About Shekinah Home

Shekinah Home consists of four "cell homes." No, not like a jail cell; each home is staffed by "house parents" who look after the children in a family-like environment. Located on three acres of land, the children have plenty of room to play outside.

How did Shekinah Home get started?

While working as a school teacher and ministering in a Filipino church in Hong Kong, Shekinah Home's founder, Brian Whittle, together with his wife JoAnne, conceived the idea of a home for street children, abandoned babies, and neglected children. After more than two years of administrative and preparational work, Brian and JoAnne began on-site work in 2004.

Where is Shekinah Home?

Shekinah Home is located near the town of Dingras in northern Luzon island in the Philippines. Regular buses and flights run from the nearby city of Laoag to Manila. Click for map.

Who are the children?

The children admitted to Shekinah Home are no older than five upon arrival (with exceptions sometimes made for an older child with younger siblings). There are many thousands of children between the ages of two and five who wander the streets throughout the country; these smaller children are the most vulnerable to disease, starvation, and criminal exploitation. In addition, abandoned babies come to Shekinah Home after being signed over to the government by an impoverished mother, or after having been simply left somewhere.

What do the children do?

The school-age children attend school at Dingras Faith Academy, participate in music programs, and go to church and Sunday school.

And for fun? They play games outside; they climb the massive mango trees on the property; they ride bikes. They also enjoy going up "the mountain," that is, climbing the forested ridge within walking distance just to the west of the Home.

Where do the children end up?

Children from Shekinah Home have been placed for adoption with families in the Philippines, Australia, Finland, Norway, and the United States.

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