Unang Hakbang Foundation (UHF) is a
caring organization engaged in helping children on the street and
in urban poor
communities by creating sanctuaries for children and designing and promoting
programs to help them tap their potential
and become productive and responsible
members of their communities.
Presently, UHF operates four
children’s centers – Bahay ni San Francisco, a day center for street
children at the Catacombs, St. Francis Church, St. Francis Street
cor. Shaw Blvd.,
Mandaluyong City, and three community-based centers. The latter are in barangay
Sto. Tomas, Pasig City and in
Calbayog, Bgy. Highway Hills and
Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City. UHF’s programs
focus on re-building the children self-esteem, improving their skills and assisting families take care of
At its centers, UHF provides
individual and family counseling, tutorials and
literacy classes, art lessons as
well as, livelihood training and medical assistance. At Bahay ni San Francisco,
UHF also provides a regular meal and bathing and laundry facilities.
Child Support Program integrates the organization's various activities into a
holistic program directed toward helping street-based and other children in
urban poor communities to get a leg up the formal school system, providing
specialized assistance as well to those who for various reasons cannot be
integrated into the system.
program likewise gives UHF's art program a
new direction expanding its purpose to providing
participants with a directly employable skill. In doing so,
we play to the children's strength creating a path to where they are naturally
inclined to go. Art activities, we have observed
over time, provide the most common opportunity for exposing the children's hidden capacity for
self-discipline and self-organization.
mother’s class where topics include
refresher math and reading, marital relationships, parenting and
disciplining children. As group members become more comfortable with each other,
they are encouraged to embark on a livelihood undertaking. This group of mothers
have formed a quilting circle and sell baby quilts.
or better --- this is the average grade that UHF-assisted children must
get. To help them, we have daily tutorials and special classes in
reading and math. For those who are unable to go back to the formal
school system, we have non-formal education classes.