The Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization born out of the vision of Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy, the Executive Pastor of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, to reach out to the destitute Filipino children whose miserable plight he could not ignore as he toured around the Philippines as an evangelist. He promised himself that should the Almighty Father bless his ministry, he would help feed, clothe, and send to school three million children in the country.
Thus, the Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. was born. In June 1998 when the first CJFI residential care home for children was established in Davao City. The center initially accommodated 15 beneficiaries who were abandoned, neglected, or orphaned. It became the temporary home of the destitute children where their basic needs like food, clothes, and education were provided for free.
What started as a dream to reach out to more underprivileged children continues to materialize as six more residential care facilities were established in Quezon City, Laguna, Cavite, Pampanga, Cebu, and General Santos City. With this growth, more beneficiaries benefit from the residential based program of CJFI.
CJFI expanded its services with the community-based program that were initiated such as feeding programs for the malnourished children in poor barangays, free medical and dental services, livelihood projects to the beneficiaries’ parents and scholarship grants to poor children who cannot afford to go to school.
Beginning 2013, its disaster response initiatives have helped thousands of victims of fire, typhoon, and flood through series of relief operations in the calamity-stricken areas. In Tacloban, for instance, CJFI is actively involved not only during the catastrophe but more so in its restoration efforts. CJFI has partnered with funding organizations like Global Giving in helping local folks start anew with the provision of fishing boats to the fishermen and in the establishment of day care centers that promote the total development and protection of children 3 to 6 years of age. Children’s Joy Foundation Canada also funds the founding of day care centers in other poor barangays.
The partnership of CJFI and Dell Philippines also creates a resounding impact among the recipients of the Powering the Youth Learning Program where children in the day care centers and the youth in host barangays are given free computer lessons through the mobile computer laboratory. Also, computer laboratories were put in place in two residential care facilities in Davao City and Quezon City which will be replicated in other shelters soon.
With the support of several kindhearted individuals and companies, the Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. remains to be one of the strongest arms of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the implementation of programs and services for the children in the country.
The Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. envisions to achieve excellence of its operation in greater heights empowering children in God’s way, to live a life of responsibility and accountability in a gender-fair caring society and to become a strong pillar in nation building.
Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. endeavors to reach out to the greater masses of disadvantaged children in the country by providing them Center Based and Community Based Support Programs that provide them with various avenues that would harness their knowledge and skills, imbued with the values of God-fearing individuals, molding them into responsible and useful citizens in their communities and in the nation as a whole.
Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. aims to provide the underprivileged children in the Philippines with various services including medical, psychological and educational support and emergency assistance to harness their potentials that are necessary for nation building. CJFI further targets the achievement of the following goals:
- Provide temporary shelter to disadvantaged children in the country.
- Implement various intervention programs and services to children that will restore their normal functioning as persons.
- Facilitate process of reintegration with their family and community in coordination with LGUs and NGO partner agencies for the promotion of children’s rights.
- Provide opportunities that will promote their total development as children by enhancing their skills in preparation for independent living in the future.
- Prepare them as young adults for employment and economic self-sufficiency.
- Extend services to surrounding and neighboring communities where CJFI operates based on their needs and available resources of the Foundation.
- Render immediate response to victims of disasters.