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Extend a helping hand to these worthy charities that we've come to advocate for

'Tis the season to be giving! Support these venerable organisations that all make our communities a better place to live in. 

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Bantay Kalikasan (2003)

In 2003, the Tatler Ball raised funds to help conservation and reforestation efforts at the 2,700-hectare La Mesa Watershed. This was done through the partnership and guidance of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation's environmental arm, Bantay Kalikasan, which continues to be a pillar in environmental advocacy in the Philippines. In 2022, people can continue to help by volunteering as writers, photographers, videographers, and even biodiversity specialists. Donations are also welcome and those who have something to report—whether environmental abuses or calamity-ridden areas—may also do so through their website. 

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Philippine National Red Cross (2004)

Known as a premier humanitarian organisation in the country, the Philippine National Red Cross is committed to providing life-saving services to those in the marginalised sector. During the 2020 pandemic, they were instrumental in providing accessible RT-PCR tests for suspected COVID-19 cases. This 2022, people can easily access donation avenues and help those most in need. Red Cross accepts monetary and in-kind contributions and their blood bank accepts donations from healthy persons. They also accept volunteers who are willing to be at the front lines during times of calamity. 

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Operation Smile (2006 and 2015)

Having a cleft lip or a cleft palate is one of the most common birth defects around the world. Yet, this kind of condition can often impede a person's self-esteem or lifestyle. Operation Smile, which provides safe surgery for those born with a cleft, gives children around the world the chance to live normal lives. The surgery itself is quick and fairly routine, and the organisation works tirelessly to make sure it is accessible for all. Those who believe in this advocacy can volunteer as medical specialists (dentists, cleft surgeons, and anesthesiologists are greatly needed) or non-medical personnel (photographers, translators, and the like). 

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Gawad Kalinga (2007)

Gawad Kalinga is a comprehensive organisation that aims to address poverty in different ways. They focus on health and wellness, child and youth development, shelter and land security, building resilient communities, and advocating for social businesses and family productivity. Anyone is free to get involved with them either by volunteering in a community, supporting a program, or supporting a community project. Learn more about it through their website. 

Visit their website here

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Synergeia (2008)

Synergeia understands the difficult plight of education in the Philippines. As such, they encourage individuals and institutions to volunteer and experience the fulfilment of it in a variety of ways. Anyone can sign up to visit a school or program to gain a deeper understanding of the current circumstances of Philippine education. Volunteers who can help create instruction manuals are also welcome. Those who prefer to donate can do so and support both teachers and students across the country. 

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Habitat for Humanity (2011)

Everyone needs a roof over their heads. Habitat for Humanity, which is renowned worldwide for providing just that, asks for people to donate or volunteer with them to build homes for Filipino families in need. People who are willing to help can do their part to build homes, spearhead workshops such as financial literacy training and community clean-up drives, or can even set up fundraisers for the organisation. 

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Teach for the Philippines (2012)

Donations are welcome at Teach for the Philippines, a local organisation that helps secure young children's education by providing support for bright young leaders and teachers. Anyone interested can "adopt a future leader" and support one of the young professionals working hard to ensure that his or her class of 40-50 public school students are given the best attention. 

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Virlanie Foundation (2014)

Disadvantaged children are who Virlanie Foundation cares for the most. Since its establishment in the 80s, the organisation has been striving for its mission. Anyone can help through volunteering, fundraising, donating monetarily, or even sponsoring a program or service. 

Visit their website here

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MovEd Foundation (2018)

Do you love children? If so, then MovEd Foundation is the perfect volunteer opportunity for you! With a focus on youth, MovEd Foundation continues to inspire and bring joy to the lives of many marginalised children. Volunteers can help by giving their time to become a teacher, a chef, or even a storyteller for the day, providing these children with happy, learning memories they're sure to cherish. 

Visit their website here

WWF Philippines (2019)

WWF Philippines has many core beliefs and missions, all of which centre around transforming lives through the environment. There are multiple ways to get involved including donations, fundraising, and purchasing WWF merchandise where proceeds will go towards the mission. 

Visit their website here

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