The following implementation plan is a detailed description of a project that we believe will be discussed and emulated for years to come. PhilippineOne will be housing street children; providing them, and the community, with healthy food grown in our vertical farms on the same lot; eventually creating full-time employment for Filipinos and while doing all this, filming a TV show and producing documentaries that will be revenue producing ventures allowing us to multiply our efforts.
The goal of PhilippineOne is to be self-sustaining in terms of day-to-day operations, which includes care of the children, payment of the caretakers and other employees, and maintenance of the buildings and grounds. To accomplish this sustainability, the program will engage in profit generating sustainability projects that will also serve as learning tools for the children. Through the sale of vegetables, fruits and nuts grown in vertical farm buildings on the same lot as the home, as well as a weekly television program, PhilippineOne will be earning money to operate without relying on donations or grant dollars that can fluctuate from year to year. However, PhilippineOne will continue fundraising efforts for specific capital projects that will further the expansion and development of projects at the residence.
Funding Requirement: PhilippineOne will require approximately USD 105,000 to complete all construction projects and reach sustainability in daily operations. This amount includes the $20,000 USD required to create a not-for profit foundation in the Philippines (1 million pesos). Funding efforts have begun with Go Fund Me and potential help from Filipino business leaders as well as Local Government Units LGU) in the Philippines. We expect our sustainability project – vertical farm – to be ready by June 2018 with the help of the local university. In the following years, the residence revenue generating sustainability projects will operate at full capacity, allowing for a self-sustainable organization with the occasional capital investment to aid in expansion projects.
PhilippineOne will raise ex-street children in a stable environment paying strict attention to education and community-based involvement
PhilippineOne Foundation Inc is dedicated to supporting street children in the Philippines and developing a community around them. PhilippineOne promises a long-term investment in the futures of the children for whom it cares. More than a home, our residence will strive to prepare children to be self-sufficient through academic and vocational training. It will also act as a community development center; training and employing community members while providing a focal point for community interaction and development.
The Philippines claims to be a second world country. Outside of Manila and Cebu City proper, this Pacific Ocean archipelago is a nation of shacks, pollution, vice and a long way from the development they wish would arrive sooner. It’s hard to imagine a country with so much history, – colonial and otherwise – promise, education and resources to be so encased by poverty. The country experiences several typhoons every year and over the last fifteen years has been hit by catastrophic weather that has destroyed villages and economies and has taken thousands of lives.
Some quick facts: A country of 105 million people, thirty-eight percent of the population is eighteen years old and under. One out of every three children have experienced growth stunting due to malnutrition and the life expectancy of males is only sixty-four and 71 for females.
The number of street children varies based on the organization writing the study. Estimates start at 250,000 and move upwards to 1.5 million. Seventy-five percent spend their days on urban streets with their parents blessing and have a home to return to. The rest are homeless and remain as such for their entire childhood. The average child eats less than four hundred calories per day and half are addicted to rugby (glue) by the age of ten. The need for safe, loving homes for these children is more than apparent, it is essential. Unless action is taken now, thousands more will fall into the trap of poverty and starvation, with no hope for a future.
PhilippineOne is dedicated to raising street and orphaned children from throughout the Philippines in a normal, western-style environment, emphasizing sustainability, empowerment and community development while at the same time, proving the benefits of healthy living and real food by documenting the entire experience through film.
Aims and Objectives:
- To provide street children with a loving home environment that will meet their physical, psychological and spiritual needs, allowing them to grow and develop to their full potential.
- To ensure that the chosen children receive an education through grade 12 and/or learn a trade, preparing them to live on their own.
- To develop the community through employment and training opportunities.
- To operate in a financially accountable and sustainable manner.
- To create vertical farms that will feed not only the home, but the entire community and eventually, the entire province. Additionally, food will be grown for the purpose of selling and acquiring funds for the children as well as future projects.
- To market and monitor a television program that will detail the house events as well as the progress of each child, socially, mentally and physically.
- To market a documentary film that will highlight the struggles of children in the Philippines; the success stories of our children and the growth of the vertical farm industry that we will be created in Bacolod City.
- To market a documentary that will thoroughly expose the sex trade industry in the Philippines
- To monitor and record the health of the children as they live in a home that will serve minimal amounts of meat and dairy. The lengthy, detailed report will be similar to “The China Study” by T. Colin Campbell and will offer pages of medical statistics and insights rarely researched before.
The formation of the PhilippineOne Foundation, Inc. has been a series of events leading to the partnership between Robert Dornan, Abigail Uychiat and Kristine Joyce Belonio in October of 2017.
In December 2014, Robert Dornan became seriously ill and nearly died due to pneumonia and a consequential bout of arrhythmia that lasted 48 hours. Determined to rebuild his health, Dornan researched and came to the conclusion that the vegan diet and regular exercise could assure a long life with less opportunity for future heart issues. Step by step, he learned about vertical farms and began to inquire about their usefulness in his homeland of Canada. There was little or no interest shown and the cost of creating one was ridiculously high. Dropping the dream for a few months, he returned to the possibility of building vertical farms in the Philippines based on that nation’s proximity to several countries with food insecurities (Japan, China, and Singapore). After beginning a website with the purpose of pushing a vertical farm agenda, Dornan learned that the agenda could only be distributed in a media style website and as such opened PhilippineOne.com. It is at this point that he was introduced to Abigail Uychiat and Kristine Joyce Belonio, and it was at this point he learned about the plight of the children in the Philippines.
During a recent trip to Bacolod City, the three partners finalized many aspects of their project and are now in the process of securing a home outside the city limits with enough space to build a vertical farm structure on the same land as the house. Once this piece is done, Social Workers will examine the home’s safety, recommend children for the program and then after assessments, we will begin caring for the children. Filming will also begin once the first assessment is scheduled.
PhilippineOne Foundation, Inc. Team
Founder and Executive Director: Mr. Robert J. Dornan
CEO and President: Ms. Abigail Y. Uychiat
Corporate Secretary and Treasurer: Ms. Kristine Joyce M. Belonio, RMT
Mr. Reinaldo D. Uychiat
Mrs. Julia Portia M. Belonio
PhilippineOne Foundation is not yet a registered society but will be once the 20K USD deposit is sent to our accountant and lawyer.
The organization has yet to form any strategic alliances but we are indeed working with different foundations in the Philippines as well as North America.
PhilippineOne will initially care for nine children, raising them in a loving, health-centred home. By starting with nine children (8 children plus one teenager), PhilippineOne will ensure that it can effectively care for each child in a loving and sustainable manner. We plan to expand, accepting more street and/or orphaned children. With an emphasis on vertical farming, PhilippineOne will also act as a centerpiece for community development, primarily through employment and training. The operating model and procedures are explained in the following sections.
Operating Models and Procedures:
Staff and employees will be carefully selected from barangays within Bacolod City. Caretakers must demonstrate a love for children and knowledge of appropriate childcare. References will be checked, and all employees must be trusted individuals of high character, showing a desire to support our many projects.
Employees will be hired when there is a need in a specific operational area of the organization. After the hiring process is complete, each employee will be trained in the area in which they were hired according to the operations manual. Supervisors in the appropriate areas will oversee the training.
All employees will receive a full orientation during training of the mission, vision, and operations from the Director. Employees and volunteers will also be acquainted with the children whom they serve.
Volunteers are a welcomed part of the organization, and will be subject to all training procedures outlined in training and employee orientation sections. Volunteers will be treated as employees but will not receive monetary compensation for the work they perform.
PhilippineOne will function as a full service home for accepted children to whom care is extended twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week. However, in the interest of maintaining a regular schedule and adhering to a spirit of consistent structure for the children, visiting hours will be limited to 9:00AM-11:00AM and 2:00PM-4:00PM each day, unless otherwise approved by the Director.
Stages of Development
Stage One (Through December 2017):
PhilippineOne is working with Local Government Units (LGU) to secure a safe location for our children outside the Bacolod City limits. Once this home is inspected by the LGU and Social Workers, we will begin the process of placing children in our home. In the meantime, we are soliciting government officials and university leaders to be partners in our venture and as of today, they are very receptive and excited to begin.
Stage Two (Through April 2018):
Stage two of the street children home is the realism of a dream and housing nine children. The transition into this reality will involve the following:
- Sufficient funding from various sources to ensure that the children are fed and sheltered for years to come
- Sign-off from social workers that our home is safe and our staff is capable
- Assessment of children
- Rehab of children requiring rehabilitation from drugs
- Acceptance of local school to allow our children access to education
- Begin construction of vertical farm building
Stage three consists of expanding and scaling sustainability projects in order to become sustainable in daily operations. This stage includes the expansion of our vertical farms to enable the sale of produce (frozen, canned or bagged) to neighboring provinces and countries.
- We also expect to expand our TV audience and create several documentaries
Future Growth and Operations:
Acceptance of children:
Children will be accepted into the PhilippineOne residence based on their age and social worker assessments.
The home will be within fifteen minutes of a primary school and less than thirty minutes from a high school. Every child will be encouraged to attain and then maintain excellent grades. As mentioned previously, the children will live in an environment as close to normal as possible and therefore no child will be excluded from high expectations.
Children will follow a regular schedule, which will include meals, schooling, chores, free time, and regular exercise. Chores will mainly focus on experiential learning activities, allowing children to help in the upkeep of the residence while learning valuable life skills.
The children will be subjected to monthly medical inspection. Doctors will visit the home every thirty days and university students as well as social workers will carefully monitor the mental progress of each child. The nearest hospital is only 20-30 minutes away.
PhilippineOne Two Years On:
- We expect to have a minimum of fifteen children residing in our expanded home
- There will be two functioning VF buildings with an estimated 20 A-Frames built by local university students. These VF’s will grow enough food to feed the home plus begin an enterprise that will ship frozen food across the Philippines as well as to other Asian countries
- PhilippineOne will consider the building of a new residence for battered women
- PhilippineOne will begin the construction of an activity centre for our children, adult and local residents.
- One documentary will be completed and marketed
- Our TV program will be distributed around the world in several languages
Additional Information on the PhilippineOne project.
Understanding Vertical Farms
This section has been added to help readers understand what vertical farms (VF) are and how they will be a huge asset to our children as well as the community and potentially the Philippines.
In 2009, Dickson Despommier introduced the idea of growing produce in massive (central) downtown structures otherwise known as towers. Each floor of these buildings would grow different vegetables and fruits that would in turn feed the community that surrounded the tower. This new agriculture method would save land and greatly reduce pesticide use. The idea was met with great hope until the costs incurred in such a venture threw up red flags and investors shied away. Costs have dropped since then but the project is still far too expensive in a capitalistic society to compete with products grown on traditional farms. This is of course, not the case in our project.
PhilippineOne will not be growing food in multi-storied buildings using LED lights. Instead, our VF’s are one floor structures with glass roofs, thus allowing sunshine to nourish our food throughout the day, every day. The plants/vegetables/fruits will be grown on an A-Frame structure that will rotate throughout the day, using an electric pulley, allowing all the vegetables to receive the proper amount of sunlight. These A-Frames will be built in the Philippines using indigenous products and potentially sold to the other provinces and countries. We are asking a local university in Bacolod to become involved and to actually lead this project.
Aside from feeding our children and staff, these vegetables, fruits and legumes can be canned, frozen and sold to distributors in the Philippines and across Asia. The term food insecurity has become a “mainstream” expression over the last decade. It refers to cities and countries that would not have sufficient food to feed a populace if, and/or when catastrophe hits. One such country is Japan. This nation imports close to 78 percent of all its food supplies and if supply lines were somehow cut, the Japanese would suffer horribly. Food insecurity is also a problem in Singapore, Malaysia, and due to toxic water and unending expansion, China. It is only a matter of time before the Chinese reach a point of no return concerning their food requirements.
The Philippines has a huge opportunity to fill the food requirements for all of Asia and our plan is the way to do this.
TV and Documentaries
The weekly or monthly television program will show the children’s progress or transition from a street child to a child in a normal, family-like environment. We will display the changes in each child such as physical growth, and mental health. Episodes will focus on different children, life inside the home, as well as school and extra-curricular activities.
What is often forgotten in projects like ours, is the volumes of medical (physical and mental) information that will be created and because of this we will engage a university to supply interns as course credits.
The television program will be in English and in the local Hiligaynon dialect. Subtitles will be added depending on the audience and we will market within the Philippines to begin and across the globe thereafter on YouTube using subtitles for a minimum of one dozen languages.
All income produced from this venture will be re-invested in PhilippineOne non-profit ventures, including the expansion of our street children and VF programs.
Our documentaries will include works based on PhilippineOne; the Philippines sex trade; life in the Philippines and more.
For more information we can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our English website articles on street children can be found under our Blog page at https://philippineone.com