Brief description and main aims
Bukas Palad Cebu Foundation Inc. (BPCFI) establishes, maintains, and operates as an agency primarily for the marginalized and less privileged families of Mabolo, Cebu City. For the past several years, members and families of BPCFI have grown in numbers. Some migrated to different places in Cebu since some of these families' houses were demolished and thus were forced to transfer to another place. In spite of these obstacles, the relationship between these families and BPCFI stood firm through communication, especially through home and school visitation.
At the start, BPCFI operated in the sitios and barangays of Cebu City, specifically Barangay Mabolo. As the years went by, its work has spread to different municipalities of Cebu and the different islands of the Visayas. However, the majority of its beneficiaries come from Mabolo.
The beneficiaries of BPCFI are mainly children and youth from age 3 to 24 belonging to underprivileged and under-served communities and families. These children and youth are part of the BPCFI Educational Programs, and about 85 percent are given support through the Support at a Distance Program (SAAD).
In recent years BPCFI expanded its services to cater to a wider range of clientele that covers not only those children and youth who are part of the SAAD Program. BPCFI, through its services, reached out to the parents of the children and youth and their communities, providing some health services and skills training services.
While carrying out this work, BPCFI always keeps in mind their aims , which are:
To promote the physical growth of the families in the community and treating illnesses through the beneficence of its medical volunteers
To promote also solidarity for indigent children by providing financial, moral, and spiritual support while they remain with their own families in their homeland.
To provide quality education to children from 0-6 years old so that it may bear fruit and they may be empowered by Jesus Christ to live in service for others
To provide out-of-school youth and adults a holistic seminar for value formation that will serve as preparation for either employment or for studies.
Bukas Palad aims to form and develop strong individuals who may become productive in the family and community, capable of transforming the lives of others and building communities that witness universal brotherhood.