MANILA — An orphanage is the latest beneficiary of actress Bea Alonzo's I Am Hope, a relief organization she co-founded in response to the coronavirus crisis.
On Instagram on Monday, she shared photos of her team turning over supplies and donations to the SOS Children's Village in Muntinlupa.
"We also learned the story behind this organization," Alonzo said, noting that SOS Philippines has been caring for orphaned children for seven decades.
According to Alonzo, the orphanage has seven other "villages" throughout the country, aside from the site I Am Hope visited.
"We were so impressed to see how organized and how well-managed their programs are," she said.
"You see, theirs is a different kind of an orphanage; they create a sense of family inside the village wherein they place the kids (and most of the time, the siblings are placed in the same house) with a 'Nanay.' They grow up in this household until they are adults and can take care of themselves," she explained.
In videos she shared, Alonzo can be seen interacting with the children, with the safety measure of maintaining physical distance due to the pandemic.
"Seeing them smile back at me, even with masks on, is a reflection of how we can still have HOPE amid chaos," she wrote.
I Am Hope, which Alonzo co-founded with Rina Navarro, was initially a food drive for vulnerable communities.
It has since evolved as a donation platform with the goal of aiding frontline workers, local governments, and other non-profit organizations.