Philippines Mission Update
Casa Esperanza of Angels is our newest orphan care project and first one outside of China – it will be a family based care center in the Philippines. This project is under the direction of Ronald and Gigi Brown.
They aim to provide shelter and basic residential services to orphans, abandoned and abused children, and those who are in dire circumstances. Located in Tanjay City, on the island of Negros in the Philippines, Casa Esperanza of Angels is designed to provide orphans with homes that replicate a foster care environment with parent figures present to supervise and take care of the children.
In March, we registered with the Bureau of Internal Revenue and we are working on our application for “tax exempt” status here in the Philippines. We also purchased our first care center vehicle there (see photo).
In April, we signed the “deed of sale” on a 2 hectare / 4.94 acre property in Tanjay City, Negros. The land is level and is currently being used to grow sugar cane. The property has easy access off the main highway, is only a five-minute drive outside the city, and is in a quiet area with beautiful mountain views in the distance. (See photo)
Tanjay (pronounced “tan-high”), officially the City of Tanjay or simply Tanjay City, is a fourth class city in the province of Negros Oriental, Philippines. It is the only city in Negros Oriental with a very wide flat lowland, although mountainous and rolling hills are found in the hinterland barangays of Santo Niño and Pal-ew. Tanjay City has a moderate and pleasant climate. It is characterized by a relatively wet season from May to February and dry season from March to April. Rainfall occurs throughout the year with the heaviest volume during the months of July and August. The months of March and April are the hottest months and the coldest is December. January is the humid month while April is the least humid period. The months of November and December have the strongest wind velocities throughout the year.
We have begun the design and planning phase of our project facilities. We plan to have an administration building / directors living quarters, family based homes for the children, main pavilion for group gatherings and worship services (also open to the community), volunteer / guest cottages, as well as vegetable / fruit and flower gardens! Long range plans also include a small school. Self-sustainability through farming, rain harvesting, and solar power will be incorporated into our plans as funding / space allows for these. (See photo)
The construction phase of our project will take many months. One of the children’s homes will be named in honor of a donor based on their considerable donation to our work. We need more donations in order to complete the construction phase and become operational. If you, or someone you know, would be willing to donate towards our construction of the facility and our first year operation funds we would be very grateful! Perhaps a donation in honor of a family member or loved one is something you might consider doing to help the children here have hope for a better life. During this construction phase we will also be actively searching for the children that will fill the homes with joy! We will also eventually need monthly sponsors for the children that will live at Casa Esperanza of Angels.
The process of transfer of title on the Tanjay property continues, as it is a lengthy process in the Philippines. When that is complete, we will make application for a zoning change from agricultural to institutional. We will be making an address change with the Security Exchange Commission and we have completed already the address change with the Bureau of Internal Revenue.
We met with the Department of Social Welfare and Development head, as well as the barangay captain in Tanjay City, to make them aware and encourage their support of our decision to locate in Tanjay City and assist in the needs of the community there.
Ronald has received approval of permanent resident status for the Philippines. This will allow him to live and work there with requirements to only report to Bureau of Immigration once a year! This is crucial to our project and a substantial financial savings to no longer have to worry with visas and visa extensions.
We are working on the preliminary layout and design of our facility. We will also be searching for individuals in the construction industry here that will provide honest, quality work on our facility in the very near future. We still need donations toward the construction and first year of operation of our facility. We are currently seeking, at least, an additional $50,000 USD before the end of this year. Please consider making a donation now, or before the end of the year, to be part of this great work!
The Casa Esperanza of Angels Project will benefit not just the orphans and children under our care but the surrounding communities, as well. We believe that there is ample opportunity to be of service and to make a difference in the lives of people in these communities where there is so much poverty and hardship. Our long-range goals include building a school and a clinic within the compound, if space permits, and hopefully, share spiritual guidance and medical care services to the barangays nearby. We will also be conducting periodic visits and outreach to these communities to extend assistance.