Project 1 – Computer for Casa Cittadini Home for Girls
Casa Cittadini was happy to receive the brand new PC given by the sponsors of Werde last April 2012. The PC is a dream come true for our children because now they can easily make their school projects and research their assignments online. The PC has also made it possible for our young girls to listen and watch their favorite music videos online and stay connected to their families and relatives who are living far away.
Project 2 – Gender Cam, Dumaguete Youth Home and G-WAVE: Gender Watch Against Violence & Exploitation
During the first day of the camp, the children were allowed to play team building games as a form of release & to develop bond amongst each participant. Issues on GBV, Gender Based Violence such as HIV/AIDS, Child Sexual Abused Prevention, & Gender Sensitivity highlighted the 2nd day. On the 3rd day, Environment Concerns like Biodiversity, Web of Life, & Endemic Species amazed the participants. The 4th day was set for the mounting of a brief advocacy “informance” / information performance from the issues and lessons learned from the previous days. The main resource speakers & workshop facilitators come from GWAVE: Gender Watch Against Violence & Exploitation, FENOR: Friends of the Environment in Negros Oriental, & YATTA: Youth Advocates Through Theater Arts.
Project 3 – Daycare Resource Center – KAPASKI
The outreach Daycare resource center will serve as a hangout for the community children after classes in the afternoons and during Saturday tutorials. The Saturday Tutorials is a regular activity for the children beneficiaries of KAPASKI. Activities within the tutorials are mentoring of students who have lower grades in math or English, mini-lectures on topics about children’s rights and arts/play. The arrival of the donated resource materials consisting of storybooks, reference books and board games and sports equipment gave much needed boost or “life” in the attendance of children during Saturdays. Tutorials now are only not limited to mentoring children how to read and solve math problems but teaching them to play different games. The board games and puzzles help enhance their logical thinking and playing basketball or badminton help in their physical growth and sense of sportsmanship and camaraderie.
The smiles on the children’s faces are priceless. Their enthusiasm to join in a game or activity really makes your day. Even those who are a bit shy are slowly coming out of their shell and actively participating with other children. The youth volunteers are now more active since they too can use the books and games while teaching the younger children. They too are learning how to play the board games which they have not played before.
Project 4 – Games and Sport Materials -Casa Esperanza
Sports equipment and games were bought for the use of clients staying in Casa Esperanza. It is important for teenagers to channel their energies especially negative ones (anger, hatred) into something constructive life sports and games. Through these activities our girls have learned team work, accept defeat and win with humility.Through games and sports we become closer to each other. We enjoyed so much and were able to laugh and forget temporarily our problems in life. We also gained skills in ball games and learned to accept defeat and humility in winning.
Project 5 – Gender Summer Camp – La Casa Esperanza
Participants unlearned gender roles and they have learned that men are not superior to women. An important theme the participants remember well is the gender equality. The girls and boys who took part in the camp learned ways to defend themselves. During the camp they enjoyed good food and and spent a lot of time having fun, playing and getting to know each other.
The success of the project is mainly credited to the concerted efforts of the staff of the 6 child caring agencies. Voluntarism was high. No negative incidents happened, each agency took charge.
Project 6 – Materials for Early Childhood Care and Schools on Wheels – Little Children of the Philippines
ECCDP and School On Wheels instructors were able to provide a list of materials they felt would benefit their specific center. Prior to the start of the 2012- 2013 school year, a wide variety of materials were purchased including puzzles, crayons, paper, books, paint sets, building blocks, and a hot plate for preparing meals for the School On Wheels street children.All in all, the money was very well spent and is genuinely enriching 8 different centers and therefore improving the quality of education for around 150 youth.
Project 7 – Materials for Lakbay Aral – Oncan network
The children had the chance to see airplanes landing and taking off, a tour around the city and to eat and play with the mascots of Mc Donald’s and Jollibee. They also saw the ocean and had lunch by the beach for the first time, then a tour around the air conditioned shopping mall. They played electronic games and before going home, each were given ice cream, food to be brought home, school bags, with school materials, slippers, raincoats, Mannah packs, tooth brush, tooth paste, bibles, Book of Hope, etc. as their souvenirs.
Although most of them are still living in tents and traces of the trauma they went through can be seen in their faces, sweet smiles of excitement were shown when they received their beautiful souvenirs.
The monthly LAKBAY ARAL has a very big impact to the whole community. Most if not all, children in the urban areas are well taken cared of by NGOs and charities, but not one has thought about those empoverished kids in conflict-affected far flung barangays in the hinterlands. Giving these kids a one day break will long be remembered. Showing them a new and wider perspective in life and the the opportunities in store for them if they strive hard to study will stay in their hearts and minds.
Project 8 -Field trip for Youth Leaders of KAPASKI
18 children and youth leaders of the United Leaders Youth Organizations (UYLO)plus 3 KAPASKI staff as chaperones had a field trip for one day and coastal
clean- up drive for a half day. On day 1 the participants went to the A.Y. Reyes
Botanical and Zoological Garden of the Silliman University Center for Tropical
Conservation Studies and to the Marine Laboratories. These two facilities host
endangered wildlife species endemic to the Negros and nearby islands. The
participants got to know the different wildlife species and their importance
in the ecosystem. They got to experience up close and personal the different animals for the first time. As a side trip, the participants had a few hours at some department stores and mall in the city. The participants then had a coastal clean-up drive on day 2 for a half day in their community. This is their response in giving back to the environment.
9. Ping Pong Table Construction (LCP)
The project of constructing a pingpong table evolved from the sports activities of the youth through the years. In the previous years, the youth only used a regular sized plywood (much smaller than a standard pingpong table), which would later be used for constructing something at LCP. Then in the recent years, LCP has managed to borrow a pingpong table from another organization for the sports fellowship. It took several years to find a grant.
Table tennis has been a personal choice of sports due to its being a compact fast paced game that provides good opportunities of physical exercise. It is a non-contact friendly sports that develops camaraderie as well as control and discipline.
The construction of the table has also provided experience for manual skill development and a demonstration for others that we can learn manual skills to build things. I always believe that making things with one own hands is more valuable that buying it from the store.
10. Musical Instruments for Two Learning Centers in Siaton, Negros Oriental (Bright Lights Community Learning Initiatives, Inc. (BLCLI)
Singing together is an important means of binding groups and communities more closely with each other and Filipinos in particular are very fond of singing. Basic music instruction should be part of any of any child’s education, and it is not being provided by the local schools. Thus, BLCLI’s objective is to enhance a feeling of togetherness and community, and to provide needed (and lacking) component of the education of the children under, their case. This will directly benefit the approximately 50 children attending weekly classes a two learning centers.
When the instruments arrive at the LC everyone was happy and excited because it’s their dream to learn how to play any musical instrument because it was not taught in regular school. To see the happiness and excitement from their faces it is a great fulfillment of us also.
11. Marine life appreciation – Trip for Dumaguete Youth Home clients in Dauin (Dumaguete Youth Home)
Youth Home provides short-term residential care for children in conflict with the law (CICL) who are awaiting court disposition of their cases or transfer to other agencies or jurisdiction.
The children expressed their enjoyment for giving them the opportunity to join the trip because it was their first time to experience and see the underwater world miracles. They found the trip very educational too because of the educational lecture that the dive master gave them before going to the actual snorkeling activity.
One boy shared his thoughts after the day: “I will share to my colleagues in the youth home that there are so many underwater lives existing there. It was wonderful. I also thank the organizers that I was given the chance to go with the group. I also learned from the lecture given by the dive master that we must be aware where to throw our garbage. We must not throw them in the sea.”
12. School Supplies and Games for Two Learning Centers (BLCLI)
The money was spent on materials and repairing to improve the facilities of the two learning centers. A small amount of money was spent on fixing the roof and now the space is better protected against heavy rain.
Steve (one of our Student): “We are very happy since we have good storage box for our
finish products like; bracelet made out abaca, cellphone holder, and many more. And our learning center is not so dusty because they renovated the floor to make it smooth. Now we can start our baking project for livelihood because we have baking pan already. We are excited to learn how to play chess and scrabble during our free time.”
13. Early Childhood Education Materials (RAINBOW VILLAGE MINISTRIES, INC)
We purchased learning materials such as alphabet blocks, building blocks, CD’s, work books, story books, color books, costumes, craft items, mat, puzzles, ride toys, toys like shape sorters and stackers, and a storage cabinet in order to provide early childhood education for them until they are reunited with their natural families or placed
in adoptive families.
We assigned the caregivers to teach our children at the center. Most of the day, we play Christian music that the children can listen to. In the mornings, the children change into their costumes and play pretend. Then they do the story telling, coloring, and puzzles. In the afternoons after nap time, the kids are allowed to play with the puzzles and the toy rides.
14. Seminar-workshops for the children in prostitution and street children (Marina Mission Clinic-Women in Prostitution Project and Silliman University-Kaugmaran Child Developent Center (KCDC)
The first counselling session started with swimming. While others continued swimming, 2 of them played with the sand and later alternate their games. They dug and made holes. They freely played with water and sand like small children. As soon as they arrived in the eating and sleeping quarters (a small hut with built-in kitchen), when asked what they felt after swimming, they answered in chorus by saying “tawhay kaayo” meaning, “relieved”.
The next activity was a cooking session with the 2 children and listening to music for the 3 others. Then, we ate together. That was spent by informally sharing their lives on the streets and in school.From the eating area, we proceeded to the sleeping area. We squatted on the mats spread over the beds put together. And the sharing started. These children were able to share their life stories in a workshop. They were able to speak about their experience of being abused and neglected.
During informal sharing, the children mentioned sexual abuse on the streets. They did not openly share that they became victims but this has to be explored. Silliman team scheduled a follow-up with the children who attended the workshop.
A week before eight women in prostitution and six young boys on Dumaguete streets participated in an orientation and seminar-workshop which was held at the Silliman University-Marina Mission Clinic, Dauin, Negros Oriental.
The women, ages 19 to 25, were the new members of the MAGDALENA Organization and
the young boys were the ones living on the streets especially in the downtown area of the city. These are the women in prostitution frequenting in the city areas particularly in the Tocino Country.Gender Sensitivity & Gender-based violence laws, Reproductive Health, Child Sexual Abuse Prevention & Intervention, HIV/AIDS, STI, Effects of Drug Addiction and Alcoholism were chosen as the areas to tackle during the training.
As a start, Ms. Maria Leodel P. Sorote facilitated a self-awareness session using Arts and Crafts. She instructed the participants to draw or to create something that would represent their own selves. Gender Sensitivity Training was facilitated by Ms. Kathleen del Socorro of Gender Watch Against Violence and Exploitation or GWAVE. Some women shared their experiences of violence as sex workers, while the boys, automatically recited the dramas and conversations plugged on local radios by (GWAVE). It was the women’s first time to know about the laws, so they really made sure to copy the laws and its descriptions.
When Dr. Fe Sycip-Wale, facilitated Reproductive Health, the participants were asked to draw their sex organs. A few of the women giggled while majority of the boys were laughing. The MAGDALENA ORG. officers who were also around during the workshop, openly shared that there were women in prostitution that they knew who already died of infections as young as 23 years old.
Lectures on HIV/AIDS, Effects of Drug AddIction and Alcoholism were facilitated by Ms. Mercy Gigataras. It was during this time that all of the participants were shocked of the colored pictures of the different kinds of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). Ms. Gigataras was assisted by Ms. Teodora Bernardez in the correct Condom use demonstration.
Correct and constant use of condom was given emphasis because this is the most available protection for the women. Reminded of the STI pictures seen, the women openly shared that some of their clients already have manifestations of some of the infections showed. The boys just kept quiet. This silence still has to be explored and probed.
The second day Sharon Fabe and Sally of KATILINGBANONG PAGTAGAD ALANG SA KAUSWAGAN, INC. or KAPASKI, facilitated the discussion on Child Sexual Abuse issue experienced by many children in the country. They started by showing two brief films on child abuse, ‘The Daughter “ and “The Good Boy”. In the middle of the group’s sharing, one of the women, aged 20 and who’d been pregnant three times already, shared that she was a victim of child sexual abuse. This woman, who is still very active in her sex work, shared that until now she is taking prohibited drugs and substance (shabu and rugby or vulcasel). With her story, her counseling sessions is to be scheduled.
The last part of the seminar-workshop was a continuation of the Self-Awareness conducted by Ms. Sorote. This time, she asked them to make a mask. She instructed that they will draw on a paper plate a picture of who and what they are at present or maybe a reflection of what they would like to be in the future. When asked to share, one of the women shared that she is going towards healing. She claimed, she is a different person now.
The seminar-workshop ended with a Closing Ceremony where 2 representatives from the women and 2 representatives from the boys were asked to give impressions. Two of the new women shared that they are happy with the experience. They said that this is the first moment for them to share about their being women in prostitution.
They honestly told the big group they didn’t expect that there are people who are interested to listen to their stories. While the boys, instead of just 2 of them to share, all of them stand up and talk. They expressed being thankful of the experience and wished that there will be other trainings for them.
15. Art Workshop for Youth (Dumaguete Youth Home, Children’s Hub pilot)
art workshop was organized in collaboration with a local artist. All the participants were given opportunity to express themselves through art and painting. The artwork of youth and children are now part collaborative art project Ha? which will later be exhibited and the participants will be able to see their artwork as a part of big collaborative art movement.
16. Child sexual abuse prevention workshop (KAPASKI)
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention (later CSAP) orientation workshop provided children and parents with knowledge and awareness on the issue of child sexual abuse. They also learned how and where to report child abuse cases. They were able to acquire information on Gender Sensitivity. The advocacy materials give children the information on where to report cases and basic information on CSAP. Kapaski youth leaders assisted in sessions and be an active partner in this advocacy.
The Child Sexual Abuse Prevention orientation workshop is a regular activity of KAPASKI since year 2010. This aims to reach out more children and families in giving awareness, yet not all can receive the information because of the limited budget.
17. Art Therapy Supplies for Children (Bata ng Calabnugan)
Bata ng Calabnugan, Inc, is a residential facility for neglected, abandoned, desperate children and children with emotional, behavioral or mental health problems. As we believe that doing art is a one way of therapeutic healing.
The objective of this project was to have a creative and therapeutic way of art making to improve and enhance the physical mental well -being of children in all ages. These art activities have now included painting and face painting activity.
18. Slippers for children (Pagbag-O Inc.)
The giving of slippers was done last August 15, 2013 to 255 children aged 7 to 12 years old in Danao Elementary School, Barangay Danao, Bindoy, Negros Oriental. This is located in the hinterland of Bindoy where the 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck last February 7, 2012 in the 1st District of Negros Oriental. The children and their parents evacuated from their original home because the place was located at the foot of the mountain and was having big crack resulting to landslide. Their school buildings and houses collapsed. They evacuated to a safer place bought by the municipal mayor and PAGBAG-O provided construction materials for their shelter. In a day, many activities were done like the inauguration and blessing of the 32 new houses and 1 multi-purpose center where they can hold their meetings, oath taking of the newly elected officers of KAMADA, feeding of the children and distribution of the slippers. Everybody were happy because the activity was successfully done.