LARO Proceeds Presented to UNICEF!

On Friday, August 21st, 2015, core group members of Kids for Kids, who mounted the LARO creative exhibit last summer, presented their check donation to Ms. Lotta Sylwander, UNICEF Representative to the Philippines. 

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LARO is an ongoing campaign of the Tukod Foundation in partnership with Kids for Kids and UNICEF. This advocacy campaign, a joyful celebration of art, play, childhood and Filipino identity, spearheads our continuing efforts to defend the Child's Right to Play. 

Proceeds from LARO events and projects go towards the building of a playground in Calauan, Laguna - a resettlement site with over 7,000 children - as well as to other ongoing projects of the Tukod Foundation and UNICEF.

Thank you to ALL the 107 kids and their supportive parents who participated in this project! God bless your creative talents and kind hearts! Job well done!

American Women's Club Fundraiser to Benefit Tukod's "Child's Right to Play" Project!

We are so happy to announce that the American Women's Club of the Philippines has chosen the Tukod Foundation's "Child's Right to Play" Project as the beneficiary for their next big fundraiser on October 10, 2015!

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The proceeds of this charity event will go towards the building of a playground in Calauan, Laguna, near the Southville settlement which is home to approximately 7,000 children displaced as a result of Typhoon Ondoy. 

The playground will be located in one hectare of private property managed by Fr. Salvador Pablo of the Don Bosco's Salesian Order. 

Many parents from this settlement are forced to leave their children alone to pursue employment in Manila. As a result of the lack of adult protection, these vulnerable children are open to the high risk of sex trafficking and abuse from neighbors they do not know. The management of the playground and the location on land owned by the Salesian Order ensures that the park will become a safe haven for the children, where they are free to be children again. 

Please support this very worthwhile endeavor! For details on sponsorships, donations or tickets for the 21st Great American Hoedown, please contact the American Women's Club of the Philippines at awcphilippines@gmail.com, or call 817-7587.


LARO Launches on May 12th!

Please join us this month as we celebrate LARO - an exhibition of different Filipino games as interpreted through art. A project of Creative Kids Studio in cooperation with UNICEF and the Tukod Foundation, it will run from May 12-30, 2015 at the Alabang Town Center.

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This advocacy campaign, which is a joyful celebration of art, play, childhood and Filipino identity, concurrently marks the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as the 20th anniversary of Creative Kids.

Proceeds from events will go towards building a playground in Calauan, Laguna - a resettlement site with over 7,000 children - as well as to other ongoing projects of the Tukod Foundation and UNICEF. 

Updates on the CPU Renovation at the PGH

We're very happy to finally be able to post some perspectives for the renovation if the Child Protection Unit at the Philippine General Hospital. For those of you who don't know, the PGH-CPU is the only child-friendly unit in the Philippines, which provides comprehensive medical and psycho-social services to abused children and their families.  It is currently undergoing a much-needed interior renovation, made possible through a collaboration with the Consuelo Foundation and the Tukod Foundation

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The Consuelo Algiers Foundation approached our foundation last year asking if our architectural and interiors office - Mañosa & Company Inc (MCI) - could help with their project of renovating the existing premises of the PGH-CPU. We agreed, plans were drawn and approved, and construction began in January.

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Waiting area

The cost of the renovation of 2.5 million PHP has been answered by the Consuelo Algiers Foundation. However, this does not include the cost of the loose pieces - furniture, fixtures, appliances, etc - which comes to about P600,000. 

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Therapy room

Although one can say that PGH-CPU can still use some of their old existing furniture, we would prefer that the renovation include new furniture and fixtures appropriate for the areas - rather than the old, donated, mismatched pieces that they have at present. 

If you would like to help complete the project, we have a list of items needed with their approximate costs here

You can choose and just inform us of whatever items you would like to donate - much like a wedding registry. You can then either make the check to Tukod Foundation Inc. so we can purchase the items and account for them to you. Alternatively, we can inform you who the suppliers of the items are so you can do a direct purchase of the same. 

Thank you, and on behalf of all the abused children that pass through the PGH-CPU - and the overworked, dedicated staff and doctors - we hope that you find the above project a worthy one to support generously!

CPU Postcards Available for Sale!

If you are looking for a gift alternative, or just a good cause to support this holiday season, please consider Tukod Foundation's gift card, to help raise funds for the renovation of the Child Protection Unit at the PGH. The CPU provides comprehensive medical and psycho-social services to abused children and their families. 

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The sale of these cards will go to purchase new books, toys and puzzles for the abused kids who wait in the playroom for their turn to be checked and for therapy.

Thank you Chinie Hidalgo-Diaz and Nachi Ugarte for the beautiful words and design!