2020 Annual Report
Lesley Gomez left England at 22 to serve as a missionary in the Philippines. Today she and her husband Peter run LAMA, a charity and safe house for the abandoned boys of the streets.
TRUSTEES ANNUAL REPORT 2020 RESIDENTIAL CARE PROGRAM LAMA HOUSE
This report shows the number of young people/children resident during 2020. Also our accomplishments, current list of employed staﬀ and plan of action for 2021.
Due to CoVid19 pandemic, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) was informed that we would not accept any new referrals until the threat is over.
From January to March, LAMA House continued its usual programs and activities, however, by mid-March operations were greatly limited by the implementation of a Luzon-wide Enhanced Community Quarantine (Lockdown) due to CoVid19 pandemic.
During the lockdown, movement of persons outside their residences were highly restricted, so most of LAMA House employees were not able to report to work. Only 3 stay-in staﬀ were able to do duties. Considering staﬀ shortage the boys/girls cooperation was a big help in terms of daily operations as they were assigned to do household chores and maintain the facility. For safety, they were not allowed to go out of LAMA House premises. Visitors and vendors were not allowed and stay-in staﬀ were advised to limit going out.
Regular devotions and worship were conducted by Michael Gomez. In academics, elementary students were tutored at home in math and reading and comprehension. During summer, they made a vegetable garden.
DISCHARGED CLIENTS – 10 wards were safely discharged to relatives.
ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE/STAFF 2020:
Staﬀ Personnel were kept up-to-date with knowledge and skills in dealing with children/young people. During 2020, staﬀ were unable to attend trainings/seminars, except for the social worker who attended webinars oﬀered by the Child Protection Network and Cordillera Quest.
Director 1; Social Worker 1; Management Assistant 1; Finance Manager 1; Cook/Driver 1; Kitchen Coordinator 1
With clients discharged, the Trustees agreed to temporarily stop LAMA House operations. Most of the staﬀ were laid oﬀ and given separation pay and other benefits in keeping with their years of service. Some staﬀ were retained for management, follow up to recently discharged cases and to oversee renovations.
Due to the Covid19 pandemic, home visits were limited. Follow up of cases and coordination with Municipal Social Workers, families and other institutions were mostly done electronically.
Concerns related to maintaining daily operations, conducting home visits and follow-up due to restrictions imposed with the on-going community quarantine.
PLAN OF ACTION FOR THE SUCCEEDING YEAR 2021
Since LAMA House is temporarily closed and clients discharged, conducting follow up will be the focus this year. Travel restrictions are still being implemented, follow up is done virtually, only those nearby will be personally visited. Those who are far away will be visited as soon as the situation on CoVid19 becomes better.
We plan to cultivate the surrounding farm-land and plant vegetables next year while waiting to know how to proceed.
LAMA is having major renovations – the roof has been fixed, all windows replaced and rooms re decorated. Financial help, grocery parcels and other assistance is given to needy boys and families where possible.
The CoVid19 pandemic greatly aﬀected LAMA House operations for 2020. Even so, LAMA House was happy to successfully discharge clients despite the situation. LAMA House has been operating for more than 2 decades and served hundreds of children. Since admissions are not yet being accepted and with no clients in the facility, LAMA House decided to take this opportunity to have a rest and to re-evaluate the programs. LAMA house continues to provide services through follow-up as mentioned above.