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                                                VISION

     A dynamic and unified group of socially-oriented, committed...
Message from VIDES Chairperson Sr. Ma. Socorro T. Bacani, FMA



                     Dear VIDES Volunteers,

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From the Editor

                  The year 2009 marks the 20th Anniversary of the UN Convention on
         the Rights of...
ADMIN NEWS


 VIDES receives DSWD License to Operate
   V    IDES Philippines Volunteers Foundation Inc. officially receiv...
PARTNERS

   300 VIDES kids receive Christmas gifts from the National Press Club

             ast December 24, 2008, 300 ...
FUND RAISING

  VIDES Volunteers in the Philippines host “EAT & MEET”

            ast June 13, 2008, VIDES Volunteers in ...
PARTNERS

  About VIDES Internazionale

                                                             How we are organized:...
IX INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS



VIDES Philippines joins IX International Congress,
facilitates the English workshop
        a...
IX INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS



                                     Debates were conducted at the end of each of these repor...
IX INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS



           Other activities during the Congress included the meeting of the FMA delegates wit...
FORMATION


     Salesianity                                                 Annual Recollection

    Volunteers value the...
FORMATION


 Seminar on Human Rights
Volunteers update themselves on Human Rights

   I    n line with this year’s 60th an...
COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS


                                      “Baboy Mo, Buhay Ko (BMBK)
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COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS


                                        Last 16 February 2008, a group of VIDES volunteers went...
COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS

   Busina Mo, Dunong Ko (BMDK)
   Mobile Education Program                                      ...
COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS



                                    The    Parent                      As a PMO, the
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             Other highlights of the year included          Our BMDK program at Recto (formerl...
COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS


                                        BMDK Breakdown Per School level

I. South Triangle     ...
COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS


                                   NSCB Study on Cohort Survival Rate


       Cohort survival ...
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National Children’s Month

400 kids flock to QC Wildlife
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COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS

    Paskong Pasasalamat

    Day of Gratitude        of   VIDES     Busina    Mo,     Reflection...
COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS

Solidarity at a Distance (SAD) 2008

             This is an educational program that
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COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS


     MISSION CAMP 2008
     Hda Malihao Victorias, Negros Occidental


           taguyod ang B...
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  • im very much admired your vision and mission.im also handling a youth club and it makes my life complete, im a volunteer for handling leadership training and to make christ known. i wud lyk to ask if you have a job offer or a vacant position for staff, bacause i dont need only a job but also serve the youth. thank you very much. ciscarweng@yahoo.com
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  1. 1. • VISION A dynamic and unified group of socially-oriented, committed individuals working in solidarity with the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco for the promotion of social justice and peace. MISSION STATEMENT To protect the rights and provide the well-being of women and children at risk; • To enable the children to become Christ-centered, with strong moral and • spiritual values carried in them in their interaction with others. To develop and mobilize young professionals as volunteers and advocates thus • creating a nurturing environment for others in need of life support services. To establish viable alliance building with similar organizations, networks, • groups and individuals supportive to the vision, mission and goals of the Foundation. Contents Page Paskong Pasasalamat………..……………...20 Vision/Mission Solidarity At A Distance…………………...…21 Message from VIDES Chairperson…………..1 Mission Camp 2008…...……...………….22-23 From the Editor….……….………..………..2 Volunteers’ Christmas with Aetas…………...24 VIDES receives DSWD license…….………..3 National Volunteers’ Month….……………...25 NPC Christmas Party for BMDK Kids………..4 International Volunteers……………………..26 San Roque Parish Fiesta…………………....4 Children’s Artwork & Beadwork……………...27 TOPS2 Volunteers…………………………...4 From the children………………………...28-29 “Eat & Meet” Fund-raising….…………...…5 Straight from the heart of Volunteers….…30-31 VIDES International…………………..……..6 Tribute to Sr. Alice………………………...…32 VIDES Phils in 9th VIDES Int’l Congress….7-9 Advocacy on Volunteerism………...............33 Volunteers’ Formation on the GEM………..10 Donors’ Point of View….....………………….34 Volunteers’ Annual Recollection…………..10 List of Donors……………………………..35-36 Seminar on Human Rights…….…………..11 2009 Calendar of Activities…………………..37 “Baboy Mo, Buhay Ko”………..……….12-13 Where we serve………….....……………….38 “Busina Mo, Dunong Ko”…………......14-16 Donations / Pledges BMDK Pupils…………………………....…17 NSCB Cohort survival rate………………...18 National Children’s Month Celebration…...19 quot;Keep on sowing your seed, for you never know which will grow—perhaps it all will.quot; Ecclesiastes
  2. 2. Message from VIDES Chairperson Sr. Ma. Socorro T. Bacani, FMA Dear VIDES Volunteers, On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of Children, we are “narrating” the story of how VIDES Philippines has proclaimed, promoted and defended these rights through its various programs in this Annual Report. One is invited to read beyond all the data, and see more profoundly the reason that gives meaning to all these endeavors. To be members of VIDES Philippines you are called and challenged to be men and women who believe in a cause that is greater than yourselves because it is rooted in the very Person of Christ whose mission is to bring life in all its abundance to every child of God. Allow yourselves to be drawn to commit yourselves more decisively to His cause no matter the cost! So in this message allow me to articulate the CREDO of VIDES inspired by the Social Doctrine of the Church. We believe in the dignity of every human person, created in the image of God, in whom our origin, meaning and destiny is found. We believe in the power of whatever is good and worthy of the human person, and uphold it wherever it may be found because it is a reflection of God’s transcendence. We believe in the gift of freedom with which every human person can choose what is good, because freedom to love is the highest sign of the divine image in us. We believe in the Gospel of Christ as the answer to the basic questions about the meaning and purpose of human life, liberating the dignity of the human person from changing opinions and ensures the freedom of men and women as no human law can do. We believe in the prophecy of togetherness that overcomes individualism and isolation, translating the spirit of the Beatitudes into concrete creative gestures of solidarity, thus contributing to build structures of solidarity in order to overpower structures of sin. We believe that what will save us is not a formula or a programme, but a Person and the assurance that he gives us: “I am with you!” And with Him, we can overcome evil with the power of good. ! ASH FL EWS On the cover: N [Top photo] VIDES Volunteers reflected on the eyes of an Aeta child looking intently at the camera. [Middle] Children tracing their hands DSWD Certificate of Registration — NCR-2008-R-140 to symbolize their God-given talents. DSWD License to Operate — NCR-2008-L-014 [Bottom] BMDK kids pointing towards heaven where God lovingly cares for them. Complete story on Page 3 “The time is always right to do what is right.quot; Page 1 Martin Luther King Jr.
  3. 3. From the Editor The year 2009 marks the 20th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC). This instinctively makes us recall the initiatives and steps that have been taken so far by the State parties. In the September 2005 report of the Committee of the UN CRC regarding the con- cluding observations they had on the Philippines, we find the following state- ment in item no. 14: “The Committee also notes with deep concern that the State party’s debt servicing takes up more than 30% of its national budget and that insufficient attention has been paid to sufficient budgetary allocation for children and to article 4 of the Convention regarding budgetary alloca- tions to the implementation of the economic, social and cultural rights of children to the maximum extent available.” With the present global economic crisis, this situation is expected to worsen, unless… through our simple and little way, we give our constant share in addressing this issue by strengthening and revitalizing our mobile education program known as the “Busina Mo, Dunong Ko” (BMDK); more volunteers would sacrifice their weekends for the sake of the children attending the BMDK Program; and more generous people would willingly share their time, talents, skills, wealth and resources by supporting our various works for our urban and rural poor women and youth-recipients. It is not enough to say that education is every child’s right. We cannot just sit back and tell everybody that since education is free in all our public schools, it is already a common good, one which is readily available, common and accessible. In order to go to school, children need allowances for food and transportation, too. We spend for the education of our children because we are investing in our future, hoping that this will redound to the benefit of our society – to the Common Good. We need to act, and not simply to act, but to act with faith. It is when we act with much faith in God, in ourselves and in others that we become able to make things happen. It is only when we have done our part in this great task of social and spiritual transformation that we will be able to sincerely tell the world that “Education is a child’s right that truly promotes the Common Good.” - Sr. Maria Josefina S. Carrasco, FMA Delegate, VIDES Philippines Publication and Communications Team 2008 Editor-In-Chief - Sr. Maria Josefina Carrasco, FMA Managing Editor - Raymund Zapanta Associate Editors - Maya Manocsoc, Vanessa Vargas, Farah Chavez Contributors - Girlie Amarillo, Rosylyn Arnigo, Jinjo Bautista, Joy Hugo, Paolo Icasas, Togs Inosanto, Jun Pimentel, , Amy Suzara, Syra Suzara, Riza Villavi- ray, Ian Velasco, Rudelyn Yaon quot;This News Magazine is published annually and serves as an Annual Report of VIDES Philippines Volunteers Foundation, Inc.quot; quot;Little kindnesses will broaden your heart, and slowly you will habituate yourself to helping your fellow man in many ways.quot; Page 2 Zadik
  4. 4. ADMIN NEWS VIDES receives DSWD License to Operate V IDES Philippines Volunteers Foundation Inc. officially received from the Department of Social Welfare and Development-National Capital Region the License to Operate and the Certificate of Registration at the awarding ceremony held last November 24, 2008. VIDES Chairperson Sr. Ma. Socorro Bacani, FMA, on behalf of VIDES Philippines, received the certificates from Mrs. Patricia B. Luna, the Assistant Regional Director for Programs of DSWD-NCR. Through this Certificate of Registration, VIDES’ activities in the development of the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged sector of our society are officially recognized in the Registry of Social Welfare and Development Agencies of the DSWD. VIDES Philippines filed its Application for Registration on September 5 , 2008 and participated in the orientation-seminar for NGO-applicants on September 19. Mrs. Juliet C. Alair from the DSWD conducted the interview on the programs of VIDES last October 7 with VIDES staff Ms. Syra Liza Suzara RSW, Mr. Jovito Braga and VIDES delegate Sr. Maria Josefina Carrasco. The License to Operate was given to VIDES Philippines for having satisfactorily complied with the requirements to operate a Social Work Agency implementing Community-Based Programs and Services for children, women, families and communities. 1. you know … Did 1. The DSWD was created as early as 1915, but was known then as the Public Welfare Board. 2. It was only in 1987, through Executive Order No. 292 signed by President Corazon C. Aquino, that the name “DSWD” was established. 3. There are currently 1,040 NGOs registered with the DSWD. quot;…[I]n serving the best interests of children, we serve the best interests of all humanity.quot; Page 3 Carol Bellamy
  5. 5. PARTNERS 300 VIDES kids receive Christmas gifts from the National Press Club ast December 24, 2008, 300 VIDES Busina Mo, Dunong Ko kids from L Gamban St., Riverside, Pasay City, took part in the Christmas gift-giving organized by the President of the National Press Club (NPC), Mr. Benny D. Antiporda. This was held at the Bulwagang Plaridel, 4th floor of the National Press Club, Magallanes Drive, Intramuros, Manila. With him were his family and the officers and members of the board of the NPC. VIDES volunteers Raymund Zapanta, Elisa Pieralice, Romina Mazzotta, and Simone Lalli witnessed this initiative with great awe and wonder. This event gave mutual joy to both giver and recipient, making the presence of Jesus Christ deeply felt in their sharing. Kids were smiling from ear to ear upon receiving their gifts of brand new toys, cash, and Noche Buena package. With hearts filled with gratitude, they rendered a well-prepared, beautiful Christmas program for their donors, guided by VIDES youth leader Jennifer San Juan. Kuya Benny delivered his Christmas message for the children about God’s graciousness, blessings and goodness, which they, in turn, wish to share with their little brothers and sisters. Sr. Jojo, FMA, VIDES Delegate, warmly thanked the NPC on behalf of the Foundation. News Briefs San Roque Parish invites BMDK Kids to Annual Festivities Last August 15, 2008, Rev. Fr. Joey Tuazon invited VIDES to join the annual celebration of the feast of San Roque, their patron saint. The well-organized cultural night enabled all the parish-mandated organizations to come together and share their talents in music and dance. The BMDK Choir “Voice of VIDES” performed a special song of gratitude entitled “Salamat”. TOPS2 Volunteers distribute school supplies to BMDK Kids As part of their commitment to reach out to the needy youth and children, members of the volunteer organization Time-out for Professionals and Students Services (TOPS2) under the leadership of Atty. Sonia Em presented school supplies and other educational resources to more than 300 BMDK kids in Pasay last September 6, 2008. Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for others. Page 4 Danny Thomas
  6. 6. FUND RAISING VIDES Volunteers in the Philippines host “EAT & MEET” ast June 13, 2008, VIDES Volunteers in the Philippines organized a L dinner-for-a-cause dubbed “Eat & Meet.” Over a hundred tickets priced at Php500 each were distributed to friends and relatives of VIDES Volunteers in order to raise funds for the August 2008 annual mission camp in Negros Occidental. 2,000 kids are being served by the VIDES Volunteers in this formation camp. Proceeds from this fund raising event were intended for the purchase of rice and school supplies for the children of laborers at the sugar cane plantations of Victorias City, Negros Occidental. International and local dishes were prepared by the volunteers themselves. Filipino chefs Ted Dimson, Jovet Braga and Tony Espinosa cooked Egg and Corn Soup, Bicol Express, and Kare-Kare, respectively. German VIDES Volunteer Marie Luise Morgenstern prepared German Potato Salad while Italian VIDES Volunteers Kathleen Bertotti and Luana Giardinelli served Bruschetta, Melanzane alla parmigiana, Spaghetti and Crostata della Nonna. Lezeil Ebdane, Filipino VIDES Volunteer, prepared the beverages, which include Starbucks coffee and Tazo Passion Ice Tea. Kaspar Ng, VIDES Volunteer from Canada, assisted the Italian volunteers in the preparations. Filipino VIDES Volunteer, Jun Pimentel, who chairs the Socio- Cultural Committee, organized the program, designed the layout of the event, and provided all the decorations and effects (spotlight, candles, flowers, cloths) which lent a special touch of elegance and art to the affair. The gathering kicked off with a solemn singing of “The Prayer” followed by the Philippine National Anthem. Vice Provincial of the FMA Philippine Province, Sr. Maria Socorro T. Bacani, FMA gave her Welcome Remarks, thanking those who came to support this project and expressing her appreciation for all the VIDES Volunteers’ efforts in making this project a success. Guest singers Marie Puyat and Jeffrey Suzara entertained the diners with their beautiful singing. Ms. Cosette Fedele, wife of the Italian Ambassador, Ms. Happy Andrada, fashion designer, and Ms. Monina Manapat, Chairman of the Board of Examiners for Social Work are among the special guests invited. Banker-friends from BPI, UCPB and RCBC also came to support this fund-raising feat. Halfway during the program, diners were invited to express their feedback about “Eat & Meet.” All who spoke congratulated the VIDES volunteers for this very creative fund-raising initiative. Spontaneous singing ensued and at the end, all the volunteers helped in the aftercare, washing dishes, stacking the chairs, and sweeping the floor. It was truly an “Eat & Meet” event. Mabuhay ang mga VIDES Volunteers! For more photos, please visit: http://videsphil.multiply.com/photos/album/16/Eat_Meet_Dinner_For_A_Cause Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received – only what you have given: a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage. Page 5 Saint Francis of Assisi
  7. 7. PARTNERS About VIDES Internazionale How we are organized: We are: The structures of the association are: - International volunteerism - The Assembly of Members association inspired by the - The Board of Directors Salesian education project - The President's Council - NGO with consultative - The Formation Commission status with the United Nations The Assembly of Members meets every year and - NGO associated with the convenes all the members (groups or national DPI (Department of Public Information) of the associations) to study the annual regulations and United Nations approve the report and budget of the previous year. Origins of VIDES: Every four years the Elective Assembly is held to - Began its work in Europe in 1987 elect or renew the Directive Council. - Constituted in 1990 The Board of Directors (15 members) regulate the - On April 23, 1991, it became an “International decisions made in the assembly and meets at least Non-Profit Association ” (NGO) according to two times per year. Belgian law (AISBL n° 16990/91) At its internal election the President’s Council members (President, General Director, Treasurer, VIDES is promoted by: Secretary, Advisor) meet with frequency to monitor The Institute of FMA the enforcement of the regulations. They act through the central operative office, located in VIDES is present in: Rome. - 14 countries in Europe - 8 countries in Asia The groups and associations , effective members of - 2 countries in Africa VIDES, are organized at local levels to respond to - 13 countries in North America and in Latin the concrete demands of the territories on the America educative level and to encourage voluntary service And operates through local groups and the experiences from youth. international head office. The Formation Commission is charged with the Why: formation of the volunteers and meets to share the - For the defense of human rights, particularly of formative criteria. children, women, and youth - For the promotion of voluntary service at the Source: VIDES Internazionale website local and international levels http://www.vides.org/eng/chi_siamo.htm - For the support at a distance of children and their families - For the promotion of youth as active and Did you know… responsible citizens The UN member states (including the Philippines) created and committed to set a quantifiable, Who are members: measurable and time-bound development goals and - Individuals (youth volunteers and collaborators of targets for global human development, called the every age) Millennium Development Goals, to be achieved by - Associations and groups that share the goals of 2015. the Statutes (Shown below are the 8 Millennium Development Goals’ icons) VIDES is a member of: - DPI (Department of Public Information Non- Governmental Organization) - EAPN (European Anti Poverty Network) - FAIB (Fédération des Associations Internationales de droit belge) - Forum permanent de la Societé civile - WIDE Network (Women In Development Europe) - FMA (Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice) Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.quot; Page 6 Henry Ford
  8. 8. IX INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS VIDES Philippines joins IX International Congress, facilitates the English workshop ast October 27, 2008, five representatives of VIDES L Philippines went to Sassone, Rome, Italy for the IX VIDES International Congress. They were VIDES Volunteers Ms. Mariciel Estacio, Mr. Paolo Icasas, Mr. Jun Pimentel and Mr. Raymund Zapanta and VIDES FMA Delegate Sr. Maria Josefina Carrasco. This gathering of 230 VIDES Volunteers and FMA Delegates worldwide dwelt on the theme: “Common Goods and Human Rights: A Patrimony and a Commitment for Youth,” in connection with this year’s 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. VIDES General Director, Sr. Leonor Salazar FMA, formally opened the Congress on October 31 and welcomed the guests and volunteers from the continents of Africa, America, Asia and Europe. VIDES International President, Mr. Guido Barbera, presented the objectives and proposals of the Congress and challenged the volunteers to continue what was started 20 years ago. Below are the topics discussed by the keynote speakers during the Congress: Report on Human Rights Human Rights: Common Good and/or Common Goods - Maria Francisca Ize-Charrin Director, Research and Right to Development Department Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Geneva, Switzerland Report on Culture and Spirituality Culture and Spirtuality: Goods and Rights, to Foster and make Grow - Helene Yinda World YWCA Programme Director for Africa and the Middle East Geneva, Switzerland Report on Peace and Inter-culturality Human Rights’ Respect: Open Door towards Peace - Flavio Lotti National Coordinator of the Peace Table Italy Report on Environment and Common Goods Human Development and Environment: Possible Harmony? - Riccardo Petrella International Committee President for World Water Agreement Italy Report on Common Goods Common Goods and Human Rights: A Commitment for VIDES - Sr. Maria Grazia Caputo, FMA Human Rights Executive Officer in Geneva for the FMA Institute and VIDES International permanent representative for Human Rights in Geneva quot;May I never get too busy in my own affairs that I fail to respond to the needs of Page 7 others with kindness and compassion.quot; - Thomas Jefferson
  9. 9. IX INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS Debates were conducted at the end of each of these reports. To further deepen the inputs received, six simultaneous workshops with different topics were conducted in four languages: English, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. VIDES Philippines prepared and facilitated the English workshop entitled: “Education as a Human Right that promotes the Common Good.” Forty-six participants coming from the countries of Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, Congo, India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Pakistan, Poland, Slovenia, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA and Vietnam greatly enjoyed the “lively, creative, informative and interesting” workshop. This group was graced by the presence and active participation of resource person Ms. Maria Francisca Ize-Charrin and some of the Board of Directors of VIDES International: Mr. Joe Washington, Sr. Bernadette Sangma, FMA and Sr. Runita Borja, FMA. At its conclusion, the workshop conducted by VIDES Philippines was able to achieve the following objectives: to deepen Church and international documents pertaining to Education, Human Rights and the Common Good to appreciate how the right to education serves the common good to share local and international initiatives of VIDES for the education of women and children to realize the importance of networking with government organizations, non-government organizations, faith-based organizations and people’s organizations to discover new ways that will strengthen and sustain the education of women and children and to intensify our commitment as VIDES volunteers to the education of women and children. Drawings at the Workshop — courtesy of Paolo Icasas, VIDES Volunteer quot;Everyone has a right to peaceful coexistence, the basic personal freedoms, the alleviation of suffering, and the opportunity to lead a productive life...quot; - Jimmy Carter Page 8
  10. 10. IX INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS Other activities during the Congress included the meeting of the FMA delegates with Sr. Leonor Salazar and Sr. Maria Grazia Caputo regarding the formation of VIDES Volunteers and the programs of VIDES; the nightly opening of the Solidarity Table where the volunteers put up for sale some of their country’s products in view of supporting the convention costs of the other participants; the daily celebration of the Holy Eucharist with various liturgical initiatives; the traditional assembly for the “Good Night” and last but not least, the most exciting “Festa del Popolo” or Cultural Night where the volunteers showcased their respective traditions, dances, songs and costumes. Group picture of English Workshop— 46 participants The solemn presentation of the Final Declaration of VIDES International by Mr. Guido Barbera before Rev. Mo. General Yvonne Reungoat and the assembly of VIDES Volunteers, FMAs and guests marked the conclusion of the Congress which was held at the Generalate of the FMA in Rome. Since VIDES operates within the ambit of the Commission on the Salesian Family of the FMA, the newly elected Councillor-in-Charge of the Salesian Family, Sr. Luisa Miranda, FMA, was introduced to the VIDES Volunteers and Delegates. The celebration of the Eucharist graciously capped the IX VIDES International Congress. Group discussions Commitments in lantern Networking “Human Beings, indeed all sentient beings, have the right to pursue happiness and live in peace and freedom” Page 9 14th Dalai Lama
  11. 11. FORMATION Salesianity Annual Recollection Volunteers value the GEM of the FMA Volunteers experience the love of God wenty-three VIDES Volunteers took “G od willed it that we are here today. He T part in the 4th quarter formation wants us to be here. He has a message for conducted by Sr. Nora U. us.” These were the opening words of Rev. Fr. Hernandez, FMA, member of the FMA Titus Mananzan, SVD who facilitated the Provincial Council and formator of the recollection of the VIDES Volunteers last April 6, congregation of the Daughters of Mary Help of 2008 at Puerto Galera, Calapan City, Oriental Christians. This was held at the new audio-visual Mindoro. Inspired by the theme “Experiencing the room of the Don Bosco School-Manila, on Love of God,” Fr. Titus invited the volunteers to be October 18, 2008 from 7:30PM to 9:00PM. The open and docile to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. topic requested by VIDES Delegate Sr. Maria His talk dwelt on the Image of God – whose mercy Josefina S. Carrasco, FMA was on the GEM, or is infinite; who cares for His children; who is ever- the Guidelines for the Educational Mission present; who is “The Life.” He encouraged the of the FMA. volunteers to read the book entitled “Doctor on Sr. Nora focused on the essential Calvary” because it presents God as He is. elements of the GEM. As VIDES Volunteers directly engaged in the mission of educating “I am accepted by God as I am — as I children in especially difficult circumstances, the am, and not as I should be. Faith is the GEM affirms what they have been doing for the VIDES Busina Mo, Dunong Ko kids, such as: courage to accept that God loves me.” inculcating in them the value of life as gift and task; teaching them about the Catholic faith Fr. Titus underlined the value of faith and through catechesis; reaching out to the poorest scriptures, which answer the deepest longings of the young people in Pasay, Manila, and Quezon City human heart. He says that of all forms of loving, it through the mobile education program; holding is the ‘love of acceptance’ which is very basic and no barriers by welcoming non-Christians in the important because it gives a person a feeling of self- BMDK activities; extending the Baboy Mo, respect and makes a person believe “I’m Buhay Ko livelihood program to the Aetas; worthwhile.” The opposite of love is indifference, expanding networks in order to pursue the which gives the person the feeling that “I don’t Foundation’s programs and projects for the good count.” He emphasized the fact that each of us has of the children; and above all bearing the mark a choice, that is, to love or to be indifferent. If ever of a Salesian manifested in their dedication in we feel dejected, let us remember what the forming the young to be good Christians and theologian Paul Tillich says: “I am accepted by God honest citizens following Don Bosco’s way of as I am - as I am, and exercising reason, religion, and loving kindness not as I should be. Faith - pillars of the Preventive System of Education. is the courage to accept that God loves me.” After his talk, Fr. “We evangelize by educating. Titus gave the volunteers We educate by evangelizing.” time to group themselves by triads for the sharing. Two points were given: (1) How have I experienced Sr. Nora stressed the importance of that God accepts me for who I am?; and (2) In what volunteerism among young professionals, which way have I experienced the need for courage to enables the FMA to widen their reach in terms of accept God’s will? The soft breeze rustling the coverage and at the same time open up an leaves and the sound of the rippling brook nearby avenue that provides young people in search of provided the solemn ambience during the sharing life’s meaning an opportunity to be of service to moments of the volunteers. other youth, especially the most needy. She In the afternoon, Fr. Titus received the thanked the VIDES Volunteers for their valuable volunteers for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and contribution to the mission of evangelization of spiritual direction. He presided the celebration of the the FMA in the Church, citing the motto: “We Holy Eucharist, animated by the well-prepared liturgy evangelize by educating. We educate by of the volunteers. evangelizing.” This day of recollection is truly grace-filled! “Let us Educate with the Heart of Don Bosco, for the integrated development of the life of the young, especially the poorest and most disadvantaged by promoting their rights” Page 10 Strenna 2008
  12. 12. FORMATION Seminar on Human Rights Volunteers update themselves on Human Rights I n line with this year’s 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the formation of the VIDES Volunteers for the 3rd quarter of 2008 dwelt on the topic: “Human Rights and Common Good: A Patrimony and a Commitment for the Young.” The input was given by Atty. Liezl Parajas, representative of the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines. This formation session was held last July 26, 2008 at the FMA Provincial House in Sta. Mesa, Manila and was also offered to the FMAs and other members of the Educating Community because they are likewise engaged in the promotion and development of women and children. All in all, there were 34 participants. A simple prayer service, with special citations from the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, set the tone for the day’s discussion. Even the walls of the conference room were decorated with quotations pertaining to the defense and promotion of human rights and the importance of the common good. Among these are: “To ensure the common good, the government of every country has the specific duty to harmonize the different sectoral interests with the requirements of justice.” – Art. 169 Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church “The principle of the common good, to which every aspect of social life must be related if it is to attain its fullest meaning, stems from the dignity, unity and equality of all people.” – Art. 164 Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church In her talk, Atty. Parajas gave a comprehensive background on the work of the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines. Her main input dwelt on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). She expressed her appreciation for this initiative of VIDES of increasing the awareness of the participants regarding women’s and children’s rights. She reports that in the Philippines, women are becoming more and more empowered due to the advocacy being conducted by various GO’s and NGO’s. She graciously accommodated the questions posed to her during the thirty-minute open forum which ensued. On behalf of VIDES Philippines, Sr. Maria Josefina Carrasco expressed her gratitude to the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines for allowing Atty. Liezl Parajas to conduct this very enriching seminar for them. (Atty. Parajas is a graduate of the Far Eastern University, with the degrees of Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Bachelor of Laws. She took her postgraduate studies at the University of Hong Kong where she earned her Master of Laws in Human Rights Law.) 1. Did you know… 1. On 10 December 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Following this historic act, the Assembly called upon all Member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and quot;to cause it to be disseminated, dis- played, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without dis- tinction based on the political status of countries or territories.quot; 2. The UDHR or Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the first international statement to use the term quot;human rightsquot;, and has been adopted by the Human Rights movement as a charter. It is short, and worth reading in its entirety -- a summary would be about as long as the document itself. quot;Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where Page 11 the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free.quot; 14th Dalai Lama
  13. 13. COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS “Baboy Mo, Buhay Ko (BMBK) Livelihood Program T his is VIDES Philippines’ livelihood program originally launched in August 2002 in Negros Occidental during the Annual Mission Camp. The main goal of this initiative is to uplift the socio-economic condition of people suffering from poverty. How it works: 1. The FMA Community recommends the prospective recipient family. 2. The Social Worker conducts an assessment based on the set criteria. 3. VIDES donates a piglet to the qualified beneficiary-family. 4. The beneficiary takes care of the piglet in view of hog-raising and/or fattening. 5. For sustainability purposes, VIDES receives a piglet or its monetary equivalent and passes this on to the next qualified beneficiary. Since its inception, a total of 111 families from Negros Occidental, Oriental Mindoro, Laguna and Pampanga have already benefited from this project. Earnings from the program have helped them provide food, education, and shelter for their family members. You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for our own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for a l l h u m a n i t y, o u r particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful. -- Marie Curie 1. you know… Did 1. It takes at least 6 months to raise a piglet so that it could grow to a size fit for selling in the market. 2. Filipinos are relatively large consumers of pork and are known to generally prefer pork to chicken or beef. 3. One of the cheapest type of feed is “darak” coming from rice which is approximately P200/sack (50 kilos) and could last for a month. 4. A piglet costs only P1,500. Affordable? Why don’t you sponsor a piglet? “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Confucius Page 12
  14. 14. COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS Last 16 February 2008, a group of VIDES volunteers went to 4th Launch of BMBK the Aetas community in Mabalacat, Pampanga for the 4th launching of the “Baboy Mo , Buhay Koquot; Livelihood Program. This was a very meaningful encounter for the volunteers because this livelihood assistance was extended to the under- privileged families of Aetas, our brothers and sisters in the indigenous people (IP) sector who have less opportunities to generate their own resources and sometimes suffer some discrimination in our soci- ety. Before the turn-over of piglets to the families, a simple program was held to officially document the rites. Briefings and basic information about the livelihood program were also presented to community. Residents were elated with the said project and have promised to take care of the piglets so that they can produce another piglet each for the next batch of beneficiaries. (Joy Hugo with Rude Yaon) Some highlights in the 4th Launch of BMBK in Mabalacat, Pampanga Sr.Jojo and BMBK OIC Tony handing out piglets An Aeta mother signing some Joy, VIDES volunteer, explaining documents while holding her the mechanics of the program piglet Mission Camp 2008 In the annual Mission Camp held in Hda. Malihao in Victorias City, Negros Occidental, it has been a tradition to hand out piglets to impoverished families as a means of livelihood to augment their meager income since August is the leanest season in the sugar cane industry and there is no work. Last August 24, 2008, 10 piglets were once again distributed to the selected beneficiaries. The funds came from the remitted money coming from previous beneficiaries who were able to raise the piglets successfully & sell them Awarding of piglets during the 2008 Mission at the market. Camp in Victorias, Negros Occidental (See photos on the right.) quot;One of the things I keep learning is that the secret of being happy is doing things for other people. quot; Page 13 Dick Gregory
  15. 15. COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS Busina Mo, Dunong Ko (BMDK) Mobile Education Program The guitars donated by the friends of Ms. Josie Aliwalas, VIDES Board of Director, S ince its official launching in were put to their May 2006, the Busina Mo, maximum use with Dunong Ko mobile education the establishment of program of VIDES Philippines has the BMDK “Jamming been reaching out to impoverished Circle”. Volunteers communities in Pasay City, Manila, take turns in and Quezon City. Five days a week, VIDES teaching the children staff and volunteers implement the BMDK the chords and strumming techniques. activities. Skillful and artistic volunteers taught the The BMDK is VIDES’ education-on- children livelihood skills. The combined efforts of wheels program for street and urban poor Eyen Corro, Paolo Icasas and Raymund Zapanta children, providing informal education to both enabled the children to make their first attempt at in-school and out-of-school children and youth. silk screen printing on t-shirts. For the volunteers, Reading sessions, mathematical exercises, this is a potential entrepreneurial activity for kids writing, arts, who cannot make it to college due to poverty. music, dance, sports, Children with special interest and talent in tutorials and arts were set apart for an livelihood intensive drawing session with projects form volunteer artist Paolo Icasas. part of the During the 9th International regular Congress of VIDES Volunteers in activities of Sassone, Rome, some of the BMDK. children’s drawings, used as Educational designs for accessory buttons, and organized formed part of the products for games make learning easy and fun for the kids. sale at the Solidarity Table. Books are lent out on a weekly basis in order to give them access to worthwhile educational Another livelihood project materials. This is also a good strategy in is the beads craft of volunteer helping them develop the habit of reading. The Vanessa Vargas. Dubbed as BMDK mobile library is likewise equipped with “Kikay” project, this introduced This mobile library was donate multi-media facilities which contribute greatly the BMDK girl-children in making Mitsubishi L300 closed van wi to the learning process. On top of these, a accessories using beads. With equipped with audio-visual equip regular feeding program is conducted at the much patience, she enabled and other school supplies. Both end of every BMDK session. them to develop their creative can be opened wide by 180 de skills in designing necklaces, white board. The cartoons printe For this year 2008, c e l l p h o n e Michael Toribio, a past pupil bracelets and the operations of the Busina Some of the Technology Center. accessories. Mo, Dunong Ko Program was children’s finished products were financially supported by the sold during the VIDES fundraising activity “Eat and donor of the mobile library - Meet” – a Jo Tankers - represented by dinner for a Capt. Rene D. Kruidenier. cause. Mrs. Marissa O. Concepcion, VIDES Vice-Chairperson, provided for the year’s weekly snacks made up of Sunkist juices and Swift hotdog sandwiches for 250 BMDK kids. “When I am in your company, I not only learn more about you, I LEARN more about myself.” Page 14 Maya Angelou
  16. 16. COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS The Parent As a PMO, the Effectiveness Service VIDES children’s choir Seminar for the “Voice of VIDES” was mothers of Pasay has given the role of started last July 9, animating the liturgy 2008, followed by four every first Saturday of consecutive each month. On special Saturdays. Thirty feasts and occasions, mothers actively participated in the five- the VIDES Dance Saturday seminar. Troupe joins the Voice of VIDES with their choreographed liturgical dances. This seminar was designed into four modules incorporating modern-day concerns of Filipino On August 15, 2008, the BMDK Kids parents. It aimed to provide parents with performed for the first time in the annual celebration updated information on the emerging issues of the feast of San Roque, patron of the parish. This involving young adolescents, as well as grand event gave them the opportunity to know and provide them with parenting skills. meet the other PMOs. The main speaker of the said seminar was In August and September, forty-five (45) Prof. Girlie E. Amarillo, a VIDES Volunteer. He children regularly attended the series of catechism was assisted by Ms. Rosylyn M. Arnigo, who is classes in view of their reception of the Sacrament of also a VIDES Volunteer. the Holy Eucharist. Last October 12, 2008, all of them received their first Holy Communion from Rev. Mr. Rosylyn, who recently Fr. Joselino Tuazon. joined VIDES, volunteered to conduct community October 18, 2008 was a very memorable and mobilizatyion for the parents in meaningful event for all the BMDK kids. 400 of them Pasay. She has formulated a gathered at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife for module for this activity, which the celebration of the National Children’s Month. includes the basic concepts on Prior to this assembly, Ms. Syra Liza Suzara, VIDES how to start organizing a Social Worker, prepared the children by providing community, techniques in them adequate information on the UN CRC – United approaching the community, Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. and the basic functions of the organizers, among others. Last December 7, the BMDK kids had another d by Jo Tankers. It is a Participants have been very reason to be together. It was the Paskong th a custom built body , receptive and cooperative. Pasasalamat, their day of gratitude for all the donors ment, and a lot of books, and sponsors of eft & right sides of the van It is noteworthy that effective the BMDK, where grees and be used as a April 2008, VIDES is already they showcased d outside was designed by officially recognized as a Parish the talents and under the Laura Vicuna Mandated Organization (PMO) skills they have by the San Roque Parish in honed during the Pasay City. In the February year because of 2008 meeting of the the material and PMOs, Rev. Fr. financial support Joselino Tuazon, of these generous Parish Priest, invited people. The Sr. Maria Josefina highlight of this event is the Jamming Circle’s Carrasco and the performance on the donated guitars. The education VIDES volunteers to to gratitude especially among the young is a legacy talk to them about of Don Bosco, founder of the congregation of the the programs and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. activities of VIDES. “Give a smile to one who’s low, May do more that you could know, Take some time to lend an ear, often words of faith and cheer” Page 15 Beverly J. Anderson
  17. 17. COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS Other highlights of the year included Our BMDK program at Recto (formerly the following: Oroquieta) caters to Christians and Muslims alike. Invitation of the Knights of Columbus to The National Service Training Program (NSTP) the BMDK kids to join the contest “Wish Ko of UP College of Allied Medical Professions (CAMP) Lang”, whereby they submitted their Christmas – Manila, under the leadership of NSTP Coordinator wish to the K of C for evaluation and screening. Ms. Gay Jordan, has brought around sixty (60) At the awarding ceremonies, the Voice of VIDES students volunteering in the BMDK activities. Their and the VIDES Dance Troupe performed two encounter with the children educates them to intermission numbers. BMDK kids bagged the service, especially among the urban poor. grand prize as well as the 2nd and 3rd prizes. Our BMDK in Del Pan is noted for the kids’ 70% Graduation of two (2) BMDK boys, Jesus improvement in personal hygiene. Baculi and Ronald Baquero, from Don Bosco Technical College through the assistance of VIDES Volunteer Ms. Lynnie Lacse and the financial support of some very generous VIDES Volunteers. Enrolment of BMDK teen, Roger Basila, with Datamex, a computer technology center, through the financial support of one of our VIDES volunteers. Roger is now in his second semester. Three (3) out-of-school youth from Del Pan are now able to read, under the professional assistance of their teacher, volunteer Ms. Binky Manalastas. The BMDK Program is moving forward. Thanks to all the generous people who give their constant share in making this possible. Each tiny piece in the puzzle is necessary and meaningful. Each contributes to the formation of the whole picture. In South Triangle, Quezon City, the BMDK kids from Sct. Tuazon were combined with those of Mo. Ignacia due to the existence of other similar programs being conducted by other faith-based organizations. Reading skills of Grade 2 pupils from South Triangle, Quezon City have improved. Before the BMDK, they could not yet recognize the letters and pronounce the sounds very well. The number of participants in San Roque, Quezon City has increased by 46%. “Stretch out your arms to someone in need; Lend them your shoulder. Help them plant a seed” Page 16 Lori I. Batcheller
  18. 18. COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS BMDK Breakdown Per School level I. South Triangle IV. Recto (formerly Oroquieta) 2007 2008 2007 2008 Female Male Total Female Male Total School Level Female Male Total Female Male Total School Level Kinder N/A N/A N/A 15 18 33 Kinder 31 29 60 11 5 16 Grade 1 N/A N/A N/A 16 27 43 Grade 1 20 35 55 17 12 29 Grade 2 N/A N/A N/A 11 14 25 Grade 2 20 24 44 10 10 20 Grade 3 N/A N/A N/A 18 10 28 Grade 3 21 18 39 17 10 27 Grade 4 N/A N/A N/A 10 17 27 Grade 4 8 15 23 8 10 18 Grade 5 N/A N/A N/A 10 12 22 Grade 5 6 12 18 10 9 19 Grade 6 N/A N/A N/A 9 10 19 Grade 6 10 14 24 3 3 6 High School N/A N/A N/A 8 8 16 High School 4 12 16 7 3 10 Total N/A N/A N/A 97 116 213 OSY 0 1 3 4 SPED 1 1 2 1 1 Total 121 160 281 85 65 150 Note: Regular participants per week averages 25 children. Note: Regular participants per week averages 30 children. II. San Roque V. Del Pan 2007 2008 2007 2008 Female Male Total Female Male Total School Level Female Male Total Female Male Total School Level Kinder 77 71 148 69 73 142 Kinder 5 19 24 35 40 75 Grade 1 60 50 110 35 52 87 Grade 1 5 6 11 35 52 87 Grade 2 33 32 65 54 43 97 Grade 2 14 19 33 27 12 39 Grade 3 30 30 60 37 42 79 Grade 3 2 9 11 17 18 35 Grade 4 37 34 71 15 13 28 Grade 4 14 22 36 14 17 31 Grade 5 35 17 52 19 25 44 Grade 5 6 16 22 6 19 25 Grade 6 19 18 37 20 13 33 Grade 6 13 10 23 11 9 20 High School 23 24 47 21 14 35 High School 4 7 11 8 2 10 OSY 4 9 13 7 4 11 Total 63 108 171 153 169 322 Total 314 276 590 277 279 556 Note: Regular participants per week averages 80 children. Note: Regular participants per week averages 250 children. III. NIA Road VI. Pasay 2007 2008 2007 2008 School Level Total Total Total Total Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male School Level Kinder 4 13 17 14 20 34 Kinder 0 0 Grade 1 6 17 23 21 22 43 Grade 1 19 12 31 19 12 31 Grade 2 3 9 12 19 25 44 Grade 2 19 13 32 19 13 32 Grade 3 4 13 17 21 20 41 Grade 3 25 25 50 25 25 50 Grade 4 15 14 29 8 14 22 Grade 4 20 6 26 20 6 26 Grade 5 4 6 10 19 15 34 Grade 5 11 14 25 11 14 25 Grade 6 3 9 12 8 7 15 Grade 6 14 13 27 14 13 27 High School 2 5 7 5 9 14 High School 42 40 82 77 83 160 OSY 4 4 Mothers 35 N/A 35 45 N/A 45 Total 41 90 131 115 132 247 Total 185 123 308 230 166 396 Note: Regular participants per week averages 60 children. Note: Regular participants per week averages 350 children. Remarks: As a community-based organization, it is a general rule to include in the records all participants regardless of their presence in the weekly activities since they have received the service conducted by VIDES’ BMDK program. The challenge for VIDES is how to be able to deploy more volunteers to attend to the needs of the children and make them come back regularly. “The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.” Page 17 Benjamin Disraeli
  19. 19. COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS NSCB Study on Cohort Survival Rate Cohort survival rate at Cohort survival Cohort survival rate at the ele- the elementary level rate at the elemen- mentary level increased in SY will increase to 73.0% tary level 2006-2007 and target is likely in SY 2005-2006 and to be attained 78.0% in SY 2010- Source: DepEd 2011 Cohort survival rate at the sec- Cohort survival rate at Cohort survival ondary level experienced huge the secondary level rate at the secon- increment in SY 2006-2007 will increase to 68.0% dary level and clearly exceeding the tar- in SY 2005-2006 and get ahead of schedule 71.5% in SY 2010- Source: DepEd 2011 Source: http://www.nscb.gov.ph/stats/statdev/2008/Education/Chapter_Education.asp (National Statistical Coordination Board) Dear Sponsor, Maraming salamat po sa inyong pagtulong sa akin dahil lagi po akong may baon sa pagpasok ko araw araw. Sana po lagi kayong nasa mabuting karamdaman, para lagi ninyo kaming matulungan. God bless you all. Richard C. Orsal Dear Sponsor, Nagpapasalamat po ako at ang aking mga magulang dahil sa walang sawang pagtulong at suporta ninyo sa akin. Ipinangangako ko po sa inyo na pagbubutihin ko po ang aking pag-aaral. Rose Mavic Baquero Reflection from a beneficiary Source: NSO website http://www.census.gov.ph quot;It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try Page 18 to help another without helping himself.quot; Ralph Waldo Emerson
  20. 20. COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS National Children’s Month 400 kids flock to QC Wildlife Afterwards, snacks were 8 October – To celebrate the National 1 distributed, Children’s Month, VIDES Philippines made up of gathered about 400 children-representatives hotdogs, from the six areas being served by the Busina juices, Mo, Dunong Ko program: Del Pan, Recto , biscuits and Pasay, NIA Road, San Roque, and South candies . Triangle. This gathering aims to assist the children in deepening the NCM theme and at the same time provide them the opportunity to The children, grouped into tens and guided by the explore the wildlife. volunteers, tackled the two major activities of the day. The first one was called Malikhaing mga Accompanied by the volunteers and assistants, Kamay. Literally translated, it means Creative the children marched through the Ninoy Aquino Hands. This activity showcased the children’s rich Parks and Wildlife, bearing their colorful imagination as they drew images, using the banners and greeting fellow park-goers. outlines of their hands, of their understanding of the NCM theme “Bright Child: Sa tamang Upon arrival at the Grotto, pag-aaruga, kinabukasan ay maginhawa.” the children settled down in order to actively participate The second activity, Sabit-Talino, was anchored in the holy mass presided by on the belief that children have values and Rev. Fr. Ike Veloso, SDB, abilities that they are able to contribute for the under the cool shade of development and success of their family and of huge, imposing trees. The their larger communities. These characteristics park’s lagoon also served as were written down on colored paper and stapled a beautiful background. on long lines of straw and then displayed like Fr. Veloso delivered a thought-provoking and festive flaglets around the Grotto. inspiring homily on the care and love of God, especially for children. He honored the VIDES At the end of the program, the children gathered Volunteers present because in their task of as one to learn the action song “My Heart is in educating, they also fulfill the role of being You Lord”, taught by the volunteers and Sisters. “parents” to the children. Finally, it was time for the Wildlife Tour. The At the program, VIDES Chairperson, Sr. Ma. children eagerly surveyed the various inhabitants Socorro Bacani, FMA, welcomed everyone. She of the Park. From the hawks and eagles (and the shared her thoughts on the importance of colorful birds in between), to the deer, snakes, taking good care of the kids by forming them to and wild pigs, the children inspected them all. become good Christians and honest citizens. Indeed it was an education outside the four The children then showcased their talents corners of the classroom. through song numbers, raps and dances. “Rainbows are people whose lives are bright, shining examples for others” Page 19 Maya Angelou
  21. 21. COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS Paskong Pasasalamat Day of Gratitude of VIDES Busina Mo, Reflection: by Jinjo Bautista, VIDES Volunteer Dunong Ko Kids alamat. It is such a simple word that most S hildren have their own ways of thanking the of us take for granted. We are all oblivious C people around them. to the fact that it can ripple through time and through the heart of people. It is a word that can Last December 7, 2008, the VIDES Board of make little random selfless acts worth doing over Directors, Salesian Sisters, Benefactors, and and over again. It has such a lot of weight that Volunteers experienced how it was to be thanked lets itself be felt by every human heart and soul. for by some 500 VIDES “Busina Mo, Dunong Ko” This was experienced first hand by the children coming from Quezon City, Manila and volunteers and sponsors of VIDES during their Pasay. “PASKONG PASASALAMAT.” It was a Gratitude Event organized by the volunteers of VIDES for The event, aptly called Paskong Pasasalamat, the youth of selected urban poor communities in took place at the Apelo Cruz Elementary School in Metro Manila. The program was held at the Apelo Pasay City. The children expressed their gratitude Cruz Elementary School, Pasay City last through a musical skit, guitar playing, lively December 7, 2008 where 500 kids from NIA, San dances and creative raps. Roque, Delpan, Oroqueta, South Triangle and Pasay took center stage. It was simple event for Rev. Fr. Ike Veloso, most of us but it was grand for all these kids. SDB, the first SDB Everybody had their own reasons for VIDES Philippines showing up. Some kids were waiting for the food volunteer, presided the that they would get. Some were anxiously waiting Eucharistic Celebration for their turn to showcase their talents on stage. and witnessed the No matter what their intentions were, solemn Prayer of everyone came to have a wonderful time. Commitment of 44 The event started with a mass celebrating VIDES Volunteers. the presence of the donors and volunteers and the blessing of their time that they share with The event acknowledged the presence of Ms. these less fortunate kids amidst their busy lives. Marissa Concepcion, Vice-Chairperson and donor The mass focused on the value of gratitude and of VIDES Philippines who came with her husband how a simple thank you and salamat can really and children. Capt. Rene Kruidenier of Jo spark good will among the community and Tankers, donor of the Mobile Library, along with hopefully someday, the whole world. his wife and mother also graced the occasion. The value of gratitude can never be neglected since it is already in the heart of these VIDES Chairperson, Sr. Ma. Socorro Bacani, FMA kids. Learning to say thanks can really go a long congratulated the children for their performances way. It can make us appreciate things better by and thanked the volunteers for their untiring and giving us a whole new perspective on how the dedicated commitment in educating the kids and little blessings can be such an enormous gift from women. God. The event was a perfect picture of Don Bosco’s amazing formula of the preventive education system. With this simple gathering, hope was given to these kids who have gone through a lot in life. Through all their struggles, there is always hope. Hope that can come from people with ordinary lives doing selfless things expecting nothing in return... people who can be surprised and thrilled by the simple SALAMAT of the children they minister to. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to Page 20 utter words, but to live by them.” John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  22. 22. COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS Solidarity at a Distance (SAD) 2008 This is an educational program that currently benefits underprivileged children in Manila, Pasay and Negros Occidental. The fund aims to partially cover the educational needs of student-beneficiaries. The fund does not assume full educational requirements for a student based on the principle that the education of children is the primary responsibility of parents. Instead, VIDES partners provide assistance to parents so that they are able to send their children to school. For the year 2008, the program assisted 100 Translation in English: student-beneficiaries. VIDES International gave Dear Sponsor, school supplies and daily allowances to Thank you for your financial assistance, beneficiaries from Pasay and Laura Vicuña Center and the things that you’ve given me like (LVC). VIDES Italy gave lump sums to individual shoes and socks. beneficiaries in Malihao, Negros Occidental for It’s really good that you came. their school supplies and uniforms. Finally, VIDES Because of you, we’ve realized that poverty Japan-Tokyo shouldered 50 % of the tuition fees is not a hindrance in studying. of the beneficiaries studying at the Laura Vicuña Thank you so much for the support. Training Center (LVTC). Karen Salgado The late Sen. Raul Roco used to profess that having at least one college graduate in a family would surely get it out of poverty, and thus stressed the critical importance of widely accessible education up to the tertiary level. For those who can afford it, a concrete way of helping, then, is to support a promising child of the family through school all the way to the tertiary level, whether college or vocational/technical training as appropriate. Source: No Free Lunch column by Cielito Habito, Philippine Star February 2, 2009 “Illiteracy and innumeracy are a greater threat to humanity than terrorism” Amartya Sen, Page 21 Nobel prize winning economist
  23. 23. COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS MISSION CAMP 2008 Hda Malihao Victorias, Negros Occidental taguyod ang Buhay sa Katuparan ng Pangarap (Uphold life, Achieve Goals)…” is the theme “I chosen by VIDES Philippines for the 13th Annual Mission Camp held on Sunday, August 24, 2008 among the 2,000 children of sugarcane laborers in Victorias City, Negros Occidental, Philippines. For families working in the sugarcane fields, the month of August is the leanest, when the milling season goes off and planters are waiting for the sugarcanes to grow. Jobs are scarce, stealing becomes rampant, and the cupboard is left empty. For this reason, VIDES has generously committed itself these past years in annually celebrating “Christmas in August”, through the Mission Camp, by sharing their time, talents, resources, and their very selves — providing the children with food, clothing, school supplies and toiletries, offering them free haircutting and medical services, distributing piglets as means of livelihood, and organizing contests where the children and mothers could showcase their skills in art, music, dance, drama and cooking and at the same time deepen the chosen theme. “Uphold life, Achieve Goals” is primarily based on the foundation of all other rights – the right of every person to life — which each one must protect, defend and uphold at all times. The simultaneous contests on story-telling, poster-making and cooking underscored the dignity and value of human life and the importance of education, gender equality, peace, nutrition, health, environmental stability and development. Only when life is upheld can we actually achieve all our other goals. About a hundred FMA’s and VIDES Volunteers from Korea (18), Shizuoka (23), Tokyo (3) and the Philippines (53) directly participated in this event. As an international NGO with a consultative status at the United Nations, this is VIDES’ unique way of joining the whole world in commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in contributing to the realization of some of the Millennium Development Goals in this tiny corner of the world. This is a fruit of the encounter of VIDES of Asia organized in Thailand in August 2007, where the delegates resolved to expand their networks in view of service. An ever- increasing number of individual and corporate donors pooled their resources in order to gather in a variety of food items, school supplies, medicines, clothes, shoes and bags for the recipients. Did you know that… Some 830,00 children in the Philippines, or 16 percent of all children of school age, are classified as child laborers, according to the 2007 sub-regional multiple indicator cluster survey conducted by the NSO and United Nations Children’s Fund. Of this number, about 670,000 children attend school and work as child laborers at the same time. Source: Manila Bulletin October 5, 2008 “You see God every day you live, Each time you flash a SMILE; God’s face is shining down on you, He makes your life worthwhile” Page 22 Ruth Moyer Gilmour

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