ABOUT LIFELINE FOUNDATION
We are Lifeline Foundation Support Team, Inc., a non-stock, non-profit, non-government organization based in Manila.
We’re a group of educators, artists, medical professionals, architects, students, musicians and engineers – who all have busy lives but have one thing in common. We are people who care, dedicated to the relief of the oppressed and the empowering of the victim-minded.
We began with a suicide prevention hotline in 2003, and within the same year started giving free medical, dental assistance, along with free food and groceries, clothes and blankets to several Mangyan tribes of Mindoro. .
We began to, as Filipinos, sense a greater call to a global responsibility to the human need, and we were proud to send a mission last December 2005 to war-torn Rwanda in Africa. Third world helping third world, proving we have a lot to give.
When people care about those who live around them as much as they care for their own personal well-being that is the precise moment that poverty starts to decline and wealth begins to sprout.
When people care for their children, and for the whole of their children—not just
their physical feeding—but the health of their children as a whole, mentally strong, emotionally robust and physically fit, we will see choices made that bring about change for the common good.
When a poor man cares for his dog, and shows his children the way of compassion— he teaches his children that no reason, no matter how difficult the circumstance is an excuse to cause suffering or harm to another breathing soul.
We have been astonished at the levels of entitlement that exist amongst our impoverished. Last year we offered a scholarship for a little girl we knew in our neighborhood. Her family could not even send her to public school and we wanted to help. Our offer to provide a scholarship was met with suspicion and resistance. “Why? What did we want to do with her? What kind of school is this?” We answered all these questions and more satisfactorily and yet, our offer was declined.
It is disheartening to recognize that many of these parents would rather have their children beg on the streets of Manila than to furnish them with the foundation of a good education.
We believe in social evolution through revolutionizing our thinking.
Rain4Africa, Lifeline Foundation’s response to the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time
On July 20 of this year, the United Nations officially declared the crisis in the Horn of Africa as a famine. Tens of thousands have died, in fact more than 29,000 children under the age of 5 have died in the months of June to August. This famine was caused by excessive drought, back-to-back failed crop seasons, the 20-year civil war in Somalia and rising food and fuel prices worldwide. More than 12 million people are affected in three countries and are in need of aid. It is hard to wrap our minds around that figure; the idea of 12 million hungry people is almost too large to comprehend. With the amount of bad news we get on a daily basis, it may just be too easy to turn a blind eye, especially because of the sheer numbers involved. Some people may prefer not to face this horrific reality. But face it we must. We must choose to do just the opposite—we must choose to get shocked and horrified at these unthinkable statistics. They must keep us awake at night. They have got to bring out the best in humanity and spur us on to action.
Someone once said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful and committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” That’s exactly what Lifeline Foundation is doing, we are responding to the call for global aid. We’re people who are just like you—students, businesspeople, doctors, nurses, dentists, teachers, musicians, engineers, counselors, graphic artists and writers who are all friends living in the city of Manila. One of the things we live by is “Third world helping third world;” as we believe that the Philippines should not only be on the receiving end of aid.
On November 13, 2011 Lifeline Foundation is holding Rain4Africa, A Lifeline to Africa Run in Westgate Filinvest Alabang. 100% of the proceeds from this run will go directly to the World Food Program (www.wfp.org). Race categories are 3k, 5k and 10 k, and registration is Php400 for all categories, inclusive of timing chip and race bib. No loot bags, just care. No singlets, but we do ask all participants to wear bright colors in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Africa.
According to the World Food Program, “50 cents a day is enough to feed a hungry child or a mother on the edge of survival.” We can do this. We can raise what is needed to save lives, to save the future. Join us on November 13! Call 8362514 or visit www.alifelinetoafrica.org for more details about Rain4Africa.