Our History

Poverty is widespread in the Philippines and almost half the country’s children live below the poverty line. Economic upheaval and political instability have had damaging social effects. Poverty and the large-scale migration from rural to urban areas have led to a breakdown in family life and increased the vulnerability of children. Many Filipino children, including over one million street children, are at risk of violence, abuse and exploitation. The armed conflict between government forces and the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Mindanao, in the southern Philippines, has claimed more than 120,000 lives over the last thirty years. Civil unrest on Mindanao and other parts of the southern Philippines has also resulted in the displacement of many thousands of children. Recent natural disasters, such as Typhoon Yolanda and Typhoon Pablo, have torn apart families and left many children without parents or relatives to care for them.
Mindanao has often been given the romantic label as being the “fruit basket” of the Philippines, but the reality is that many families are surviving on less than 100 pesos (2 USD) a day. They are unable to save any money to cope with illness, accidents or natural disasters.
Abortion is illegal in the Philippines and so young teenagers or even victims of rape or incest have no choice but to give birth to an unwanted child.

The only institution of its kind in the province of Davao Oriental, Angel House provides shelter to abandoned, abused, orphaned and neglected children from birth to age six. Angel House provides a safe haven for these vulnerable children who are referred to us by social workers. The Angel House Orphanage Foundation opened in June, 2010 and is fully registered, licensed and accreditated by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

 

Our Staff

All our staff are trained and qualified to provide the highest quality of care.

Founder / Director:
Degrees in Psychology and Sociology, with post-graduate qualifications in Education. He has over twenty years experience of teaching in International Schools across the World and nine years of working in orphanages.

Resident Social Worker:
Degree in Social Work, registered, licensed and accreditated Social Worker.

Five House-parents:
Three have completed a one year course in care-giving and one is a qualified nursing assistant.