Full Stomach, Happy Heart

The opening of the new school year in the Philippines has been delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Most Filipino children have been staying home, on an extended vacation, for almost half a year now. What have they learned? Their ABCs perhaps? We can be sure that they’ve acquired new vocabulary like “quarantine”, “pandemic”, surgical mask”, “relief goods”, or maybe “COVID – 19”.

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Puso Vendor

The Philippines is at a standstill. While trying to count the cost of this pandemic, the impoverished are going hungry. In its nascent stage, a cough is not just a cough. But several months into this global crisis, an empty stomach is not just hunger: it has now become fear for the future.

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Puso Market

Pushing through the challenges, beyond the limits, beyond COVID-19, the SPECS Foundation - Puso Initiative offers a three-prong approach to help combat poverty and hunger: Puso Market, Puso Kitchen, and Puso Vendor. We had a successful launch last July 3, 2020, in Parañaque City.

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What's on your dinner table?

What's on your dinner table? What's for lunch? Usual questions between neighbors, wives, and family members.

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COVID-19 Relief Response

In the mids of the pandemic, people in poverty are threatened to starve. We have given financial aid, emergency food packs, medicines, and hygiene items to thousands of families in need. We have provided healthy meals though our community kitchen, "Puso Kitchen".

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Serving BEYOND LIMITS

SPECS theme this year is #BeyondLimits. We want to go beyond the limit of a small and traditional Social Welfar and Development Agency (SWDA) by improving our programs and creating innovative ways to reach out to the children at risk, as well as their families and communities.

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Our Vision

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A community of transformed children and families living empowered lives in service of God and country.

What We Do

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SPECS currently has a temporary shelter for boys aged 6-17 in Pasay City and a Drop-In Center (DIC) in San Dionisio, Paranaque. There is a Community and Outreach Program (COP) and strong Educational Sponsorship Program (ESP) for over 300 students throughout Metro Manila and Cavite.

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Community and Outreach Program.

We believe that in order to reach out to the poorest communities, it is necessary to be present right where they are. Our outreach and community programs vary from street education, community development and partnering with local communities to identify undernourished children for feeding program.

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Temporary Shelter and Drop In Center

We believe that all children belong in families. However, sometimes, children find themselves in difficult situations and in need of special protection. SPECS has a temporary shelter and a drop-in center to give these children a home while we pursue the best long term care and protection possible for them.

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Educational and Livelihood Program

We believe that families in the poorest communities want the best for their children. We desire to give them the support they need in order to help them provide for their family's basic needs and children's education. We work to empower them so that they can achieve their hopes and dreams.

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Children are At Risk

OUR STORY

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When the lock down started, our team bought medical, hygiene and food supplies. We started packing and created ways how to ensure that we give the "care packs" and financial aid to the families who needs it the most. Since the lockdown, we have reached 140 families (865 individuals). Out of this number, 55% are children. Children are at-risk. They are directly affected by hunger, lack of schooling and loneliness.

For children who live in the slum, lockdown is difficult. They are contained in environment that only distance them further from an ideal childhood. More than the disease, we are concern about the isolation and possible child abuse that brought about by the stress of daily survival their parents have to face. We are determined to be the hands and feet of Christ to the poor, beyond limits.

Many families may not make it without our help. Our local government unit, in good will, is doing the best that they can, but resources are limited. If we all work together, all of us who are able and willing, alongside the poor, we will all go beyond COVID-19. No one will be left behind.

Our mission is to promote holistic transformation among high-risk children and families.

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Community partners
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Families Reached

About Specs Foundation

Our team is composed of highly skilled Social Workers, Pastors, Care Workers and efficient Administrators. We all come together to ensure that the children, families and communities under our programs are given the best support and care possible.

SPECS was started in 1986 by a group of Christian workers who saw the hunger, and risks the children were exposed to. They undertook the management and delivery of the different services and care for the poor families in the various communities in Pasay City.​ In 1987, it was registered with the Securities & Exchange Commission as a non-profit, non-stock, non-government organization. In 2002, SPECS built a home for boys and girls in Pasay City.

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support@SpecsFoundation.com
Monday - Friday 9AM - 5PM
Phone: +(63) 919 314 3849
Email: info@SpecsFoundation.com