Kalipay Learning Center
In an intimate ceremony on Saturday, May 7, 2016, Kalipay Negrense Foundation, Inc. invited its supporters and friends as they dedicated the new school building at Recovered Treasures compound
In her welcome speech, Anna Balcells, Founder/President, recounted her fears when Recovered Treasures Home was entrusted to her care. Partners of Hope, a Christian organization from the U.S., used to run Recovered Treasures until a shortage of funds from the US forced them to put a halt on their operations. It was then that Partners of Hope decided to entrust the home to Kalipay. The home had approximately 50 children then, and Anna, not wanting the children to lose the home they had considered their own for several years, decided to take on the challenge.
“I didn’t even think we would last a year,” she narrated, “yet here we are, years later, inaugurating a new school building.”
Anna took the opportunity to thank those who donated and contributed funds for the construction of the school.
Anna ended her speech by addressing the children, “Know that you are blessed. This school is a gift to you because you deserve the best, and all I ask is that you take good care of it.”
The ceremony also included the unveiling of a marker stating that the school was built mainly through the generous donation of Jorge and Rosario Ortoll, in memory of their mother Concepcion Z. Ortoll.
Jorge Ortoll walked among the children and addressed them with a simple message: to study hard, never cheat, to do their best, and enjoy school.
The children got their chance to thank the donors with heartwarming performances.
Kalipay Treasures Learning Center managed by Bethany Life Center Academy is accredited with the Department of Education and is already fully operational this school year.