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So much help can be done when generous people come together and act as one. Recently, the Happy Hands of Hope was able to help 3 kids with congenital heart diseases in Bacolod City in order to live normal lives again.
How Happy Hands of Hope Was Born
It was a few years ago that five people from Bacolod met serendipitously. Through the Bukas Loob sa Diyos Catholic Charismatic Covenant Community, specifically under the Solo Parents Encounter (SPE), this five became fast friends. These are Jennefer Bautista, Mary Geraldine Cango, Celsa Dulinski, Analyn Bernardo, and Marissa Getonzo.
Their SPE weekend, the Life in the Spirit Seminar, and the subsequent teachings were the catalysts for the change in their individual lives. God has healed their hearts and opened their eyes to see the beauty and the blessings amidst their trials.
With constant fellowship, they got to bond and discover their common desire to live a life of significance. They want to serve God by helping other people live better lives. All of them believe by now that, “When you hand everything to God, you will see God’s hand in everything.”
The Perfect Opportunity
A couple of months ago Jennefer Saril Bautista came across a group based in the USA known as The Little Green Apples Project (TLGAP). It is a non-profit organization that encourages intentional acts of kindness and helps empower visually impaired individuals.
Jen, who was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, is completely blind. She communicated to them her desire to work with local orphanages in Bacolod City, Philippines.
It Started with Puppets
To help kick start her dream, TLGAP sent puppets over to the Philippines. By this time, their group was formally formed. They called it Happy Hands of Hope.
While waiting for the arrival of the puppets and preparing for a live puppet show, they learned about an orphan resident at the Home of Hope (HOH) orphanage who needed a heart procedure. They went on to learn more about the case as well as how they can help.
Upon further research, they were led Dr. Judah Gozar, a Pediatric Interventional Cardiologist based in Bacolod City.
With the financial aid of TLGAP and the expertise of the medical team, the procedure was made possible. Their first case was a success.
More Underprivileged Kids with Congenital Heart Diseases
Eventually, the group discovered that so many other kids from indigent families also needed aid. It became apparent that besides the HOH, there were other children who needed help.
With discernment and guidance, the group decided to legitimize their volunteering efforts. Thus, this is how HAPPY HANDS OF HOPE OPERATION PUSO MINISTRY INC. came to be.
Recently, we have received our Securities and Exchange Commission registration with a non-profit status. Although TLGAP will continue to assist in raising funds, it the aim of the foundation to become self-sufficient within the next 24 months.
The foundation welcomes the help of other groups and individuals who can further their fundraising efforts. Moreover, they are looking forward to more lives getting saved for the greater glory of God.
Get in Touch
Happy Hands of Hope Operation Puso Ministry Inc.
Lot 9-A Blk. 19, Purok Magbinuligay, Brgy. Bata, Bacolod City
Tel. 7032895 | Mobile (0917) 863-2668
FB page: Happy Hands of Hope Operation Puso Ministry Inc.
A Team of Pediatric Cardiologists
So far, Happy Hands of Hope was able to help a total of three kids with congenital heart diseases like the Patent Ductus Ateriosus.
The procedures were a team effort of Dr. Judah Gozar and Dr. Mylah Alfeche of Iloilo. The procedures were made possible with the help of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, Philhealth, and the parent’s contribution.
What the Kids Needed
These three children needed a procedure called the Transcatheter Closure of Patent Ductus Arteriosus.
- October 27, 2019 – a 7-year-old girl from Don Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental
- December 13, 2019 – an 8-year-old boy from Brgy. Banago, Bacolod City
- December 13, 2019 – a 12-year-old boy from Brgy. Granada, Bacolod City
They all underwent the same procedure at The Medical City in Iloilo. All the procedures were successful and these kids have a new lease in life.
Happy Hands of Hope are looking forward to help more underprivileged kids with congenital heart diseases like them.
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