Divine Mercy Human Development Foundation


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Programs

Description
This program follows the practical philosophy, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." It creates opportunities for self-employment among the poor in a mountain town in the Philippines by giving them small business training coupled with values formation and availing to them financial resources to start their own business. It promotes not only financial success but unity and cooperation among program participants, and a positive impact on the whole community.
Budget
$2,500
Program Successes
The thirty-eight (38) families who are presently engaged in small business (backyard piggery, sari-sari store, backyard garden, food vending, bakery, etc.) will have paid up their $100 loan after six months as stated in their loan disclosure form, and will have requested for a $200-loan to expand their small business. After having paid their $200 loan, they use their own profit to bring their business to the next level. Their return on investment and positive cash flow are clear indicators of their success.
Description
For most of the 12 million Filipinos living below the poverty line, education is truly their only way out of poverty. A college scholarship grant (that covers the cost for tuition, books, transportation, bed space rent, and meal allowance) based on need and merit is offered to fifteen (15) deserving youth each year, with plans to increase to twenty-five (25) depending upon funds raised for the program. The long-term success is seen when the scholars finish their college education, get good employment, and are empowered to change their life (and that of their families) for the better. They not only contribute positively to their community's economy, they also give back when they are able financially by helping others in dire financial needs to also finish their college education.

Budget
$17,500
Program Successes
Since this program was started in 2010, twenty-five (25) young people have already graduated from college and are now teachers in the public school. Their lives have changed for the better, and so have their respective families'. All of them are supporting their younger siblings in their schooling. They are also giving back to their community. Come March 2019, eight (8) more college students are graduating with their Bachelor in Elementary Education and most will probably be joining the teaching force in the public school system.
Description
A free two-hour, twice-a-week, tutoring session for children who are labeled as less likely to succeed. The children are guided in their homework assignments, helped to improve their reading and comprehension, writing & math skills, and overall school performance. The long-term goal is for them to be successful in school, finish high school and college, get good jobs, become productive members of the community, and give back by helping others in need of education.
Budget
$2,000
Program Successes
Giovanny Toscano was one of the children in the tutoring program. He just graduated from UC Merced - a first generation college graduate in his family. Two other students (Karely Rivera and Mariana Santos) are presently pursuing their college education.

Tony Mora joined our program when he was in the 6th grade. He's smart in math, but needed to improve in his reading and comprehension and overall school performance. At his promotion from middle school, he received three gold medals: Principal's Award, President's Education Award & Perfect Attendance Award. He is now in his fourth year at Jesuit High School, doing very well with his studies and in the honor roll, proud to represent the Hispanic community at his school.

Peter Kaihea joined the program as a kindergartner. He knew only numbers 1-10 and could hardly identify all the alphabet letters. With one-on-one help given him, he is now able to identify and sound the letters, syllable sounds, and word sounds. Every now and then you hear him excitedly tell others, "I can read now! Yay!" Now in fourth grade, he excitedly goes to the shelf to pick as many books and read them aloud to his tutor.
Description
This is a $1,000 financial aid given to young people who pursue a college education, and those who take technical education as an alternate route to preparing themselves to find good jobs. $1,000 in financial assistance is also given to deserving students who go to a Catholic high school, knowing through surveys that most of the students from Catholic high schools proceed to and finish college.
Budget
$20,000
Program Successes
- The students were able to buy their own laptop used in their studies.
- They were able to buy books and other resources they need to be successful in their college education.
- Mary Kate Sarte, Amanda Faye Salgado, Giovanny Toscano, and Mary Angela Sarte have already graduated from college an are enjoying good jobs. Giovanny is the first generation college graduate from his family.
- Dorali Andrade, Biridiana Cisneros, Nathan Yamamoto, Alina Sanchez, Maria Perez, Ulysses Ponce Gutierrez, David Casillas, Cindy Truong, Stephanie Hernandez, Stephanie McClean, Lavinia Kaihea, Emily Wirth, Chelsea Bueno and Aleyah Ramos are presently pursuing their college education.
- Antonio Mora is in the honor roll and graduating in 2018 from Jesuit High School. Eliana Olivas, Brooklyn Ellington and Anissa Torres are doing well in their respective Catholic high schools.

The ultimate success is for young people (mostly first-generation from Hispanic families) to finish their college education, find good jobs, and change the quality of their own life and that of their respective families in-keeping with their human dignity. They also become productive members of their communities and the society in general.
Description
Life Experience Program: The children are given opportunities to participate in field trips, camping, leadership workshops, life skills discussions, and other educational exposure activities. The goal is for them to develop an improved self-confidence, create a better vision for their future, and follow their dreams beyond the limited horizons that hold them back due to poverty.
Budget
$5,000
Program Successes
The ultimate result from the Life Experience Program is for the children to be self-aware and informed, self-confident, self-motivated and responsible to accomplish their life goals. They make a difference, "pass it forward" and become an inspiration to other kids with a similar financial background.

Lupe joined our program when she was in 5th grade with a 3rd grade reading level, and was very timid, hardly looking at somebody in the eye. With one-on-one tutoring help, coupled with educational field trips and leadership workshops, Lupe has slowly bloomed to be a confident young lady and has improved a lot in her academic performance.Two times she received a medal for being the most improved student in her class.

Luis, from being shy and lacking in motivation to excel in his studies, has turned out to be given a Principal's Award and President's Education Award in his 6th grade graduation, and the most highly coveted 'Making A Difference Award' during his promotion from middle school. He is graduating from high school very soon and aiming at going to Sacramento State.
Description
With a trusted adult and positive role model as mentor, children are given guidance to set their life goals, build their character, and develop their talents and skills. They are provided one on one counseling of why doing well in school is important. Their parents are assisted in communicating with their children on the importance of education. The parents are also assisted in communicating with the children's teachers. The ultimate result is for the children to be successful and make a difference in the world.
Budget
$1,000
Program Successes
(1) Giovanny, from finding it difficult to focus, has just graduated from UC Merced and is now enjoying a good job.
(2) Tony is 'paying it forward' by being a tutor to the younger ones in our tutoring program.
(3) Luis, from being shy and lacking in motivation to excel in his studies, has turned out to be given a Principal's Award and President's Education Award in his 6th grade promotion, and the most highly coveted 'Making A Difference Award' during his promotion from middle school. Now in fourth year high school, he is taking responsibility for his own studies, and is aiming for a college degree.
Description
Believing in the philosophy that the parent is the child's first teacher, the parents in our children's programs, mostly immigrants, are helped to acquire basic English knowledge and skills in order for them to support their children's academic success.
Budget
$500
Program Successes
Alicia, Myrna, and Benigna have persistently come to the ESL program. As a fruit of their hard labor to learn, they are now able to fairly communicate in English with their children to help them with their school work and to communicate with their children's teachers to monitor their children's needs for improvement. Benny, in one instance, had the confidence and courage to question and ask for clarification with regard to her son's academic performance. She is now a member of our organization's Board of Directors. She takes charge of meeting the Hispanic parents to explain to them the organization's mission and to encourage them to take active participation.