Philippine Self-Help Foundation


This page features the written accounts of PSHF team members, sponsors, friends and volunteers who come to visit us in the Philippines.

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Suen's PSHF experience

Posted on January 3, 2015 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (1)

Dear Richard, and all of the PSHF team,


First of all, happy new year!


It has been a pleasure spending time with you all in the Philippines for the past 3 weeks. I had a wonderful time, an eye-opening experience in fact. Not to mention that I'm very fortunate to have gracious hosts Ireen and Hazel - thank you ladies for taking good care of me during my ...

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A Bittersweet Story

Posted on April 12, 2014 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (0)

"I was lucky enough to volunteer with PSHF during my Chinese New Year break at the school I teach at in Shanghai, China. Richard is a childhood friend of my Mum & Uncle and he was gracious enough to allow me to volunteer with his organization.


I volunteered with Marlene, a girl I'd met through a friend while she was visiting Shanghai in November of 2013. She was going to be in the Philippines for about two months and I put her in contact with Richard who graciously invi...

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Meeting Nora

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

I volunteered for a week in Bohol along with a friend, Natasha Arid, who I met in Shanghai prior to coming to the Philippines. I met the Cebu Relief Coordinator, Jo-Ann and a teacher from the Light House Learning Center School in Cebu, Genevive. I was warmly welcomed by the Bohol Relief Coordinator, Ireen, who set up my accommodation in the Bohol office. I was extremely thrilled to be working with all three women, who were dedicated to their life’s work of helping others, truly inspirat...

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"Paradise Lost"

Posted on November 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM Comments comments (0)

We - Lanie De Leon (PSHF Bacolod coordinator), Ana Marie Alba (our previous coordinator for southern Negros Occidental), Rhiza Ciudad (PSHF trustee) had the chance to visit Concepcion in northern Panay eight days after typhoon Yolanda devastated the town. We had come to bring relief suppl...

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PSHF delivers relief supplies to Concepcion

Posted on November 16, 2013 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)


A PSHF team visits Concepcion, a town in the province of Iloilo, badly damaged by typhoon Yolanda. 

Lanie de Leon describes a weekend of delivering relief supplies to an affected community.


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Philippine Christmas by Dan Brandsma

Posted on January 18, 2012 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (0)

The Christmas season is a special time of year, and for our family having the opportunity to be together again made it especially so. Ruth and I are currently American ex-pats living and working in Tokyo, Japan, with our high school daughter Liz. Our three sons (in their 20’s) are living in the US. As we started our vacation planning we were looking for some place where we could enjoy time together as a family, some place warm and accessible to swimming, and also some...

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Coming Home for Fritzy by Glitter H. Moreno

Posted on April 19, 2011 at 7:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Fritzy Cañete was only nine when she passed away on the morning of October 30 last year, after losing a ten-month battle with cancer. She had acute Myolegenous Leukaemia (AML), a malignant disease of the bone marrow. We first met her in June 2010 when her mother Maribel came to us for help. We responded by funding all the costs of Fritzy’s blood transfusions and prescriptions, but her illness was too severe, and she died four months later.


Fritzy spent the last ...

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Neither here nor there but the Philippines by Yuko

Posted on September 12, 2010 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (1)


‘The Philippines? Why?’

I visited the Philippines in March and stayed there for 14 days. When asked why I wanted to visit the Philippines, I didn’t know exactly what to say, except that I wanted to explore. Although even now, I’m still not sure what brought me to the Philippines, but wha...

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Education the Solution by Glitter H. Moreno

Posted on April 29, 2010 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Glitter Moreño, the Bacolod office co-ordinator, was invited to speak at the Lighthouse Learning Center's 14th Commencement Exercises last March 27, 2010. She shared her thoughts on the kind of education which could bring about a real and lasting solution.

27th March 2010

Education the Solution

" Firstly, I want to commend you parents for coming here today and looking all so wonderful to show your love for your chil...

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Reach by Glitter Moreno

Posted on December 17, 2009 at 12:47 AM Comments comments (0)

The PSHF is not only active in providing loan assistance but also in giving grants. These are mostly for unaffordable medical treatment and sometimes for housing, business revival, and organic farming training.


I made this video two years ago and I hope that it can REACH out to you profoundly, in whatever w...

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