Who we are

 Unang Hakbang Foundation Inc. (UHF) exists to make children happy, nurturing and empowering children in very poor communities to expand their life options and become all they can be.


We envision all children growing into caring, mature and productive individuals actively engaged in creating a society of empowered and empowering communities.


§ Inspiring in children confidence that they are loved and cherished.  We call our centers homes, e.g., Bahay ni San Francisco, Bale nang San Isidro, and refer to them as sanctuaries for children, a safe place to be, away from bullies, “bad” friends, and inhospitable schools.  “Hindi ako nawalan ng pag-asa dahil naalala ko . . . mahal nila kami, hindi nila kami pababayaan”.

§     Helping children develop a strong sense of meaning, purpose, and mission.  Children have invariably told us “gusto ko ang nakakatulong sa ibang mga bata” which being a peer tutor or reader facilitates.  They like being able to share their knowledge and believe “kung kaya namin, kaya rin nila”.  It is an attitude that is increasingly animated by the children’s vision of themselves as participants in the larger project of Creation.

§     Fostering the children’s ability to visualize and create a positive future for themselves & their community.  The children have also told us that they have become “mas masayahin” and good role models – “hindi na sila mayabang”.  We see them translating this feeling of freedom and joy into choices that illuminate their faith and demonstrate their desire to make their lives great.

UHF's earliest family flanked by UHF Officer-In-Charge Merli Adviento, standing at leftmost, and Brian Villanueva, rightmost, our art teacher.