What We Do

In 2009, volunteers piloted programs that were inexpensive and yet very endearing to beneficiaries. There was the GoPalakas program, which not only distributed food to malnourished children, but also taught children how to do breathing exercises, sing fun songs on healthy food, and make prayer offerings. In some areas, rural children enjoyed learning how to play soccer while running barefoot. The GoPalakas program was documented by a balikbayan teenager, who went forth and showed the documentation to a school in the US. This led to an outpouring of donations to that particular Philippine public school.

Another program espousing the planting of organic, traditional rice called GoPalay was proven so effective in 2014 that the municipal government of San Juan, La Union partnered with SIFCare to teach farmers the process.

Meanwhile, CURMA is a sea turtle conservation program in San Juan, La Union with volunteers waking up as early as 3 am to patrol the coastline, place eggs in a hatchery to save them from poachers and make sure that hatchlings, once they are ready, safely cross the shore for their first swim into the open sea during the nesting season of sea turtles. For this project, SIFCare is working together with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Tourism (DOT), and Holcim as partners.

HARI or Healthy Aqua Resource Initiatives is a simple effort to clean and rehabilitate wells in public schools and communities, thus delivering an essential need to save lives.

In various areas of the country SIFCare also conducts SIYAM (Seminars Immersions Yoga Arts Meditation), a program of diverse activities that promote wisdom and a healthy lifestyle for all.

Care in action