Veterans’ money will help Filipino orphans near Clark Air Base

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Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2485 in Angeles City, Philippines, pose with sister Alessandria Casas and orphans at Duyan Ni Maria Children's Home after donating $5,000 to the orphanage near Clark Air Base. (Courtesy of VFW Post 2485)
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Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2485 in Angeles City, Philippines, pose with sister Alessandria Casas and orphans at Duyan Ni Maria Children's Home after donating $5,000 to the orphanage near Clark Air Base. (Courtesy of VFW Post 2485)

Veterans’ money will help Filipino orphans near Clark Air Base

by: Seth Robson | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: January 11, 2017

U.S. veterans in the Philippines are helping fund an orphanage near Clark Air Base, which was one of America’s largest overseas military communities.

On Christmas Eve, members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2485 in Angeles City dropped off a $5,000 check at Duyan Ni Maria [Cradle of Maria] Children’s Home, which has sheltered orphans near Clark since 1988.

“There’s a high rate of women being abandoned here and some very poor people, too,” said Sherist Rodriguez, an American volunteer at the orphanage.

When VFW members recently visited the home, they found a well-run facility but one that was old and in need of maintenance, said John Gilbert, 69, a retired Army first sergeant and vice commander of the VFW’s Department of the Pacific.

The veterans’ money is helping build a new orphanage on land donated by a local priest in Mabalacat City, near the former air base, he said.

The VFW learned about the orphans’ plight through an American pilot who visited Duyan Ni Maria. The Returned and Services League of Australia is donating another $2,000 for the project, Gilbert said.

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