The directors

karen-mccusker-ligaya-foundationKaren (54) is English and came to the Netherlands in 1979, where she met Paul (53) who is Dutch.  They both worked in the same hotel. They fell in love with each other and with Amsterdam and have lived there ever since. After working in hotels, Karen had different positions in Sales and Marketing in different fields and also started work as a Business Mentor. Paul continued working in Hotel Management.  Gradually, they bought, developed and rented out properties in Amsterdam and then retired from their jobs.



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Paul. One time, they visited relatives in the Philippines and from then on, they developed an interest in the country and its people.  Years later, back in Amsterdam, they met Allen and Janeth, who at the time lived in Amsterdam.  Karen started to get interested in helping charities and mentioned this to Janeth who said that she would love to do the same thing and that she has a sister-in-law (Pearl) who is a lawyer in the Philippines whom can they ask for help in the operations of a foundation. Together, Paul, Karen, Janeth and Pearl formed a plan on how to go about everything. So it was decided. A foundation was created.


Janeth Huerto Cantos is a hardworking and ambitious person. Her greatest trait however, the one that made Karen and Paul chose her to be the director of the foundation is that she is very trustworthy.
In her stint in working as au pair for Sophie Boom, daughter of Erna and Rob Boom, this trait also made them admire her. They had big plans for her and even sent her to learn Dutch language. Unfortunately, Rob did not live long and Erna was afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease. She spent some time in the US but missed the Netherlands and decided to go back there. There she met Karen.
When Karen decided to set up a foundation to help Filipino girls, she commissioned Janeth to take charge of raising funds for the foundation and find deserving girls in the Philippines to be beneficiaries. Janeth also made a plan for the foundation to head it towards success in its two missions.
Janeth put this to heart and worked devotedly, accounting for every penny entrusted to her. Karen then realized that Janeth was a real trustworthy individual and offered her the post of Director of the Ligaya Foundation, which she accepted.


Ms. perla huerto is a lawyer for fourteen years and currently working as Judge in a court in the Philippines. She is married with two kids.
Having been greatly influenced by Karen’s remarkable penchant to help her fellowmen, she readily agreed to be one of the directors of the Ligaya Foundation. She is Janeth’s sister in law hence, communication is not difficult especially as regards the receiving of applications, screening the deserving beneficiaries and communication with schools. By now, she is in direct contact with Janeth as to the operation of the
foundation in the Philippines.


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