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Gualandi Volunteer Service Programme, Inc. (GVSP)
‘Itisterribleto SEE and have no VISION.’ --HelenKeller
GVSP Purpose The Gualandi Volunteer Service Programme, Inc. is the volunteering program of the Gualandi mission for the Deaf whose purpose is to train and form volunteers and/or lay Missionaries so as to augment human resources for the delivery of service to the Deaf Community.
GVSP Background GVSP is an independent entity and was duly registered at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in April 27 2005. GVSP is a member of Volunteer Organizations, Information Coordination and Exchange Commission, Inc (VOICE Network) and Organization of Rehabilitation Agencies
GVSP Background GVSP has a religious background since it was originally formed from Catholic beginnings. Whilst GVSP has religious principles and many volunteers teach about religion as an organization it is open to other religions and those who do not believe.
Our Vision A group of volunteers who want to be able to share a love-life relationship as a friend and Sister/Brother of the Deaf.
Our Mission To enable the Deaf to grow and develop as independent, integrated, fully human and empowered citizens in the hearing society and in the Church through volunteering efforts
GVSP Core Values The GVSP aims to train and form volunteers with the necessary knowledge, skills and values to become competent and creative people; who are open to change; having a deep sense of justice and faith expressed in their concern and commitment to the service of the disadvantaged especially the Deaf.
Objectives GVSP provides a system for recruitment, assessment and screening, training and formation, placement monitoring and regular evaluation for the volunteers. The main aim is to help the volunteers to:
Deepen her/his acceptance of self and others and to develop the inner freedom to make a responsible commitment as volunteers.
Develop his/her being as a person for others in relationships with the Deaf, fellow volunteers and people in general.
Deepen the volunteers desire to serve and love unconditionally so as to intensify her/his appreciation and exercise of her/his volunteer involvement especially with the Deaf.
Provide a support system and continuing education for volunteers.
Volunteer Work and Placement Sites GVSP has two types of volunteer programmes. Short-Term Volunteering – Refers to the quarterly volunteering programme covering a period of at least 48 hours but no more than 90 days. Long-Term Volunteering – Refers to the one-year volunteer placement programmes for different hosts/partner organizations/instiutions.
What the Volunteers do Our short and long term volunteers work by helping and assisting in different programmes, fields and areas of concern such as:
Facilitators and Coordinators for seminars, workshops, retreats, recollections and Deaf camps.
Basic Facts and Current Issues High prevalence/incidence of Deafness in the Philippines. Ratio is as high as 2-3: 1000 Filipinos. As of June 2005 the Philippines has a total population of 86 million Filipinos with more than 350,000 Deaf people in the Philippines. Deaf people are greatly marginalized due to lack of accessibility and basic services for the Deaf in the Philippines There is great need of human resource when it come to programs and projects for the Deaf
Basic Facts and Current issues In the recent nationwide survey and case monitoring on the incidence of physical and sexual abuse to Deaf children conducted by The Philippine Deaf Resource Center, statistics would show that 65-70% of Deaf boys and girls are being molested. According to the study conducted by Lyer and Fortunato in 2005 out of 60 Deaf respondents in Manila and Cebu, one out of three Deaf women has been raped. In a separate study conducted by De Guzman in 2002, 32 Deaf women respondents in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao; 72% were abused or battered, and 63% of them were abused by their own fathers.
Basic facts and Current issues There is a need to organize and manage volunteers for effective and efficient delivery of basic services to the Deaf Volunteering is not simply something that we do for others. Our own values and humanity are at stake: “We are what we give.”
Deteriorating and Insuffiencyofphysicalresources
Scarcity of Funds Sustainance and Replication of Filipino Sign Language Local news Interpretation at ABS-CBN TV Patrol Central Visayas and to neighboring regional networks ( First in the Philippines) Deaf Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program Deaf Women and children empowerment
Scarcity of Funds Learning and Study center for Deaf students ICT multimedia and training center Deaf Sports Development program Deaf performing Arts program
PointstoPonder “I slept and dreamt that life was joy, I woke and saw that life was but service. I serve and understood that service is joy.” --Rabindranath Tagore
COME AND JOIN US! IF YOU ARE: Flexible Open-minded Willing to serve Have a good sense of justice Committed and dedicated Willing to be an agent for change Willing to learn and unlearn things Willing to make a difference in the Deaf community