CIRCLE OF FRIENDS FOUNDATION INC. (COFFI) was founded in 1998 by Margaretha Gloor to help PWDs (people with disabilities) realize the dignity they deserve through,
- Creating awareness about the equality they deserve
- Production of saleable items, including arts & crafts.
The dream to provide accessible transportation to PWDs became true in 2003. The first Wheelmobile (WM) was built in the Philippines with funds received from the Zuellig Family Foundation through their Golf Tournament. It was the first transportation of this kind ever to appear in the Philippines.
The Wheelmobile team, ready to serve.
Through additional fundraisers organized by Circle of Friends Foundation Inc. as well as through private and corporate donations COFFI was able to build a total of 4 Wheelmobiles. The fourth Wheelmobile was mostly funded through generous donations by the American Womens Club of the Philippines (AWCP).
In addition to providing accessible transportation, COFFI has been providing livelihood for PWDs at Tahanang Walang Hagdanan (TWH) in Cainta through sewing, woodcraft and metal craft. COFFI also enjoys accepting artwork produced by independent living artists who have different disabilities.
In 2010, through a generous donation by Ortigas & Co. COFFI was given a large space in the Greenhills Shopping Center, aptly named as COFFI Gallery. Artists with disabilities are brought to the Gallery in our Wheelmobiles and can now sell their arts & crafts. Also, the products manufactured by TWH and other centers are also sold in our COFFI Gallery.
The COFFI Gallery has also become an “Event Space” and a space to hold Art Classes.
All the proceeds/donations are for the benefit of PWDs as well as for the operation of the Wheelmobile.
|Incorporators:||Margaretha Gloor – Founder||Ana Peralta-Nazareno, Atty.|
|Esperanza B. Gatbonton||Stephanie Horne-Hagedorn|
|Roberto R. Romulo||Taeko Tammy Takagi|
|Robert F. Lane||Begona Ortigas|
|Rafael D. Abiera, jr. Atty.||Manuel D. Baldemor|
|Modesto Tatlonghari, Dr.|
|Board of Directors:||Ana Maria Falcon, Atty.||Chairman|
|Marife Granada||Project Happy Feet|
|Georgina Sedano||Corporate Secretary|
Circle Of Friends Foundation, Inc. (COFFI)
One Corporate Plaza, Unit 204
845 Arnaiz Ave. Legaspi Village,
Makati City 1229
Hours of operation: 24/7