La Salle, Saint Benilde convert sports facilities into humanitarian spaces

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 19 2020 03:01 AM

More than 150 homeless people are currently housed at La Salle's Enrique M. Razon Sports Center and Saint Benilde's covered basketball courts. Handout

De La Salle University and College of Saint Benilde have opened their sports facilities to act as temporary shelter for the homeless in the middle of the enhanced community quarantine. 

More than 150 people are currently housed at La Salle's Enrique M. Razon Sports Center and Saint Benilde's covered basketball courts, a setup that school officials hope would lessen the street dwellers' chances of contracting COVID-19.

The arrangement was done in cooperation with the Arnold Janssen Kalinga Center.

"The AJ Kalinga Center is serving the homeless regularly. Their main ministry is providing food and free showers for the homeless but, now that we are on quarantine, they are looking for shelters for them. They worked with several schools to give them a safe space during the community quarantine," said Fritzie De Vera, La Salle's vice president for Lasallian Mission.

Besides La Salle and Saint Benilde, Saint Scholastica's College in Manila also houses a number of people who need a place to stay.

"We are requesting for donations in kind or in cash. For donations in kind, we would appreciate cooked meals for them. The center is also providing meals, which they get from the cash donations. We provide three meals a day," De Vera said.

Many have responded to the call for donations, including individuals who handed in mattresses and protective gear; Chooks-to-Go, which provided 50 packs of chicken; and La Salle's student government, who donated vitamins.

According to De Vera, they could need pillows, industrial rice cookers, percolators for coffee, garbage bags, more medicines, bath towels, clothes, toiletries and sanitary alcohol.

Donations are accepted through:

Cash Donations can be deposited to the ff:
1) AJ KALINGA FOUNDATION INC.
 ASIA UNITED BANK 
 PESO SAVINGS ACCOUNT NO. 082-11-000496-2

2) PayPal
 [email protected]

3) BPI (Congressional Rd Branch)
 Savings Account No. 1959-3450-46

For more sports coverage, visit the ABS-CBN Sports website.