Albert Schweitzer Familienwerk Foundation Philippines, Inc. (ASFFPI) also known as "Children's Haven" is a non -stock, non- profit and non-government organization that focuses on helping abandoned, neglected and exploited children, needy women, families, older and disabled people by providing shelter and other basic needs for survival, protection, development and participation.
Our Children's Haven is situated in the Philippines, Mactan Island. We have 82 children live at the Children's Haven. Let's have a look of some pictures of the activities on the link: Gallery
For more information please download our brochure: ASFFPI Brochure.docx
Policies & Guidelines on Internship and Volunteer Program: VOLUNTEERS BROCHURE.docx
To provide a package of social work interventions and other services to children, women, families, older and differently-abled persons needing special protection, care and rehabilitation, as well as depressed communities, by building their capability to uphold their rights become self propelling, self sustaining and self reliant.
A world free from violence, abuse and exploitation by building strong families whose members are:
· exemplify spiritual values and beliefs,
· are committed to support each other for their development;
· are capable of solving their problems and meeting their needs, and
· are actively participating in community development activities.
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
License No. : DSWD - FOVII RL - 0030-2009
Security Exchange Commission (SEC)
Registration No. : C199700329
Bureau of Internal Revenue as Tax Exempt organization
TIN No. : 200894103-000
Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA)
Registration No. : 2010 - 131
- Municipal Government of Cordova
- Cebu City Government
- Regional Development Council (Development Administration Committee - one of the four standing Committees of the RDC)
In October 1995, Mr. Bernd Papke, The Former Head of Albert Schweitzer Branch in Sachsen Anhalt, came to Cebu to observe residential institutions for different clientele group. Their first contact was Rev. Fr. Peter Zago, former Provincial Supervisor of the Don Bosco Provincialate of the Salesian Priests.
Fr. Zago and Fr. George Militante referred the request to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Mrs. Bibiana Horvath, one of the specialist of DSWD escorted the two guests in visiting the centers operated by DSWD and NGO, as well as the families where children who were scheduled for adoption and were licensed foster parents were placed.
On February 19 – March 12, 1996, upon invitation of Mr. Papke, Mrs. Martiniana D. Mercado, then DSWD Regional Director, and Mrs. Bibiana Horvath went to Germany to observe the operation of the different centers in Germany which were under the Albert Schweitzer-Verband.
When the two DSWD staff returned from their trip to Germany, they brought with them the assurance of Mr. Papke for support for programs for children in need of Special protection.
In 1997, the first foster home for children was established in Sitio Teltelon, Cotcot, Liloan, Cebu, on the property owned by Don Bosco. However, in year 2002, Don Bosco Boys Home in Cebu City was transferred to Cotcot, Liloan, thus ASFFPI could no longer construct additional cottages for abandoned and neglected children.
In August, 2003, Mrs. Mercado was able to request a 12,000 square meter lot from the Municipal government of Cordova, Cebu.
Mr. Heiner Theiss, and Dr. Professor R. Geiling then President and Managing Director of Albert Schweitzer Verband der Familienwerke und kinderforfer, e.V. respectively, based in Berlin, Germany, came to Cordova, Cebu to sign a Memorandum of Agreement with the former Mayor of Cordova, Hon. Arleigh Jay C. Sitoy.
In 2004 the first building at the Children’s Haven in Cordova was constructed and was occupied in June 5, 2004 by 20 children who were transferred from Cotcot, Liloan, Cebu.
Since 2004 the Albert-Schweitzer-Verband remitted to the ASFFPI funds for the construction of the two additional cottages to be able to provide residential care and custody to abandoned, neglected and abused children who were referred by DSWD, local and NGO Social Workers for admission. ASV also sent money for the operational expenses of the foundation.
To save administrative cost for its office, ASFFPI requested financial aid from the Dolores Aboitiz Children’s Fund of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. for the construction of a Multi-purpose Center which is used as office of the Executive Director, Social Worker, Bookkeeper and Houseparents, as well as library, counseling and group activities.
ASFFPI Board of Trustees, staff and children are grateful to the New President of Albert Schweitzer Verband der Familienwerk und Kinderdorfer, e.V., Mr. Heiner Koch, The Managing Director, Mrs. Margitta Bhenke, Officers and members thereof and to our generous donors, sponsors and kind – hearted individuals for their endless support to the ASFFPI.
Other Projects are:
Please be informed that presently, we are sending to school the children in our center referred to us by Social Workers of Parian and NGOs and Barangay Officials of Cebu City and other Child-Caring Agency. All are in school and participate in activities of the foundation.