July was a very interesting and busy month for Roots of Health. Our Board of Directors held successful events in New York, and the month was full of happy welcomes to guests, visitors, and volunteers here in Palawan.
“I don’t have a right to vote.” I stood in the hot, meeting area in Aplaya, our community by the sea, in the middle of an education seminar, surrounded by 30 women and a few men and stared in disbelief.
The Reproductive Health Bill that has been languishing in the House of Representatives for the last 15 years has finally been voted on!
Ami Evangelista Swanepoel is Cosmo Philippines’ “Fun, Fearless Female” for the month of October. The “RH Freedom Fighter” is being featured for her work with Roots of Health and her advocacy for the Reproductive Health Bill.
We are featured in the October issue of Town and Country! Love that the article focuses on our first client, Lyn-Lyn Paliza becoming our Assistant Director.
Roots of Health will be featured on Catapult, the first online funding platform dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women worldwide. Roots of Health’s work is being highlighted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Family Health Division Director.
In May this year, the Asia 21 Fellows Class of 2011 visited Roots of Health – winners of the Asia Society 2011 PSA award – at their facility in the Philippines. From strategic planning and meeting rural community members to discussions on outreach… the trip was an inspiring one
“I’ll never forget meeting women who said they only wanted two or three children, but had gone through seven or eight pregnancies.”
Ami was recently interviewed by Celebrity Living regarding maternal health in Palawan, her family and the RH Bill. Here’s what she had to say.
We recently hosted photographer/film-maker, Peter Carney, who travelled to Puerto Princesa to document our work. The resulting interviews highlighted the need for family planning and “flat stomachs”. If women want them.