But with the help of the TWHI, which I now consider as a new-found family, my self-esteem and outlook in life changed," says Agonoy, eagerly showing off some of his so-called "magical cultured mushrooms" during a tour of the facility earlier this week.
The TWHI said the pro-environment initiatives of the rehabilitation center, under the leadership of its founder and chairperson, Sister Maria Valeriana Baerts; President and Chief Executive Officer Manuel Agcaoili, and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Jocelyn Garcia, may continue to become a role model institution for the PWDs so that it may gather more donors and partners to support its present and future programs.
The showcase offers up to 70 percent discounts for mobility aids; handicraft products; educational toys; household, office and restaurant decors; and other recycled products which are mostly handcrafted, designed and manufactured by the TWHI workers and beneficiaries.
Maricel Candole of the TWHI administration office says exhibition games of basketball and other sports, as well as a simple program, highlight today's celebration.
"The TWHI continues to live up to its mission and objective of assisting the disabled in physical and emotional rehabilitation, and helping them in their integration to the mainstream society through education, training or in-house employment," Candole says.
TWHI was established in February 21, 1973, through the initiative of a Belgian nun, Sr.
Aside from the livelihood projects, TWHI also accepts donations, conducts fundraising projects and write project proposals to funding agencies to sustain the welfare services and to address major development projects.