HISTORY

Philippines Wanita dan Harapan Inc or Wadah ph evolved from Friends of Wadah, a movement of women helping other women to help themselves, inspired by Wadah Foundation's Anie Djojohadikusumo. The fledgling Friends started in 2010, aiding and abetting a modest handful of Filipino community workers, advocates and organizations who embraced women's causes: education, empowerment, livelihood, anti-trafficking of women and children. 

Its impact was most especially felt, however, in communities helped by Wadah-supported medical teams and first-responders after Typhoons Washi (local name Sendong, 2011) and Bopha (local name Pablo, 2012), two earthquakes including the apocalyptic 7.2 temblor that devastated an entire province after it unleashed energy equal to 32 Hiroshima bombs in 2013, followed by Supertyphoon Haiyan (local name: Yolanda) three weeks later. 

With the Philippines ranked consistently by the Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) in the top five most disaster-prone countries, Friends and 2011 CNN Hero and maternal health and survival activist Robin Lim made a strategic decision to formalize Wadah ph, prioritizing meeting United Nations Millennial Development Goal (UN MDG) Number 5: Improve Maternal Health.  In the aftermath of Haiyan, when Friends and Robin's Bumi Sehat took over a maternity clinic in a 2x2.5 meter tent inside a damaged schoolhouse in the coastal municipality of Dulag, an hour away by ambulance from the capital of Leyte in Southern Philippines, and named it the Bumi Wadah Medical Relief Camp and Birthing Manger--where there is always room!--its destiny became manifest, and thus was Philippines Wanita dan Harapan birthed, baptized and blessed officially on November 28, 2014, in celebration and thanksgiving. 

Wadah ph continues to be a presence in Leyte, in Cebu, in Bohol, plus parts of Northern Philippines, sustaining initiatives begun in the early days of Friends, supporting its partners and fellow NGOs, in conformity with the spirit of Wadah in caring, listening, inspiring, and staying. 

Wadah ph's next move is to expand to Palawan, an island on the country's western edge, where maternal mortality is second highest.  It is also where the Philippine Armed Forces struggle to maintain the country's sovereignty over contested nearby islands, several of which are known portals for human trafficking of Filipinas, some as young as nine years of age.  The vision is to set up a birthing home, training and retreat facilities, community school, disaster relief depot, model organic farm, bringing hope to the poorest of Palawan and the indigenous tribes from surrounding areas.