Friday, August 29, 2014

Gifts & Graces Fair Trade Foundation - Behind the Scenes Production - Tahanang Walang Hagdanan, Inc || Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines

Another one of the places we visited with Gifts & Graces Fair Trade Foundation was Tahanang Walang Hagdanan, located in Cainta, Rizal, just on the outskirts of Metro Manila to the east.

Tahanang's mission is this:

Strengthen the social enterprise thru viable economic activities without compromising the core thrust of empowering persons with disability and care for the environment.

And they do just that! The products they make are incredible! From woodworking, metalwork and sewing, they are able to give so many with disabilities a great job! There are residences on the 4 hectare site as well as a state-of-the-art vegetable plantation livelihood. Gifts & Graces Fair Trade gets lots of their wooden toys from Tahanang to sell in their gift shop.















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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Project Life Subic - Street Workers, Youth Center & English School || Olongapo-Subic, Zambales, Philippines

This is the 3rd post from Project Life Subic. I decided to combine the last three arms of what they do into one post.

Subic is known for it's bars, street workers and Project Life has many relationships with some of the women nearby their center who have worked on the streets, or who still work on the streets and are looking for a different way to make a living for their families. The sewing center is one of the ways they are helping these women and men.

A youth center near a seaside village has recently been acquired and they are in the process of renovating it and have already started making great relationships with the youth there.

As well, Leslie and her husband Sonny, teach English at the center for many who either are employed through Project Life or from the area.

Truly Project Life is bringing life to many around them!




















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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Shiphrah Birthing Home || Antipolo, Rizal, Philippines

The founder of Shiphrah Birthing Home (part of HELP International Ministries) is a long-time friend of my (Tracey) motherinlaw, who started Gentle Hands Birthing Clinic, which is now Gentle Hands, Inc - an orphanage run by my sisterinlaw.

Jeri and her daughter, Deborah's, heart for the pregnant women at Shiphrah is so very evident as they do their prenatals, interviews and ultimately births.

Three times a week, pregnant women from the Antipolo area come for their weekly teaching, prenatal checkups. It's a lovely set-up and 2 doors down is The Little Children's Home, an orphanage started by Jeri's late husband Dennis. (TLC is another post!) The Birthing Home is also registered to accept midwives worldwide for training so volunteer midwives come and train under the Shiphrah staff year-round.















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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Gifts & Graces Fair Trade Foundation - Behind the Scenes Production - Stardolls || Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines

When Gifts & Graces Fair Trade Foundation contacted us, it was not just do help them out with a product shoot for all of their livelihood products for their catalogue, but also for some of the behind the scenes production shots in some of the areas that these great products are made.

The first place we visited was up in Caloocan City, which is the very northeast of Metro Manila.

Started by two nuns - one italian and one spanish - back in 1978, Stardolls has become a place for many in the Tala community to make a fair and consistent living through the making of the dolls and other items that are made at the workshop.

When we were there, the orders were being made from all over the world: Japan, China, Germany. Truly this organization was such a blessing to the community of Tala as well as their teddy bears, which have a workshop of their own (pictured below) are an item that is sold at Gifts and Graces Giftshop. Each doll and item is so incredibly detailed and personal!


























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