Consuelo Foundation

 

 

When I was in university studying Fine Art History, I considered going the direction of  art therapy. But though my heart was in art, my mind really was in urban planning. So I stayed an extra year and got another major in urban studies. Well, you all know what happened after.

 

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Now as a mom, I surround my children with art supplies and let them freely express themselves through art. They’ve never taken formal lessons. They just love to draw and paint what they see or imagine. There’s plenty of time to learn other people’s techniques later on. Whatever it is that I’ve shared in my blog and Instagram is just a micro portion of the art projects they churn out on a daily basis.

 

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This is Lily’s drawing of an alien family when whe was 4 and a half. Once in a while, my brother in law (who has a PhD in Psychology) analyzes their drawings. Art therapy involving lots of princesses, fairies and occasional aliens with fancy eyelashes.

 

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During my recent UNICEF trip to Davao Oriental after Typhoon Pablo hit and devastated the region, I visited schools with temporary classrooms. Children used art to express their fears and hopes. Art therapy. This was at Purok Sampaguita, Poblacion Daycare Center,Boston,Davao Oriental. Photo by UNICEF/2013/KatPalasi

 

I got an invite to “GIVING HOPE” – AN ART EXHIBIT, open to the public from April 6-10, 2013 extended to April 18. Though I couldn’t be there to attend, I’m telling their story because it is so fascinating in many levels. This exhibit highlights the child abuse prevention and treatment programs of Consuelo Foundation gathering artworks of children and young adults from Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and Metro Manila – a fitting tribute to celebrate 25 years of Consuelo Foundation.

 

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It is an exhibit created by children who are either survivors or at-risk of abuse, neglect and exploitation under the tutelage of art educator, Bambi Mañosa of Creative Kids Studio.

 

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The children created their own interpretations of themes that resonate imageries and traditions of the different regions where the workshops were held like large-scale flowers, paper machie birds, huge lanterns using a variety of medium.

 

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The artworks reflect the hope and aspirations of children ages 4 to 21 who have experienced a renewed sense of hope through the support of the Consuelo Foundation.

 

The Consuelo Zobel Alger Foundation has been quietly helping abused and neglected women and children in the Philippines for 25 years. I had first heard of it when I met US Ambassador Harry Thomas and Bambi Manosa on the same day. I had no idea about the enormity of this foundation’s portfolio — more than 400,000 children and women reached by Consuelo programs for the past 25 years, more than $75 Million USD invested by Consuelo Foundation for Philippine and Hawai‘i programs since 1993, and more than 125 Organizations in its network.

75 million dollars?!! Quietly helping people?! Who is Consuelo Zobel Alger?

 

A portrait painting of Consuelo, who in an extraordinary act of grace, committed her inheritance to the foundation that now bears her name.
Consuelo Zobel Alger was born in the Philippines in 1914. She grew up in a prominent Manila family whose ancestry dates back some 400 years to the Spanish conquistador Ponce de Leon.

 

Consuelo is the sister of Mercedes Zobel Mcmicking, the ancestors of the Zobels of Ayala Corp. She and her husband did not have children. When she died, she left her entire wealth for this foundation which operates programs on the prevention and treatment of abuse, neglect and exploitation of children, women and families. The foundation has quietly invested more than $75 million in child protection and social development programs for the past 25 years.

 

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Consuelo with her husband James Dyce Alger, an American officer, stationed in the Philippines. Alger retired and resettled in Hawaii with Consuelo where he died in 1986.

 

This story of incredible philanthropy began in 1987 when wealthy heiress Dona Consuelo was approached by Child and Family Service Philippines (CFSPI) head Patti Lyons for funding, she became CFSPI’s main benefactor. They later opened a Consuelo Zobel Alger home, a residential center for street children in Baguio City. It was here where Dona Consuelo found her inspiration. In 1988, she created her own private foundation, the Consuelo Zobel Alger Foundation to improve the quality life of disadvantaged children, women and families in the Philippines and Hawaii. She had no children of her own.

When Consuelo passed away in 1992, her endowment was given to the foundation where it was invested. This is where her legacy lives on. Today, the earnings from the investments are sustaining the Consuelo Zobel Alger Foundation. Since its inception, the foundation has given over 75 million dollars or 3 billion pesos to help her cause. (Source: www.consuelo.org)

 

From her earliest days, Consuelo was inspired by the words of St. Therese who said what matters in life is not great deeds, but great love.
From her earliest days, Consuelo was inspired by the words of St. Therese who said what matters in life is not great deeds, but great love.

 

St Therese did what I want to do in life...to let fall from heaven a shower of roses.
“St Therese did what I want to do in life…to let fall from heaven a shower of roses.” — Consuelo Zobel Alger

 

To know more about Consuelo Foundation and its programs visit www.consuelo.org.

And please visit the Ayala Museum and see the exhibit Giving Hope. Extended up to April 18.

 

 

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