To be one family, animated by continuous and mutual love, full of hope in God and a
better life, where needs are met through the free sharing of goods.
• To transmit to each one, especially to the children, the immense and personal love
• To serve families concretely through programs in education, health, better housing
• To help people reaquire their dignity through a human and spiritual foundation,
helping them become self-sufficient, responsible and productive members of the
family and community
The Pag-asa Social Center Foundation, Inc., one of the social expressions of the Focolare
Movement, is a non-stock, non-profit, non-governmental organization established
in the late '90s as a response to the widespread poverty experienced by many
people in Tagaytay. "Pag-asa" is a Filipino term which means "hope". It is duly registered
and licensed to operate by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
1. Early Beginnings
Pag-asa was born on January 9, 1997. It is a fruit of the "Support at a distance" program of
the International New Families Movement which has its center in Rome, and various
other groups and individuals in Italy, Germany, United Kingdom and many other
From its humble beginnings of a handful of volunteers, teachers and children, using
the stockroom of a carpentry shop, Pag-asa has grown. It now has 18 staff members
and acquired a whole building which is being equipped with a variety of facilities.
• At present (March 2010), the Pag-asa Center handles 533 children and young people
ranging from 3-18 years of age, from 305 indigent families living in many
barangays (villages) in Tagaytay. They are sponsored by friends and members
of the Focolare Movement all over the world.
• The staff of Pag-asa consists of local and foreign regular workers and
volunteers, some working full-time, and others, for a year or shorter
period of time.
• Also assisting the staff in its contact with the children and their families are
some mothers who act as area coordinators for Pag-asa.
1. Support at a Distance Program
With the help of generous donors abroad, the Pag-asa Center is able to give
educational, basic medical and nutritional assistance to many children and their
families in need.
2. Educational Programs for Children
i. Our Day Care offers free education and has an integral program to develop
the children's self-esteem so as to prepare them for the challenges of elementary
education. It can accomodate about 50 children ages 5-6.
ii. For children ages 3-5, there is the "play group" , handled by 2 teachers and
some mothers (20 children)
iii. We have a library and PC learning center to provide useful references,
research material and hands-on computer knowledge to our high school and
iv. Tutorials are offered during the school year to assist children who are hard up
in their studies. During the vacation months, we organize "summer classes" and
workshops to better prepare the children for the next school year and to help
them discover and develop their talents.
v. Educational trips to local government offices, museums and theme parks are
organized for the children to broaden their horizons, enriching their knowledge
3. Health Programs
i. Part of the Center's feeding program is the daily preparation and distribution
of a nutritious lunch to our children in 2 elementary schools and a high school
ii. We are able to give medical assistance through our small medical clinic and
pharmacy, by arranging for check ups, tests and other medical services in clinics
and hospitals, and through regular medical missions. Dental care is also given
now through a clinic and a volunteer dentist.
4. Human and Spiritual Formation Programs for Families and Children
i. Every month, a married couple conducts a Couples Meeting in the different
areas where our families live.
ii. There are also weekly formation meetings for mothers who assist us as
iii. Every Saturday, seminarians go to the different areas to teach the children
catechism. We also offer a once-a-week formation on basic Gospel values to
the children in our Day Care.
iv. Through a lady motivator, we are bringing ahead a program on Natural
Family Planning of our couples.
v. Experts from an educational institution are invited to give seminars on
Early Childhood Care Education to the parents of our children.
vi. Friends from a nearby university offer counselling services to help the staff
as well as the children and their families become psychologically fit individually
and as a community.
viii. The Pag-asa Center is also a venue for inter-social, cultural and religious
encounters. Every year, it receives visitors from different religions and social
backgrounds. Many young people from different countries have also worked as
volunteers in the Center.
5. Livelihood Programs
i. We have set up a small workshop for silkscreen printing of T-shirts to
provide employment for some boys who remained jobless after high school.
ii. We are working with the children's parents on varied livelihood projects to
meet the needs of the families. These projects consist in the preparation and
sale of papaya pickle, banana chips, nuts, sweets and other native delicacies.
1. At our discount store, the children and their families can buy basic commodities
such as rice, sugar, milk and also school supplies at a very low price as compared
to the normal market price.
2. On the grounds of the Pag-asa Center is a playground for children, complete with
swings, see-saws, a roundabout and two slides.
3. In collaboration with local government offices, we give assistance to the families
to facilitate documents such as birth and marriage certificates.
4. The Center gives assistance to families for marriages and baptisms by making
arrangements with the local parish. Financial help is also extended to them at the
death of a family member.
1. Frequent visits are done in the different areas to personally update ourselves
on the situation of the children and their families.
2. Early December, we organize a big Christmas party for the children and their
families. Here each child receives gifts and his/her family receives groceries.
Talents and experiences are also shared during the program.
3. During the vacation months, we take our children on excursions to nearby resorts
give them a chance to get to know better and have fun with the other children
assisted by Pag-asa.
As Pag-asa continues to grow, and with it, the great job of administration and the
volume of work to follow the situation of everyone, we would like to appeal to your
generosity for a donation to support our many projects in favor of the poor. Your
help will go a long way in the upliftment of the quality of life of many children and their
families here in Tagaytay.