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One for Others - VIDES Volunteers


Annual Report 2008 of VIDES Philippines Volunteers Foundation, Inc.

Annual Report 2008 of VIDES Philippines Volunteers Foundation, Inc.

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  • 1. • VISION A dynamic and unified group of socially-oriented, committed individuals working in solidarity with the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco for the promotion of social justice and peace. MISSION STATEMENT To protect the rights and provide the well-being of women and children at risk; • To enable the children to become Christ-centered, with strong moral and • spiritual values carried in them in their interaction with others. To develop and mobilize young professionals as volunteers and advocates thus • creating a nurturing environment for others in need of life support services. To establish viable alliance building with similar organizations, networks, • groups and individuals supportive to the vision, mission and goals of the Foundation. Contents Page Paskong Pasasalamat………..……………...20 Vision/Mission Solidarity At A Distance…………………...…21 Message from VIDES Chairperson…………..1 Mission Camp 2008…...……...………….22-23 From the Editor….……….………..………..2 Volunteers’ Christmas with Aetas…………...24 VIDES receives DSWD license…….………..3 National Volunteers’ Month….……………...25 NPC Christmas Party for BMDK Kids………..4 International Volunteers……………………..26 San Roque Parish Fiesta…………………....4 Children’s Artwork & Beadwork……………...27 TOPS2 Volunteers…………………………...4 From the children………………………...28-29 “Eat & Meet” Fund-raising….…………...…5 Straight from the heart of Volunteers….…30-31 VIDES International…………………..……..6 Tribute to Sr. Alice………………………...…32 VIDES Phils in 9th VIDES Int’l Congress….7-9 Advocacy on Volunteerism………...............33 Volunteers’ Formation on the GEM………..10 Donors’ Point of View….....………………….34 Volunteers’ Annual Recollection…………..10 List of Donors……………………………..35-36 Seminar on Human Rights…….…………..11 2009 Calendar of Activities…………………..37 “Baboy Mo, Buhay Ko”………..……….12-13 Where we serve………….....……………….38 “Busina Mo, Dunong Ko”…………......14-16 Donations / Pledges BMDK Pupils…………………………....…17 NSCB Cohort survival rate………………...18 National Children’s Month Celebration…...19 quot;Keep on sowing your seed, for you never know which will grow—perhaps it all will.quot; Ecclesiastes
  • 2. Message from VIDES Chairperson Sr. Ma. Socorro T. Bacani, FMA Dear VIDES Volunteers, On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of Children, we are “narrating” the story of how VIDES Philippines has proclaimed, promoted and defended these rights through its various programs in this Annual Report. One is invited to read beyond all the data, and see more profoundly the reason that gives meaning to all these endeavors. To be members of VIDES Philippines you are called and challenged to be men and women who believe in a cause that is greater than yourselves because it is rooted in the very Person of Christ whose mission is to bring life in all its abundance to every child of God. Allow yourselves to be drawn to commit yourselves more decisively to His cause no matter the cost! So in this message allow me to articulate the CREDO of VIDES inspired by the Social Doctrine of the Church. We believe in the dignity of every human person, created in the image of God, in whom our origin, meaning and destiny is found. We believe in the power of whatever is good and worthy of the human person, and uphold it wherever it may be found because it is a reflection of God’s transcendence. We believe in the gift of freedom with which every human person can choose what is good, because freedom to love is the highest sign of the divine image in us. We believe in the Gospel of Christ as the answer to the basic questions about the meaning and purpose of human life, liberating the dignity of the human person from changing opinions and ensures the freedom of men and women as no human law can do. We believe in the prophecy of togetherness that overcomes individualism and isolation, translating the spirit of the Beatitudes into concrete creative gestures of solidarity, thus contributing to build structures of solidarity in order to overpower structures of sin. We believe that what will save us is not a formula or a programme, but a Person and the assurance that he gives us: “I am with you!” And with Him, we can overcome evil with the power of good. ! ASH FL EWS On the cover: N [Top photo] VIDES Volunteers reflected on the eyes of an Aeta child looking intently at the camera. [Middle] Children tracing their hands DSWD Certificate of Registration — NCR-2008-R-140 to symbolize their God-given talents. DSWD License to Operate — NCR-2008-L-014 [Bottom] BMDK kids pointing towards heaven where God lovingly cares for them. Complete story on Page 3 “The time is always right to do what is right.quot; Page 1 Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 3. From the Editor The year 2009 marks the 20th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC). This instinctively makes us recall the initiatives and steps that have been taken so far by the State parties. In the September 2005 report of the Committee of the UN CRC regarding the con- cluding observations they had on the Philippines, we find the following state- ment in item no. 14: “The Committee also notes with deep concern that the State party’s debt servicing takes up more than 30% of its national budget and that insufficient attention has been paid to sufficient budgetary allocation for children and to article 4 of the Convention regarding budgetary alloca- tions to the implementation of the economic, social and cultural rights of children to the maximum extent available.” With the present global economic crisis, this situation is expected to worsen, unless… through our simple and little way, we give our constant share in addressing this issue by strengthening and revitalizing our mobile education program known as the “Busina Mo, Dunong Ko” (BMDK); more volunteers would sacrifice their weekends for the sake of the children attending the BMDK Program; and more generous people would willingly share their time, talents, skills, wealth and resources by supporting our various works for our urban and rural poor women and youth-recipients. It is not enough to say that education is every child’s right. We cannot just sit back and tell everybody that since education is free in all our public schools, it is already a common good, one which is readily available, common and accessible. In order to go to school, children need allowances for food and transportation, too. We spend for the education of our children because we are investing in our future, hoping that this will redound to the benefit of our society – to the Common Good. We need to act, and not simply to act, but to act with faith. It is when we act with much faith in God, in ourselves and in others that we become able to make things happen. It is only when we have done our part in this great task of social and spiritual transformation that we will be able to sincerely tell the world that “Education is a child’s right that truly promotes the Common Good.” - Sr. Maria Josefina S. Carrasco, FMA Delegate, VIDES Philippines Publication and Communications Team 2008 Editor-In-Chief - Sr. Maria Josefina Carrasco, FMA Managing Editor - Raymund Zapanta Associate Editors - Maya Manocsoc, Vanessa Vargas, Farah Chavez Contributors - Girlie Amarillo, Rosylyn Arnigo, Jinjo Bautista, Joy Hugo, Paolo Icasas, Togs Inosanto, Jun Pimentel, , Amy Suzara, Syra Suzara, Riza Villavi- ray, Ian Velasco, Rudelyn Yaon quot;This News Magazine is published annually and serves as an Annual Report of VIDES Philippines Volunteers Foundation, Inc.quot; quot;Little kindnesses will broaden your heart, and slowly you will habituate yourself to helping your fellow man in many ways.quot; Page 2 Zadik
  • 4. ADMIN NEWS VIDES receives DSWD License to Operate V IDES Philippines Volunteers Foundation Inc. officially received from the Department of Social Welfare and Development-National Capital Region the License to Operate and the Certificate of Registration at the awarding ceremony held last November 24, 2008. VIDES Chairperson Sr. Ma. Socorro Bacani, FMA, on behalf of VIDES Philippines, received the certificates from Mrs. Patricia B. Luna, the Assistant Regional Director for Programs of DSWD-NCR. Through this Certificate of Registration, VIDES’ activities in the development of the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged sector of our society are officially recognized in the Registry of Social Welfare and Development Agencies of the DSWD. VIDES Philippines filed its Application for Registration on September 5 , 2008 and participated in the orientation-seminar for NGO-applicants on September 19. Mrs. Juliet C. Alair from the DSWD conducted the interview on the programs of VIDES last October 7 with VIDES staff Ms. Syra Liza Suzara RSW, Mr. Jovito Braga and VIDES delegate Sr. Maria Josefina Carrasco. The License to Operate was given to VIDES Philippines for having satisfactorily complied with the requirements to operate a Social Work Agency implementing Community-Based Programs and Services for children, women, families and communities. 1. you know … Did 1. The DSWD was created as early as 1915, but was known then as the Public Welfare Board. 2. It was only in 1987, through Executive Order No. 292 signed by President Corazon C. Aquino, that the name “DSWD” was established. 3. There are currently 1,040 NGOs registered with the DSWD. quot;…[I]n serving the best interests of children, we serve the best interests of all humanity.quot; Page 3 Carol Bellamy
  • 5. PARTNERS 300 VIDES kids receive Christmas gifts from the National Press Club ast December 24, 2008, 300 VIDES Busina Mo, Dunong Ko kids from L Gamban St., Riverside, Pasay City, took part in the Christmas gift-giving organized by the President of the National Press Club (NPC), Mr. Benny D. Antiporda. This was held at the Bulwagang Plaridel, 4th floor of the National Press Club, Magallanes Drive, Intramuros, Manila. With him were his family and the officers and members of the board of the NPC. VIDES volunteers Raymund Zapanta, Elisa Pieralice, Romina Mazzotta, and Simone Lalli witnessed this initiative with great awe and wonder. This event gave mutual joy to both giver and recipient, making the presence of Jesus Christ deeply felt in their sharing. Kids were smiling from ear to ear upon receiving their gifts of brand new toys, cash, and Noche Buena package. With hearts filled with gratitude, they rendered a well-prepared, beautiful Christmas program for their donors, guided by VIDES youth leader Jennifer San Juan. Kuya Benny delivered his Christmas message for the children about God’s graciousness, blessings and goodness, which they, in turn, wish to share with their little brothers and sisters. Sr. Jojo, FMA, VIDES Delegate, warmly thanked the NPC on behalf of the Foundation. News Briefs San Roque Parish invites BMDK Kids to Annual Festivities Last August 15, 2008, Rev. Fr. Joey Tuazon invited VIDES to join the annual celebration of the feast of San Roque, their patron saint. The well-organized cultural night enabled all the parish-mandated organizations to come together and share their talents in music and dance. The BMDK Choir “Voice of VIDES” performed a special song of gratitude entitled “Salamat”. TOPS2 Volunteers distribute school supplies to BMDK Kids As part of their commitment to reach out to the needy youth and children, members of the volunteer organization Time-out for Professionals and Students Services (TOPS2) under the leadership of Atty. Sonia Em presented school supplies and other educational resources to more than 300 BMDK kids in Pasay last September 6, 2008. Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for others. Page 4 Danny Thomas
  • 6. FUND RAISING VIDES Volunteers in the Philippines host “EAT & MEET” ast June 13, 2008, VIDES Volunteers in the Philippines organized a L dinner-for-a-cause dubbed “Eat & Meet.” Over a hundred tickets priced at Php500 each were distributed to friends and relatives of VIDES Volunteers in order to raise funds for the August 2008 annual mission camp in Negros Occidental. 2,000 kids are being served by the VIDES Volunteers in this formation camp. Proceeds from this fund raising event were intended for the purchase of rice and school supplies for the children of laborers at the sugar cane plantations of Victorias City, Negros Occidental. International and local dishes were prepared by the volunteers themselves. Filipino chefs Ted Dimson, Jovet Braga and Tony Espinosa cooked Egg and Corn Soup, Bicol Express, and Kare-Kare, respectively. German VIDES Volunteer Marie Luise Morgenstern prepared German Potato Salad while Italian VIDES Volunteers Kathleen Bertotti and Luana Giardinelli served Bruschetta, Melanzane alla parmigiana, Spaghetti and Crostata della Nonna. Lezeil Ebdane, Filipino VIDES Volunteer, prepared the beverages, which include Starbucks coffee and Tazo Passion Ice Tea. Kaspar Ng, VIDES Volunteer from Canada, assisted the Italian volunteers in the preparations. Filipino VIDES Volunteer, Jun Pimentel, who chairs the Socio- Cultural Committee, organized the program, designed the layout of the event, and provided all the decorations and effects (spotlight, candles, flowers, cloths) which lent a special touch of elegance and art to the affair. The gathering kicked off with a solemn singing of “The Prayer” followed by the Philippine National Anthem. Vice Provincial of the FMA Philippine Province, Sr. Maria Socorro T. Bacani, FMA gave her Welcome Remarks, thanking those who came to support this project and expressing her appreciation for all the VIDES Volunteers’ efforts in making this project a success. Guest singers Marie Puyat and Jeffrey Suzara entertained the diners with their beautiful singing. Ms. Cosette Fedele, wife of the Italian Ambassador, Ms. Happy Andrada, fashion designer, and Ms. Monina Manapat, Chairman of the Board of Examiners for Social Work are among the special guests invited. Banker-friends from BPI, UCPB and RCBC also came to support this fund-raising feat. Halfway during the program, diners were invited to express their feedback about “Eat & Meet.” All who spoke congratulated the VIDES volunteers for this very creative fund-raising initiative. Spontaneous singing ensued and at the end, all the volunteers helped in the aftercare, washing dishes, stacking the chairs, and sweeping the floor. It was truly an “Eat & Meet” event. Mabuhay ang mga VIDES Volunteers! For more photos, please visit: Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received – only what you have given: a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage. Page 5 Saint Francis of Assisi
  • 7. PARTNERS About VIDES Internazionale How we are organized: We are: The structures of the association are: - International volunteerism - The Assembly of Members association inspired by the - The Board of Directors Salesian education project - The President's Council - NGO with consultative - The Formation Commission status with the United Nations The Assembly of Members meets every year and - NGO associated with the convenes all the members (groups or national DPI (Department of Public Information) of the associations) to study the annual regulations and United Nations approve the report and budget of the previous year. Origins of VIDES: Every four years the Elective Assembly is held to - Began its work in Europe in 1987 elect or renew the Directive Council. - Constituted in 1990 The Board of Directors (15 members) regulate the - On April 23, 1991, it became an “International decisions made in the assembly and meets at least Non-Profit Association ” (NGO) according to two times per year. Belgian law (AISBL n° 16990/91) At its internal election the President’s Council members (President, General Director, Treasurer, VIDES is promoted by: Secretary, Advisor) meet with frequency to monitor The Institute of FMA the enforcement of the regulations. They act through the central operative office, located in VIDES is present in: Rome. - 14 countries in Europe - 8 countries in Asia The groups and associations , effective members of - 2 countries in Africa VIDES, are organized at local levels to respond to - 13 countries in North America and in Latin the concrete demands of the territories on the America educative level and to encourage voluntary service And operates through local groups and the experiences from youth. international head office. The Formation Commission is charged with the Why: formation of the volunteers and meets to share the - For the defense of human rights, particularly of formative criteria. children, women, and youth - For the promotion of voluntary service at the Source: VIDES Internazionale website local and international levels - For the support at a distance of children and their families - For the promotion of youth as active and Did you know… responsible citizens The UN member states (including the Philippines) created and committed to set a quantifiable, Who are members: measurable and time-bound development goals and - Individuals (youth volunteers and collaborators of targets for global human development, called the every age) Millennium Development Goals, to be achieved by - Associations and groups that share the goals of 2015. the Statutes (Shown below are the 8 Millennium Development Goals’ icons) VIDES is a member of: - DPI (Department of Public Information Non- Governmental Organization) - EAPN (European Anti Poverty Network) - FAIB (Fédération des Associations Internationales de droit belge) - Forum permanent de la Societé civile - WIDE Network (Women In Development Europe) - FMA (Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice) Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.quot; Page 6 Henry Ford
  • 8. IX INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS VIDES Philippines joins IX International Congress, facilitates the English workshop ast October 27, 2008, five representatives of VIDES L Philippines went to Sassone, Rome, Italy for the IX VIDES International Congress. They were VIDES Volunteers Ms. Mariciel Estacio, Mr. Paolo Icasas, Mr. Jun Pimentel and Mr. Raymund Zapanta and VIDES FMA Delegate Sr. Maria Josefina Carrasco. This gathering of 230 VIDES Volunteers and FMA Delegates worldwide dwelt on the theme: “Common Goods and Human Rights: A Patrimony and a Commitment for Youth,” in connection with this year’s 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. VIDES General Director, Sr. Leonor Salazar FMA, formally opened the Congress on October 31 and welcomed the guests and volunteers from the continents of Africa, America, Asia and Europe. VIDES International President, Mr. Guido Barbera, presented the objectives and proposals of the Congress and challenged the volunteers to continue what was started 20 years ago. Below are the topics discussed by the keynote speakers during the Congress: Report on Human Rights Human Rights: Common Good and/or Common Goods - Maria Francisca Ize-Charrin Director, Research and Right to Development Department Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Geneva, Switzerland Report on Culture and Spirituality Culture and Spirtuality: Goods and Rights, to Foster and make Grow - Helene Yinda World YWCA Programme Director for Africa and the Middle East Geneva, Switzerland Report on Peace and Inter-culturality Human Rights’ Respect: Open Door towards Peace - Flavio Lotti National Coordinator of the Peace Table Italy Report on Environment and Common Goods Human Development and Environment: Possible Harmony? - Riccardo Petrella International Committee President for World Water Agreement Italy Report on Common Goods Common Goods and Human Rights: A Commitment for VIDES - Sr. Maria Grazia Caputo, FMA Human Rights Executive Officer in Geneva for the FMA Institute and VIDES International permanent representative for Human Rights in Geneva quot;May I never get too busy in my own affairs that I fail to respond to the needs of Page 7 others with kindness and compassion.quot; - Thomas Jefferson
  • 9. IX INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS Debates were conducted at the end of each of these reports. To further deepen the inputs received, six simultaneous workshops with different topics were conducted in four languages: English, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. VIDES Philippines prepared and facilitated the English workshop entitled: “Education as a Human Right that promotes the Common Good.” Forty-six participants coming from the countries of Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, Congo, India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Pakistan, Poland, Slovenia, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA and Vietnam greatly enjoyed the “lively, creative, informative and interesting” workshop. This group was graced by the presence and active participation of resource person Ms. Maria Francisca Ize-Charrin and some of the Board of Directors of VIDES International: Mr. Joe Washington, Sr. Bernadette Sangma, FMA and Sr. Runita Borja, FMA. At its conclusion, the workshop conducted by VIDES Philippines was able to achieve the following objectives: to deepen Church and international documents pertaining to Education, Human Rights and the Common Good to appreciate how the right to education serves the common good to share local and international initiatives of VIDES for the education of women and children to realize the importance of networking with government organizations, non-government organizations, faith-based organizations and people’s organizations to discover new ways that will strengthen and sustain the education of women and children and to intensify our commitment as VIDES volunteers to the education of women and children. Drawings at the Workshop — courtesy of Paolo Icasas, VIDES Volunteer quot;Everyone has a right to peaceful coexistence, the basic personal freedoms, the alleviation of suffering, and the opportunity to lead a productive life...quot; - Jimmy Carter Page 8
  • 10. IX INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS Other activities during the Congress included the meeting of the FMA delegates with Sr. Leonor Salazar and Sr. Maria Grazia Caputo regarding the formation of VIDES Volunteers and the programs of VIDES; the nightly opening of the Solidarity Table where the volunteers put up for sale some of their country’s products in view of supporting the convention costs of the other participants; the daily celebration of the Holy Eucharist with various liturgical initiatives; the traditional assembly for the “Good Night” and last but not least, the most exciting “Festa del Popolo” or Cultural Night where the volunteers showcased their respective traditions, dances, songs and costumes. Group picture of English Workshop— 46 participants The solemn presentation of the Final Declaration of VIDES International by Mr. Guido Barbera before Rev. Mo. General Yvonne Reungoat and the assembly of VIDES Volunteers, FMAs and guests marked the conclusion of the Congress which was held at the Generalate of the FMA in Rome. Since VIDES operates within the ambit of the Commission on the Salesian Family of the FMA, the newly elected Councillor-in-Charge of the Salesian Family, Sr. Luisa Miranda, FMA, was introduced to the VIDES Volunteers and Delegates. The celebration of the Eucharist graciously capped the IX VIDES International Congress. Group discussions Commitments in lantern Networking “Human Beings, indeed all sentient beings, have the right to pursue happiness and live in peace and freedom” Page 9 14th Dalai Lama
  • 11. FORMATION Salesianity Annual Recollection Volunteers value the GEM of the FMA Volunteers experience the love of God wenty-three VIDES Volunteers took “G od willed it that we are here today. He T part in the 4th quarter formation wants us to be here. He has a message for conducted by Sr. Nora U. us.” These were the opening words of Rev. Fr. Hernandez, FMA, member of the FMA Titus Mananzan, SVD who facilitated the Provincial Council and formator of the recollection of the VIDES Volunteers last April 6, congregation of the Daughters of Mary Help of 2008 at Puerto Galera, Calapan City, Oriental Christians. This was held at the new audio-visual Mindoro. Inspired by the theme “Experiencing the room of the Don Bosco School-Manila, on Love of God,” Fr. Titus invited the volunteers to be October 18, 2008 from 7:30PM to 9:00PM. The open and docile to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. topic requested by VIDES Delegate Sr. Maria His talk dwelt on the Image of God – whose mercy Josefina S. Carrasco, FMA was on the GEM, or is infinite; who cares for His children; who is ever- the Guidelines for the Educational Mission present; who is “The Life.” He encouraged the of the FMA. volunteers to read the book entitled “Doctor on Sr. Nora focused on the essential Calvary” because it presents God as He is. elements of the GEM. As VIDES Volunteers directly engaged in the mission of educating “I am accepted by God as I am — as I children in especially difficult circumstances, the am, and not as I should be. Faith is the GEM affirms what they have been doing for the VIDES Busina Mo, Dunong Ko kids, such as: courage to accept that God loves me.” inculcating in them the value of life as gift and task; teaching them about the Catholic faith Fr. Titus underlined the value of faith and through catechesis; reaching out to the poorest scriptures, which answer the deepest longings of the young people in Pasay, Manila, and Quezon City human heart. He says that of all forms of loving, it through the mobile education program; holding is the ‘love of acceptance’ which is very basic and no barriers by welcoming non-Christians in the important because it gives a person a feeling of self- BMDK activities; extending the Baboy Mo, respect and makes a person believe “I’m Buhay Ko livelihood program to the Aetas; worthwhile.” The opposite of love is indifference, expanding networks in order to pursue the which gives the person the feeling that “I don’t Foundation’s programs and projects for the good count.” He emphasized the fact that each of us has of the children; and above all bearing the mark a choice, that is, to love or to be indifferent. If ever of a Salesian manifested in their dedication in we feel dejected, let us remember what the forming the young to be good Christians and theologian Paul Tillich says: “I am accepted by God honest citizens following Don Bosco’s way of as I am - as I am, and exercising reason, religion, and loving kindness not as I should be. Faith - pillars of the Preventive System of Education. is the courage to accept that God loves me.” After his talk, Fr. “We evangelize by educating. Titus gave the volunteers We educate by evangelizing.” time to group themselves by triads for the sharing. Two points were given: (1) How have I experienced Sr. Nora stressed the importance of that God accepts me for who I am?; and (2) In what volunteerism among young professionals, which way have I experienced the need for courage to enables the FMA to widen their reach in terms of accept God’s will? The soft breeze rustling the coverage and at the same time open up an leaves and the sound of the rippling brook nearby avenue that provides young people in search of provided the solemn ambience during the sharing life’s meaning an opportunity to be of service to moments of the volunteers. other youth, especially the most needy. She In the afternoon, Fr. Titus received the thanked the VIDES Volunteers for their valuable volunteers for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and contribution to the mission of evangelization of spiritual direction. He presided the celebration of the the FMA in the Church, citing the motto: “We Holy Eucharist, animated by the well-prepared liturgy evangelize by educating. We educate by of the volunteers. evangelizing.” This day of recollection is truly grace-filled! “Let us Educate with the Heart of Don Bosco, for the integrated development of the life of the young, especially the poorest and most disadvantaged by promoting their rights” Page 10 Strenna 2008
  • 12. FORMATION Seminar on Human Rights Volunteers update themselves on Human Rights I n line with this year’s 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the formation of the VIDES Volunteers for the 3rd quarter of 2008 dwelt on the topic: “Human Rights and Common Good: A Patrimony and a Commitment for the Young.” The input was given by Atty. Liezl Parajas, representative of the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines. This formation session was held last July 26, 2008 at the FMA Provincial House in Sta. Mesa, Manila and was also offered to the FMAs and other members of the Educating Community because they are likewise engaged in the promotion and development of women and children. All in all, there were 34 participants. A simple prayer service, with special citations from the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, set the tone for the day’s discussion. Even the walls of the conference room were decorated with quotations pertaining to the defense and promotion of human rights and the importance of the common good. Among these are: “To ensure the common good, the government of every country has the specific duty to harmonize the different sectoral interests with the requirements of justice.” – Art. 169 Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church “The principle of the common good, to which every aspect of social life must be related if it is to attain its fullest meaning, stems from the dignity, unity and equality of all people.” – Art. 164 Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church In her talk, Atty. Parajas gave a comprehensive background on the work of the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines. Her main input dwelt on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). She expressed her appreciation for this initiative of VIDES of increasing the awareness of the participants regarding women’s and children’s rights. She reports that in the Philippines, women are becoming more and more empowered due to the advocacy being conducted by various GO’s and NGO’s. She graciously accommodated the questions posed to her during the thirty-minute open forum which ensued. On behalf of VIDES Philippines, Sr. Maria Josefina Carrasco expressed her gratitude to the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines for allowing Atty. Liezl Parajas to conduct this very enriching seminar for them. (Atty. Parajas is a graduate of the Far Eastern University, with the degrees of Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Bachelor of Laws. She took her postgraduate studies at the University of Hong Kong where she earned her Master of Laws in Human Rights Law.) 1. Did you know… 1. On 10 December 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Following this historic act, the Assembly called upon all Member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and quot;to cause it to be disseminated, dis- played, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without dis- tinction based on the political status of countries or territories.quot; 2. The UDHR or Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the first international statement to use the term quot;human rightsquot;, and has been adopted by the Human Rights movement as a charter. It is short, and worth reading in its entirety -- a summary would be about as long as the document itself. quot;Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where Page 11 the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free.quot; 14th Dalai Lama
  • 13. COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS “Baboy Mo, Buhay Ko (BMBK) Livelihood Program T his is VIDES Philippines’ livelihood program originally launched in August 2002 in Negros Occidental during the Annual Mission Camp. The main goal of this initiative is to uplift the socio-economic condition of people suffering from poverty. How it works: 1. The FMA Community recommends the prospective recipient family. 2. The Social Worker conducts an assessment based on the set criteria. 3. VIDES donates a piglet to the qualified beneficiary-family. 4. The beneficiary takes care of the piglet in view of hog-raising and/or fattening. 5. For sustainability purposes, VIDES receives a piglet or its monetary equivalent and passes this on to the next qualified beneficiary. Since its inception, a total of 111 families from Negros Occidental, Oriental Mindoro, Laguna and Pampanga have already benefited from this project. Earnings from the program have helped them provide food, education, and shelter for their family members. You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for our own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for a l l h u m a n i t y, o u r particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful. -- Marie Curie 1. you know… Did 1. It takes at least 6 months to raise a piglet so that it could grow to a size fit for selling in the market. 2. Filipinos are relatively large consumers of pork and are known to generally prefer pork to chicken or beef. 3. One of the cheapest type of feed is “darak” coming from rice which is approximately P200/sack (50 kilos) and could last for a month. 4. A piglet costs only P1,500. Affordable? Why don’t you sponsor a piglet? “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Confucius Page 12
  • 14. COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS Last 16 February 2008, a group of VIDES volunteers went to 4th Launch of BMBK the Aetas community in Mabalacat, Pampanga for the 4th launching of the “Baboy Mo , Buhay Koquot; Livelihood Program. This was a very meaningful encounter for the volunteers because this livelihood assistance was extended to the under- privileged families of Aetas, our brothers and sisters in the indigenous people (IP) sector who have less opportunities to generate their own resources and sometimes suffer some discrimination in our soci- ety. Before the turn-over of piglets to the families, a simple program was held to officially document the rites. Briefings and basic information about the livelihood program were also presented to community. Residents were elated with the said project and have promised to take care of the piglets so that they can produce another piglet each for the next batch of beneficiaries. (Joy Hugo with Rude Yaon) Some highlights in the 4th Launch of BMBK in Mabalacat, Pampanga Sr.Jojo and BMBK OIC Tony handing out piglets An Aeta mother signing some Joy, VIDES volunteer, explaining documents while holding her the mechanics of the program piglet Mission Camp 2008 In the annual Mission Camp held in Hda. Malihao in Victorias City, Negros Occidental, it has been a tradition to hand out piglets to impoverished families as a means of livelihood to augment their meager income since August is the leanest season in the sugar cane industry and there is no work. Last August 24, 2008, 10 piglets were once again distributed to the selected beneficiaries. The funds came from the remitted money coming from previous beneficiaries who were able to raise the piglets successfully & sell them Awarding of piglets during the 2008 Mission at the market. Camp in Victorias, Negros Occidental (See photos on the right.) quot;One of the things I keep learning is that the secret of being happy is doing things for other people. quot; Page 13 Dick Gregory
  • 15. COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS Busina Mo, Dunong Ko (BMDK) Mobile Education Program The guitars donated by the friends of Ms. Josie Aliwalas, VIDES Board of Director, S ince its official launching in were put to their May 2006, the Busina Mo, maximum use with Dunong Ko mobile education the establishment of program of VIDES Philippines has the BMDK “Jamming been reaching out to impoverished Circle”. Volunteers communities in Pasay City, Manila, take turns in and Quezon City. Five days a week, VIDES teaching the children staff and volunteers implement the BMDK the chords and strumming techniques. activities. Skillful and artistic volunteers taught the The BMDK is VIDES’ education-on- children livelihood skills. The combined efforts of wheels program for street and urban poor Eyen Corro, Paolo Icasas and Raymund Zapanta children, providing informal education to both enabled the children to make their first attempt at in-school and out-of-school children and youth. silk screen printing on t-shirts. For the volunteers, Reading sessions, mathematical exercises, this is a potential entrepreneurial activity for kids writing, arts, who cannot make it to college due to poverty. music, dance, sports, Children with special interest and talent in tutorials and arts were set apart for an livelihood intensive drawing session with projects form volunteer artist Paolo Icasas. part of the During the 9th International regular Congress of VIDES Volunteers in activities of Sassone, Rome, some of the BMDK. children’s drawings, used as Educational designs for accessory buttons, and organized formed part of the products for games make learning easy and fun for the kids. sale at the Solidarity Table. Books are lent out on a weekly basis in order to give them access to worthwhile educational Another livelihood project materials. This is also a good strategy in is the beads craft of volunteer helping them develop the habit of reading. The Vanessa Vargas. Dubbed as BMDK mobile library is likewise equipped with “Kikay” project, this introduced This mobile library was donate multi-media facilities which contribute greatly the BMDK girl-children in making Mitsubishi L300 closed van wi to the learning process. On top of these, a accessories using beads. With equipped with audio-visual equip regular feeding program is conducted at the much patience, she enabled and other school supplies. Both end of every BMDK session. them to develop their creative can be opened wide by 180 de skills in designing necklaces, white board. The cartoons printe For this year 2008, c e l l p h o n e Michael Toribio, a past pupil bracelets and the operations of the Busina Some of the Technology Center. accessories. Mo, Dunong Ko Program was children’s finished products were financially supported by the sold during the VIDES fundraising activity “Eat and donor of the mobile library - Meet” – a Jo Tankers - represented by dinner for a Capt. Rene D. Kruidenier. cause. Mrs. Marissa O. Concepcion, VIDES Vice-Chairperson, provided for the year’s weekly snacks made up of Sunkist juices and Swift hotdog sandwiches for 250 BMDK kids. “When I am in your company, I not only learn more about you, I LEARN more about myself.” Page 14 Maya Angelou
  • 16. COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS The Parent As a PMO, the Effectiveness Service VIDES children’s choir Seminar for the “Voice of VIDES” was mothers of Pasay has given the role of started last July 9, animating the liturgy 2008, followed by four every first Saturday of consecutive each month. On special Saturdays. Thirty feasts and occasions, mothers actively participated in the five- the VIDES Dance Saturday seminar. Troupe joins the Voice of VIDES with their choreographed liturgical dances. This seminar was designed into four modules incorporating modern-day concerns of Filipino On August 15, 2008, the BMDK Kids parents. It aimed to provide parents with performed for the first time in the annual celebration updated information on the emerging issues of the feast of San Roque, patron of the parish. This involving young adolescents, as well as grand event gave them the opportunity to know and provide them with parenting skills. meet the other PMOs. The main speaker of the said seminar was In August and September, forty-five (45) Prof. Girlie E. Amarillo, a VIDES Volunteer. He children regularly attended the series of catechism was assisted by Ms. Rosylyn M. Arnigo, who is classes in view of their reception of the Sacrament of also a VIDES Volunteer. the Holy Eucharist. Last October 12, 2008, all of them received their first Holy Communion from Rev. Mr. Rosylyn, who recently Fr. Joselino Tuazon. joined VIDES, volunteered to conduct community October 18, 2008 was a very memorable and mobilizatyion for the parents in meaningful event for all the BMDK kids. 400 of them Pasay. She has formulated a gathered at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife for module for this activity, which the celebration of the National Children’s Month. includes the basic concepts on Prior to this assembly, Ms. Syra Liza Suzara, VIDES how to start organizing a Social Worker, prepared the children by providing community, techniques in them adequate information on the UN CRC – United approaching the community, Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. and the basic functions of the organizers, among others. Last December 7, the BMDK kids had another d by Jo Tankers. It is a Participants have been very reason to be together. It was the Paskong th a custom built body , receptive and cooperative. Pasasalamat, their day of gratitude for all the donors ment, and a lot of books, and sponsors of eft & right sides of the van It is noteworthy that effective the BMDK, where grees and be used as a April 2008, VIDES is already they showcased d outside was designed by officially recognized as a Parish the talents and under the Laura Vicuna Mandated Organization (PMO) skills they have by the San Roque Parish in honed during the Pasay City. In the February year because of 2008 meeting of the the material and PMOs, Rev. Fr. financial support Joselino Tuazon, of these generous Parish Priest, invited people. The Sr. Maria Josefina highlight of this event is the Jamming Circle’s Carrasco and the performance on the donated guitars. The education VIDES volunteers to to gratitude especially among the young is a legacy talk to them about of Don Bosco, founder of the congregation of the the programs and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. activities of VIDES. “Give a smile to one who’s low, May do more that you could know, Take some time to lend an ear, often words of faith and cheer” Page 15 Beverly J. Anderson
  • 17. COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS Other highlights of the year included Our BMDK program at Recto (formerly the following: Oroquieta) caters to Christians and Muslims alike. Invitation of the Knights of Columbus to The National Service Training Program (NSTP) the BMDK kids to join the contest “Wish Ko of UP College of Allied Medical Professions (CAMP) Lang”, whereby they submitted their Christmas – Manila, under the leadership of NSTP Coordinator wish to the K of C for evaluation and screening. Ms. Gay Jordan, has brought around sixty (60) At the awarding ceremonies, the Voice of VIDES students volunteering in the BMDK activities. Their and the VIDES Dance Troupe performed two encounter with the children educates them to intermission numbers. BMDK kids bagged the service, especially among the urban poor. grand prize as well as the 2nd and 3rd prizes. Our BMDK in Del Pan is noted for the kids’ 70% Graduation of two (2) BMDK boys, Jesus improvement in personal hygiene. Baculi and Ronald Baquero, from Don Bosco Technical College through the assistance of VIDES Volunteer Ms. Lynnie Lacse and the financial support of some very generous VIDES Volunteers. Enrolment of BMDK teen, Roger Basila, with Datamex, a computer technology center, through the financial support of one of our VIDES volunteers. Roger is now in his second semester. Three (3) out-of-school youth from Del Pan are now able to read, under the professional assistance of their teacher, volunteer Ms. Binky Manalastas. The BMDK Program is moving forward. Thanks to all the generous people who give their constant share in making this possible. Each tiny piece in the puzzle is necessary and meaningful. Each contributes to the formation of the whole picture. In South Triangle, Quezon City, the BMDK kids from Sct. Tuazon were combined with those of Mo. Ignacia due to the existence of other similar programs being conducted by other faith-based organizations. Reading skills of Grade 2 pupils from South Triangle, Quezon City have improved. Before the BMDK, they could not yet recognize the letters and pronounce the sounds very well. The number of participants in San Roque, Quezon City has increased by 46%. “Stretch out your arms to someone in need; Lend them your shoulder. Help them plant a seed” Page 16 Lori I. Batcheller
  • 18. COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS BMDK Breakdown Per School level I. South Triangle IV. Recto (formerly Oroquieta) 2007 2008 2007 2008 Female Male Total Female Male Total School Level Female Male Total Female Male Total School Level Kinder N/A N/A N/A 15 18 33 Kinder 31 29 60 11 5 16 Grade 1 N/A N/A N/A 16 27 43 Grade 1 20 35 55 17 12 29 Grade 2 N/A N/A N/A 11 14 25 Grade 2 20 24 44 10 10 20 Grade 3 N/A N/A N/A 18 10 28 Grade 3 21 18 39 17 10 27 Grade 4 N/A N/A N/A 10 17 27 Grade 4 8 15 23 8 10 18 Grade 5 N/A N/A N/A 10 12 22 Grade 5 6 12 18 10 9 19 Grade 6 N/A N/A N/A 9 10 19 Grade 6 10 14 24 3 3 6 High School N/A N/A N/A 8 8 16 High School 4 12 16 7 3 10 Total N/A N/A N/A 97 116 213 OSY 0 1 3 4 SPED 1 1 2 1 1 Total 121 160 281 85 65 150 Note: Regular participants per week averages 25 children. Note: Regular participants per week averages 30 children. II. San Roque V. Del Pan 2007 2008 2007 2008 Female Male Total Female Male Total School Level Female Male Total Female Male Total School Level Kinder 77 71 148 69 73 142 Kinder 5 19 24 35 40 75 Grade 1 60 50 110 35 52 87 Grade 1 5 6 11 35 52 87 Grade 2 33 32 65 54 43 97 Grade 2 14 19 33 27 12 39 Grade 3 30 30 60 37 42 79 Grade 3 2 9 11 17 18 35 Grade 4 37 34 71 15 13 28 Grade 4 14 22 36 14 17 31 Grade 5 35 17 52 19 25 44 Grade 5 6 16 22 6 19 25 Grade 6 19 18 37 20 13 33 Grade 6 13 10 23 11 9 20 High School 23 24 47 21 14 35 High School 4 7 11 8 2 10 OSY 4 9 13 7 4 11 Total 63 108 171 153 169 322 Total 314 276 590 277 279 556 Note: Regular participants per week averages 80 children. Note: Regular participants per week averages 250 children. III. NIA Road VI. Pasay 2007 2008 2007 2008 School Level Total Total Total Total Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male School Level Kinder 4 13 17 14 20 34 Kinder 0 0 Grade 1 6 17 23 21 22 43 Grade 1 19 12 31 19 12 31 Grade 2 3 9 12 19 25 44 Grade 2 19 13 32 19 13 32 Grade 3 4 13 17 21 20 41 Grade 3 25 25 50 25 25 50 Grade 4 15 14 29 8 14 22 Grade 4 20 6 26 20 6 26 Grade 5 4 6 10 19 15 34 Grade 5 11 14 25 11 14 25 Grade 6 3 9 12 8 7 15 Grade 6 14 13 27 14 13 27 High School 2 5 7 5 9 14 High School 42 40 82 77 83 160 OSY 4 4 Mothers 35 N/A 35 45 N/A 45 Total 41 90 131 115 132 247 Total 185 123 308 230 166 396 Note: Regular participants per week averages 60 children. Note: Regular participants per week averages 350 children. Remarks: As a community-based organization, it is a general rule to include in the records all participants regardless of their presence in the weekly activities since they have received the service conducted by VIDES’ BMDK program. The challenge for VIDES is how to be able to deploy more volunteers to attend to the needs of the children and make them come back regularly. “The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.” Page 17 Benjamin Disraeli
  • 19. COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS NSCB Study on Cohort Survival Rate Cohort survival rate at Cohort survival Cohort survival rate at the ele- the elementary level rate at the elemen- mentary level increased in SY will increase to 73.0% tary level 2006-2007 and target is likely in SY 2005-2006 and to be attained 78.0% in SY 2010- Source: DepEd 2011 Cohort survival rate at the sec- Cohort survival rate at Cohort survival ondary level experienced huge the secondary level rate at the secon- increment in SY 2006-2007 will increase to 68.0% dary level and clearly exceeding the tar- in SY 2005-2006 and get ahead of schedule 71.5% in SY 2010- Source: DepEd 2011 Source: (National Statistical Coordination Board) Dear Sponsor, Maraming salamat po sa inyong pagtulong sa akin dahil lagi po akong may baon sa pagpasok ko araw araw. Sana po lagi kayong nasa mabuting karamdaman, para lagi ninyo kaming matulungan. God bless you all. Richard C. Orsal Dear Sponsor, Nagpapasalamat po ako at ang aking mga magulang dahil sa walang sawang pagtulong at suporta ninyo sa akin. Ipinangangako ko po sa inyo na pagbubutihin ko po ang aking pag-aaral. Rose Mavic Baquero Reflection from a beneficiary Source: NSO website quot;It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try Page 18 to help another without helping himself.quot; Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • 20. COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS National Children’s Month 400 kids flock to QC Wildlife Afterwards, snacks were 8 October – To celebrate the National 1 distributed, Children’s Month, VIDES Philippines made up of gathered about 400 children-representatives hotdogs, from the six areas being served by the Busina juices, Mo, Dunong Ko program: Del Pan, Recto , biscuits and Pasay, NIA Road, San Roque, and South candies . Triangle. This gathering aims to assist the children in deepening the NCM theme and at the same time provide them the opportunity to The children, grouped into tens and guided by the explore the wildlife. volunteers, tackled the two major activities of the day. The first one was called Malikhaing mga Accompanied by the volunteers and assistants, Kamay. Literally translated, it means Creative the children marched through the Ninoy Aquino Hands. This activity showcased the children’s rich Parks and Wildlife, bearing their colorful imagination as they drew images, using the banners and greeting fellow park-goers. outlines of their hands, of their understanding of the NCM theme “Bright Child: Sa tamang Upon arrival at the Grotto, pag-aaruga, kinabukasan ay maginhawa.” the children settled down in order to actively participate The second activity, Sabit-Talino, was anchored in the holy mass presided by on the belief that children have values and Rev. Fr. Ike Veloso, SDB, abilities that they are able to contribute for the under the cool shade of development and success of their family and of huge, imposing trees. The their larger communities. These characteristics park’s lagoon also served as were written down on colored paper and stapled a beautiful background. on long lines of straw and then displayed like Fr. Veloso delivered a thought-provoking and festive flaglets around the Grotto. inspiring homily on the care and love of God, especially for children. He honored the VIDES At the end of the program, the children gathered Volunteers present because in their task of as one to learn the action song “My Heart is in educating, they also fulfill the role of being You Lord”, taught by the volunteers and Sisters. “parents” to the children. Finally, it was time for the Wildlife Tour. The At the program, VIDES Chairperson, Sr. Ma. children eagerly surveyed the various inhabitants Socorro Bacani, FMA, welcomed everyone. She of the Park. From the hawks and eagles (and the shared her thoughts on the importance of colorful birds in between), to the deer, snakes, taking good care of the kids by forming them to and wild pigs, the children inspected them all. become good Christians and honest citizens. Indeed it was an education outside the four The children then showcased their talents corners of the classroom. through song numbers, raps and dances. “Rainbows are people whose lives are bright, shining examples for others” Page 19 Maya Angelou
  • 21. COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS Paskong Pasasalamat Day of Gratitude of VIDES Busina Mo, Reflection: by Jinjo Bautista, VIDES Volunteer Dunong Ko Kids alamat. It is such a simple word that most S hildren have their own ways of thanking the of us take for granted. We are all oblivious C people around them. to the fact that it can ripple through time and through the heart of people. It is a word that can Last December 7, 2008, the VIDES Board of make little random selfless acts worth doing over Directors, Salesian Sisters, Benefactors, and and over again. It has such a lot of weight that Volunteers experienced how it was to be thanked lets itself be felt by every human heart and soul. for by some 500 VIDES “Busina Mo, Dunong Ko” This was experienced first hand by the children coming from Quezon City, Manila and volunteers and sponsors of VIDES during their Pasay. “PASKONG PASASALAMAT.” It was a Gratitude Event organized by the volunteers of VIDES for The event, aptly called Paskong Pasasalamat, the youth of selected urban poor communities in took place at the Apelo Cruz Elementary School in Metro Manila. The program was held at the Apelo Pasay City. The children expressed their gratitude Cruz Elementary School, Pasay City last through a musical skit, guitar playing, lively December 7, 2008 where 500 kids from NIA, San dances and creative raps. Roque, Delpan, Oroqueta, South Triangle and Pasay took center stage. It was simple event for Rev. Fr. Ike Veloso, most of us but it was grand for all these kids. SDB, the first SDB Everybody had their own reasons for VIDES Philippines showing up. Some kids were waiting for the food volunteer, presided the that they would get. Some were anxiously waiting Eucharistic Celebration for their turn to showcase their talents on stage. and witnessed the No matter what their intentions were, solemn Prayer of everyone came to have a wonderful time. Commitment of 44 The event started with a mass celebrating VIDES Volunteers. the presence of the donors and volunteers and the blessing of their time that they share with The event acknowledged the presence of Ms. these less fortunate kids amidst their busy lives. Marissa Concepcion, Vice-Chairperson and donor The mass focused on the value of gratitude and of VIDES Philippines who came with her husband how a simple thank you and salamat can really and children. Capt. Rene Kruidenier of Jo spark good will among the community and Tankers, donor of the Mobile Library, along with hopefully someday, the whole world. his wife and mother also graced the occasion. The value of gratitude can never be neglected since it is already in the heart of these VIDES Chairperson, Sr. Ma. Socorro Bacani, FMA kids. Learning to say thanks can really go a long congratulated the children for their performances way. It can make us appreciate things better by and thanked the volunteers for their untiring and giving us a whole new perspective on how the dedicated commitment in educating the kids and little blessings can be such an enormous gift from women. God. The event was a perfect picture of Don Bosco’s amazing formula of the preventive education system. With this simple gathering, hope was given to these kids who have gone through a lot in life. Through all their struggles, there is always hope. Hope that can come from people with ordinary lives doing selfless things expecting nothing in return... people who can be surprised and thrilled by the simple SALAMAT of the children they minister to. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to Page 20 utter words, but to live by them.” John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • 22. COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS Solidarity at a Distance (SAD) 2008 This is an educational program that currently benefits underprivileged children in Manila, Pasay and Negros Occidental. The fund aims to partially cover the educational needs of student-beneficiaries. The fund does not assume full educational requirements for a student based on the principle that the education of children is the primary responsibility of parents. Instead, VIDES partners provide assistance to parents so that they are able to send their children to school. For the year 2008, the program assisted 100 Translation in English: student-beneficiaries. VIDES International gave Dear Sponsor, school supplies and daily allowances to Thank you for your financial assistance, beneficiaries from Pasay and Laura Vicuña Center and the things that you’ve given me like (LVC). VIDES Italy gave lump sums to individual shoes and socks. beneficiaries in Malihao, Negros Occidental for It’s really good that you came. their school supplies and uniforms. Finally, VIDES Because of you, we’ve realized that poverty Japan-Tokyo shouldered 50 % of the tuition fees is not a hindrance in studying. of the beneficiaries studying at the Laura Vicuña Thank you so much for the support. Training Center (LVTC). Karen Salgado The late Sen. Raul Roco used to profess that having at least one college graduate in a family would surely get it out of poverty, and thus stressed the critical importance of widely accessible education up to the tertiary level. For those who can afford it, a concrete way of helping, then, is to support a promising child of the family through school all the way to the tertiary level, whether college or vocational/technical training as appropriate. Source: No Free Lunch column by Cielito Habito, Philippine Star February 2, 2009 “Illiteracy and innumeracy are a greater threat to humanity than terrorism” Amartya Sen, Page 21 Nobel prize winning economist
  • 23. COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS MISSION CAMP 2008 Hda Malihao Victorias, Negros Occidental taguyod ang Buhay sa Katuparan ng Pangarap (Uphold life, Achieve Goals)…” is the theme “I chosen by VIDES Philippines for the 13th Annual Mission Camp held on Sunday, August 24, 2008 among the 2,000 children of sugarcane laborers in Victorias City, Negros Occidental, Philippines. For families working in the sugarcane fields, the month of August is the leanest, when the milling season goes off and planters are waiting for the sugarcanes to grow. Jobs are scarce, stealing becomes rampant, and the cupboard is left empty. For this reason, VIDES has generously committed itself these past years in annually celebrating “Christmas in August”, through the Mission Camp, by sharing their time, talents, resources, and their very selves — providing the children with food, clothing, school supplies and toiletries, offering them free haircutting and medical services, distributing piglets as means of livelihood, and organizing contests where the children and mothers could showcase their skills in art, music, dance, drama and cooking and at the same time deepen the chosen theme. “Uphold life, Achieve Goals” is primarily based on the foundation of all other rights – the right of every person to life — which each one must protect, defend and uphold at all times. The simultaneous contests on story-telling, poster-making and cooking underscored the dignity and value of human life and the importance of education, gender equality, peace, nutrition, health, environmental stability and development. Only when life is upheld can we actually achieve all our other goals. About a hundred FMA’s and VIDES Volunteers from Korea (18), Shizuoka (23), Tokyo (3) and the Philippines (53) directly participated in this event. As an international NGO with a consultative status at the United Nations, this is VIDES’ unique way of joining the whole world in commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in contributing to the realization of some of the Millennium Development Goals in this tiny corner of the world. This is a fruit of the encounter of VIDES of Asia organized in Thailand in August 2007, where the delegates resolved to expand their networks in view of service. An ever- increasing number of individual and corporate donors pooled their resources in order to gather in a variety of food items, school supplies, medicines, clothes, shoes and bags for the recipients. Did you know that… Some 830,00 children in the Philippines, or 16 percent of all children of school age, are classified as child laborers, according to the 2007 sub-regional multiple indicator cluster survey conducted by the NSO and United Nations Children’s Fund. Of this number, about 670,000 children attend school and work as child laborers at the same time. Source: Manila Bulletin October 5, 2008 “You see God every day you live, Each time you flash a SMILE; God’s face is shining down on you, He makes your life worthwhile” Page 22 Ruth Moyer Gilmour
  • 24. COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS Confessions From a Coffee Lover by Vanessa Vargas, VIDES Volunteer truly love coffee; whether it is instant 3-in-1 coffee, espresso, frappe, or what have you. I I find it amazing how the mix of different ingredients produces a fine and soothing blend. Coffee has been my relief in times of stress, depression and/or boredom. It has comforted me through my crying days and had joined me in my laughing moments; thus, coffee has been a great part of me. Corny and crazy as it may sound, with coffee around, I know I will always be fine. Surprisingly, I found something more comforting than my coffee moments, even though I was not looking for one. It was my first time to attend the VIDES Mission Camp in Malihao, Victorias (not to mention it was my first time to ride the airplane, which by the way was literally and figuratively breath-taking). I was not really expecting a vacation as I have already anticipated the work that awaited us for the mission camp. Nevertheless, the whole experience was a mix of so many beautiful things that I do not know what feeling I should describe first. It was INDEED an extraordinary experience! Like Coffee, We Vary The volunteers who attended the annual mission camp came from different countries and yet despite the differences in culture, religion, and language, everyone was one in purpose. It was amazing to realize that despite the diversity, the volunteers came together for one mission: to serve, primarily the children of the various communities of Victorias. Indeed, it was to be “one for others”. I have never witnessed such perfect unity in my life and I thank God for making me see that such truly still exist. I find it remarkable how despite the differences, all volunteers prayed together, sang together, and danced together to any and every tune! (Souljah boy dance was definitely a hit!) It was one great feeling of acceptance. Despite the fact that each one of us has our own limitations, we were able to do the tasks to the best of our abilities. The event itself may not have been perfect, but because every action came from the heart, it was close to perfect, it was close to heaven. Like Cream, We Neutralize the Bitterness Lack of sleep and restless hours, the heat of the sun, noise and crowded areas –- these were just among the factors that tested everybody’s patience. But because we loved what we do and we loved the children, every bit of bitterness and tiredness was washed away. It was tiring but it was also too fulfilling that there was no more room to feel such tiredness at all. With camaraderie and cooperation, we were able to overcome a number of obstacles; with helping hands we were able to serve our purpose; and with one heart we were able to take away other people’s pain. Like Sugar, We Generate Smiles Sugar is sweet and so are we. The Sunday event was like Christmas. It was an ultimate gift-giving experience for everybody, especially for the kids. There is no more joy than seeing the thousand smiles of the children and of other volunteers. Those smiles are more than enough to compensate for all the comfort we have to give up for the whole duration of the mission camp. It was not only the gift-giving or the medical mission that was smile-generating. Every activity has empowered everyone: the masses, the prayer sessions, the bonding moments, the cultural night, everything was so wonderful and so soul-lifting. For the first time in so many years, I was singing Christian songs by heart and I am smiling as if I have nothing to worry about when I get back to Manila. Like Water, God’s Love Blended Us into One Perfect Mix Without water, what is coffee? What pleasure would it bring if it were not for the one thing that blended the ingredients together? Like coffee, the mission camp was a success because of God’s love. It was because He has given everyone strength, love, courage, blessings and more blessings that we were able to share ourselves with the kids and with the communities of Malihao as well as with each other. We have been God’s grace to other people because He Himself has given us the opportunity to be one. With His love we were able to serve in unity. I will never forget my first VIDES Mission Camp and I am looking forward to having more mission camp memories. I have had a lot of self-realizations from the mission camp and it is with this experience that I discovered that there is something more rewarding than being served a cup of coffee. And that is making the coffee out of pure love and serving it yourself without expecting anything in return. “Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap out harvest, if we do not give up” Page 23 Galations 6:9
  • 25. COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS Celebrating Christmas with the Aetas December 21, 2008 Mabalacat, Pampanga nstead of simply partying among themselves, 40 VIDES Volunteers headed to Maganday Nobokah I Aeta School in Sitio Monicayo, Mabalacat, Pampanga last December 21 to hold their Christmas party with the Aetas. Their selflessness was rewarded by the delightful welcome of the indigenous community. As everyone settled down, Sr. Alice Fulgencio, FMA, Provincial Superior, shared some loving words on the essence of Christmas, who is Christ. Then, it was time for games and entertainment. The children read out loud their gratitude letters and showcased their talents in singing and dancing. Not to be outdone, the mothers also wonderfully danced to the music of “Dayang- Dayang,” a favorite of the community. The volunteers and Srs. Alice and Jojo gamely joined them stir up the dust on the school grounds with their thumping feet and swirling choreography. In between the games and entertainment, three new families received a piglet each under the Baboy Mo, Buhay Ko Livelihood Program. Towards the end, bags of goodies were distributed to each who was present. These were in addition to the wrapped gifts thoughtfully prepared by the VIDES Volunteers. Indeed, as one volunteer quipped, “it was a cool experience on one hot Sunday.” A look back into history... The Aeta (pronounced as “eye-ta,”), Agta or Ayta are an indigenous people who live in scattered, isolated mountainous parts of Luzon, Philippines. They are considered to be Negritos, who are dark to very dark-brown-skinned and tend to have features such as a small stature, small frame, curly hair, small nose, and dark brown eyes. They are thought to be among the earliest inhabitants of the Philippines, preceding the Austronesian migrations. The Aeta were included in the group of people termed quot;Negritoquot; during Spanish colonial rule. Various Aeta groups in northern Luzon are known as quot;Pugutquot; or quot;Pugot,quot; a name designated by their Ilocano-speaking neighbors, and which is the colloquial term for those with darker complexions. In Ilocano, the word also means quot;goblinquot; or quot;forest spirit.quot; Challenges in the Aeta community One of the several activities organized by the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) together with local officials of the province is the program dubbed “Buklod-Serbisyo Para sa Katutubong Aeta”, a Seminar on Malunggay farming. The program aims to promote the massive cultivation of the nutritious vegetable to help fight hunger, poverty and malnutrition in the rural areas. The program aims to empower the indigenous peoples of the town who can tap their vast ancestral lands, to make them more productive and encourage these farmers to join the 21st century ‘biotech revolution’ by farming for natural ingredients. Farming for their everyday food or sustenance is a way of life among Aetas. Usually, Aetas plant root crops like kamoteng ugat or sweet potato, kamoteng kahoy or cassava, papaya and banana, which they sell in the market or the town proper. This allows them to earn as much as P100 a day. Source: Wikipedia & Reports from NAPC & DA Biotechnology Program Office (DA-BPO) “Touch a soul in need of love, God will bless you from above; and He’ll grant you happy day” Page 24 Beverly J. Anderson
  • 26. VOLUNTEERISM National Volunteer Month December 2008 ecember, being the National Volunteers’ Month (NVM), as mandated under the Presidential D Proclamation No.55 issued on Decemeber 5 1998, is really one of the busiest months of the year for volunteers. “LABANAN ANG KAHIRAPAN: ISULONG ANG BOLUNTARISMO” was the theme for 2008. A Symposium on Youth Volunteering and HIV/AIDS Prevention was held last December 5, 2008 at the Philippine Normal University and Ms. Syra Liza Suzara and Sr. Maria Josefina Carrasco FMA represented VIDES. An Advocacy Run for Volunteerism took place on December 7 at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City. Mr. Jovet Braga and Mr. Raymund Zapanta, VIDES volunteers, participated in the 2.5- Kilometre run along with the rest of the runners from the foreign and local volunteer groups. This event was in partnership with the Executive Runners Club of the Philippines (RUNNEX). VIDES Volunteers witnessed and supported the event. Frequently Asked Questions... Q1: What is volunteerism? Volunteerism refers to an act involving a wide range of activities, including traditional forms of mutual aid and developmental interventions that provides an enabling and empowering environment both on the part of the beneficiary receiving, and the volunteer rendering the act, undertaken for reasons arising from socio-developmental, business or corporate orientation, commitment or conviction for the attainment of the public good and where monetary and other incentives or reward are not the primary motivating factors. Q2: What is the cultural root of volunteerism in the Philippines? Volunteerism is a social value in the Philippines more popularly known as “Bayanihan” which translates into “getting into the act of helping, being a hero for the community.” Bayanihan is oftentimes depicted in the collaboration among community members as they carry on their shoulders a house to be transferred to another place. Other forms of bayanihan are expressed during harvest time, mourning and birthing, with service to others and the community as the underlying motive. Q3: What is the role of government in volunteerism? The government plays a strategic role in volunteering by providing an enabling environment that will encourage the promotion of volunteerism and participation of all sectors of society in volunteering. (more FAQs on page 36) Source: Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency’s website God doesn't require us to succeed; he only requires that you tryquot; Page 25 Mother Teresa
  • 27. VOLUNTEERISM International Volunteers’ Page From the Diaries of Kathleen Bertotti and Luana Giardinelli June 26, 2008 reetings to all! G In these last days of our volunteer service in the Philippines, we are given the opportunity to visit the various houses of the FMAs in the country. First, we went to Palawan in May, where we also met Linda Skalski, from VIDES USA. There in Macarascas, we stayed at the dormitory where the poor boys and girls coming from the remote barrios Another contribution of VIDES which is greatly are being given by the FMAs the possibility of appreciated is the Solidarity At A Distance, a furthering their studies through the modules scholarship program which provides for the provided by Angelicum. children’s scholastic needs, food, and transportation allowance. It was a great joy to In Cebu, we were able to meet Malou Morgenstern, see the gratitude mirrored in the faces of all our youngest volunteer from VIDES Germany. these children. They were thanking us for what Together we went to the community of FMAs in VIDES Italy is doing for them and their families. Minglanilla, where Luana had her first assignment as assistant in the technology center for women. Our last wonderful act together was the “Eat From here, we proceeded to Punta, Cebu City, and Meet” fund-raising activity of VIDES where there were various activities for the youth at Philippines for the August Mission Camp, where the parish, such as music, sports, and other we prepared Italian dishes with the help of cultural activities at the oratory. Kaspar Ng, newly-arrived volunteer from VIDES Canada. Malou likewise prepared her German After this, we went to Negros, where we stayed specialty for this event. It was truly fun with the community of FMAs in Malihao -- at the working together with the Pinoys of VIDES heart of the sugarcane plantation. They work for Philippines! the promotion and development of women and “It was a great joy to see the gratitude mirrored in the faces of all these children.” children, especially the child laborers in the sugarcane fields. The Alternative Learning System being offered to the children seeks to improve their lives through education. Parallel to this is VIDES’ contribution via the program “Baboy Mo, Buhay Ko”, a livelihood project which seeks to alleviate their poverty. Kathleen serving food Luana with Pasay kids “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners Page 26 who make our souls blossom” Marcel Proust
  • 28. “While we try to teach our children all about life, Our children teach us what life is all about” Angela Schwindt Page 27
  • 29. From the Children Dear Knights of Columbus, Good day po!!! Merry Christmas po!!! Una po sa lahat, nagpapasalamat po ako Noong nakilala ko ang VIDES, maraming dahil mayroong programang ganito sa inyo. Kaya bata ang dumadalo tuwing Linggo sa Rodriguez po sumulat po ako dito sa “Wish Ko Lang this para makinig ng salita ng Diyos kaya nahumaling Christmas,” dahil mayroon po akong natatanging akong sumama at kaya nakilala ko si ate Amy. Si hiling ngayong darating na kapaskuhan, at ang ate Amy ay isa sa mga VIDES Volunteers na kahilingang po ito ay hindi para sa akin, kasi po sa tuwing araw ng Linggo ay laging nandun at ngayon marami pa pong mabubuting taong nagtuturo ng tungkol sa Diyos at nagtuturo din ng tumutulong sa akin. gitara. Ang una ko pong kahilingan ay para po sa Nagsimula akong dumalo sa VIDES noong aking kapatid. Gusto ko po sanang makahanap ako’y Grade 4 pa, hanggang makatapos ng high kami ng pera para po sa gagawing operasyon sa school. Nang makatapos ako ng high school, kanya. Wala po kasi kaming sapat na pera para sa binigyan ako ng pagkakataon na makapag OJT sa operasyon. Wala po kasing trabaho ang aking ina at hotel sa ilalim ng programa ng LVF at UNICEF. Sa di na rin po nagtatrabaho ang aking ama. At saka Pan Pacific, nakapag-aral ako ng pagluluto at nararamdaman ko po na gusting-gusto na niyang paglilinis ng mga kwarto sa hotel. Marami akong makalakad muli, gusto niya nang makapaglaro nakilalang tulad ko na natutulungan ng Laura tulad ng nagagawa niya dati. Vicuña Foundation. At nang ako ay makapagtapos sa pag aaral ay hindi pa dun naputol ang pagtulong Ang ikalawa naman po ay para sa aking nila sa akin. Ngayon ay pinag-aaral ako ng mga ama. Sana gumaling na siya. Na-stroke po kasi siya VIDES volunteers sa kolehiyo. Kaya hindi ko ito kaya po sa ngayon hindi na po siya nakakapag- sasayangin. Ito’y tatapusin ko nang madagdagan trabaho. Nasasabi po niya na gusto na niyang pa ang tulad kong natutulungan nila. gumaling para po makapagtrabaho ulit, kasi ayaw Nagpapasalamat ako sa kanila, lalo na kay ate niya pong nakikita kaming nahihirapan at gutom. Amy at sa mga tumutulong na mga sponsors, at kay Sister Jojo. Ito lamang po ang aking kahilingan. Alam ko po na mahirap at malabo po itong matupad, subalit Naaalala ko ang taun-taong Christmas party naniniwala po ako na magbibigay po si God ng way na inihahanda nila para sa amin. Sa kabila ng para matupad ito. aming pag-papasaway, sila ay nananatiling matiyaga at mapag-pasensiya sa amin. Muli, nagpapasalamat po ako sa inyong mabubuting puso. Merry Christmas po at Happy Maligayang bagong taon po sa inyong lahat. New Year din. Nawa’y magtagal pa ang inyong Maraming-marami pong salamat sa inyo. God organisasyon. bless you po… Roger Basila Note: Pagpalain po kayo ng Poong Maykapal. At present, Roger is enrolled in the Computer Programming Course of Datamex Institute of Gumagalang, Computer Technology in Pasay. He is a scholar of Jennifer San Juan VIDES. Note: Last December 18, 2008, Christmas wishes of three VIDES Kids were granted by the Knights of Columbus - Pasay Chapter. Winning entries were randomly picked from the pool of entries written by various children and mothers in Pasay. The above was the actual letter submitted by Jennifer San Juan who is a VIDES scholar currently on her 2nd year in college taking up BS Nursing at Pamantasan ng Lungson ng Pasay. She was the grand prize winner in this contest. Jennifer Roger “To believe in yourself and to follow your dreams, to have goals in life and a drive to succeed, and to surround yourself with the things and the people that make you happy – this is success!” Page 28 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • 30. From the Children Good Day!!! First of all, I would like to greet you a pleasant day and I want to say a million thank Nakilala ko ang VIDES sa isang simpleng you’s from my heart and family. lugar na kung saan nagkakasaya, nagkakantahan, nagsasayawan patungkol sa Nagpapasalamat ako dahil sa walang Panginoon. Nagkaroon ako ng lakas ng loob na sawang pagtulong ninyo sa akin mula pa lamang sumali sa kanilang kasiyahan at agad naman sa simula. Sa pag aaral ko, sa mga pangaral nila akong tinanggap. Dati pasulput-sulpot ang ninyo, sa tulong ninyo at patnubay sa akin sa dating nila hanggang sa nagkaroon sila ng tamang landas, maraming salamat. permanenteng lugar at oras. Sa ngayon nasa simbahan sila ng San Roque tuwing Sabado ng Kaya sa munting sulat na ito ay gusto kong hapon, na puno ng mga bata na nakikisaya at iparating sa inyo ang aking pasasalamat… Hindi ko nakikilahok sa iba-t-ibang palaro at Katesismo. man masusuklian ang pagtulong nyo, hayaan nyo Sa katagalan, dahil sa kanila, nalinang ang pong ang mga pangaral nyo ang maging daan aking talento sa pag rap at nakilala bilang si upang maging mabuting tao at bata ako… Jesus na makulit at pasaway sa mga ate at Maraming salamat sa inyo VIDES… kuya ng VIDES lalo na kay ate Amy. At ngayon, sa tulong ninyo, ako ay Tinulungan nila akong makapag-aral sa nakapagtapos ng kursong Electrician sa Don Bosco Don Bosco at sa gabay nila nakapagtapos ako Technical College, Mandaluyong City. Gagamitin sa paaralang Don Bosco Technical College sa ko ang aking kaalaman bilang isang mabuting Mandaluyong City sa kursong Refrigeration and manggagawa. Matutulungan ko na ang aking Airconditioning Mechanics. At dahil doon, pamilya at mga kapatid at pagpapawisan ko ang ipinagpatuloy ko pa rin ang aking nasimulan, iipunin kong pagmamahal tulad ng ginawa ng hanggang natanggap ako sa isang urgent job sa VIDES para sa pag-aaral at walang sawang Makati. pagtulong sa akin, at hindi lamang sa akin kundi sa ibang bata. Sa kasalukuyan ay nagtatrabaho ako sa HKR Equipment Corporation bilang isang Ronald Baquero service technician. At dahil diyan hindi ako Note: titigil hangga’t hindi ko napapasalamatan ang After graduating from Don Bosco Technical college lahat ng tao na sumuporta at gumabay sa akin. as a VIDES scholar, Ronald continues to do part- Dahil din sa kanila nabuo ang palaisipang time jobs in different places in Metro Manila. He naging daan upang lumaban at tumayo at hopes to soon find a permanent job to be able to harapin ang tagumpay. Dahil kapag nakapag- support his family. aral ka, may matatapos ka at pag may natapos ka may mararating ka, at pag may narating ka, aasenso ka, at pag umasenso ka makakamit mo ang lahat ng nais mo sa buhay at pag nangyari yon, doon ko pa lang masasabi ang salitang “TAGUMPAY” God bless you all… Jesus C. Baculi Note: Having graduated from Don Bosco Technical college, Jesus persistently looked for a job. His determination and interest in fixing things, coupled with perseverance, finally paid-off when he finally landed a job as a Service Jesus Ronald Technician. I've failed over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.quot; --Michael Jordan, Page 29 basketball legend
  • 31. Straight from the RTS HEIR HEA AS IN T CHRISTM Joining VIDES in the Christmas party with the Aetas is such a It’s the giving that matters. Let’s worthwhile experience. We had find out how the new volunteers deferred our usual weekend felt after the Christmas Party gimmick to attend this activity. with the Aetas: The happiness seen from the faces of our brother/sister Aetas I enjoyed the experience in upon seeing us and receiving Pampanga with the Aetas. I feel their gifts brought us happiness The greater truth in life is to be that we are very welcome. as well. Having fun dancing in awakened by the fact that your I love the part when I danced disco houses and drinking existence means giving your with them to the tune of sessions were nothing compared hand to others. Helping your quot;dayang-dayang”. It was really to the joy we felt as we watched neighbor especially those who great! I hope to see them again the Aetas sing and dance to the really need it makes it not only and be of help again. Surely, I groove and do their funny fulfilling but gratifying. It served will treasure that experience. moves together with the other as a great avenue to help our Thanks to VIDES. – abie volunteers. It was really a brothers in need and meet rodriguez wonderful experience, thanks to people in a great cause to reach VIDES for giving us the out. It was a very quot;feel good opportunity to be part of it. - truth experiencequot; that I would happily ater e peter doloroso gre b do again and recommend to my “The ife is to the l friends. I am also thankful to d by r in Being a volunteer in the VIDES kene awa that you s have friends who influenced me outreach program helped me to fact ce mean o to do a good cause. -niño reach out to the Aeta t ten and cabredo exis community in a fun and ur h g yo givin others.” rewarding way. It gave me Cool experience on one hot some sense of responsibility Sunday this December -jenny and it felt great! -edward sy kabigting quot;The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. Page 30 They must be felt by the heartquot; Marcus Aurelius
  • 32. We grow together in great harmony Tiring? Yes, physically it is. But What do you think is the spending time with the kids is greatest challenge for VIDES What inspired definitely more than rewarding. for 2009? you to do volunteer work Two new volunteers were asked Rosylyn: The greatest challenge for VIDES? to share their experiences with for VIDES for 2009 could be the VIDES and here are their sincere strong spirit of volunteerism in Girlie: The responses: order for us to perform our volunteers. They duties and responsibilities as inspired me. Ate What is your most memorable volunteers. May we continue to Amy too, kahit may experience with the children do things, share our blessings kapansanan siya ay patuloy ang of VIDES? When? Why? and help the children learn more. kanyang paglilingkod. (even Additional benefactors to help though she is differently-abled VIDES in providing for the needs she still continues to serve. Rosylyn: Celebrating my 33rd of the children to support them Birthday with the children of in terms of materials for their VIDES in Pasay last April 19, education and other needs that “Being a volunteer is 2008. I can say that this was will support the VIDES in their my most memorable experience also a calling… programs not only for the because I felt so lucky and volunteerism comes children but for the less fortunate fortunate to have that kind of from the heart.” families. opportunity. It was a dream come true sharing my blessings Girlie: New trends in community with the less fortunate. integration and mobilization, new Girlie: Yung sa Wildlife Rosylyn: Being a volunteer is challenges for QC. Why? Kasi have had also a calling; I said this because volunteers to time playing with volunteerism comes from the get involved, children, talking, at heart. I am so inspired to do the issue of namasyal to see the volunteer work for VIDES because I technology, animals. Nakaka-miss. love children and families who are and of course (The activity in Wildlife less fortunate and have dreams of the global Quezon City. Why? Because I their own. I want them to feel that economic had the chance to play with being poor is not a hindrance to meltdown. the children, talk with them success. and see the animals. I miss the experience.) “May we continue to do things, share our blessings and help the children learn more...” As a VIDES Volunteer, how karapatan bilang tao. can you contribute to the (mentoring, assistance in the realization of “Education as a children’s assignments... Education is a human right and it serves as a Human Right that Promotes good leveler, for the marginalized the Common Good”? to have a voice and fight for their rights as a human person) Girlie: Community education, informal trainings for the mothers Rosylyn: Sharing my and also alay-turo, pagtulong sa knowledge on Human Rights, paggawa ng mga assigments ng particularly on how to exercise mga bata.....Isang karapatang them. Lectures and multimedia pantao ang edukasyon at ito ang exposures are helpful tools. magpapantay sa mga walang- This is my share in helping wala sa lipunan para magkaroon VIDES in its mission of ng boses at makita at education. maipaglaban ang kanilang mga Page 35 quot;The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.quot; Page 31 Mahatma Gandhi
  • 33. Tribute to Sr. Alice Shown below are some messages made by VIDES’ beneficiary children giving thanks to Sr. Alice... Thank you Sr. Alice! For the past 6 years, Sr. Alice Fulgencio, FMA has served as the Provincial Superior of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in the Philippine Province, which includes Papua New Guinea. The whole VIDES family wishes her all the best for what awaits her. At the same time, we welcome her successor, Sr. Sarah Garcia, FMA. quot;Do every act of your life as if it were your last.quot; Page 32 Marcus Aurelius
  • 34. The communities we serve... San Roque, Agham Road 80 kids (regular participants) every Thursday 1-3pm NIA Road near East Ave. 60 kids (regular participants) *every Tuesday 2-4pm Recto cor. Oroquieta 30 kids (regular participants) *every Friday 2-4pm VIDES Office 3500 V.Mapa Ext. Sta.Mesa, Manila 1016 South Triangle, Mo.Ignacia 25 kids(regular participants) *every Wednesday 2-4pm Del Pan (Valderrama st) 250 kids (regular participants) *every Saturday 9-12nn “Baboy Mo, Buhay Ko” areas: San Roque, Cabrera st. 1. Mabalacat, Pampanga 350 kids (regular participants) *every Saturday 3-7pm 2. Canlubang, Laguna (includes anticipated mass) 3. Calapan, Or. Mindoro 4. Victorias, Negros Occ. Hope to see you soon... Note: Map courtesy of BF Homes Properties “The end of all education should surely be service to others” Cesar E. Chavez Page 33
  • 35. From our Donors My Christmas Wish List Thursday, December 25th, 2008 Note: The following is an excerpt from the original article that appeared in the Philippine Star One of the gifts I have received that was quite unique is a plastic bag with three canned goods and a White King champorado - one of the products we make. It was a pass around gift from a friend. It is to be given to those who need it more, and see their faces beam with joy. My wife, Marissa, together with our kids spent this season going around giving gifts to the many street children of Laura Vicuna and VIDES. These are organizations that help street children. This is one of the traditional things that my wife has done for the past years. This season, they went to about three sites. I joined them in one of their visits. This is something different, because our children get to see how lucky they are and they get to realize what they have in life. The children in these foundations and organizations very much appreciate the presents and gifts that they receive. While we see the level of poverty in our country, we also still see these children smile. VIDES donation of guitars and other learning materials Saturday, December 20, 2008 10:46 AM Dear AIM classmates (Nina C, Myra C, Jojo M, Jasper T, Harry A, Jene A) and friends (Marlene, Paching, Lebby, Ching, Cecille, Babes, Angie, Dr. Quismorio), Christmas Greetings! Pls. allow me to share with you some pictures taken during the Christmas party for the streetchildren beneficiaries of VIDES Philippines Foundation. It is heartwarming to see the streetchildren from Metro Manila (including Delpan, Tondo) now play the guitar (and even during Sunday mass as part of the children's choir) where not just a few were once known as quot;the rugby boysquot;. To the guitar/tambourine donors (you know who you are from my bcc list), our appreciation. Special thanks go to Marlene Sogono who accompanied me on many trips to different malls just to get the best deals in guitar procurement. Out-of-school participants of the quot;Busina Mo, Dunong Koquot; Educational Program were given quot;learning kitsquot; filled with educational materials and supplies which they use during informal literacy sessions. Taking the streetkids literally off the streets and giving them the opportunity to achieve an education was made possible through your generosity. To the donors of musical instruments, encyclopedia sets, books, t-shirts and slippers (Jojo M),we offer our prayers this Christmas season that your kindness be emulated and amply rewarded by the greatest Giver of all. God bless, Josie IT WAS A PICTURE OF JESUS and THE MULTIPLICATION OF THE LOAVES and THE FISHES On 11/3/08, Agnes A Gaynilo wrote More than 200 kids attended the outreach. Everyone was very excited and all smiles. The fun activities started on time and the volunteers prepared different games for each grade level. While other kids were playing, the others jumped and cheered for their friends, brothers and sisters and waited for their turn to be called to play. Hay, ang sayang tignan ang mga ngiti at pakinggan ang mga hagikgik at tawanan ng mga bata! The volunteers handed out (1) Lactum sack bag, (2) goodie bag, (3) toiletries (4) Sustagen playtents and lastly (5) their healthy lunch. The number of kids who attended that day was more than the initial list of 180 that we got from VIDES. Hindi kaya kulang ang giveaways? quot;ang dami pang nakapila pero heto na lang ang natira, ano ang gagawin natin? Sabi ni Sister Jo, quot;God will providequot;. The volunteers tried to split the goodies and kept on counting the remaining kids who waited in the line to make sure they have enough and that all of them will be able to bring home something. At the end of the activity, we gathered what was left and we were surprised to know that we still have around 6 to 7 goodie bags, Sister paano po nangyari yon? To all sponsors, donors and volunteers, your support and prayers made these quot;DO GOODquot; activity possible in Delpan. And to quote one volunteer, quot;it's really nice to see the smiles of these kids.quot; Maraming maraming salamat po! “I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to Page 34 any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” Mahatma Gandhi
  • 36. List of 2008 Donors Corporate Donors: Ms. Yel Apura Ms. Maria Kristina J. Maralit 2GO Ms. Rosylyn Arnigo Mr. Jojo Marigomen ACCENTURE Ms. Gina Astilla Ms. Jonah Matucad Advance Paper Corporation Mrs. Edna Balmes Mr. Titus & Ms. Liza Melo Apelo Cruz Elementary School Mr. Puring Batin Ms. Ailleen Mendoza Assumption HS Batch ‘81 Mr. Jinjo Bautista Dr. Angela Mendoza AUF Biological Science Society Mr. Ramy Belarma Ms. Ditas Molina Colgate-Palmolive Philippines, Inc. Ms. Ma. Lourdes G. Benedicto Ms. Helen Moralejo CONVERGYS Ms. Tina Bernabe Mr. John and Mrs. Lucille Mower Mr. Rene Borja Mr. Julius Musico Daughters of Mary Help of Christians Mr. Jovito Braga Mr. Kaspar Ng Don Bosco School – Manila Mrs. Victoria Pimentel Brillantes Mr. Augusto & Mrs. Maria Ojeda DND Employee Mr. Arlan Brucal Mrs. Imelda Ostrea DWC San Jose Batch ‘84 Ms. Angie Buan Ms. Karleen Zita B. Palanca Fahrenheit FX Ms. Lourdes Burgio Mr. Tito Palma GX International Ms. Sheila Cabral Ms. Jeanette Pantaleon ICA Students Ms. Heidi Calubaqulib Mr. Melvin & Mrs. Fenie Pascual JO TANKERS Mr. Garry Caoili Ms. Eden Pedro Johnson & Johnson Ms. Maria Penelope S. Carrasco Mr. Fernando Pesaliza K247 Ms. Claudine Carreon Mr. Arnel Pestaño Knights of Columbus-Pasay City Chptr Ms. Nina Centeno Mr. Al Pile Krispy Kreme - MOA Branch Ms. Mia Pascual Cenzon Mr. Felimon Pimentel, Jr. Laura Vicuña Foundation, Inc. Ms. Yvette Ces Ms. Nikki Pimentel Liquigaz Corporation Ms. Yan Nar Chua Mr. Josue Pineda MAPUA Cardinals Dr. Ramon L. Clarete Ms. Susan Pineda Mary Help of Christians Sch–Mabalacat Mr.Joey & Mrs.Marissa Concepcion III Ms. Rowena Portes Mead Johnson Ms. Fedele Cosete Dr. Melanie M. Pulgar Merck Ms. Sonia Cueto Dr. Francisco & Mrs. Violet Quismorio MSI – Role Management Systems Int’l Ms. Nerisse Dadivas Ms. Betsy Ramos & Friends MCA – PTP TAP – Mngt Systems Int’l Ms. Alona David Ms. Marjorie Hannie Rarugal National Press Club Ms. Lou David Engr. Boyet and Mrs. Feding Rey Hipolito Natrapharm Ms. Susan A. De Guzman Ms. Guada Reyes Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife Ms. Angie De Vera Mr. Joey & Mrs. Cory Roca Norwegian Crew Management Atty. Jean P. Del Rosario Mrs. Vilma Sagana Novartis Ms. Juliana Dela Cruz Mr. Gabby Sagarino Pfizer Mrs. Paching Dela Fuente Mr. Leano Saklolo Pharex Ms. Cecille Delos Angeles Ms. Tina Salazar Philippine Opera Company VADM Ariston M. Delos Reyes AFP (Ret.) Dr. Lorraine Sanchez Puno & Puno Law Offices Dr. Joyce Dico-Go Mr. Jojo Sanding RFM Group of Companies Mr. Ernie Ted Dimson Mr. Raymond V. Santiago San Miguel Foundation Mr. Ian Diwa Ms. Elena Sarmiento San Roque Parish - Pasay City Ms. Lezeil Ebdane Ms. Lea Serrano Servier Philippines Atty. Sonia Em & Friends Dr. Catherine Sheng - Young and Friends Sun Pacific Travel & Tours Ms. Joy Nethercaff Escalante Ms. Marlene Sogono SV More Mr. Tony and Mrs. Beth Espinosa Ms. Chai Somoza & Family TOPS2 Volunteers Mr. Danny Espiritu Mrs. Letecia P. Sta. Ana & Family United Laboratories Ms. Mariciel Estacio Mr. Jeck Surato Universal Robina Corporation Ms. Pauline Gallano Mr. Jaypee Suzara University of Perpetual Help Mr. Mark Gamboa Ms.Suzette Suzara VIDES Canada Ms. Popsie Gamboa Mr. Lynn & Ms. Mag Sy VIDES Germany Mr. Danny Go Mr. Richard Tamayo VIDES Italy Mr. Jun Gorantes Mr. Jasper Tan VIDES Japan Ms. Karla Patricia Gutierrez Ms. Ma. Leny C. Tejon VIDES Korea Ms. Connie Haw Ms. Elna Teran VIDES Shizuoka Mr. Herman Hermansen Mr. Matthias Teuchert VIDES Tokyo Ms. Elena Hong Hon. Mayor Peewee Trinidad VIDES USA Ms. Pearl Hugo Ms. Susan Tseng Lee Volunteers of Wave 89.1 Party Mr. Jose Maria Paolo Icasas Dr. Rose Tu-Go Wave 89.1 Mr. Mitch Incabo Ms. Kirsten Joy Marie Tupas Westfield Mr. Gerald Inosanto Ms. Cory C. Unas Zuellig Ms. Jean Ruth King Ms. Shirley Uy-Calibo Individual Donors: Capt. Rene Kruidenier Ms. Rina Valerio Ms. Crickette Abello Dr. & Mrs. Butch Leagogo Ms. Vanessa Vargas Mr. Emilio Jose & Ms. Ma. Veronica Abello Ms. Erica Lee Dr. Rey Vea Mr. Eric Acosta Mr. Patrick Libihol Mr. Ian Velasco Engr. Lordinel Adarlo Mr. Chito and Mrs. Rica Limcaoco & Family Ms. Teresa Velez Mr. Wilson Adarlo Mr. Ricardo Llorin Ms. Judy & Ms. Kit Vergara Ms. Aurora Adriano Mr. Peter Lugue Ms. Riza Villaviray Ms. Joyrence Agas Ms. Cathy Luzuriaga Ms. Cheryl Vinluan Mr. Wilmer Alimagno Mr. Ronald Macalintal Ms. Rude Yaon Mr. Jene & Mrs. Josie Aliwalas Dr. Ma. Corazon L. Mahilum Mr. Jerry Yap Ms. Lou Sheryl Alparan Mr. Bong Manalad Ms. Mayette Yogawin Mr. Cesar & Ms. Alelie Altarejos Ms. Marty Manalastas Mr. Raymund Zapanta Ms. Happy Andrada Ms. Aissa Manalo Ms. Carolyn Zepeda-Thor Mr. & Mrs. Benny Antiporda Ms. Maya Manocsoc Ms. Clara Zeta “He who does nothing for others does nothing for himself “ Page 35 Goethe
  • 37. Rights of Children TERMINOLOGIES Old New Disabled Physically challenged Mentally retarded Mentally challenged Ethnic people Indigenous people (IP) Streetchildren Children in especially difficult circumstances (CEDC) Abused Children Children in need of Special Protection (CNSP) Community Organizing Community mobilization Battered Women Victims of Domestic Violence Delinquent Children Children in conflict with the law (CICL) Frequently Asked Questions…(cont’d from page 25) Q4: How does the Philippine government recognize and show its support to volunteerism? The Philippine government has recognized the important role of volunteers in national development. Particularly, it has included volunteering as a modality in the implementation of priority programs and projects and sustains a strong linkage with volunteer groups. Q5. What is the role of PNVSCA as the Philippine government’s coordinating agency for the volunteer service program? PNVSCA is the government agency mandated to coordinate the volunteer service program for national development. Its major functions include policy and plan formulation, coordinating and networking with and among local and foreign volunteer organizations, implementing platform programs on volunteering, promotion, advocacy and recognition of volunteers. Q6. How can a volunteer organization coordinate with PNVSCA? PNVSCA is undertaking a registration of volunteer organizations toward establishing a registry and national network that will promote and enhance professionalism, facilitation and recognition for volunteer service organizations and workers. Foreign volunteer organizations must register and coordinate the implementation of their volunteer programs in the Philippines with PNVSCA. Source: Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency’s website “Go out do and give something to somebody. It will take you away from yourself Page 36 and make you happy” Joseph Jefferson
  • 38. 2009 Calendar of Activities JANUARY JUNE 18: Volunteers’ Planning for 2009 5: Fund Raising for Annual Mission Camp: 31: Preparation of 2008 Annual Report “Eat and Meet” (Dinner-for-a-Cause) FEBRUARY JULY 14: Gratitude Day for Sr. Alice S. Fulgencio, FMA 17: Fund Raising for Annual Mission Camp: 15: Gift-giving at National Press Club for 1,000 Garage Sale BMDK kids 21-22: Volunteers’ Bonding Moments AUGUST 28: 1st Quarter Medical & Dental Mission at 15: VIDES’ Participation in the Annual Feast of Del Pan - 300 kids San Roque Parish 23: Mission Camp in Negros MARCH *Includes 3rd Quarter Medical & Dental 3-14: Seminar on Human Rights organized by Mission and Advocacy on Human Rights VIDES, BICE and IIMA at Geneva, Switzerland 6: Fashion Show for a Cause: “PERYA” by Happy SEPTEMBER Andrada, with VIDES Philippines as beneficiary 25: 3rd Quarter Volunteers’ Formation: NGO Seminar on Protective Behavior 25: Symposium on VIDES volunteerism to be given to Japanese students OCTOBER 27: 1st Quarter Volunteers’ Formation: ♦ First Holy Communion at San Roque Parish Forum on the Basic Attitudes of Volunteers in ♦ National Children’s Month handling children in especially difficult circum- stances NOVEMBER 7: 4th Quarter Medical & Dental Mission at Quezon APRIL City - 300 kids 18-19: Volunteers’ Annual Retreat with 20: 20th Anniversary of UN CRC Sr. Cynthia Calabig, FMA at Mornese Center of 4th Quarter Volunteers’ Formation: Spirituality, Pansol Community Mobilization 25-26: Summer Camp - Leadership Formation 27: VIDES’ Foundation Day (as SEC-Registered Organization) MAY 29: 2nd Quarter Volunteers’ Formation: DECEMBER Forum on Children in Conflict with the Law ♦ National Volunteers’ Month 30: 2nd Quarter Medical & Dental Mission at 6: Paskong Pasasalamat Pasay - 500 kids and mothers 20: Volunteers’ Christmas Party with Aetas “Life is a process, not a principle, a mystery to be lived, not a problem to be solved. ” Page 37 Gerard Straub
  • 39. Groovy? Artistically inclined? art in our Jo Ex- s group press your- self r? sic love A mu play Sing and Fun-loving? Cool? ment ny instru Have a with fun with us us Love telling stories? us it with Share A person with a big heart and a great smile? You definitely deserve a big break! Invest in things that are of real value! Find your purpose! Check out our cool website at or simply give us a call at (632)703-5606, (632)715-6740 “The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others” Page 38 DeAnn Hollis
  • 40. Please photocopy this page & give to your friends!! VIDES Philippines Volunteers Foundation Inc. Donations & Pledges Of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians 3500 V. Mapa Ext., Sta.Mesa Manila 1016 PHILIPPINES Yes, I would like to donate the following amount to: US$ ______ Php ______ “Busina Mo, Dunong Ko” program “Baboy Mo, Buhay Ko” program Php ______ ___ no. of piglets (P1,500 /piglet) US$ ______ Mission Camp 2009 Php ______ US$ ______ Your e-mail add: ________________ Your name: _________________ Your location: _______________ Your mobile #: _________________ Send this form to our office by fax: +63 (2) 715-6740 Or you can write us an email, and send to I want to volunteer! Yes, I want to be a Volunteer! Call Us for more info : + 63 (2) 703-5606 E-mail us : Visit our website : Volunteer’s Prayer of Commitment Heavenly Father, you have inspired me to serve Jesus Christ as a VIDES volunteer among the youth. Fill me with your Holy Spirit that I may grow in my knowledge of the Preventive System of Don Bosco and that I may be an educator after the Heart of Christ the Good Shepherd. Help me, dear God, to remain committed to You as a VIDES volunteer, to be a builder of communion in our group of VIDES volunteers, and to be truly one for others, especially the most needy youth of our country. Amen You must be the change you wish to see in the world.quot; Mahatma Gandhi