History

  • In July 2003 Onesimo Bulilit was initiated as a pilot project within Onesimo Foundation, Inc. by Daniel Wartenweiler, a Swiss National associated with Servants to Asia’s Urban Poor.
  • Onesimo Bulilit started with street work mainly in the Quiapo area.
  • After assessing the needs of the children, a small Residential Shelter was established in Quiapo in 2004.
  • In May 2005, an Educational Assistance Program was formalized, initially assisting 16 children still living with their families but deprived of schooling opportunities.
  • A group of parents called “Spaghetti Club” was formed in September 2005 for training and community organizing.
  • Observing the need for good preparation for formal schooling, a non-formal school preparation program (Development Center) was set up in October 2005 in partnership with Child-to-Child Health Promotion Program through Servants to Asia’s Urban Poor.
  • In September 2006 a Drop-in Center was opened very close to the target community in Quiapo.
  • In 2008 new facilities for the Residential Shelter were built, through the support of the Lottery Fund of Basel Land (Switzerland), Local Government Basel Stadt (Switzerland) and many private donors. A class room for the Development Center, playground and a small multi function court were included. These new facilities were inaugurated on October 11, 2008.
  • On May 11, 2009 Onesimo Bulilit Foundation, Inc. was registered with the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) and starting June 1, 2009 the administration was turned over to Onesimo Bulilit Foundation.
  • On September 14, 2009 Onesimo Bulilit was awarded it’s Registration and License to operate from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
  • On December 17, 2010 Onesimo Bulilit was awarded Certificates of Accreditation for both Residential and Community Based Programs from the DSWD.
  • In January 2011 an Advocacy Theater Group was initiated, who had the premier of their first play “24 Basan” during the first Foundation Day on September 10, 2011 at De la Salle College of Saint Benilde.
  • In January 2012, the existing Drop-in and Student Center facilities had to be vacated due to the dilapidation of the building. In February 2012 a new Student Center was opened in Quiapo, now accommodating the Community-based Program in Quiapo.
  • In March 2012, after conducting outreach and baseline research in the Tondo and Divisoria areas, a new Drop-in center was opened in Tondo near Divisoria.
  • In June 2012, after two years of participating in an Organizational Development Process QIS, Onesimo Bulilit was awarded the Accountability Level Quality Seal from Viva UK.
  • In November 2012, a delegation of the Advocacy Theater Group was invited to Switzerland to present their play “24 Basan” at five different cities in Switzerland. A total audience of more than 1500 people watched the play.
  • End January 2013, the Daniel Wartenweiler, Executive Director, turned over his responsibilities to the duly instated Executive Committee, consisting of Juliet Andaya, Program Director, and Fernando Garay, Administrator.
  • On November 3, 2014 DSWD awarded the renewed Certificate of Accreditation for Residential Care to Onesimo Bulilit Foundation.
  • On February 2, 2015 DSWD awarded renewed Certificates of Accreditation for the Community-based Programs in Quiapo and Tondo.
  • In July 2015, Juliet Andaya was appointed as Executive Director by the Board of Trustees.
  • On November 21, 2015, a newly built third floor and covered roof deck on the residential center building where inaugurated.