Update! Update! Update!

journeySome say that repeating words or phrases gives our brain time to process information better. Hence my triple ‘update’ in the title. The ‘!’ was to emphasise the urgency of the project. Apologies to most of you who ‘got it’ with the first word and exclamation mark but hopefully your attention is now drawn to the latest news and timeline of our journey to establish and sustain Shekinah, a support centre for children and young people with Cerebral Palsy in Bohol, Philippines.

This journey has been slow, steady and incredibly enlightening in a number of ways …

  • a long term work cannot be built overnight
  • rash decisions rarely get you anywhere
  • I’m more impatient than I ever realised
  • God’s wisdom and ways are light years away from ours

I really could go on a lot longer!

SO, the highlights of the journey so far are:

The people.

  • Arms of love orphanage, Tagbilaran, Bohol.
  • Chosen Children Village, a home for abandoned disabled children in Cavite, Luzon.
  • London Centre for Cerebral Palsy.
  • Philippines Cerebral Palsy Inc, Manila Philippines.
  • John & Allison Todd of Mercy in Action, a UK based charity working with street children in Cebu, Philippines.
  • Bobath Wales.
  • Philippines Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy family awareness support group, formed by Jessa Marmol.

The research.

  • Hundreds of hours of research has been done to help write the governing document needed for us to be registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). In addition it has served to help write a detailed proposal including costings and plans for building and running the support centre.

The changes of plan!

Since 2014, we have changed our overall plan TWICE!

  • We started with the original idea of becoming a CIO and began to ‘get the wheels in motion.’ After seeing just how much time and effort is involved with this, we turned to the possibility of coming ‘under the umbrella’ of a charity already working in the Visayas, Philippines.
  • This idea proved a very reasonable option and the possibility began to take on early exploration. Working with an established and experienced charity could be a huge help, particularly on an administrative level and with regard to an understanding of ‘how things work’ in the Philippines.
  • However, after exploring this possibility, the importance of having our own unique identity was considered paramount when raising both supporters and funding. SO, we’re back to becoming a CIO but now with a lot more understanding of all it entails and what will be needed moving forwards.

NEXT STEP

To start the application process to register as a CIO, we will need to have our Trustees in place. We have people in mind but maybe this is something you might consider.

Could you be part of our team of five Trustees who will join us on the next exciting part of our adventure? It will be for a minimum of four years during which we will be continuing to plan the way ahead, to gain a support base (friend raising), developing our partnership with Philippines Cerebral Palsy & Epilepsy awareness and fundraising for the building and future sustainability of the project.

 

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