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Kapwa Ko, Mahal Ko Foundation, Inc. is a non-governmental, non-profit organization working for the well-being of indigent people in our country, especially children afflicted with cancer. Through education and health care, Kapwa Ko, Mahal Ko helps in raising the quality of life and instill in the minds of the destitute the nobility of human life.
Established in 1975 to care for the indigent patients, Kapwa Ko, Mahal Ko has grown to embrace advocacy for the poor and its mission to help children afflicted with various kinds of dreadful diseases.
We are called to serve the neediest people of the earth; to relieve their suffering and to promote the transformation of their well-being. We seek to understand the situation of the poor and work alongside them.
We seek to facilitate an engagement between the poor and the affluent that opens both to transformation. We respect the poor as active participants, not passive recipients, in this relationship. They are people from whom others may learn and receive, as well as give. The need for transformation is common to all. Together we share a quest for compassion, peace and reconciliation, and healing a broken world characterized by poverty.
We regard all people as created and loved by God. We give priority to people before money, structure, systems, and other institutional machinery.
We act in ways that respect the dignity, uniqueness, and intrinsic worth of every person - the poor and the sick. We practice a participative, open, enabling style in working relationships. We encourage the professional, personal, and spiritual development of our staff.
The resources at our disposal are not our own. They are a trust from God through benefactors and donors on behalf of the poor and the sick. We speak and act honestly. We are open and factual in our dealings with sponsors, project communities, and the public at large.
We are responsive to life-threatening emergencies where our involvement is needed and appropriate. We are committed to providing medications, through our limited resources, until the patient becomes stable. Then we will provide them and their families livelihood programs so that they can continue to live with dignity.
We do this from a foundation of experience and sensitivity to what the situation requires. We also recognize that even in the midst of the crisis the destitute have a contribution to make.
We are responsive in a different sense where deep-seated and often complex economic and social deprivation calls for sustainable, long-term development.
In 1993 when
“Batang Kapwa” or “Batang K” was conceived, more than 200 cases of cancer were discovered each day in the Philippines. Seven of these 200 cases were children below the age of ten. For those born to families that have the means to avail of the services of private doctors and hospitals, the chances of survival are high.
While most still considered cancer as a death sentence, on the bright side, modern medical science had already found ways to arrest the growth of certain types of cancers in children. Treatment may take months or years, but the chances of survival are good.
But for others, a child with cancer can push the entire family into poverty and despair. Mounting debt may not even suffice to meet the needs for regular and continuous chemotherapy which can cost up to PhP40,000.00 per month. Some families could not afford the critical last few months of treatment and just give up. There was, and still is, a felt need to help make these children cancer warriors who can fight this disease with patience, perseverance
faith. Thus a medical and social assistance program for children with curable cancers was launched.
The project continues to drum up support for:
medical care and chemotherapy
support group activities for psycho-social needs of children with cancer
counselling and support activities for indigent families of children with cancer
learning activities for children who may have to stop schooling because of chemotherapy
information campaigns to detect early signs of cancer in children
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