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Building a       Civilization of Love               15VIDES Pinoy          @1995 - 2010Celebrating 15 years of being ONE F...
Editorial15 Years of Building a Civilization of Love       As you flip on the pages in this news magazine, youll get a gli...
Table of ContentsEditorial ……………………………………………………………………               2International Meeting in Thailand……………………………       4-...
International Meeting in ThailandVIDES Intercontinental Seminar“Builders of a Civilization of Love through Human Rights, D...
International Meeting in Thailand          Mr. Guido Barbera, President of VIDES International and the Italian NGO Coaliti...
SolidarityReaching out to our brothers and sistersin Haiti        The year 2010 started sadly for the people ofHaiti when ...
Solidarity VOLUNTEERING IN THE ANNUAL MISSION CAMP VIDES holds 15th Mission Camp in Cebu         When I found out about th...
Solidarity MISSION CAMP 2010 - REFLECTIONS REFLECTIONS of a new VIDES Volunteer Seeking for something beyond me…          ...
Solidarity  MISSION CAMP 2010 - REFLECTIONS  REFLECTIONS of a Junior VIDES Volunteer  …Thoughts and feelings from the hear...
SolidarityMISSION CAMP 2010 - REFLECTIONSREFLECTIONS of an anonymous long-time VIDES VolunteerReaching Out Down South—One ...
Fund Raising  DINNER FOR A CAUSE  “Let‟s Eat and Meet!”           Last April 16, the third Dinner for A Cause was held at ...
Fund RaisingSPEED DATING - “GAMITAN LANG „TO!”“Go out, date and help give “gamit” (school supplies) to poor school childre...
International Volunteer Service VIDES Korea renders volunteer service in the Philippines          Last July 24, 2010, fift...
International Volunteer Service        10) unique volunteer experience thru the preparation and sharing of Korean cuisine ...
International Volunteer Service FIRST JOINT LIVELIHOOD PROJECT IN LAGUNA         Last July 28, 2010, thru the sponsorship ...
Formation of VolunteersRector Major‟s Strenna 2010: We wish to see Jesus        During the annual general assembly of the ...
Formation of Volunteers Time out with God: Annual Recollection of VIDES Volunteers        Last March 27, 2010, at the Pray...
Advocacy on VolunteerismVIDES Pinoy Volunteers promote volunteerism among Salesian Youth Leaders         VIDES Pinoy volun...
Youth Development and Training Summer Voice Lessons for BMDK Choir        VIDES Volunteer Rudelyn Yaon sponsored the 2010 ...
Youth Development and TrainingJunior VIDES Volunteers rock at SM MOA       It was a school day and yet, the Junior VIDES v...
Advocacy Publication of the Primer on the Proposed Anti-Corporal Punishment Act of 2008          Filipino Translation of “...
AdvocacyStop Corporal Punishment in SchoolsPromotion of Positive Discipline        Last August 10, 2010 the launch of the ...
Advocacy                                                                           Most public schools do not follow a sta...
AdvocacyNATIONAL CHILDREN‟S MONTH CELEBRATION“Kung Bright Child ang gusto, Mundo‟y ingatan mo!”        This year‘s Nationa...
Advocacy         In the afternoon, a mini-concert was rendered by the Voice of VIDES Choir, giving everyone a glimpse of t...
Advocacy“TUGSAYAWIT PARA SA KALIKASAN”        After almost a year of honing the VIDES children‘s talents in singing and da...
Advocacy VIDES launches its first health project in Sta. Mesa        The dream of doing something good for our neighbors w...
LivelihoodVIDES URBAN LIVELIHOOD PROJECT:Launching of “Makina Mo, Kabuhayan Ko”        Last October 2, 2010, at Bgy. 286, ...
International Volunteer Service JAPANESE STUDENTS FROM SEIBI GAKUEN Sharing from the Heart on VIDES Volunteerism         L...
Volunteers’ Food For ThoughtAmy Suzara’s Reflections on Volunteering with Gratitude―Ang pusong marunong magpasalamat ay pi...
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VIDES Pinoy Volunteers News Magazine 2010
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VIDES Pinoy Volunteers News Magazine 2010
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VIDES Pinoy Volunteers News Magazine 2010
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  1. 1. Building a Civilization of Love 15VIDES Pinoy @1995 - 2010Celebrating 15 years of being ONE FOR OTHERS
  2. 2. Editorial15 Years of Building a Civilization of Love As you flip on the pages in this news magazine, youll get a glimpse of what VIDES is all about, what it hasbeen doing and continues to do, and what to expect. For the past 15 years since VIDES was introduced here in the Philippines, the task of promoting anddefending the rights of children, women, and their families has been a daunting endeavor as volunteers continuallyface various challenges in its community-based programs. Despite the obstacles year in and year out, theperseverance of volunteers have time and again proven that with great love and work, God will surely be there onour side. For the year 2010, countless blessings indeed have arrived. Starting with the daily ―Busina Mo, Dunong Ko‖ mobile education project, where one huge mobile libraryvan, donated by Jo Tankers, would go around Metro Manila six times a week, VIDES Philippines in October this year,was granted another mobile library van, courtesy of VIDES Korea. Though the van is of a smaller version than itspredecessor, it can now traverse the narrower streets in the city, thus enabling more communities to benefit fromthe services we provide such as values formation, catechesis, book lending, education to human and children‘srights, educational games, music, arts, and sports, and a lot other cool stuff being taught by our volunteers. As a result, in 2010, an increase in the number of children and youth participants in the BMDK is noted.Aside from this, more scholarships have been provided for a greater number of children, in collaboration with VIDESInternational, VIDES Italy, and VIDES Korea. Educational assistance for regular BMDK participants in the form ofbags, uniforms and school supplies are also given. VIDES‘ programs for mothers and their families have also grown. Aside from the ongoing hog raisinglivelihood project, the ―Baboy Mo, Buhay Ko‖, which was first launched in 2002, VIDES has introduced this year, thegoat livelihood project known as the ―Kambing Mo, Kabuhayan Ko‖. This came out as a suggestion from thecommunities located in the provinces of Laguna, Cebu and Pampanga, where VIDES also conduct solidarity activitiesin coordination with the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. It is noteworthy that in Pampanga, the recipientfamilies of these two livelihood projects are the indigenous peoples of the north: the Aetas. These rural livelihoodprograms are designed to be self-sustaining as each recipient is obliged to return at least one offspring to be givento the next qualified family in their community. Another livelihood program for urban Mothers, called the ―Makina Mo, Kabuhayan Ko‖, was launched inOctober in Bgy. 286, in Delpan, Binondo, Manila. Under this program, sewing machines on a rent-to-own schemewere provided to Mothers to start sewing rags, bags and pillow cases and earn a living. They have been trained bySr. Anelie Lacse, FMA during her immersion program under VIDES and the Asian Social Institute. Our partnership and active collaboration with our colleagues in the Child Rights Network (CRN) and thePhilippine NGO Coalition on the UN CRC (Convention on the Rights of the Child) strengthened and deepened ourcommitment and participation in policy advocacy for the promotion and defense of children‘s rights. These and a lot more volunteering activities characterize VIDES‘ continuous drive to contribute to theeducation and development of children, women and their families thru service and solidarity. In simple terms, this isour way of building a civilization of love. As VIDES Volunteers, we adopted the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as our guide in ourdevelopment projects. These are goals identified by the United Nations (UN) and also promoted by the PhilippineNational Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA). Recently though, a lot of sources have indicated that it isnow impossible to achieve the MDGs based on the economic indices we have at present. Indeed, ours is not a perfectworld...we just need to take action and start hoping again … for even the smallest thing we could do, such as asimple act of volunteering our precious time....could indeed make a big difference in this part of the world. True enough, the past year has been a revelation of the fruits of our labor. Take the case of this collegestudent who used to be a timid little girl — she‘s about to graduate from Nursing school! Another is this littlemischievous boy who used to bully everyone on his path, but would then later be transformed by the loving care ofthe VIDES Volunteers — he finished his vocational studies and is now fully employed as technician! Andlastly, another skinny teenager who used to be one of the VIDES youth leaders — he got elected as SangguniangKabataan Chairman in Bgy. 143, Pasay City, in the recent national elections. He has pledged to be our partner inpromoting Children‘s Rights in their community.These are only some of our recent success stories of transformation from Metro Manila. For sure there will be more,some still resting in their cocoon...but someday, like us, they, too, will be builders of a civilization of love throughhuman rights, democracy, and interculturality. - By Raymund Zapanta
  3. 3. Table of ContentsEditorial …………………………………………………………………… 2International Meeting in Thailand…………………………… 4-5Solidarity with Haiti Earthquake Victims………………… 6VIDES-FMA-CEI Housing Project in Pasay……………… 6Annual Mission Camp in Cebu……………………….………… 7Volunteers‘ Reflections………………………………….………… 8-10―Eat & Meet‖ Dinner for A Cause…………………….……… 11―Gamitan Lang ‗To‖ Speed Dating……………………..…… 12VIDES Korea in the Philippines………………………..……… 13-15Volunteering from Dubai…………………………………….…… 15Rector Major‘s Strenna 2010……………………………..…… 16Salesian Family Fellowship Day……………………….…….. 16Annual Recollection of VIDES Volunteers…………….... 17CICL Seminar…………………………………………………………… 17Promotion of Volunteerism to SYM Leaders…………… 18Summer Youth Volunteer Program………………………… 18Summer Voice Lessons for BMDK Choir…………….…… 19Youth Leadership Training for BMDK………………………. 19Junior VIDES Volunteers at MOA……………………………. 20―Okay Lang Bang Mamalo?‖……………………………………. 21Stop Corporal Punishment in Schools…………..………… 22-23National Children‘s Month Celebration……………………. 24-25―Tugsayawit para sa Kalikasan‖………………………………. 26NCM at the House of Representatives…………….……… 26Social Mobilization on Tuberculosis………………………… 27―Makina Mo, Kabuhayan Ko‖……………………………..…… 28VIDES Livelihood Projects………………………………………. 28VIDES Shizuoka in Manila………………………………………. 29Food for Thought for Volunteers……………………………. 30BMDK Statistics……………………………………………………….. 31BMDK: Transforming Lives and Communities……….. 32-34National Networking……………………………………………….. 35Living the Preventive System…………………………………. 36SDB-FIS International Seminar on HRE…………………. 37BICE‘s Good Practices Consultation……………………….. 37A Day with President Aquino………………………………….. 38VIDES Solidarity At A Distance Scholars………………. 39Quarterly Medical Missions…………………………………….. 40-41Photo News……………………………………………………………… 42-44Thank You from our Hearts…………………………………… 45Gratitude to the Concepcions……………………….……….. 46-47Thanks to Jo Tankers……………………………………………… 48-49Promoting Volunteerism on GMA 7 QTV……………….. 50Partners of VIDES Philippines…………………………………. 51Where we serve………………………………………………………. 52VIDES Donors…………………………………………………………. 53-54VIDES Volunteers…………………………………………………… 55-56Formation and Bonding Moments………………………….. 57Board of Directors………………………………………………….. 58Announcements………………………………………………………. 58Condolences……………………………………………………………. 58Calendar of Activities 2011……………………………………. 59The Millennium Development Goals………………………. 60 ON THE COVER PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE The Millennium Development Goals Editor-In-Chief Raymund Zapanta(MDGs) are eight international developmentgoals that all 193 United Nations member states Contributorsand at least 23 international organizations have Anna Gonzales, Nimfa Olarteagreed to achieve by the year 2015. Nene Tecson Diaz, Amy Suzara Rude Yaon, Sarah Barde Janette Payoyo, Sheila Cabral, KC Recaña They include eradicating extreme poverty,achieving universal primary education, promoting Photo Editorgender equality, reducing child mortality rates, Amy Suzaraimproving maternal health, combatting malaria, Graphics & Lay-OutHIV/AIDS and other diseases, ensuring Ian Velascoenvironmental sustainability and developing a Consultantglobal partnership for development. Sr. Maria Josefina Carrasco, FMA
  4. 4. International Meeting in ThailandVIDES Intercontinental Seminar“Builders of a Civilization of Love through Human Rights, Democracy and Interculturality” Volunteers from VIDES Philippines were amongthe participants to the Intercontinental Seminar inThailand last August 2010 organized by VIDES Interna-tional in collaboration with the FMA Human Rights Officein Geneva and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christiansin Thailand. Forty-four (44) participants coming fromthe countries of Italy, Geneva, Mexico, Cambodia, USA,Japan, Korea, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, and Indiatook part in the week-long seminar. Messages from FMAMother General Sr. Yvonne Reungoat, Salesian FamilyCouncillor In Charge Sr. Luisa Miranda, and the VIDESVolunteers from North America and the Carribean wereeagerly received by the participants. Sr. Agnese,Provincial Superior of Thailand, warmly welcomed theparticipants to the Ban Than Praphorn, the FMA‘s Houseof Blessing. Sr. Leonor Salazar, FMA VIDES International Director, gave an update on the presence of VIDESworldwide, with 4,425 volunteers in 138 countries. All in all there are 138 VIDES groups and of these, 21 havegovernment recognition. At the ECOSOC of the United Nations, VIDES International holds a consultative status.She also presented the Italian version of the document, ―Guidelines for VIDES Volunteers‖. Mr. Rungrote Tangsurakit discussed the topic: ―Human Rights in the Asian Context‖. At the end of histalk, VIDES Philippines facilitated the first workshop entitled ―Emerging Problems at the national level on HumanRights, specifically concerning women and children‖. The top three problems are child abuse, child labor, andlack of taking responsibility for one‘s actions. Sr. Maria Grazia Caputo, the Director of the FMA Human Rights Office in Geneva and Founder of VIDES,discussed about Human Rights and the UN Process. She also tackled the three generations or levels of humanrights namely: the civil and political rights, the economic, social and cultural rights, and the collective rights. Sheemphasized that as members of the Salesian Family living the Preventive System of Don Bosco, we follow thepath of education, especially of youth, children, and women. After her input, VIDES Philippines facilitated thesecond workshop which yielded the countries‘ respective reports about the challenges, conditions, and benefitsin promoting and defending human rights. The participants identified fear and lack of awareness about one‘s rights as the greatest block inpromoting and defending human rights. Education of the person as well as education to human rights came outas the best condition in being able to promote and defend human rights. For the benefits of promoting humanrights, the results of the workshop showed true peace, development, growth, security and happiness. For the second day of the workshop, Sr. Maria Grazia developed the topic: ―The Right to Education asthe Key to all Human Rights‖. She underlined the value of education, which belongs to the second generation ofhuman rights. According to her, Education is very important in our mission as VIDES Volunteers and FMADelegates. As educators, we are challenged to draw out and develop the potentials and possibilities of the youngpeople. At the end of her talk, the output of the workshop entitled ―All Rights for All‖ included the values andstrategies in promoting the right to education, which include the capacity to choose responsibly, to enhanceteamwork and networking, and to fortify values formation. With regard to economic, social and cultural rights, States Parties shall undertake such measures to the maximum extent of their available resources and, where needed, within the framework of international cooperation. 4 (UN CRC Art. 4)
  5. 5. International Meeting in Thailand Mr. Guido Barbera, President of VIDES International and the Italian NGO Coalition, presented the topic entitled ―Democracy: an ideal or a concrete possibility?‖ Democracy, according to him, could be traced in biblical times, when Jesus Himself declared to His apostles that whatever they held bound on earth would likewise be held bound in heaven. He emphasized the value of teamwork in democracy and related this to the role of VIDES members as volunteers. He also said that democracy is a necessity and not a luxury. The fourth workshop facilitated by VIDES Philippines brought out the countries‘ reports on the conditions, challenges and solutions to authentic democracy. According to the participants, access to information and effective participation are the most important conditions for authentic democracy and that the challenges involved are the indifference of people, materialism, and lack of knowledge about democracy. For the solutions, education, networking, and the honest search for truth are among the topmost. In the evening, the film ―Invictus‖ was shown for further deepening and reflection on the topic on human rights. For the third day, the participants presented their respective countries‘ cultures and traditions. This is in view of deepening the topic on interculturality. Madam Chintana delivered her talk about Interculturality, underlining the value of openness, acceptance and respect towards individual differences and cultures. At the end of the three-day seminar, the participants drafted their VIDES Group‘s commitments anchored on building a civilization of love through human rights, democracy, and interculturality. These commitments were formally declared by the VIDES Volunteers before the assembly. To conclude the day‘s topic on interculturality, the Feast of Gratitude and the presentation of various cultural numbers was done at the Hall of Ban Than Phraporn. It was truly a Salesian way of celebrating our gratitude and unity as one big family of VIDES Volunteers and FMA Delegates. The following day, before the next training course, a half-day tour at the King‘s Palace in Bangkok was conducted, which truly delighted the participants. It was a most welcome break after the seminar. In the afternoon, Mr. Guido Barbera opened the ―Project Management Course‖ which lasted from August 18-20, 2010. The creation of the Problem Tree, the Objective Tree and the Logical Framework per country aided the participants‘ understanding of the topic at hand. The participants‘ outputs were individually presented and discussed in the assembly for comments and feedback. This way, the learning process was both interactive and stimulating. Mr. Barbera likewise guided the participants on how to write projects that would enable them to generate grants for the mission of the VIDES Volunteers among youth, women and children. The seminar was indeed a productive one for the VIDES Philippine Volunteers. It was a venue that enabled them to gain more information that could contribute to one‘s values as a volunteer through the discussions and workshops conducted. It was also an opportunity to bond with fellow international VIDES volunteers and to discover their mission as advocates of peace and love in their own countries. Participants from VIDES Philippines included Sr. Josefina Carrasco FMA, Atty. Anna Theresa Cruz, Mr. Jun Pimentel and Ms. Rudelyn Yaon.In all actions concerning children, whether undertaken by public or private social welfare institutions, courts oflaw, administrative authorities or legislative bodies, the best interests of the child shall be a primaryconsideration. (UN CRC Art. 3) 5
  6. 6. SolidarityReaching out to our brothers and sistersin Haiti The year 2010 started sadly for the people ofHaiti when the deadly earthquake which struck them onthe 12th of January left majority of them homeless anddesperate. In Haiti, the FMAs and VIDES Internationalhave been working closely these past years for thepromotion and development of women and children,especially the most disadvantaged. Electronic newsletters about this catastrophewere immediately sent by VIDES International to theDelegates, drumming up support and action. Thus, insolidarity with the earthquake victims of Port-au-Prince,VIDES Philippine Volunteers pooled their resources andoffered prayers, extending their concern and support viaemail thru Mother General, Sr. Yvonne Reungoat. The amount raised by the VIDES Volunteers wasturned over to the FMA Philippine Province last February13, 2010, on the occasion of the Provincial EducatingCommunity Gratitude Day for Sr. Sarah Garcia, FMA, heldat the Mary Help of Christians School Gymnasium inCanlubang, Laguna. As VIDES volunteers, we alwaysbelieve that whatever we give will always be great in theeyes of God, as long as it‘s done with much love.VIDES and FMA rebuild houses under CEI Housing Project 129 families gratefully acknowledged the housing assistance provided by the Conferenza EpiscopaleItaliana (CEI) thru the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and the VIDES Philippine Volunteers. Rev. Fr. Joselino Tuazon, parish priest of San Roque Parish in Cabrera, Pasay City, presided theThanksgiving Mass offered by the residents of Bgy 143 Gamban, Pasay City last May 1, 2010. Sr. Mabel Pilar,FMA Provincial Vicar and Sr. Ma. Elizabeth Marquez, FMA Provincial Economer represented the FMA PhilippineProvince. The recipients of this housing project are victims of the 2009 typhoon Ketsana (―Ondoy‖) in Octoberand of the December 23 fire in the same year, which struck their neighborhood. For them, these tragedies aretruly faith-filled experiences because they felt God‘s love and providence through acts of solidarity andcommunion expressed by the VIDES volunteers and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. VIDES Pinoy volunteers actively took part in the purchase and orderly distribution of construction materials, photo documentation, interviews, and counseling. Housing materials included galvanized iron sheets, toilet bowls, cement, wood, nails and assorted plywood for floors, walls and ceilings. VIDES Volunteers continued bringing in donations of food, water, clothing, school supplies, and household supplies to these families. Friends of VIDES volunteers likewise donated their resources in solidarity with our brothers and sisters. Indeed, it is always a joy and fulfillment to serve! The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is the longest and most widely endorsed human rights treaty in 6 history.
  7. 7. Solidarity VOLUNTEERING IN THE ANNUAL MISSION CAMP VIDES holds 15th Mission Camp in Cebu When I found out about the Mission Camp in Cebu, which was scheduled last June 12 – 14, 2010, I was ecstatic. As a travel junkie, it was initially another opportunity for wanderlust. As I booked my flight, along with building my itinerary after the mission camp, I still had no idea that the mission camp itself would be the highlight of the trip. The VIDES volunteers stayed at the Mary Help of Christians School, a school run by the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, which is about an hour‘s drive from the airport. The first day was dedicated to last-minute preparations for the mission camp, along with practicing late at night for a song and dance number for the next day. Nothing could have prepared me though for hundreds of children, along with their parents, filling the gymnasium. I felt clueless about what I had to do, even when we were already briefed about what to expect and what to do. I‘ve gone on several volunteer works before, but none of this magnitude yet. Add the communication gap (the Cebuano children did not understand nor speak Tagalog very well) and it was all very overwhelming at first. Armed with determination and my fondness for children (along with two teenage students who would serve as my translator saviors), I resolved to have fun and make sure the children had fun, too. We did short discussions on proper child discipline (which is Positive Discipline as opposed to Corporal Punishment), the kids presented their drawings, we practiced our cheers and played a lot of games. The best parts for me (because I can‘t choose just one) were when we coached the kids for a presentation (we did a song and dance number which the children conceptualized themselves), when we all ate lunch together (there is fun in messy eating without utensils!), and lastly, when we were giving out the school supplies for the children. Most kids weren‘t able to hide their excitement as they received their brand new school bags filled with clothes and school supplies. I know that each of the 46 VIDES volunteers had their own precious moment then, even if they were already all sweaty and tired. Truly, volunteerism has its rewards, unlike any other. To give a part of yourself, and then to feel how much you want to give more, knowing that it will make a difference not only in other people‘s lives – but also your own. Apart from the mission camp, bonding with the other VIDES volunteers at Moalboal Beach in Cebu was another moment to treasure! I will say it again, there is fun in messy eating without utensils! I‘m looking forward to the 2011 mission camp in Palawan – this time, not because it‘s another opportunity for wanderlust, but because it‘s another opportunity to be one for others.Governments, NGOs, and Chldren’s Groups submit their reports to the UN on the implementation of the UN CRC 7
  8. 8. Solidarity MISSION CAMP 2010 - REFLECTIONS REFLECTIONS of a new VIDES Volunteer Seeking for something beyond me… We tend to escape from Eden when it gets too boring. The dreariness drives us to chase material things to satisfy those indescribable, sometimes, intolerable empty feelings. But in our solitude, we wish we can do more substantial, worthwhile endeavors that will bring us closer to our final destiny. Part of my own pilgrimage is to continue seeking for something bigger than what I normally Nimfa Olarte do, something larger than the love for myself. For months, I prayed to GOD to quiet that gnawing restlessness in me; to show me how I can be worthy of HIS generosity & promises. In early May, He opened that door for me thru Liza Manlangit who at our first meeting briefly told me about VIDES, with all exuberance and passion. The rest is history …. Cebu mission camp proved that we can do seemingly herculean tasks because of LOVE, HUMILITY & COMPASSION. To my co-volunteers, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the very warm reception you have given to first timers like me. I never felt alone. To Sister Jojo, truly you are an inspiration! Not just because you are the coolest nun I‘ve met so far but you infect us with your sincerity and selflessness. To Sister Sarah, it is true when you said that volunteerism… ―disturbs the rhythm of the ordinariness‖. It is truly worth it. With VIDES, I am reborn with a much greater purpose…. REFLECTIONS of a VIDES Volunteer ......."You dont need to have a lot of money to help the less fortunate, sharing simply your time and affection is priceless! My mission camp experience with the VIDES volunteers reminds me of how blessed I am. Though it‘s a little bit far from my comfort zones, I still felt comfort! I‘m glad about the dedication and commitment of the VIDES volunteers….despite their busy lives, they still find Janette Payoyo time to share themselves with those who are less privileged. In just a day of spending time of learning, singing, dancing and playing with the children of Punta Princesa and Minglanilla, Cebu, I realized that I can be an instrument of inspiration to others, too. I may not understand what they are saying in Cebuano, but I can feel what they are trying to express. All the sweat, body-pains, fatigue, etc. vanished, especially when I was embraced by some of the kids wearing big smiles. Being appreciated and embraced by these children is really heartwarming. I know those were just simple gestures from them but they really touched my heart. Of course, I also salute the supporters and donors of VIDES Philippines for their untiring generosity." ...surely, this mission camp will just be my first :) Right is something that is due to a person by law, tradition or nature; it is not earned, you simply have it by nature of being a person. 8
  9. 9. Solidarity MISSION CAMP 2010 - REFLECTIONS REFLECTIONS of a Junior VIDES Volunteer …Thoughts and feelings from the heart For me, being a volunteer of VIDES Philippines has changed me a lot. Why? Because I can see how much Jesus loves children and why He loves them. I can see in their eyes that they are happy whenever they see us. Even though I have financial problems, I still want to help unfortunate people - especially the children in areas where poverty is so pronounced. KC Recaña Being a volunteer doesn‘t require any age limit, it‘s enough that we are willing to help others and to sacrifice. REFLECTIONS of a new VIDES Volunteer “We did a great job! No regrets!” Ang ganda nung experience namin nung umakyat kami sa bundok dun sa Minglanilla, Cebu. Matarik yung bundok at talaga, you wonder how they can survive without water and yet wont hear them complain, and they didnt look worried at all; they seemed at peace and contented with what they have for the moment. Thankful kami at binigay ni Sr. Jojo sa amin yung task na yon to do the home visit among Nene Tecson Diaz the recipients of our goat and hog raising livelihood projects. Honestly, its not easy going up there, but Aida, Aimee and I felt we did a great job. Ganun pala, kahit maliit yung nagawa mo for the group, parang ang laki na rin ng contribution mo when you do it with sincerity. Letting these people know they are remembered and cared for and made them feel they belong, too. No regrets talaga. Grabe! its only here in VIDES that we get to experience it! Kaya hats off ako sa‘yo Amy and to Sr. Jojo, such two good souls who never get tired and still manage to always smile despite the hassles and bustles of organizing this Mission Camp....such a feat.....keep it up..... Hope you continue the good deeds.... youre such a blessing to our society. Congrats too to all the VIDES officers and volunteers who made each and every VIDES Mission Camp worthy and worthwhile. Sr. Jojo, thank you so much really for your time and effort, for squeezing your schedules to bring us to and from the airport, and for making us feel comfortable always during our entire stay.A Convention is an international legal instrument that imposes legal obligation upon a State who is a party to thatagreement. 9
  10. 10. SolidarityMISSION CAMP 2010 - REFLECTIONSREFLECTIONS of an anonymous long-time VIDES VolunteerReaching Out Down South—One for Others! For over a decade now, the annual mission camp of VIDES had always been held in Malihao, Victorias City, Negros Occidental. Beginning this year, 2010, upon the recommendation of then outgoing Provincial Superior Sr. Alice Fulgencio, FMA in 2009 to Sr. Sarah Garcia, FMA and the VIDES Board of Trustees, all succeeding Mission Camps will be held by rotation in the provinces of Cebu, Palawan, Mindoro, Pampanga, Laguna, and Negros Occidental, on an annual basis. By doing such, the reach of VIDES volunteers will now be extended to more children, women, and their families, especially in far-flung areas where educational assistance, livelihood support, and inputs on childrens rights are much more needed. Last June 13, 2010, more than 1,500 children from Minglanilla and Punta Princesa inCebu gathered at the Mary Help of Christians School in Minglanilla. Forty-six (46) VIDES Volunteers went out of their usual schedules and travelled to Cebu to share their time with their co-volunteers and the children. The theme for this years Mission Camp is "One Community, One Service, One Commitment, One for Others." As in every mission camp, we started the day with the Thanksgiving Mass, animated by the children, catechists, and Sisters assigned at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish of Punta Princesa, Cebu City. The whole day focused on the promotion of Positive Discipline as part of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC). Various interesting activities for the children were prepared by the VIDES Volunteers in order to help them deepen their understanding of what it means to protect children from corporal punishment and other abuses in the home, schools, and their communities. Livelihood projects for mothers were simultaneously carried out with the help of the VIDES Volunteers who prepared the piglets and goats to be distributed among the selected recipient-mothers. Sr. Aurora Roble, FMA represented Sr. Sarah Garcia in the distribution of certificates attesting to their ownership of the goats and piglets. Other VIDES Volunteers were occupied the whole day at the Medical Mission site where they rendered free medical consultation and provided free medicines for more than 500 patients. Volunteer doctors from the Cebu Doctors‘ University Hospital, courtesy of Dr. Enrico B. Gruet, VP for Academics, untiringly dedicated their time and resources for the patients. Other volunteers spent the whole day cutting the hair of many mothers, girls, and boys. Long lines could be seen everywhere, each one patiently waiting for their turn to be served. In the afternoon, before going home, all the children received a backpack filled with school supplies, t-shirt, water jug, food supplies and other goodies, just in time for the opening of classes. Joy and happiness are painted on the faces of these young people and their mothers. Through the efforts of all volunteers, doctors, nurses, students, FMA Sisters and the youth, we had another successful mission camp. If we continue to respect the rights of children and teach others to do the same, we will foster a culture of unity and order, of love, oneness and communion. Thus, we can truly become one community, doing one service, living out one commitment. In rendering all these acts of love and solidarity, we become one for others. VIDES Philippines is once again very grateful to the generous donors, who have made all of these possible. Special thanks to Caritas Italiana for funding the school supplies, lunch and snacks! Mabuhay tayong lahat!! We hope to see you again in next years Mission Camp in Palawan! Invite your friends to come along, and be One for Others! When a State Party signs a Treaty or Convention, it implies that the domestic legislation of that State Party must be in conformity with the provision of the Convention. 10
  11. 11. Fund Raising DINNER FOR A CAUSE “Let‟s Eat and Meet!” Last April 16, the third Dinner for A Cause was held at the Don Bosco School in Manila. This time, the VIDES board decided to go Filipiniana, with the theme, "Sariling Atin" (Definitely Filipino). Jun Pimentel, Vice President and Chair of the Socio- Cultural Committee, spearheaded the preparations, together with his companions in the committee. Native plates were used, with the option of dining Kamayan (eating with bare hands). Native Filipino music filled the festive night of meeting old friends and relatives as they enjoyed the volunteers‘ well-prepared Filipino dishes and delicacies. Raymund Zapanta did the ticket designs which were up- loaded at the VIDES facebook. Tony Espinosa cooked kare-kare and bicol express. Ian Velasco brought out his special adobo. Anna Cruz went out of her way to provide the pinakbet and pancit. Ciel Estacio offered her Molo soup. Somebody who wishes to remain incognito donated a huge succulent lechon. For the drinks, Lezeil Ebdane served special red iced tea. Reccie Oliveros prepared special black gulaman. Aissa Manalo whipped up a very delicious fruit salad. Rude Yaon sponsored the unlimited ice cream of Mamang Sorbertero. Mayette Yogawin came in with her native rice cakes and other desserts. Stanley Suzara showcased his skills in Hotel and Restaurant Management with his uniquely prepared assorted fruits and other Filipino viands. Arnel Sibolino together with his friends Cathy and Ivory, rendered the Opening Prayer and performed other songs for the guests. Adding spice to this Dinner for a Cause was the presence of acoustic singer Mr. Top Suzara, who graciously entertained everyone with his very special songs. After his performance, guests and volunteers alike took turns in taking souvenir photos with Top and his wife Rom Rivera. Capt. Rene Kruidenier of Jo Tankers supported this fund raiser dinner not only with his presence but also with his generous donation. Former VIDES President Mrs. Carla Limcaoco likewise sponsored this event. After dinner, the volunteers stayed on to wash the dishes and put things in order. Indeed these guys and gals are enthusiastic VIDES Volunteers in action, ONE for a definite purpose: “we want to make the children of Cebu happy!”Universal, Indivisible, Inalienable, Interdependent, Non-Discriminatory- These are the characteristics of HumanRights and of Children’s Rights. 11
  12. 12. Fund RaisingSPEED DATING - “GAMITAN LANG „TO!”“Go out, date and help give “gamit” (school supplies) to poor school children in Cebu!” This was the tagline for VIDES‘fundraising event for the month of hearts:―Gamitan Lang ‗To! Speed Dating for a Cause‖. The event was held at the Whipped!Shop Under Ground Aboveground in MakatiCity last February 4, 2010. Thanks to Guada,its owner and manager, who allowed the VIDESvolunteers to use the space for free. This fundraiser is Paolo Icasas‘ initiativefor the mission camp in Cebu. With the supportof his friends, the volunteers were able to pull itthrough quite successfully. Posters done byPaolo himself were publicly distributed. 22 dates in one night? Quite an experience for each of the 44 participants! Some of them just wanted to experience speed dating, and joined the event purely for the fun of it. Most were thankful that VIDES provided a no-pressure alternative compared to other speed dating events, and knowing that they were doing it for a cause made them more enthusiastic to participate. What is unique about this speed dating was the pastoral reminder from FMA Delegate Sr. Jojo regarding healthy and clean relationships. Proceeds from the fundraiser were used to purchase additional school supplies for the 2,000 oratorians of Minglanilla and Punta Princesa, Cebu during the VIDES‘ Annual Mission Camp. The Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict and the Optional Protocol on the Sale of children, Child Prostiution and Child Pornography are the two Optional Protoclols related to the UN CRC. 12
  13. 13. International Volunteer Service VIDES Korea renders volunteer service in the Philippines Last July 24, 2010, fifty-nine (59) youth volunteers accompanied by four (4) FMAs and a diocesan priest arrived in Manila for their International Volunteer Camp in the Philippines . Sr. Rosa Ryu, FMA Delegate of VIDES Korea, organized the foreign youth volunteers and coordinated with Sr. Jojo Carrasco, FMA Delegate of VIDES Philippines, regarding details of their volunteer work in Manila , Pasay and Laguna. VIDES stands for Volunteers International for Development, Education and Services and is present in every continent in the world, particularly in areas where the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians serve. VIDES has been in existence for the past 23 years, having been established in Rome in 1987 and introduced in the Philippines in 1995. Primarily, VIDES serves the youth, women, and their families. This is the third year of VIDES Korea ‘s volunteer service in the country, and its first in Canlubang, Laguna. Among the highlights of their work are the following: 1) outreach among 350 children and 100 mothers of Pasay City , which VIDES Philippines serves, on July 24, 2010; 2) volunteer service among 300 children of Delpan, Binondo, Manila , another area of VIDES Philippines, on July 25, 2010; 3) Socialization and cultural activities with the Aspirants, Postulants, Novices and Sisters of the Canlubang Communities on July 25, 2010. 4) separate encounters with Senior and Junior High School Students of Mary Help of Christians School (MHCS) – Canlubang on July 26, 2010; 5) socio-cultural exchange with all the students of MHCS via cultural presentations, native games, socialization, and dialogue on July 26, 2010; 6) spiritual and cultural enhancement thru a pilgrimage last July 27, 2010, to the ancient churches of Laguna: San Agustin Parish of Bay; San Sebastian Parish of Lumbang; Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish of Pagsanjan; and St. Anthony Parish of Pila; 7) appreciation of nature thru a dip at the Batis ng Makiling hot spring; 8) visit to the Mornese Center of Spirituality of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in Pansol, Laguna on July 27, 2010; 9) enhancement of Salesian life thru a series of visits to the Salesian Houses and Communities on July 28, 2010: a) meeting with the Auxilium Catechetical Center students and Sisters; b) visit to the Sisters and Novices of the Novitiate Community; c) visit to the Don Bosco College Seminary and prayers at the Diocesan Shrine of Mary Help of Christians (the Seminary Chapel) and SDB graveyard;In all actions concerning chidren, whether undertaken by public or private social welfare institutions, courts oflaw, administrative auhorities or legislative bodies, the best interest of the child shall be a primary consideration.(UN CRC Art. 3) 13
  14. 14. International Volunteer Service 10) unique volunteer experience thru the preparation and sharing of Korean cuisine for the residents of the Tibagan Oratory Youth Center in Laguna; 11) outreach among 300 residents of Sitio Tibagan Oratory Youth Center of MHCS on July 28, 2010; 12) launch of the ― Kambing Mo , Kabuhayan Ko‖ Livelihood Program at Sitio Tibagan Their outreach program consists of various creative games and activities for children, distribution of giftbags containing toiletries and clothes, presentation of cultural dances, and dialogue with the children. Askedabout their experience, the VIDES Korean volunteers found it enriching, fulfilling, and rewarding. They feel so blessed and happy to be able to share God‘s providence to their brothers and sisters in thispart of the world. They hope to bring joy and hope to the people they encounter. They also hope to enhance the life situation of the people they have served. In general, they found the experience positive, satisfying, and very, very wholesome. Their impressionabout Filipino children is that they are free, welcoming, happy, and simple. They observed that Filipinos arehappy in spite of their poverty. Both VIDES Korea and VIDES Philippines expressed their heartfelt gratitude to the community of MaryHelp of Christians School in Canlubang, headed by Sr. Veny Casala, FMA. States Parties recognize that every child has the inherent right to life. (UN CRC Art. 6) 14
  15. 15. International Volunteer Service FIRST JOINT LIVELIHOOD PROJECT IN LAGUNA Last July 28, 2010, thru the sponsorship of VIDES Korea and in collaboration with the community of Mary Help of Christians School (MHCS), the rural livelihood project ―Kambing Mo, Kabuhayan Ko‖, was launched by VIDES Philippines for the first time at Sitio Tibagan, in Canlubang, Laguna. Under this project, each recipient family is obliged to return an offspring to VIDES in order to be passed on to the next qualified recipient family. The Sisters of the community of MHCS will assist VIDES Philippines in monitoring the progress and implementation of this project. Present during the launch are Sr. Rosa Ryu, FMA Delegate of VIDES Korea, together with 86 VIDES Korean Volunteers; Sr. Maria Josefina Carrasco, FMA Delegate of VIDES Philippines, together with Mr. Tony Espinosa and Mr. Raymund Zapanta, President and Secretary of VIDES Philippines, respectively; and Sr. Veneranda Casala, Directress of Mary Help of Christians School, along with their lay mission partners and members of their MHCS Educating Community. The ten grateful and happy parents who received goats are Edna Rizaldo, Fabian Oruga, Juliet Fajilan, Christopher Regala, Pablito Evangelista, Mamerta Oruga, Atring Damian, Fabian Castillo, Patring Pagaspas and Ricardo Marquez. VOLUNTEERING ALL THE WAY FROM DUBAI! Who says it‘s not possible to be a volunteer from a distance? Well, Dodie says it is! Below is a copy of his blog which enabled our children to receive a lot of useful items for their studies: “I would like to invite you to the Charity Dinner I am organizing on June 5, 2010, 7PM to 9PM at Cabalen Restaurant on Tourist Club Area, behind Fridays and Hardeys Restaurant. Any items such as clothes, toys, books and others will be greatly appreciated. Collected stuff will be donated to VIDES Philippines. Kindly send your confirmation before June 1, 2010. Thank you.” Dodie "Kenneth" Padilla VIDES Philippines received the boxes of donated items from the Charity Dinner organized by Dodie and these were given to the BMDK children during the annual sportsfest held at Don Bosco School Manila last September 12, 2010.States Parties shall undertake all appropriate legislative, administrative, and other measures for theimplementation of the rights recognized in the present Convention. (UN CRC Art. 4) 15
  16. 16. Formation of VolunteersRector Major‟s Strenna 2010: We wish to see Jesus During the annual general assembly of the VIDES PhilippineVolunteers held last January 17, 2010, Sr. Maria Josefina Carrasco,FMA VIDES Delegate, presented the Strenna of the Rector Major forthe year 2010. Entitled “We Wish to See Jesus”, the Rector MajorFr. Pascual Chavez, SDB, encouraged the Salesians and all membersof the Salesian Family to be disciples of Jesus and witnesses of theGospel values to all, especially the youth. He says: ―Our young people today are in need of witnesseswho will be able to show them Jesus. They are thirsting for God. Theyare longing to see Him.‖ Sr. Josefina stressed on the Rector Major‘sreminder regarding the importance of having an in-depth knowledgeand encounter with Jesus, through the Word of God and theSacraments. These are very basic and necessary in the journey ofbecoming a true disciple of Jesus and in living one‘s Christian life. It is only in this way that the young people whom we serveand minister to will be able to see Jesus in us. At the end of the presentation, Sr. Josefina challenged the volunteers to be bearers of God‘s love to theyoung, especially to those taking part in our mobile education project, the “VIDES Busina Mo, Dunong Ko.”VIDES Philippines joins the Salesian Family Fellowship Day Annually, the members of the Salesian Family hold their day of fellowship and bonding. This year‘s theme, ―We are Strong as One, with Juan‖, brought the members together not only in prayer, but also in moments of fun and light games. This was held on the 14th of February, at the Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati. Rev. Fr. Vasclav Klement, SDB, General Councillor for Missions, presided the Eucharistic celebration. Geared towards strengthening our group life and celebrating our unity as Salesian Family, various initiatives were prepared by the animators. A variety show featuring the talents of the different members of the Salesian Family took place immediately after the holy mass. This was followed by the opening of fun booths and the roll -out of assorted games with exciting prizes. At noontime, a bingo session was held interspersed with raffle draws. Grand prizes were given out to the lucky winners. With all the fun it brought, one can surely say: ―It is truly good to be part of the Salesian Family!‖ States Parties undertake to respect the right of the child to preserve his or her identity, including nationality, 16 name and family relations as recognized by law without unlawful interference. (UN CRC Art. 8)
  17. 17. Formation of Volunteers Time out with God: Annual Recollection of VIDES Volunteers Last March 27, 2010, at the Prayer House of the Don Bosco Youth Center in Tondo, the VIDES Volunteers had their annual recollection with Mr. Alvin Espejo as facilitator and Rev. Fr. Ike Veloso, SDB as confessor. The day was spent reflecting on the Word of God and on each one‘s personal life and vocation as VIDES Volunteer. Moments of recreation, sharing, reporting, dancing and soul-searching made the day meaningful and exciting. A special packed lunch was prepared accompanied by the surprise ice cream treat from the FMA Tondo Community of Sr. Carmencita Rodriguez. In the afternoon, the Volunteers went for confession and capped the day with the joyful celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided by Fr. Ike, SDB. Handling Cases of Children In Conflict with the Law (CICL) Last February 25-26, 2010, at the Manila Manor Hotel, VIDES Volunteers Rhea Ramos and Sarah Barde attended the training on ―Handling and Management of Children and Youth in Conflict with the Law Cases‖. This training course was organized by the Foundation for Adolescent Development, Inc. (FAD) and the Rotary Club of Chinatown-Manila in order to train selected youth leaders and partner agencies who will conduct talks and training sessions on Children In Conflict with the Law (CICL) among the youth, parents, Barangay officials and other stakeholders in the communities. Speakers from the Local Government Units (LGUs) and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) discussed the following topics: 1. The situation of CICL in the Philippines; 2. The factors which may lead to CICL; 3. The rationale, the spirit and intent for the passage of the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006; 4. The salient features of the JJWA and identification of the key stakeholders involved in its implementation; 5. The intervention framework and diversion program for CICL including the roles and responsibilities of the differ- ent government agencies / stakeholders; 6. The areas for linkages between and among the different agencies / stakeholders / intermediaries, involved in the Juvenile Justice ystem; and 7. How to refer CICL questions and cases to Dial A Friend CICL Hotline. The topics discussed were all informative which helped each participant to have sufficient knowledge on CICL and the Juvenile Justice Law. The organizers challenged the participants to re-echo the training to the communities they serve. In this regard, Volunteers Rhea Ramos and Sarah Barde successfully re-echoed and integrated this activity in the six areas of the VIDES Busina Mo, Dunong Ko Mobile Education Project. Last April 17, 2010, at San Roque Parish, Pasay City, two representatives of the Foundation for Adolescent Development, Inc. witnessed one of the echo-seminars conducted by the VIDES Volunteers among the children and youth of BMDK Pasay.States Parties shall ensure to the maximum extent possible the survival and development of the child.(UN CRC Art. 6) 17
  18. 18. Advocacy on VolunteerismVIDES Pinoy Volunteers promote volunteerism among Salesian Youth Leaders VIDES Pinoy volunteers assembled at DonBosco School Manila for the volunteerism campaigncum Aetas outreach at Sitio Monicayo, Mabalacat,Pampanga last February 20, 2010. Eighty (80)Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) Leaders comingfrom Salesian Schools in Laguna, Manila andPampanga, listened to the input on volunteerismdelivered by VIDES Volunteers Tony Espinosa,Raymund Zapanta, Aissa Manalo and Rudelyn Yaon.Questions regarding motivation for volunteerism,inspiration, obstacles and challenges were raised bythe youth leaders. After the input and open forum, the SYMleaders joined the VIDES Volunteers in the outreachamong the Aetas children. Present during this eventare VIDES Volunteers Beth Espinosa, Lady AnneEspinosa, Amy Suzara, Varry Manalo, Rhea Ramos,Sarah Barde, Farah Chavez and Sr. Jojo FMA. Games and educational activities were prepared by the volunteers, based on the UN Convention on theRights of the Child, with special focus on the right to education. Snacks and clothing were distributed by thevolunteers afterwards. It was a whole day of fun and service, of learning and inspiration. Thanks to all the VIDES Volunteersand SYM Leaders!VIDES PINOY promotes Summer Youth Volunteer Program (SYVP) Boredom could easily creep in when one has gotnothing to do for summer. According to Don Bosco, ―an idlemind is the devil‘s workshop‖. This gave the VIDES volunteersan idea to launch the Summer Youth Volunteer Program amongthose who wish to make their summer meaningful and useful. A number of generous and enthusiastic young peopleresponded to this invitation. As volunteers, they are freeto decide whether to come regularly or not. Most ofthem found meaning in what they did as Junior VIDESVolunteers and thus committed themselves to frequentlyrender their voluntary service as tutors in academicsubjects for children participating in the mobile education project. States Parties shall take measures to combat the illicit transfer and non-return of children abroad. (UN CRC Art. 11) 18
  19. 19. Youth Development and Training Summer Voice Lessons for BMDK Choir VIDES Volunteer Rudelyn Yaon sponsored the 2010 Summer Voice Lessons of the BMDK children. Mr. Arnel Sibolino conducted the thrice-a-week voice training at San Roque, NIA Road and Pasay. Ms. Amy Suzara constantly gave her support and assistance throughout the children‘s practices. The BMDK children‘s choir expressed their gratitude and appreciation for this initiative of the VIDES Volunteers. Thru VIDES, they are given equal access to opportunities for socio-cultural development and participation. Youth Leadership Training Program: Servant Leadership Experience Last May 1-2, BMDK Youth Leaders underwent a leadership training program entitled: Servant Leadership Experience (SLEx). Mr. Alvin Espejo of Don Bosco Youth Center Tondo, together with his team of Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) facilitators, animated the workshop and liturgy held at Don Bosco School Manila last May 1. Various team-building activities challenged the youth leaders to work together, share, assist, and above all to grow in humility, discipline and patience. They also had fun in the afternoon debate on social issues, which opened up their thoughts and inspired their hearts towards genuine service and solidarity. At the end of Day 1, they had a meaningful taize prayer and washing of the feet, to pattern their leadership style unto Christ‘s: that of being a true Servant Leader. The following day, May 2, was spent in Tagaytay for their field trip and team-building sessions. It was their first time to go to Tagaytay and see the Taal Volcano and Taal Lake. It was also a most unforgettable experience for all the youth leaders to ride a horse! Towards noon, the VIDES Volunteers surprised the leaders with a special lunch of rice and adobo, shared under the cool and shady trees of the picnic site. For the VIDES Volunteers, it was another day of birthing… of giving life to this future generation of youth leaders. Back at the headquarters, the VIDES Volunteers prepared an electronic newsletter filled with pictures, which was emailed to Mr. John Carlyle D. Quimbo, President of Altus Communications. It is our way of thanking him and his office for sponsoring this worthwhile event.The child shall be registered immediately after birth and shall have the right from birth to a name, the right toacquire a nationality and. as far as possible, the right to know and be cared for by his or her parents. (UN CRCArt. 7) 19
  20. 20. Youth Development and TrainingJunior VIDES Volunteers rock at SM MOA It was a school day and yet, the Junior VIDES volunteers were allowed by their parents and Don BoscoSchool Manila, to join the culminating activity of the National Children‘s Month Celebration at the SM Mall of Asia(MOA) on October 27, 2010. VIDES Philippines was chosen by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) toanimate the whole day activity which they have organized together with the SM-SCMC Regional OperationsManager Mr. Royston Cabuñag for the 350 children of SM Foundation, ABS-CBN Foundation, and VIDES. As volunteers for the 350 children-participants, the Junior VIDES helped the children and took part in thefollowing activities: film viewing about the environment, entrance to the Science Discovery, watching the concertof VIDES children about the environment, facilitating the fun games for the children and assistance in thedistribution of snacks, lunch and gift packages from SM. Together with the Junior VIDES volunteers are the 3 rd year combo members who won in the Don BoscoSchool‘s composition contest about the environment. They joined the VIDES concert performers by renderingtheir winning piece before the huge crowd gathered at the MOA Music Hall. Present in this significant event are the officers and employees of the Council for the Welfare of Children,the SM Malls, the ABS-CBN Foundation, and VIDES Philippines. Bright Child Jr. Ambassador BJ ―Tolits‖ Forbesand VIDES youth leader Jennifer San Juan were the masters of ceremonies. States Parties undertake to respect the right of the child to preserve his or her identity, including nationality, 20 name and family relations as recognized by law without unlawful interference. (UN CRC Art. 8)
  21. 21. Advocacy Publication of the Primer on the Proposed Anti-Corporal Punishment Act of 2008 Filipino Translation of “To Spank or not to Spank”: “Okay Lang Bang Mamalo?” In March 2010, hundreds of copies of ―Okay Lang Bang Mamalo?‖ were disseminated among members of the Child Rights Network (CRN). This is a primer on the proposed Anti-Corporal Punishment Act of 2008 developed by the PLCPD, and translated into Filipino by Ms. Che delos Reyes and Sr. Lynn Grace Palanca, FMA for VIDES Philippines and the CRN, with the support of Plan International. Written in our native language, this primer seeks to reach the grassroots level, in order to have a clearer and deeper understanding of the ill-effects of corporal punishment and the long term benefits of positive discipline. For VIDES, this means educating the parents of the children taking part in the VIDES Busina Mo, Dunong Ko mobile education project on the importance of promoting discipline in the home without the use of punishment. This primer tackles the magnitude of corporal punishment in the Philippines, effects of corporal punishment on children, various forms of corporal punishment, the alternative to corporal punishment which is positive discipline - and the ways on how to implement it, existing provisions of the law pertaining to the protection of children from abuse and violence, and the proposed policy advocacy on the promotion of positive discipline as an alternative to corporal punishment which is currently being discussed by the Legislators at the House of Representatives. For VIDES, Positive Discipline is expressed in St. John Bosco‘s Preventive System, which believes that in every young person, there is a seed of goodness. That as educators, volunteers and evangelizers, we have to strive to ―be loved, rather than feared‖ by the youth so as to make a positive and effective intervention. That, as St. Francis of Sales teaches, ―a spoonful of honey attracts more flies than a barrel full of vinegar.‖, which simply means that in educating and dealing with the youth, kindness attracts while rudeness turns them off. And lastly, ―as opposed to the repressive system which punishes and humiliates the person, the preventive system appeals to the youth‘s capacity for reason, religion and loving-kindness‖. With reason, we are able to explain what is good, correct and true and what is not. With religion, we are able to lead the youth to consider things in the context of our being brothers and sisters in God‘s family and thus be responsible for one another. With loving-kindness, we are able to educate them with patience, understanding, and love. All this, in the hope that whatever it is that they learn from us, they, in turn, will pass on to the next generation. We believe that through the promotion of Positive Discipline, we will have a better genera- tion of youth, who will have experienced love and respect in their homes, schools, communi- ties, and the society and thus multiply the same wherever they may be the future.States Parties shall respect the right of the child to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.(UN CRC Art. 14) 21
  22. 22. AdvocacyStop Corporal Punishment in SchoolsPromotion of Positive Discipline Last August 10, 2010 the launch of the study―Towards a Child-Friendly Environment, a BaselineStudy on Violence Against Children in Selected PublicSchools‖ was held in Sulo Hotel, Quezon City. Inconnection with this, twenty (20) children from theVIDES Busina Mo, Dunong Ko (BMDK) in Pasay werechosen by the Council for the Welfare of the Children(CWC) to do a dramatization of the result of the study.This baseline study was conducted by the PhilippineWomen‘s University, with the support of UNICEF, PlanInternational and the Council for the Welfare ofChildren. The choreographed VIDES song ―Disiplina, HindiParusa‖ (Discipline, Not Punishment) which wasinterspersed in the drama, creatively underscored theimportance of positive discipline as an alternative tocorporal punishment. Aside from this, the BMDKChildren also led the singing of the Philippine NationalAnthem and the Opening Prayer. The comprehensive script was done by the BMDK children themselves while their presentation wasdirected and followed up by VIDES volunteers, Jun Pimentel, Sarah Barde and Amy Suzara. During the launch, VIDES Volunteers Daryl Tecson, Sarah Barde, Rhea Ramos, Varrygib Manalo, AmySuzara, Arnel Sibolino, Rosylyn Arnigo, Dr. Girlie Amarillo, together with Sr. Anelie Lacse FMA and the VIDESBoard of Directors Mr. Antonio Espinosa (President) and Mr. Raymund Zapanta (Secretary) supported thechildren with their presence. The BMDK children received appreciation and praises for their performance,especially from CWC Deputy Director Ma. Elena Caraballo, Ms. Dey Gamboa and the staff of the Council for theWelfare of Children. The said launch of the study was covered by different television networks such as ABS-CBN, GMA 7 and TV 5. Three from our BMDK children were interviewed regarding their individual experiences of violence against children in public schools. Lady Co and Rachelle were interviewed by Ms. Niña Corpus of ABS- CBN which was aired at TV Patrol and Bandila while Jennifer was interviewed by Ms. Angeline of TV 5 and was shown on Aksyon. In general, children‘s painful experiences of violence in school are so unacceptable and unforgettable that they leave a mark in every single child who was a victim of violence in school. What is more important now is that they have already overcome those traumatic experiences they had through the help of their parents and volunteers. The children are looking forward to concrete immediate actions on the cases studied by the PWU so that there will be no more children victims of violence in schools. ―The study found out that at least 4 out of 10 children in Grades 1-3 and 7 out of 10 in Grades 2-6 and in high school have experienced some forms of violence like, spanking, beating, pinching and slapping which were considered ―acceptable‖ ways of discipline children. Verbal abuse is the most prevalent form of violence experienced by children at all school levels. This includes being shouted at and being cursed, ridiculed, teased, or humiliated. Children generally prefer a more positive form of discipline such as being talked to and corrected or guided/counselled in response to offenses or violations committed in school. States Parties shall respect the rights and duties of the parents and, when applicable, legal guardians, to provide direction to the child in the exercise of his or her right in a manner consistent with the evolving capacities of the 22 child. (UN CRC Art. 14)
  23. 23. Advocacy Most public schools do not follow a standard way of addressing complaints of violence against children. Thus the process of handling complaints is vulnerable to the personal biases and arbitrary judgment of people in charge, resulting in children‘s distrust of the process.‖ (from the Baseline Study on Violence Against Children in Selected Public Schools 2010) During the media conference, the panelists were DSWD Secretary Hon. Dinky Soliman, DepEd Undersecretary Atty. Albert Muyot, Plan International Country Director Michael Diamond, UNICEF Country Representative Ms. Vanessa Tobin, Dean of the College of Social Work of Philippine Women‟s University Dr. Nenita Cura and Ms. Lina Laigo. According to DepEd Undersecretary Atty. Albert Muyot, the Department of Education will strengthen the Child- Friendly School program and seminars will be provided for the school personnel on managing the behavior of children and preventing violence against them. Lady Co, a BMDK leader, cited her personal experience of violence when she was in Elementary, and asked the panelists what they can do to prevent this from happening again and if the government can promise to provide concrete action on matters such as this. Secretary Dinky Soliman gave her assurance that the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Department of Education will help each other in order to give appropriate response to the children‘s needs. She also advised the children to immediately report their experience of violence to their parents, teachers, or school officials. After the media conference, the launch of the study was conducted. On behalf of the Filipino Children, BMDK kids Janice San Juan and Roberto Tuba, presented the first official copy of the study to Secretary Dinky Soliman, Ms. Vanessa Tobin, Mr. Michael Diamond and Undersecretary Atty. Albert Muyot. This symbolic handing over of the study by the children bears the message and the challenge to all stakeholders: to stop violence against children in public schools. The launching was also reported in an article on the Philippine Daily Inquirer.States Parties shall assure to the child who is capable of forming his or her own views the right to express thoseviews freely in all matters affecting the child, the views of the child being given due weight in accordance with theage and maturity of the child. (UN CRC Art. 12) 23
  24. 24. AdvocacyNATIONAL CHILDREN‟S MONTH CELEBRATION“Kung Bright Child ang gusto, Mundo‟y ingatan mo!” This year‘s National Children‘s Month celebration highlighted the promotion of children‘s rights, withemphasis on environmental care and protection. Anchored on the theme prepared by the Council for theWelfare of Children, VIDES Volunteers and children celebrated this last October 17, 2010 at Don Bosco YouthCenter in Tondo, with a series of meaningful and creative activities. Present on this occasion are guests fromthe Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), Deputy Director Ma. Elena Caraballo and Ms. Dey Gamboa, andthe Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, represented by Sr. Rachel Melissa Flor, FMA Provincial Secretary andSr. Ma. Elizabeth Marquez, FMA Provincial Economer. The day started with the holy mass presided by Rev. Fr. Ike Veloso, SDB. In his homily, Fr. Ikereminded the children of the importance of protecting and upholding their rights as well as owning their specialrole and contribution in achieving a pleasing environment where everyone can live safely, healthily andsecurely. After the Eucharistic celebration, everyone witnessed another significant milestone in the journey of theVIDES Busina Mo, Dunong Ko mobile education project: Fr. Ike‘s blessing of the new multicab donated byVIDES Korea for the BMDK project. This would be of great help in reaching out to poor communities locatedwithin the very narrow alleys of the city, in order to provide the children access to the mobile education facilitiesof BMDK. This day also marked the kick off of the VIDES Alternative Learning System (ALS) Program for the out-of-school youth of Bgy. 143, Pasay City. After the blessing, the program for the celebration of the National Children‘s Month commenced. Sr.Jojo Carrasco, FMA VIDES Delegate, gave the opening remarks and provided a creative input on the UnitedNations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC), with video clips and songs about environmental careand protection. Afterwards, the children were divided into 25 groups, each animated by a team of VIDES Volun-teers, in order to carry out activities related to environment protection. Included among their expected outputs were the following: a poster that depicts how they can help inpreserving the environment; group sharing on their knowledge on children‘s rights; and a creative presentationof their commitment on the said topic through cheers, drama, or poetry. This particular activity showed theuniqueness and creative dynamism of the children. It also demonstrated the love and devotion of the VIDES volunteers to the children through the timethey spent with them, talking with them and sharing their meals together. A child means every human being below the age of eighteen years unless under the law applicable to the child, majority is attained earlier. (UN CRC Art. 1) 24
  25. 25. Advocacy In the afternoon, a mini-concert was rendered by the Voice of VIDES Choir, giving everyone a glimpse of their series of songs and dances for the upcoming Voice of VIDES concert for a cause. The said concert, entitled “Tugsayawit Para Sa Kalikasan”, is an environmental advocacy which also seeks to provide the children a venue for showcasing what they have learned from the Summer Voice Training Course. On the part of the VIDES Volunteers who trained the children in music and dance, it also meant reaping the harvest of all their sacrifices. Moreover, it is also their joint effort in expressing their solidarity with the children of Palawan, for whom they seek to raise some funds in view of the 2011 Mission Camp to be held there. The highlight of the program was the awarding ceremony for poster-making, creative presentation, and the cleanest home per BMDK area. VIDES Philippine President Tony Espinosa and CWC Deputy Director Ma. Elena Caraballo, presented the awards and certificates to the winners.States Parties shall respect and ensure the rights set forth in the present Convention to each child within theirjurisdiction without discrimination of any kind . (UN CRC Art. 2) 25
  26. 26. Advocacy“TUGSAYAWIT PARA SA KALIKASAN” After almost a year of honing the VIDES children‘s talents in singing and dancing, VIDES volunteersthought of coming up with a concert where they can let the children share their God-given talents with othersand for a significant cause. Together, the volunteers and children decided to develop a concert about promotingenvironmental protection since they were inspired by the theme chosen by the Council for the Welfare ofChildren for this year‘s children‘s month celebration: ―Kung Bright Child ang gusto, mundo‘y ingatan mo‖. Withtheir trainor Arnel Sibolino and volunteer choreographer Aissa Manalo, they came up with songs such as:Kapaligiran, Anak ng Pasig, Colors of the Wind, etc. Having seen their potential, the children became convincedthat their concert is something truly worth seeing. It was then that they thought of helping the VIDESVolunteers raise funds for their upcoming mission camp in Palawan by selling tickets to the concert. To make itmore interesting, they made it into a concert ticket with raffle. Thus, the ―Tugsayawit Para Sa Kalikasan‖ waslaunched. Tugtog, Sayaw, at Awit or Tugsayawit is not something new nor original. The rendition of the VIDESChildren and Volunteers is. It‘s the first, and surely not the last! VIDES Philippines is truly grateful to the community of Sr. Celia Tacujan, Directress of Don Bosco School,who graciously allowed the group to hold the concert at the DBS Hall last October 24, 2010. It was truly asuccess!CRN Members Celebrate Children‟s Month at House Of Representatives Members of the Child Rights Network (CRN) organized a three-day celebration of the Children‘s Monthat the House of Representatives (HOR) from October 11-13, 2011. Activities prepared by the CRN included thedistribution of advocacy materials, opening of exhibit, speeches from congresswomen and child rightsadvocates, children‘s educational tour, children‘s dialogue with legislators, and discussion on corporalpunishment and positive discipline. As a member of the CRN, VIDES participated by providing guests with free audio CDs of“Disiplina, Hindi Parusa”, an advocacy song on Positive Discipline composed by Eric Zaballero and sung byhis daughters Rya and Rachelle for VIDES Philippines. VIDES Children also joined the dialogue with legislators under the Committee on the Welfare of Childrenand raised their concerns about education, health, and the environment. Present during the discussion areofficers and members of the Committee on the Welfare of Children: Chair Hon. Aurora Enerio-Cerilles,Vice-Chair Hon. Bernadette Herrera-Dy, Hon. Lucy Torres-Gomez and Hon. Lani Mercado-Revilla. Together with other children from CRNmembers, VIDES kids joined the handing over ofPledge Posters to Legislators, which says: “I WILLMAKE LAWS THAT PROTECT CHILDREN.” VIDES children also led the choreographedopening prayer and rendered a creative advocacy onpositive discipline thru song and dance. VIDES Volunteers present at these activitiesassisted the children and helped them prepare for thissuccessful children‘s month celebration organized bythe Child Rights Network. States Parties recognize the rights of the child to freedom of association and to freedom of peaceful assembly. (UN CRC Art. 15) 26
  27. 27. Advocacy VIDES launches its first health project in Sta. Mesa The dream of doing something good for our neighbors where our office is located finally came true when Ms. Minnie Portales of World Vision invited VIDES Philippines to join their Social Mobilization on Tuberculosis Project (SMTP). Preliminary meetings were conducted as early as February 2010, but it was only in July 2010 when the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed by all the member NGOs and partner GOs. President Antonio Espinosa represented VIDES Philippines in the MOA signing. A series of training sessions were conducted among the volunteers and focal persons which enabled them to conduct Tuberculosis (TB) Classes in their barangays. The mothers mobilized by VIDES Philippines as volunteers at Bgy. 601 and Bgy. 602 are the members of the Mama Margarita Mothers Club of Don Bosco School under Sr. Gigi Imanil, FMA. They are: Mrs. Azucena Lazo, Mrs. Leonida Tolon, Mrs. Marcelina Cane, Mrs. Leonor Naval and Mrs. Helen Marcial, the councilor in charge of health. VIDES Philippines is grateful to the Barangay Chairmen of 601, Hon. Alfredo Calonsag, and 602, Hon. Aldred Olarte, for welcoming this project launch for the elimination of tuberculosis in their communities.States Parties recognize the right of the child to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health and tofacilities for the treatment of illness and rehabilitation of health. States Parties shall strive to ensure that no childis deprived of his or her right of access to such health care services. (UN CRC Art. 24) 27
  28. 28. LivelihoodVIDES URBAN LIVELIHOOD PROJECT:Launching of “Makina Mo, Kabuhayan Ko” Last October 2, 2010, at Bgy. 286, Delpan, Binondo, Manila, five (5) brand new Singer sewing machineswere distributed to selected mothers of BMDK Delpan children under the VIDES ―Makina Mo, Kabuhayan Ko‖Livelihood Project. Sr. Anelie Lacse, FMA, a masteral student of the Asian Social Institute doing her immersionunder VIDES Philippines, conducted sewing classes for the mothers. Under this project, the mothers will bemaking regular contributions in order to pay off the sewing machines so as to give other mothers the possibilityof acquiring the next sewing machine to be purchased by VIDES. Each manual Singer sewing machine costs onlyPhp 4,500.The five mothers from Bgy. 286, Del Pan, who are pioneer recipients of this project are:1. Virginia Catamber; 2. Lorna Sarmiento; 3. Rosie Orsolega; 4. Angelica Galecio; and 5. Luzviminda Vigor.VIDES LIVELIHOOD PROJECTS: States Parties recognize the right of every child to a standard of living adequate for the childs physical, mental, 28 spiritual, moral and social development. (UN CRC Art. 27)
  29. 29. International Volunteer Service JAPANESE STUDENTS FROM SEIBI GAKUEN Sharing from the Heart on VIDES Volunteerism Last March 25, 2010, upon the invitation of Sr. Ludovina Michozuki, FMA and before a group of Japanese students from Seibi Gakuen and some volunteers from VIDES Shizuoka, Ms. Amy Suzara shared her insights and feelings as a VIDES volunteer for the past 15 years. Below is a copy of her talk. St. Dominic Savio used to say: "I cant do big things. But I want all I do, even the smallest thing, to be for the greater glory of God… Death rather than sin." What if someone is in search of life‘s meaning? What if you lost your job for one reason or another? What if you have a job and yet you want to help people to be transformed and be given fresh opportunities? Or what if you are a student but you want to share your free time for a meaningful purpose? Be a Volunteer. Volunteering can be an experience that fills you with gratitude. You probably know that volunteers are individuals or groups who give their time, talent and abilities for a cause they believe in, without pay, and are able to have a great time for free. Volunteering is a vocation. It is a challenge to yourself and others to make a difference. Meeting different kinds of people can help you gain experi- ence and increase your social skills. Being a volunteer is very fulfilling, because here one discovers many things about oneself. It is a formative experience. We will know our self better; and it is basically important to have a healthy self-awareness. In volunteering, we will be surprised to know that our weakness can become our strength which will help us to become a better person. It is a two-way process: we are helping the children, but, in a way, they are helping us more in developing the weakest points of our personhood. Being a volunteer means being a living witness of life and hope for these children. Bringing our heart in doing volunteer work is enough because this is the source of our good attitude and behavior that we need in every helping and working relationship. Working directly with children entails giving them joy, love and happiness. The prize of volunteering comes from within... the inner joy, peace, contentment and happiness. Indeed, it is priceless! This being ―one for others‖... sharing little things unconditionally… can be a source of our happiness, understanding, and being loving and caring persons. It is so because it is rooted in Jesus, who calls us to be VIDES volunteers. Self-giving with humility and sincerity, is doing everything for the glory of God. The secret of having peace in volunteering is freely doing our work, in order to reflect the beauty and the eyes of God. The purification of our commitment and motivation is very important. If we always have this in mind, we will be a volunteer forever...in our heart and in the eyes of God. We really thank VIDES Philippines for giving us the opportunity to serve, to share and to give our self... We would like also to take this opportunity to thank the FMA family for giving us the venue for volunteering. For those people who want to find meaning in their life, please do it now, please do not delay… because life is very short. Let our remaining days be a noble and worthwhile one by giving love, joy and happiness to other people. Try to commit and share your time, talent, and resources to render volunteer work anytime! Promise! Happiness is here!States Parties recognize the right of the child to education. (UN CRC Art. 28) 29
  30. 30. Volunteers’ Food For ThoughtAmy Suzara’s Reflections on Volunteering with Gratitude―Ang pusong marunong magpasalamat ay pinagpapala ng Diyos‖(God always blesses those who have grateful hearts) Having a grateful heart means treading the path towards continual growth. To be grateful means to bejoyful and loving; to be ready to give time to express our thankfulness; to be humble enough to acknowledgeour being gifted by someone. This way, we learn to grow in virtue and character. When Don Bosco started hiswork among the youth, he taught his collaborators about the importance of making gratitude an essential aspectof our Salesian Family tradition. Today, however, this attitude of being thankful is gradually dying down, evenwithin the circle of our own family, our place of work, and even among our friends. That is why, there is anexistential need to revive it and make it live on. In our daily life, we sometimes have the tendency to forget that everything that we have and are comefrom God. All is gift. All is grace. For this, we need to learn to listen, reflect and contemplate. These are specialmoments for us to rejoice and feel God‘s loving presence and be thankful. As VIDES volunteers we are united by love in order to announce to young people the beautifulexperience of sharing with one another. Above all, we are called to lead them to God, who strengthens ourcommitment to volunteerism, humble service and solidarity. In spite of our work and other domesticresponsibilities, we do find time to share our skills, knowledge, resources, and our very own selves for the goodof others, especially the young people entrusted to our care. From generation to generation, the message of Don Bosco to his educators remains .... ―Make yourselfloved rather than feared.‖ This is the secret of educating with and through the heart. And this is still his messagefor us, VIDES Volunteers, today. Having lived and worked for almost two decades now with the Daughters ofMary Help of Christians (also known as the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco), makes us realize the greatness ofGod‘s mercy, goodness and providence. God‘s love spurs us on to contribute to the continuity of His work. Wethank the Salesian Sisters for their trust and confidence in letting us share in their mission. We assure them thatwe will do our best in living up to the challenges of our commitment and responsibilities as volunteers - towardsGod, the FMA Community, the women and children entrusted to us, and our society. In our mission among the young, we need to always remember to ―Be thankful and grateful working forthem, instead of complaining about them‖. Some people get frustrated with children; because at times, they canreally get on one‘s nerves. There are instances when some children are slow in understanding and in doingthings. They have different behaviors, temperaments and attitudes. Unfortunately, when we lack self-awareness,we sometimes communicate our frustrations on them, making them feel bad about themselves, which results tolow self-esteem. Let us then remember Don Bosco‘s Preventive System: ―Not with blows, but with kindness andlove; you must win over these your friends‖. And believe that ―in every child there is a seed of goodness‘, nomatter how bad his/her attitude may be. As VIDES Volunteers, let us be patient. Let us grab the opportunity toteach them, instead of criticizing them; to appreciate and thank them, instead of rejecting and ignoring them.This is gratitude and love in real action. Let‘s continue building the civilization of love! States Parties agree that the education of the child shall be directed to: (a) The development of the childs 30 personality, talents and mental and physical abilities to their fullest potential; (UN CRC Art. 29 a)
  31. 31. Busina Mo, Dunong Ko NIA Road Recto South Triangle San Roque Pasay Delpan Total VIDES BMDK Children VIDES BMDK Male-Female Ratio 2010States Parties agree that the education of the child shall be directed to: (b) The development of respect forhuman rights and fundamental freedoms, and for the principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations;(UN CRC Art. 29 b) 31

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