In 2011, we provided 20 individuals with grants for a total disbursement of 623,000 pesos (US$15,000).The grants were mostly for medical needs but we also assisted families with housing and the revival of livelihoods.
Alfreda Roylan was suffering from multiple organ malfunction, rheumatic heart disease, thrombosis, kidney failure and high blood pressure when she was found by Richard and company in the paediatric ward of the provincial hospital in Bacolod in November 2004. In July of the following year, she was sent to Manila for a cardiac catheterisation test and the PSHF paid for her and her brother's and mother's return trips by boat, as well as jeepney fares and other miscellaneous expenses. She looked so ill, we were afraid that she might not survive but she did and she is now a happy third grader in an elementary school in her hometown in Ma-ao.
Whilst the PSHF's main focus is on livelihood loan assistance, we also help individuals with grants for unaffordable medical treatment, housing assistance, business revival and training, specifically through organic farming seminars.