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Kythe (kayth) is a Philippine-based non-stock, non-profit organization founded by Maria Carmen “Icar” S. Castro and Maria Fatima “Girlie” Garcia-Lorenzo, two Psychology graduate students from the Ateneo de Manila University, in 1992. The organization is staffed by professionals --- certified child life specialists, nurses, social workers and psychologists – headed by Maria Fatima “Girlie” Garcia- Lorenzo, the first Filipino Ashoka Fellow. Kythe is derived from a Scottish word which means “to manifest oneself,” this embodies what the team believes in; that through acts of sharing and togetherness, one can promote healing and growth. The organization’s vision is to inspire hope, create a culture of caring and make the hospital a happy place for children battling cancer and chronic illnesses. Kythe advocates for psychosocial health as part of the holistic care for children thru its flagship CHILD LIFE PROGRAM. Their efforts were recognized in 2003, receiving the elusive People Power Award from former President Corazon Aquino. In 2006, Kythe-Ateneo, one of the student arms of the foundation, was awarded a place amongst the Ten Outstanding Youth Organizations (TAYO) of the Philippines.

Room 201 FSS 1 Bldg. 20 Sct. Tuason corner Sct. Castor Streets, Brgy. Laging Handa, Quezon City, 1103 Metro Manila



Head office:

What we do:

Educate, Train, Organize

Who we worked with:

Youth - Students, Youth - Disadvantaged

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makesense Philippines
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Teach for the Philippines
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iPeople, Inc.
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AHA! Learning Center
Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation
Teach Peace Build Peace Movement
Pamulaan Center for Indigenous People's Education
Foundation University
Ashoka Philippines
Firetree Trust
Pathways to Higher Education
Tondo Community Initiative
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