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Count Me In !

  1. 1. Count Me In!<br />Awareness Campaign<br />(Elsie Gaches Village Day Trip)<br />
  2. 2. Across the road from a posh shopping center in Alabang, Muntinlupa is a small <br />community whose residents can NEVER go to the mall. Tucked away behind<br /> the high concrete fences of Elsie Gaches Village (EGV), they live out their lives<br /> away from society, which has cast them out for being mentally handicapped.<br /> <br />In the Philippines, mentally challenged persons suffer the stigma of being <br />outcasts because of their condition. The stereotype of the mentally challenged<br /> family member locked up in a dark room is a stark reality, the families<br /> hiding them out of shame. Those who can go out of the house are mocked by <br />unsympathetic neighbours.<br />"Because of their condition, some people forget that these children are humans. <br />They’ve lived in horrible conditions. Some of them were abandoned by their <br />families,“(excerpt Manila Bulletin - May 16, 2004)<br />Jing De Luna - January 2011<br />
  3. 3. The HSBC ONQ Purpose<br />To create an awareness about The Elsie Gaches Village.<br />To learn about the history, the purpose & goals of this Charitable Institution.<br />To encourage co-workers to know more about the beneficiaries & employees under this Institution.<br />To make co-workers understand the reality of life outside of their comfort zone through this experience.<br />Jing De Luna - January 2011<br />
  4. 4. Desired Outcome<br />At the end of the visit we would like following results:<br />Co-workers know the history & goals of the Elsie Gaches Village.<br />To remember a story or important information about a beneficiary or employee of the Institution.<br />Jing De Luna - January 2011<br />
  5. 5. The Elsie Gaches Village was established February 3,1964.This centre is under the Department of Social Welfare.<br />It is the ONLY residential care facility in the country for a special group of clientele.<br />Jing De Luna - January 2011<br />
  6. 6. The government received 16 hectares of land from the late American couple Samuel and Elsie Gaches.<br />The couple, having NO children of their own, lovingly donated this property to take care of special, mentally challenged, underprivileged group of children during the 60’s<br />Jing De Luna - January 2011<br />
  7. 7. On January 29, 2011 the HSBC ONQ team came to Elsie Gaches Village for the 1st time.<br />Everybody woke up early and we brought in our small donation for the foundation.<br />Jing De Luna - January 2011<br />
  8. 8. 9:00am Before the Orientation<br />Jing De Luna - January 2011<br />
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  11. 11. EGV Psychologist, Juno, during the Orientation . . .<br />Jing De Luna - January 2011<br />
  12. 12. And the tour of the EGV facility began. . .<br />Jing De Luna - January 2011<br />
  13. 13. Moon walking by Ace, one of the residents (joke! Joke! Joke! only)<br />Jing De Luna - January 2011<br />
  14. 14. The EGV Mansion<br />Jing De Luna - January 2011<br />
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  16. 16. ONQ TEAM – Team Love<br />Jing De Luna - January 2011<br />
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  18. 18. The Mansion at present has been converted to SPED classrooms.<br />Jing De Luna - January 2011<br />
  19. 19. The Team listening attentively. . .<br />Jing De Luna - January 2011<br />
  20. 20. Mon waiting for the teacher. . . (joke only!)<br />Jing De Luna - January 2011<br />
  21. 21. Who would have known that this team will take time to . . .<br />Jing De Luna - January 2011<br />
  22. 22. To listen to her who is Longing to talk to someone, anyone . . .<br />Note: pictures of clients were taken from websites. The team was advised to avoid taking frontal pictures of residents.<br />Jing De Luna - January 2011<br />
  23. 23. Be with these children waiting for the show. . .<br />Jing De Luna - January 2011<br />
  24. 24. Or see how to care for this child who can only wait ,till it’s time for her to be fed. . .<br />Jing De Luna - January 2011<br />
  25. 25. The facility for profound cases. Where many shed a tear for those who will be babies forever. . .<br />Jing De Luna - January 2011<br />
  26. 26. They look just like you and me. . .<br />Jing De Luna - January 2011<br />
  27. 27. Waiting in line. . .<br />Jing De Luna - January 2011<br />
  28. 28. But, you have to look real closely. . .<br />Jing De Luna - January 2011<br />
  29. 29. Grown men, who will think and act like 5 year olds all their lifetime. . .<br />Jing De Luna - January 2011<br />
  30. 30. Happy to be remembered and cared for. . .<br />Jing De Luna - January 2011<br />
  31. 31. Having simple joys. . .<br />Jing De Luna - January 2011<br />
  32. 32. And little needs. . .<br />Jing De Luna - January 2011<br />
  33. 33. A heart warming Smile. . .<br />Jing De Luna - January 2011<br />
  34. 34. Will melt your hearts. . .<br />Jing De Luna - January 2011<br />
  35. 35. Encouraging us all. . .<br />Jing De Luna - January 2011<br />
  36. 36. And making other people help. . .<br />Jing De Luna - January 2011<br />
  37. 37. To keep her alive. . .<br />Jing De Luna - January 2011<br />
  38. 38. It’s so amazing to know that just an hour and a half of fun and laughter, a small box of toiletriesand a can biscuit, can bring so much joy. . .<br />Jing De Luna - January 2011<br />
  39. 39. We couldn’t help <br />wondering if we <br />were the blessing or<br /> we were the ones <br />blessed by their <br />childlike joy and<br />contentment with <br />our visit. <br />Perhaps it was both. <br />Jing De Luna - January 2011<br />
  40. 40. Made possible by:AceAniaApple Doty EmmanGillian JanetJetJingLovely MalouMonPaoloShayne YnelAnd their families<br />Jing De Luna - January 2011<br />
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  49. 49. Thank you!<br />We wish you All a Blessed Life!<br />Jing De Luna - January 2011<br />

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