Year Joined MKLM: 2000
Focus: Health, Education
Population Served: orphans with HIV
Description: promote education, health, and understanding
Provide orphans infected and/or affected by HIV/AIDS with educational opportunities and holistic care.
Coralis is the Administrator of the H.O.P.E. Project (Helping Orphans Pursue Education). It serves 10 parishes with the help of 400 community health volunteers of the CBHC (Community Based Health Care), who create awareness of orphans infected/affected by AIDS. They work with single parents/guardians to develop parenting, health care, and social skills, and address the children’s spiritual needs. The workers provide quarterly follow-ups on the orphans’ progress in school and in their homes and make available counseling, weekly tutoring and career planning opportunities. Coralis reflects that over the years, “Life continues to evolve with surprises, challenges, and an array of emotional rides, and yet through it all, a deep sense of calm and serenity permeates my center. I’ve learned to embrace the practice of being in the moment.”
Coralis was born in the Philippines and graduated with a Liberal Arts Degree in International Studies from the Maryknoll College. She moved to the USA, lived in San Francisco, CA, raised five children and was an investment banking firm administrator. She was active in St. Cecilia Parish, the Archdiocese of San Francisco, and volunteered with the San Francisco HIV & AIDS Suicide Nightline.
In 2000, Coralis began her journey with Maryknoll Lay Missioners, serving in Kenya.
While coordinating the H.O.P.E. Project in Mombasa, Coralis was the Administrator of the first Epilepsy Clinic of Mivumoni, located in the rural area of Shimba Hills.
In Kilifi, north of Mombasa, Coralis served as a member of the Pwani Secondary School for the Deaf Resource Committee. She provided ongoing outreach and helped raise funds to complete the construction of the first deaf secondary/vocational school in the coastal region of Kenya in 2008. In 2012, the school graduated its first Form IV students.
Coralis was on the initial Mombasa Archdiocesan team that built a rescue center for trafficked and abused children and young adults. She managed two dispensaries in St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Kikambala. They addressed the plight of neglected epilepsy patients on the North Coast.
Based on her experiences, Coralis has co-authored the book What’s So Blessed About Being Poor, Orbis Publishing, 2012.
“Come and See,” Jesus answers to his first two disciples.
Coralis shares: “I came to mission to come and see! Unbeknownst to me, I’ve been conquered and transformed. It’s been 17 years of fulfilling evolvement through serving the marginalized women and children of Kenya. I invite you to “COME and SEE”