Consuelo's Philosophy

Spiritual Anchor

Inspired by St. Therese of the Child Jesus, Consuelo believed in the principle that "what matters in life are not great deeds but great love". Thus, she hoped that "good will be accomplished through my Foundation" and she explained what she had in mind by quoting from the Gospel of St. Matthew: "For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you took me in; naked and you clothed me; sick and you visited me; in prison and you came to me. Inasmuch as you have done it unto the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me."

She ended her July 1990 message with this phrase of St. Paul: "in all things be ever mindful of the poor."

Personal Mission

As concrete expression of her spirituality, Consuelo decided "to spend her heaven doing good on earth" through her foundation. She wanted her Foundation to "serve the most needy or the poorest of the poor" and to "assure a decent quality of life for the most needy families and children throughout the Philippines."  In her July 1990 message, she outlined her most significant concerns, foremost of which is to prevent and ameliorate abuse and exploitation of children and women. She wanted "to make it possible for abused and neglected children to have a permanent and loving home". Her other significant concerns are on conditions common to the poorest of the poor: homelessness, lack of income generating skills, lack of self-help skills, and lack of access to medical, dental and social services. She may have seen these as contributory conditions to neglect, abuse and exploitation of children and women.

The Ultimate Goal

Consuelo was quite clear on what she wants her Foundation to do when she wrote, "I would like us to renew hope for those who have lost it or give hope to those who have never had it." She believed that the most needy are those who have no hope. In determining what to do, Consuelo's answer was "whichever is the greatest need." When asked up to what point help should be provided, her response was "until the need is filled."


Our Values


Spirituality

We believe in a power higher than ourselves, in miracles rather than coincidences, and that Consuelo's spirit remains with us in all that we do.  We share her conviction that what matters in life is not great deeds, but great love.  We commit to helping her to fulfill her wish, inspired by St. Therese of the Child Jesus, to spend her heaven doing good on earth by letting "fall from Heaven a Shower of Roses."

Individual Worth

We believe in the inherent right of every individual to self-respect, dignity and self-esteem.  We acknowledge that each person is a unique human being with pride, needs, values and innate worth.  We work with a rich, diverse mixture of people; we honor that diversity and respect their right for equal opportunity and self-determination. 

Caring and Nurturing

We believe, as described in the Gospel of St. Matthew, that, "Inasmuch as you have done it unto the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me."  We affirm the importance of caring and nurturing by individuals and communities for each other and our environment. 

Reciprocity

We believe that hope is nurtured when partners and beneficiaries share with and give to others the gifts they have received. 

Creativity and Reciprocity

We believe that change is inevitable and challenges us to be creative and innovative in problem solving.

Innovation

We believe in the development and application of preventive programs to alleviate future abuse and exploitation while recognizing that sometimes we will need to address existing conditions as part of that process. 

Philippine and Hawai'i Connectedness

We believe in the synergy of the cultural and historical ties between Hawai'i and the Philippines, and will nurture its application in the development of our programs.

Through her decisions, actions, articulations of important concerns and instructions to the Founding President and Board Members of her Foundation, Consuelo Z. Alger, indicated her other important beliefs and wishes. All of these were compiled and organized with appropriate introduction by Patti Lyons in an unpublished document entitled "Consuelo Philosophy."

Consuelo's philosophy is aptly summarized in her Chairman's Message issued in July 1990. In formulating this overarching framework and for future review and/or revisions, it is mandatory to refer to the Consuelo Philosophy and directives from the Consuelo Board of Directors.