Year Joined MKLM: 2000
Focus: Education & Healthcare
Project(s): AIDS Orphans
People Served: 100+ orphans and respective families within 10 parishes
Project Goal(s): Provide education opportunities for orphans infected and/or affected by HIV/AIDS
Coralis is originally from the Philippines. Prior to joining MKLM in 2000, she lived in San Francisco, CA, where she raised five children and worked as an administrator for an investment banking firm. She was active in St. Cecilia Parish, Diocese of San Francisco and was a volunteer in the 90’s for SF Suicide Nightline. In 2009, she became a grandmother and is delighted to now have four grandchildren. She graduated with a Liberal Arts Degree major in International Studies from the Maryknoll College in the Philippines.
Presently Coralis is the Administrator/Coordinator of the Aids orphans project, now known as H.O.P.E. (Helping Orphans Pursue Education) Project. She first worked on this project in 2001 after its inception when the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa turned the project over to MKLM, through 2010. The project operates in 10 parishes and provides the volunteer services of 400 health-workers who strive to create awareness to the plight of orphans infected/affected by AIDS and to provide holistic care for them. Coordinators seek to empower single parent/guardians with skills in parenting , health care, social and providing for the spiritual needs for these children. They provide quarterly follow-ups of the orphans’ progress, both in school and in their homes and make available to the orphans counseling, tutorial and career planning opportunities.
Recently, in 2012, Coralis co-authored the book “What’s So Blessed About Being Poor,” published by Orbis Publishing.
Coralis brings a multitude of rich past experiences to her current ministry in Kenya:
- From 2011 to 2014, she managed two dispensaries on the North Coast of Mombasa based in the parish of St. Francis of Assisi in Kikambala. The clinics were her “wish come true” and addressed the neglected plight of epilepsy patients on the North Coast.
- From 2001 to 2010, while coordinating the Aids Orphans H.O.P.E. project in Mombasa, she also worked in the Epilepsy Clinic of Mivumoni, a rural area in the Shimba Hills, where she served as Administrator.
- As a Resource Committee member for the Pwani Secondary School for the Deaf (located in Kilifi, North of Mombasa), Coralis provided ongoing outreach and to help raise funds to complete the construction of a secondary/vocational school for the deaf. Twenty-two years ago, the Parish Priest of Mivumoni supported the first primary school for the deaf on the Coast. In 2009, Coralis assisted to make the fourth school of its kind a reality. In 2012, the school graduated a number of first form 4 students. Coralis continues to be part of the Resource Committee; more buildings (i.e. library, vocational building, etc) have to be built for the school to be completed.
- In 2007, Coralis was on the initial team of the Archdiocese of Mombasa that built the rescue center for children and young adults who were raped and/or trafficked. This Center is now managed by the Sisters of our Lady of Charity.