwanted pregnancy and proper birth spacing.

Roots of Health a non-profit organization base in Palawan which objective is to improve the quality of every women’s life and I'm proud to be part of this organization in making their goals possible.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a proud member of LGBTQ and as part of Roots of Health, I can clearly understand the need for education and counseling of people who doesn't have any idea of health problems of Palawan such as HIV and teenage pregnancy.

This is the thing that ROH goes extra mile. We have educations for different age group, our clinic is youth-friendly, and the clinic service deliveries are FREE. How awesome is that! It makes me feel great to be part of the service delivery of family planning and reproductive health education.

We have this Youth Team who does the teaching to highschools and other out-of-school youths about Puberty, Sex Education, and Adolescence.

I'm part of the Clinical Team that mainly focused on implementation of Reproductive Health such as assessment of client's health, providing all infos of different modern contraceptives, giving the contraception that suits the client, providing pre-, ante-, and postnatal care for pregnant client, and giving education to mothers about their health.

We have the Monitoring and Evaluation Team who does the analysis and encoding of all the records from Youth and Clinical team making sure that we are progressing not only on proper sex education but also on changing the behavior of women, young girls and boys when it comes to RH issues. When it comes to data, it is surely kept on track.

We may be small in number of staff but we do BIG stuff to do major impact to our nation.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a teacher and a single mom but I do have a partner.Honestly speaking, I do have sexual relationship with my partner so I'm worried that I might have an unplanned pregnancy and in a society that I deal with, it will be a moral issue getting pregnant out of marriage. Getting contraception from Barangay Health Centers could lead to gossips so I'm very hesitant to ask about birth control methods.

I've heard that one of my students is a youth advocate in Roots of Health so I asked details about the services given by ROH staff. I felt like going there but a bit hesitant because of what my students would say but then, I still decided to go. When I came to the clinic, I just waited few minutes and was interviewed after a while then went inside to talk to one of their health care providers. At first, I'm a bit shy to ask but the staff seems friendly and she explained to me that everything we discussed between us are highly confidential. I asked everything I wanted to know and was advised to have DMPA Injection. I got my first shot and now my worries are gone. ROH staff are friendly and they will not judge you in any matter. I'll definitely get my 2nd shot in their clinic and would highly recommend to my closest friends who are too shy to ask about sexuality, reproductive health and birth control methods.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am one of the client that avails services of Roots of Health. As a mother of two and a working mom, it's hard to do both office work and mother's work so I decided to use DMPA injection as my Family Planning Method. I am very much satisfied with my current birth method and thanks to ROH for giving it for free. In Barangay Health Centers, I have to pay 100pesos for this method as "donation" so I transferred to ROH Clinic to avail their free service. The staff are friendly and approachable, that's why I invited some of my friends as well to transfer to ROH Clinic to get free services.