Kalipay Negrense Foundation is a non‐profit organization working for the causes of disadvantaged children – the homeless, physically and sexually abused, malnourished, out of school and special children.
The Foundation’s main goal is managing homes/shelters and to support communities wherein the needs and rights of the disadvantaged children are protected and are empowered for growth. The foundation seeks to support all disadvantaged children regardless of their religion, gender, race or ethnicity.
It all started when the president, Ms. Anna Balcells, left Philippines to pursue her studies and to establish a career in her father’s land, Spain. On her years of living away from Philippines, she found herself engaged in activities that aims to help the poor – which later on inspired her to start her own foundation in Negros Occidental, her place of birth.
After staying for 20 years in Spain and 8 years in Manila to establish her career, she finally decided to go back home in Negros. In 2006, she was able to meet and build connections with several Non – Government Organizations (NGO) – which led her to start one. Overwhelmed with so many tasks and responsibilities and lack of funding, her team used her house as the team’s office.
In June 2007, funds came in to help the homes. With deep desire to continue the advocacy, she put up a foundation called the “KALIPAY NEGRENSE FOUNDATION”, aiming to bring joy to disadvantaged children by supporting their causes.
KALIPAY, translated in Ilonggo language, means “HAPPINESS” or “JOY”.
PROGRAMS and CAMPAIGNS
Kalipay Negrense Foundation currently has several active programs/campaigns that promotes the well-‐ being of the foundation and its beneficiaries.
Residential Care Program: Haven Home
A drop in center for newly rescued children. It also serves a halfway home for children ages 4 – 12 years old for 3 – 6 months before being transferred to Recovered treasures Home.
This is where the healing clinic is also placed focused in the conduct of psychological and therapeautic interventions for the beneficiaries. Children undergo intensive assessment and processing as immediate response in the provision of intervention for healing and recovery.
Residential Care Program: Recovered Treasures Home
A residential care facility for child survivors of physical abuse, emotional and sexual abuse, abandonment, neglect, malnourishment, orphaned, child trafficking, and child labor. This home ensures to support the children’s physical, mental, and emotional needs with the help of home worker and educators hired by the administration.
Residential Learning Center
Recovered Treasures has a learning center within its premises. It is where the children go to school from Kindergarten to high school. Starting School year 2018-‐2019, Kalipay has adopted the R.E.A.P. ( Re-‐endtry Education Agenda for the poor) educational system in partnership with the University of Santo Tomas -‐ Angelicum College. It was originally called “Home Study Program for the Poor.”
Independent Living Program (ILP) for College Students
This Program helps older teens in the foundation that desire to pursue higher education. This Program provides life skill trainings and other various opportunities to broaden their knowledge of expertise and experiences.
A program that immerses young professionals to cross-‐culture experiences that are beneficial to both the children’s full development and the volunteers’.
Community Outreach Programs
The foundation isn’t only dedicated to rescuing less fortunate children in need on streets, but also extends their helping hands on FAMILIES. Kalipay Foundation also conducts relief operations and housing programs to families who were disaster victims and in need of basic commodities to survive.