Cottolengo Filipino is an orphanage built for disabled children mainly for boys. It is a private non-stock, non-profit religious, non-governmental organization, and accredited and licensed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). It is owned and operated by the Little Work of Divine Grace Congregation founded by Saint Luigi Orione and spearheaded by Father Julio Cuesta. It stretches to its utmost aim which is to serve most poor, abandoned, neglected, and surrendered persons with disabilities.
Cottolengo Filipino aims to help the PWD/PWDs (person with disability/person with disabilities). These people have limited resources in life, are abandoned by their parents and are put under the care of the orphanage. Orphans living here are either physically disabled (deaf, mute, blind or handicapped) or mentally disabled (retarded, autistic, has down syndrome or cerebral palsied) or both.
At Albergus, we strongly believe that everyone is entitled to happiness regardless of one’s disabilities. We wanted to share the blessings our company continuously receive for four decades to those who have less. Last July 4, 2017, Albergus held its third Corporate Social Responsibility at Cottolengo Filipino located in Rodriguez Rizal, that currently has 39 kids under its care with the age ranging from 5 years old to 29 years old.
This Corporate Social Responsibility was made possible with 25 Albergus employees who participated all throughout the event and gladly interacted with with the orphans during the program proper and games.
Albergus employees also shared talents and entertained them by singing and dancing.
Given the situation they’re in, the children under Cottolengo’s care are already deprived of the pleasure of enjoying a normal life. But, they should never be seen as social burdens. We must work together in encouraging them to face life courageously and believe that life has something great in store for them. Let us treat them with equal respect and eliminate all the existing biases and prejudices. As the famous quote from Coach Carter notes:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
On behalf of the Albergus team, thank you to the management and children of Cottolengo for giving us one of the most memorable Corporate Social Responsibility activity this year.