Field of Dreams was started by Lawrence Field from England. He started the Foundation, purchased the land and had built a well constructed facility to house 30 boys. There are 5 dorm rooms, each housing 6 boys in each. Each room has closets for the boy’s things, CR consisting of a vanity with sink, a shower room and a toilet room. The facility also has a kitchen, dining room, day room for studying and a game room for the boys to play. There is also an office and a guest room plus housing for the staff. The building was built in a Courtyard design so there is a large open area for outdoor activities and there is also basketball hoop for the kids to play the most loved sport here. There is also a large area where they plant bananas for sale and a small piggery and chicken coop.
The boys are either orphans or from homes where the family is so poor they cannot take care of the child. The boys range in ages from 4 to 16 and attend local public schools.
Each time I had visited Field of Dreams the staff were always so nice and the boys are very loving and respectful. They are being raised well and are always clean, dressed well and when you see their bright eyes and big smiles your heart swells with the love. Most of the children have not learned much English yet but no words are needed as the come up to get to know you.
One of the Expat groups I belong to, Davao Area Expat Assoc. helps out each month with a sack of rice and some medicines that might be needed. But with the economic crisis the foundation in England has not been able to raise any money to continue to support the Boys Home.
They need approximately 2000 pesos ($40 USD) per boy per month to keep the Home in operation. Unfortunately the Board of Directors has not been able to find corporate sponsors locally to endow the home and they are trying to find other ways to raise money. If they could find endowments with a guaranteed donation each month, they can continue to do their good work.
It would be a shame if the Home closed and the boys would be back on the street with no place to live. The home is giving these boys a chance at a better life and with the assistance of DAEA and the others that visit this home are teaching them there are nice foreigners living here that care.
Because of this, on May 3rd they are having a fund raising at The Buffet Palace on McArthur Hwy in Matina. On that day there is the Prize Fight of Manny Pacquiao versus Ricky Hatton on a large wide screen TV. If you are in Davao and interested in attending, click here for all the information.
Also if you are interested in supporting such a wonderful organization you can leave me a comment or email me through the “Contact Me” tab on top and I will forward you the email of the Director of Field of Dreams.