With the goal of creating a conducive environment for healing and growth, a team of young undergrads renovated and refurbished the social service hall of Asilo de San Vicente de Paul, a centuries-old non-profit children’s home in Paco, Manila.
Founded in 1885 by Sister Asunción Ventura, Daughters of Charity, the first Filipina to establish an orphanage in the Philippines, the home is widely admired as a refuge for abandoned and disadvantaged children. It has since expanded to serve the indigent, the sick, and the elderly.
Dubbed KANDILI, which stands for “to care for and provide support”, the makeover project of the Interior Design Program students of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) reflects the institution’s mission to serve as a “haven of hope” for its beneficiaries as it transforms the lives of the affected.
“Social services play an essential role in addressing the challenges faced by individuals and families in difficult circumstances,” the students explained. “It aims to protect the vulnerable and marginalized by offering assistance and resources to empower them and be self-sufficient.”
The budding innovators utilized a color scheme of vibrant palettes to foster calmness, optimism, and productivity.
Human-centered design solutions were adapted to positively influence the mood, cognition, and behavior of individuals during counseling.
To foster a sense of privacy during sessions, the consultation area was converted into cubicles with partitions. A multi-purpose conference nook was likewise established to accommodate meetings and group discussions.
Ergonomic office chairs were provided to ensure comfort.
The center was also refurbished with custom and modular furniture pieces to maximize the space and cater to additional and dedicated storage compartments. The team also provided an organized office for the staff.
With the well-being of children in mind, the elements feature round edges and an eye-catching blue hue for visual appeal and to prevent kids from accidental bumps.
To increase production and reduce eye strain, brighter and more energy-efficient lighting options were installed. Combi blinds of alternating panels of opaque and translucent fabrics were set up for proper regulation of natural illumination.
The old and small ceiling fans were also replaced with upgraded units. These were strategically positioned around the spacious room for even and effective air circulation.
Indoor plants were likewise added to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and improve everyone’s state of mind.
Under the mentorship of educator IDr. Randy Pabona, the KANDILI team comprised of Monica Lorenzo, Julianne Magat, Mark Ian Papa, Cammy De Guzman, Moira Ramiro, Micah Casugbo, Aevan de Jesus, Joey Mae Perez, and Emilio Flores.
The learners were hands-on from the research and conceptualization to the actual implementation. To raise funds and encourage community involvement, they likewise conducted various events such as merch sales, movie block screenings, and raffle draws.