In addition to community-based outreach to the Badjao and the City Refuge, we have a growing community at The Father's Refuge. At present, we take care of seven children who live permanently as part of our family. These children have no chance of re-integration with their birth families, or of adoption. Instead, it is our goal to have a “Safe Village”, made up of small family units, with a house parent for each unit. This way we hope to provide a natural family atmosphere in which each child is comfortable and well-supported.
Merlyn, our Senior Child Care Worker, oversees the children’s progress and provides a link between our ministry and the children’s teachers. The kids also have the opportunity to learn practical skills at home, and have plenty of one-on-one help with their homework and play from team members. In January 2013, The Father's Embrace was able to buy a bigger plot of land in central Palawan. The land has rice paddies, a small creek running through it, space for building native-style huts, a coffee plantation and room for extensive vegetable and fruit production. It is an exciting time for the ministry, as we begin to build on and develop this new land. We feel like the children of Israel, going in to possess a fruitful and bountiful land which has been prepared for us.