Ruel Foundation - Give A Smile are managing very well through Covid-19 thanks to our very dedicated staff. It has had it’s challenges though with 50 children locked down for over 100 days - yes we are going slightly crazy!
Financially it has also been costly as 25 of our staff have had to “live in”, due to travel to work restrictions. This has incurred extra costs for wages, accomodation and meals.
We are not able to do our cleft lip/palate operations currently or to process our kids that are ready for adoption.
But….we are not standing still!
We have continued our malnourished program at our Calapan City base, restoring them to full health before returning them to their local village. We have also fed over 8,000 very hungry tribal people with food packs, and raised funds to provide plywood for their houses, many of which house up to 13 people and only have rice sacks for walls!
The most exciting news of all, is that we have been given permission to travel to Sorsogon to start our new child caring facility. This is based around a 12 hour drive south of Manila and is very strategically placed in the centre of the Philippines, where we can reach 100’s of children. We had just finished setting up the centre when Covid-19 struck, so we were not allowed to travel there to open the facility. We will be there by mid-July and can immediately start to accept children, offering many more children hope of a better future!