The Kythe Foundation Incorporated is a non-stock non-profit organization that provides psychosocial care and assistance to pediatric patients in hospitals. The name is derived the Scottish word, “kythe,” or “kything” which means communicating through minds with no need for words or pictures. The foundation aims to provide healing through sharing and togetherness. It was established in 1992 by Maria Fatima Garcia-Lorenzo and Icar Castro, who are psychology graduates of Ateneo de Manila University. In 1994, the foundation was registered in the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a non-stock non-profit corporation. In 2004, Kythe received a Certification of Accreditation from the Philippine Council of NGO Certification.
Mission and vision
Kythe Foundation envisions a better quality of life for the patients by providing a positive outlook to the children and their families.
Its psychosocial activities for patients were formally dubbed as the Child Life Program in 1998. The foundation aims that the Child Life Program be implemented in affiliate hospitals and institutions and be integrated in more health care settings. It also aims to increase public awareness of the program thru education and research.
The foundation holds a kite-flying event every year on its anniversary. On Kythe’s 18th anniversary, the kite-flying event was held in the Bellarmine Field of Ateneo de Manila University on 30 January 2010. The theme was “Return to Neverland” which aimed to help children with chronic diseases enjoy their childhood.
The foundation aims to implement the Child Life Program in 20 government hospitals in time for its 20th anniversary in 2012.
Kythe welcomes volunteers who are willing to participate in playroom or bedside activities with the children. A volunteer program orientation is held monthly. Events, such as birthday parties, may also be held in Kythe-affiliate hospitals.
The “Kythe Php100 Miracles Project” enables a “Miracle Worker” or a donor to donate Php 100 to the Child Life Program every month, or a total of Php 1,200.00 a year. Cash donations will be used to chemotherapy medicines and antibiotics to pediatric patients.
- Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center
- National Children’s Hospital
- National Kidney and Transplant Institute
- Philippine Orthopedic Center
- Quirino Memorial Medical Center
- UST Hospital
- Davao Medical Center
- Perpetual Succour Hospital
- Tarlac Provincial Hospital
- People Power Award – 2003
- Certificate of Accreditation from the Philippine Council of NGO Certification – 2004
- Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations, awarded to Kythe-Ateneo - 2006