– DIOCESE OF VIRAC
Alfonso Ma. Fusco Children’s Home (1983)
foundation house of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. John the
Baptist in the Philippines is located in the island-diocese of Virac,
province of Catanduanes. Since
it was through the invitation of the local Ordinary, Bishop Jose C. Sorra, that
the Baptistines came to the Philippines, the pioneer sisters got settled in Virac upon their arrival
in the Philippines on April 1983.
The Bl. Alfonso Ma. Fusco Children’s Home was built to address
the pressing need to promote the well-being of children especially those
who come from the poor villages. In 1985,
the Children’s Home was officially established as a non-profit
organization and accredited by the government as a rehabilitation center
| sick and malnourished children
in the whole island-diocese of Virac,
province of Catanduanes. It
also serves as a home for abandoned, neglected and orphaned children
from the same diocese.
Since its foundation, the
Children’s Home has already rehabilitated more than 2000 children,
housing an average of 80 intern children in the six-month to one
year period of rehabilitation, and
has facilitated the return of some children to the care of their
families and relatives. It
has also facilitated legal adoption and placement of children to
different foster homes in Italy, the United States of America and
Australia, providing them
with a better future.
The Children’s Home
provides residential and medical care to these indigent and sick
children as well as formal education.
At the same time it provides non-formal education to the
children’s parents. It works with volunteer doctors and nurses who provide
medical care to these children. It
also conducts outreach programs such as medical mission to far flung
villages and relief operations during natural calamities.
The Children’s Home was able to save and protect the lives of children
by providing them their basic needs, and special care in a homely
atmosphere, complete with motherly love and concern.
|This quality care has improved not only their health conditions
but also their emotional well-being.
undertaken by the Children’s Home saved the children from illness and
difficult cases were also given appropriate treatment.
In the Children’s Home, the
children are provided with parental care and social services. Integrating other alternative programs and activities such as
educational opportunities, health care, religious and socio-cultural
services and therapeutic sessions which have brought a lot of changes
into the lives of these children deprived of their rights and
opportunities for a better life. The
children’s involvement in the different programs and services has
enhanced their personality as manifested in their understanding and
acceptance of self, improvement of their relationship with others and
performance of their roles and duties.
Assured of protection and security, the children have gradually
overcome their shyness, fears, anxieties and insecurities facilitating
their active involvement in varied activities and higher academic
performance focused on opportunities for a better future and a better