Ruel Foundation
Making a better life for our kids
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Ruel House
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Philippines
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Life Changing
medical aid to children in need
* Phillippines
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* Vanuatu
* Fiji
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Crisis Center
Emergency medical treatment
* Malnourished Children
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* Disaster Relief

Kindness can transform someone's dark moment with a blaze of light. You'll never know how much your caring matters. - Amy Leigh Mercree

Our Mission is to love heal cure children in desperate need.

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Our Story


In 1999, New Zealander, David Cowie, visited Eastern Samar in the Philippines and during a visit to a local hospital he came across a boy named Ruel. Ruel’s small, emaciated body lay on a simple steel bed in this under-staffed and under-resourced facility. His face was scarred by a double cleft lip and palate, causing serious difficulty in swallowing. With his tiny body wracked with viruses and infections, Ruel was near death.

With the help of locals, Ruel received the food supplements needed to sustain his life, whilst David raised the necessary funds for Ruel’s surgery. Ruel represents hundreds of thousands of forgotten and unwanted children suffering in isolated villages and towns in developing nations.

Ruel’s story was the founding of the Ruel Foundation and today the Ruel Foundation has helped thousands of children and their families in the Philippines, Vanuatu and the Fiji islands.

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Typhoon Nina

On the early hours of 26th December while most of us were sleeping and recovering from our day of 'over indulgence' in all the extra goodies that we enjoy at Christmas a very different day was unfolding in Calapan City. Our Ruel Foundation director was in the midst of yet another natural disaster - Typhoon Nina


Words cannot express how grateful we are to the generous donors that provided the funds for our new generator last year. Every year we are buffeted by natural disasters so rather than be caught unprepared we want to ensure that we have the additional resources available for when the next typhoon hits.

In 2016 we opened the doors to our new centre for children in crisis on the island of Tablas, Romblon. Fortunately, Pauline had brought the children to Ruel House for Christmas, as Romblon was badly hit and there is currently no backup generator at our centre in Romblon, raising funds for this is now a high priority.

Become a Supporter!

These kids need all the help they can get, and through the generous donations of time and money you've been changing their lives for good! Here's where you can help give a child a new smile through our Give a Smile programme, or be a short term child sponsor, providing food and shelter, or give a one off gift

Give a Smile Sponsor a Child Give a Gift

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