This site is dedicated to the most humane work of Ms Louise Lynip who founded the children's home and until the 4th July 2006 at the age of 94 continued to participate in it's management. The home cares for orphaned and abandoned children and offers love, security and
an opportunity to be brought up in a christian environment.

Monday, May 18, 2009


Bethany is very lucky to have in its midst Jojo Rivera a very talented young man sponsored by Terry and Lynn Habeck.
Jojo joined the Bethany team in order to assist with property maintenance and stimulating the creativity of the young people. Jojo has gone way ahead of what was asked of him in both commitment and effort and has earned the respect of everyone he comes in contact with. From beautifully decorating the children’s cottages and day centre to teaching arts and crafts to Bethany School students as well as students at local community schools. His involvement in the design and building of the Bethany booth at the recent Talakag Fiesta earned Bethany an award from Mayor Nestor Macapayag. Jojo has now turned his artistic skills to painting the new signage at the main entrance to the Home and School as well as decorating the exterior walls of the school. Jojo has been instrumental in resurrecting the home gardening initiative with the setting out and planting of vegetable beds to supplement the Homes food requirements. Jojo has shown that when criticism is constructive it becomes motivational and it’s a treat to see how he has welded the team back together again.
If ever there was an example of determination to succeed its Jojo’s efforts and still remaining cool calm and collect when all around him is in a state of chaos.
This is the type of transparency that donors wish to see happening with the money they give, believe me you are not being let down in any way shape or form.


On Monday the 18th May three students of Lourdes College in Cagayan de Oro City commenced their work experience at Bethany.
The students Lourdes Michelle Cagubcub, Audiemier L. Zayas and Honey Jane Sabuga-a are in their fourth year taking BSc in Social Welfare. The degree course requires them to complete 500 hours of work experience thus the reason for them being at Bethany working with the toddlers. During their time at Bethany they will be assessed by our resident Social Worker Mrs Rose Longcob who will report on their progress to Lourdes College at the end of their assignment in September. This is an excellent opportunity for the young students to learn about care in the community and be exposed to real life instances of vulnerable children in Bethany’s care.


The rubber trees that were planted earlier this year are now beginning to sprout up.
The rainy season plus the fertilizer and insecticide treatment has paid dividends and progress is being made. It is hoped that we can persuade our friends and new donors to help us achieve our goal of planting 10 Hectares / 25 Acres which will go a long way in helping Bethany achieve its desire of being self sustaining in years to come.

Additionally Bethany has planted corn and also vegetables to help in ensuring the kitchen needs are supplemented. With the little funding currently available the staff are making good use of every peso given to them.


Bethany’s Board of Trustees has recently installed a new Chairperson in the form of Attorney Chemene Nacua. Ms Nacua is employed by the Department of Justice (Republic of the Philippines) as an Investigating Agent.
Ms Nacua is a graduate of Lourdes College as well as Xavier University and resides in Cagayan de Oro. The Bethany Board of Trustees has been reforming over the last two years and Ms Nacua’s appointment shows how serious the board is taking the task of reorganisation to address the main problem of under funding, that it has faced over the last few years. There will be more additions to the board as new skills and expertise are required in Bethany’s ongoing transformation.
I wish Ms Nacua and the Board of Trustees every success in their future endeavours.


Since the passing of its founder Ms Louise Lynip in July 2006 its no secret that Bethany has struggled financially. In order to support the current 28 children in residence at the Home along with the necessary support staff and management Bethany needs a steady income from its donors on a regularly basis.
Additionally Bethany runs an Elementary School Grades 1 to 6 as well as a High School Years 1 to 4 which supports the educational requirements of the Home as well as the Town and Barrios of Talakag. The Bethany Christian School was founded originally to educate the Home’s children when the number of children being cared for at the Home exceeded one hundred. Since those days of course the number of children from the Home attending the School has dwindled to currently around 10 but the need for the School with a pupil population of in excess of 320 justifies its continuation, particularly with education been seen as the number one way to ease the acute poverty in the provinces. Not only does education ease poverty it greatly helps in establishing a sound platform for nationalism and patriotism and schooling goes a long way to prevent children being fragmentised.
Bethany is trying to establish a sustainable income programme with the planting of a rubber plantation which is being initially funded by private donation primarily from donors in the United Kingdom. When complete the rubber plantation will comprise of approximately 25 acres and should yield between 60,000/ 90,000 pesos per month depending on latex production and market price. This is equivalent to £830.00- £1,244.00 or $1,250.00-$1,875.00. Along with other such sustainable projects like the current handicraft training initiative for the older Bethany children whereby products can be made and customised to suit occasions like weddings, birthdays and anniversaries etc this project is ongoing and funded by Mr Terry & Mrs Lynn Habeck and the training is being carried out at Bethany by Mr Jojo Rivera.
The Farm that Bethany once had to grow cash crops for additional income has largely been neglected over the last few years due to lack of capital as well as knowledgeable management. This is about to change with a new member of the Board of Trustees being an agriculturalist and plans are being drawn up to revive the poultry houses as well as the piggery along with establishing cottage gardening in order to help supplement the feeding requirements of the Home.
The afore mentioned cannot be established to the point of sustainability unless donors donate on a regular basis. I appeal to all those past, present and future donors to dig deep and make a commitment to a worthy cause that will make you proud to be part of irrespective of your nationality or domain. Bethany was established through devotion to ensure that the needy children of Bukidnon and beyond were cared for in a Godly manner, please help us to continue the good work for as long as there is children in need.