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Vides News Flash 2009

  1. 1. One for Others The Official Publication of VIDES Philippines Volunteers Foundation, Inc. of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians VIDES holds 14th Annual Mission Camp Now on it’s 14th year, VIDES holds the annual mission Special Issue camp in Hacienda Malihao, Victorias City, Negros Occi- August 31, 2009 dental with the theme, “May K Kami!”. Fifty-six volunteers took time off from their regular week- ends, leaving behind their In this issue: comfort zones and the glitters • 14th VIDES Annual Mission Camp of city life. Thanks to the airline promos, • 20th Anniversary of UN CRC 100% of the volunteers were • Advocacy on Positive Discipline able to reach the Silay airport in time for the preparations • Medical Mission for the Mission Camp. • Haircutting Services As early as Thursday, August Mission Camp in progress… presentation of cheers! • Livelihood Projects 20, some VIDES volunteers already went ahead for the • Gift-giving inventory-taking and packing Majority of the VIDES volun- and the official ID were given teers arrived on Friday, Au- to each of the volunteers. • Volunteerism of goods. With the trainees from the LVWDTC, they were gust 21, and were surprised Finally, the most awaited mo- • Formation able to finish the packing of by the executive type of wel- ment came. • Spirituality 1,703 gift bags in the after- come given by the trainees. On Sunday, August 23, a total noon of Friday, August 21. In preparation for the camp, • Mission Camp 2009 Donors of 1,703 participants, 500 pa- After the packing, the orienta- the formation of volunteers tients, 56 volunteers, 87 train- tion for the trainees assisting was held on Saturday, August ees, and 30 medical volun- the volunteers in the group- 22. The sending-off ritual was teers joined the 2009 VIDES ings for the mission day was made during the solemn Eve- Annual Mission Camp. conducted. ning Prayer, where the cross VIDES aligns Mission Camp with 20th UN CRC For this year’s mission camp, Nations Convention on the province of Negros Occiden- the theme chosen by the Rights of Children (UN CRC). tal by providing them with VIDES volunteers is “May K As an international NGO with inputs on the UN CRC and Kami!”, short form of “May consultative status at the engaging them in slogan- Karapatan Kami!” (We have United Nations, VIDES up- making, cheering, sharing, rights!) holds and supports the pro- discussion and reporting. grams of the UN. VIDES Phil- VIDES volunteers witnessed The choice is motivated by ippines celebrates this mile- the enthusiasm and active the celebration of the 20th stone with the children of the participation of the children. anniversary of the United
  2. 2. Page 2 One for Others Advocacy on Positive Discipline As a member of the Child’s Rights Net- rights as children (UN CRC) opened their work (CRN), VIDES Philippines advocates minds to their rights and responsibilities and supports Positive Discipline. This is as Filipino citizens. an advocacy against corporal punishment Prior to the creation of small groups, the of children. VIDES volunteers performed a skit de- In the Philippines, studies reveal that 85% picting the historical background on the of children suffer from corporal punish- drafting of the UN CRC as well as the ment. This includes physical, emotional fruitful effects of positive discipline in the and psychological harm inflicted on chil- home. dren which diminishes their self- The presentation of cheers in the assem- confidence and destroys their self- bly brought greater awareness on their esteem. rights as children and at the same time The posters and slogans done by the chil- painted a very festive atmosphere in the dren reveal how much they value dia- hall. Translation: “Discipline children the right way, logue, understanding and respect. The Talk to us deeply and sincerely, Indeed, “may K kami!”. input given by the volunteers on their that you may understand us.” Medical Mission 500 patients were given their pre- unteers from Bacolod City rendered their numbered stubs before the mission camp services to the patients. day. This facilitated the systematic ac- Volunteer doctors from Manila likewise commodation of patients for this year’s joined the medical mission. medical mission. The medicines and vitamins were pro- It is also a blessing that for this year, vided by VIDES, thanks to the generous VIDES was able to invite the Past Pupils of influx of donations from old friends, ac- St. Mary Mazzarello School to gather the quaintances and pharmaceutical compa- medical volunteers from the locality. On nies. the mission day, thirty (30) medical vol- Volunteer doctors treat 500 patients at the medical mission Haircutting Services An indispensable part of the annual mis- sion camp is the free haircutting services. 100 pre-numbered stubs were distributed “Call us anytime and we’ll be prior to the mission camp day. there! It’s a privilege for us Six volunteer-haircutters freely rendered to be of service to others and their creative services to young boys and girls and their fathers and mothers. to share our blessings with The people from the haciendas look for- our brothers and sisters.” ward to this luxury of having their hair cut by professional haircutters at least once a - VIDES Volunteers year. For them, it is indeed it is a privi- lege to be given this special treat.
  3. 3. Special Issue Page 3 Christmas in August “Baboy Mo, Buhay Ko” Livelihood Project At the end of the mission day, the 1,703 participants lined up in order to receive Once again, VIDES awards ten piglets to their gift bags from the Salesian Sisters ten newly-selected families. and the VIDES Volunteers. Known as “Baboy Mo, Buhay Ko” (Your Trainees of LVWDTC assisted the chil- Pig, My Life), this livelihood project seeks dren and mothers queuing for their gifts. to provide a sustainable source of income It felt like Christmas in August. for indigent families residing in the vicin- In the sugarcane industry, August is the ity of the convent of the Daughters of leanest in the cycle, where laborers had Mary Help of Christians. no pay for lack of work to be done in the The funds used to procure these ten new cane fields. For this reason, the cup- piglets were derived from the income board and the kitchen table are usually from previous piglets that had been left empty and bare. Families normally awarded by VIDES to other families in experience greater poverty and hunger. A piglet goes into the sack as VIDES recent years. Many times, they find themselves awards it to one of the ten recipient- steeped in debt in striving to meet their families. The Sisters facilitate the follow up of fami- daily basic needs. lies to whom these piglets were awarded. VIDES hopes to bring smiles on the chil- dren’s faces when they receive toys, food, clothes and other goodies. Livelihood Projects for Fathers and Mothers Through the generous contributions of highly-motivated people, VIDES was able to give each child two kilos of rice, two Mothers and fathers waiting for their turn canned goods, one brand new t-shirt, two in the medical check-up made full use of pieces of clothing, school supplies and their time by attending the livelihood toiletries. programs especially prepared by the The “Eat and Meet” fund-raising of the VIDES Volunteers for them. VIDES volunteers held in June 2009 was A cooking session was opened for moth- mainly intended for this. Held for the ers, where they had the opportunity to second time already, VIDES warmly learn, hands on, how to prepare banana thanks and blesses those who continue to chips and other delicacies. support their noble endeavors. May God, the Giver of all gifts, shower upon Sessions on poultry farming and agricul- you His abundant blessings! ture were likewise conducted to inter- Cooking for mothers and Poultry- ested fathers. farming for fathers Children receive VIDES commemorative Volunteers in action: t-shirts specially made for the 20th UN CRC passing on gift bags for 1,703 children and mothers anniversary
  4. 4. The Officia l Publication of VID ES Philipp ines Volunteers Foundation, Formation and Spirituality Inc. of th e Daughter s of Mary He lp of Chr ist ians Volunteerism VIDES Volunteers’ Objectives for joining the Mission Camp 1. To glorify God, to spread His love and goodness, to strengthen our faith in His providence, and to rediscover our life’s mean- ing and purpose by being sensitive, sacrificing, generous, and responsive to the needs of our brothers and sisters, particu- larly the poor children and families being served by the FMAs. 2. To be faithful to our Christian duty by sharing our resources – time, treasures and skills – for the education and development of women and children through the medical mission, advocacy on children’s rights and human rights, livelihood education, and gift-giving among the children and their families. 3. To reinforce the children’s belief and hope in God’s kindness, VIDES Volunteers and FMAs at prayer. mercy, love and providence. 4. To renew and strengthen our spirit of volunteerism and our The formation for this year’s mission camp dwelt on sense of belonging and membership to VIDES and the Salesian the latest encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI: “Caritas Family by living and experiencing volunteerism together with in Veritate” (Love in Truth). the other volunteers on a large scale and among the poorest youth. In our being ONE FOR OTHERS, we are called to serve and to be in solidarity with our brothers and 5. To grow in our capacity to work in solidarity with other volun- sisters, to contribute in a concrete way in building the teers and networks for the common good. kingdom of God here and now, by making His love and His mission alive in us. “Love in truth is the principle around which the Church’s social doctrine turns, a principle that takes Be a volunteer. Join us! on practical form in the criteria that govern moral VIDES Philippines Volunteers Foundation, Inc. action, especially on justice and the common 3500 V. Mapa Ext., Sta. Mesa 1016, Manila, Philippines good.” (Caritas in Veritate no. 6) Tel (02) 703-5606 Fax (02) 715-6740 Email: Mission Camp Donors: Mission Camp Donors: Mission Camp Partners: VIDES Korea Cynthia Manalastas Rubine Lapore Norwegian Crew Management (NCM) Lani Magdamo Elisa Amatorio Students of Don Bosco School -Manila Loida Faustino Rebecca Comprendio Daughters of Mary Help of Christians Lani Azarcon Ester Sta. Monica VIDES Tokyo Jennifer Velasco Ramy Belarma VIDES Shizuoka Yan Nar Chua Fernie Pesaliza Salesio High School (Japan) Necy Garcia St. Mary Mazzarello School - Victorias City Meguro High School (Japan) Juan Luis Faustmann LVWDTC Malihao FMAs and Trainees Shimizu Parish Church (Japan) Puring Batin Past Pupils of SMMS Victorias City John and Lucille Mower Engr. & Mrs. Ferdinand Sales Sanya Faustmann Mr. & Mrs. Mat Regondola Marty Manalastas - Timbol Engr. Jojo Sales Shirley Uy-Calibo Lalu Cal Dr. Catherine Sheng - Young Rowena Portes Dr. Melanie Pulgar Arlene Uy-Martinez “Eat and Meet” Donors Atty. Noel Rivera Joe Tankers Atty. Giovanni Gallego Capt. Rene Kruidenier Starbucks Coffee Marcelina Estacio Mary Help of Christians School - Canlubang Connie Haw Mary Help of Christians School - Pampanga Pascual Laboratories, Inc. Advance Paper Corporation Thank you Arlene Uy-Martinez to all our Mission Camp Donors, Partners, and Volunteers! Benny Antiporda Susan Cristobal Anne Sevilla May God bless you all!