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 throughout the South Pacific.

In 2006, Pauline Curtis-Smith started an orphanage and a home for malnourished children in Oriental Mindoro. This was extended to a second home on Romblon island in 2017.

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Give A Smile Romblon has Moved!

We have decided to move our children’s home in Romblon to be more accessible for the families that need it most.

We have had two years in a beautiful peaceful location 30 minutes out of the city. While this has been a wonderful location for safety and healing, we are finding that we are inaccessible for the children that need us most. The isolation means that people can not access our services as they do not have the funds for the transport to our place.

We have found the most wonderful place! Just a few kilometres from the city but semi-rural. This will mean desperate families can easily find us, more vulnerable children will be helped, we will have internet and closer access to schools, doctors etc. The kids love it as it is right on the beach! There are two houses, one brand new! The “tree house” is for visitors and volunteers so come and volunteer at this beautiful location on one of the most beautiful islands in the Philippines!

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