As of today, 14th October, you can visit the Kalipay exhibition in the hall of the Torre MAPFRE in Barcelona: a journey towards hope, an initiative with which Fundación MAPFRE wishes to publicize the Kalipay Foundation activities, an organization that offers shelter to the children of the island of Negros, one of the areas with the highest rate of child poverty within the Philippines.

The exhibition, that aims at making visitors feel how hard it is to live on the streets, is divided into two different areas: In the first, there is a hyper-realistic sculpture of a child sleeping on the floor, among cardboards, and a selection of photographs that take the visitor to the reality of thousands of children in the Philippines who are victims of mistreatment, exploitation, abuse and sexual violence.

In the second part of the exhibition there is reproduction of a Kalipay Foundation classroom showing visitors an audiovisual documentary telling the story of this foundation. There are also a set of photographs showing visual stories of some of its main characters: Ginno y Bubbles, today they are married with a newborn son and many opportunities to be happy; Anna, who is studying to help her mother; and Joey, intelligent and self-taught, who studies anthropology at university. All of them have something in common: they were born into extreme poverty, in broken homes or without the possibility of care and were taken in by Kalipay.

Fundación MAPFRE has launched a donation campaign on its website to support this project which works to rescue children from misery, violence and sexual abuse in the Philippines. The Foundation guarantees the donor that 100% of the amounts contributed will go to the beneficiaries, as it bears the projects’ usual structure and management costs.

Useful information
Address: Hall 2 at Torre MAPFRE, C/Marina, 16-18. 08005, Barcelona
Times: from 11:00h to 19:00h from Monday to Friday.
To access the Kalipay exhibition you need to previously register at the building’s reception. The accreditation card allows access to the cafeteria.