Jumpstart Happiness: Mapúa Interior Design students renovate several rooms for the Hospicio de San Jose kids


The graduating class of Mapúa University’s Interior Design program presents their exhibit “Jumpstart: Spaces for Little Explorers” on January 4, 2018. A team of 15 students is tasked with one goal — to refurbish and renovate the orphanage center for toddlers at Hospicio de San Jose by providing a space that would help develop their creativity and independence by learning through play.

In the Philippines, there are an estimated 1.8 million children left abandoned by their parents which overwhelms orphanages as they struggle to provide even the basic food and shelter that will greatly affect the mental, physical and emotional development of each child from a very early age. This year, these students are taking this endeavor a step further by extending their design services to institutions that cater to the needs of the less fortunate. These gradual changes could ultimately have a big impact in our society as a whole and their purpose is to help these children have a childhood they deserve and your gracious support would provide a better foundation for the children’s future.In this manner, they can show the general public that design imbued with a sense of social responsibility can make a difference in people’s lives.

The Jumpstart project will showcase a renovated toddlers’ (ages ranging from 18 months to 3 years old) dormitory. The 163 sqm space is composed of the bedroom, playroom, kitchen and dining areas, dressing room and toilet and bath. The kids have been residing in a temporary shelter for 2 years and will move back in the toddlers’ dormitory as soon as the project finishes.