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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

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In February 2010, I visited Palawan and saw first hand the great work that Roots of Health is doing. During my stay, I joined the Executive Director and several volunteers on a visit to Pulang Lupa, one of the communities Roots of Health currently serves.

Pulang Lupa sits on an abandoned mercury mine, has no source of running water, and only a fraction of the families can afford to send their children to school. Even so, Roots of Health has been able to offer a healthy start for many in the community. The organization offers regular classes on family planning and healthy pregnancies to women and girls in the community, introduced a vertical farming system so that families can grow food without worrying about the mercury-contaminated soil, and provides much-needed vitamins and minerals to the children of Pulang Lupa through a regular nutritional support program.

When I visited in last year I helped out with the nutritional support program. For 4,164 pesos (the equivalent of roughly $90) we fed almost 100 children and even had enough leftover to feed some of Pulang Lupa’s pregnant women and mothers. All in all, it only took less than a dollar to feed each child of Pulang Lupa. Visiting Pulang Lupa and helping out with the nutritional support program showed me just how Roots of Health can make a difference in this community with $50, $20, even $10.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have seen what Roots of Health does firsthand, and I commend the group's efforts. In a country like the Philippines, poverty, ignorance and overpopulation are problems that many people choose to ignore. Roots of Health chooses to face these daunting challenges head-on.
Any group that battles apathy and ignorance deserves our support. Roots of Health is one such organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Roots of Health is an impressive organization that has accomplished a tremendous amount since their founding. The model is very hands on and rooted in field work/direct work with the communities they serve. The impact is real and powerful - for the individuals in the communities as well as for the people that work for Roots! As someone who doesn't have the benefit of being on the ground I am grateful for the quality of the website, facebook page, blog and periodic updates. I feel that Roots is truly accountable to donors.