CREDITS: VIDEO BY MARIAM HAAS, MUSIC BY DONG ABAY
The primary objective of HTO is to provide full residential care to street children and other most vulnerable children. Zamboanga City has been a refuge for the victims of armed conflicts in the Southern Philippines. Many have fled from surrounding areas to find shelter in the city.
We intend to provide our beneficiary children with opportunities to achieve their full potentials as human beings by caring for their physical, educational, spiritual, social and emotional needs. As a result HTO constructively contributes to the general development of the nation.
Some of our children are orphans; others have been abandoned by their parents. Some still have parents or other relatives but they are too poor to support them. For us each child is precious. Our vision is to build a community where children of all ages live freely and responsibly, where their basic rights are respected and needs sufficiently met and where a loving and competent team cares for them continuously.
HTO exists because of a committed team who believes in the power of selfless service to the community. We are thankful for all those who believe in us and our vision and who have come alongside us by supporting us both financially and practically. Without you this adventure would not have been possible.
If you would like to know more about our project, we will be happy to send you our full project proposal.
HOW IT ALL STARTED
Touched by the poverty in her country, HTO founder Lorna Fe Haas decided to devote herself to the street children of her home town Zamboanga City upon her return to the Philippines in 2011. With the encouragement and financial support of her Swiss friends, she started to build an orphanage.
The Holy Trinity Open House Foundation (formerly Holy Trinity Orphanage Foundation) is registered
with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Zamboanga City. The building
was completed in 2014.
An association to support the Holy Trinity Orphanage (HTO) was created in Switzerland in December 2014. The board of the Swiss association works in partnership with the founder and the board of the Holy Trinity Open House Foundation in Zamboanga City to assure a smooth running of the home.