Dear friends and donors,
In the aftermath of the strongest typhoon ever hiting the Philippines, we would probably find more and more children and their families living in the streets again. For those who luckily survived this calamity, the path to a brighter future is not already over ... warm thoughts to the filipino nation during that time of disaster suffering. We haven't forgotten you !
Since the beginning of this fundraising campaign that we started there was a little more than six months , with the help we have been given through GlobalGiving , this center and its children have been benefiting from many improvements . In addition to maintaining the activities that we have already implemented, your donations have helped to renovate and equip a dormitory which can now accommodate more healthily more or less twenty children (the youngest in priority) . We build colorful concrete beds and benches , made 9 twin bed size washable foam mattresses , put mosquitos screens and doors and finally repainted all the dorm in friendly colors coming along with a beautiful mural painting. That latters would surely give them more energy to develop theirs ideas to how to ponder their future. This dynamic support and active solidarity , thanks to the help of the City of Bacolod and local private partners , the center has been equipped with seven brand new showers and led lights in every rooms powered by panels solar . However, it remains further efforts and resources to be provided in order to complete the rehabilitation of the remaining damaged dormitories , especially the one for girls , and the creation of a kitchen and dining room. According to the future donations that we can raise , we would also like to allow a steady supply of hygiene and health items to the children, medical check-up and continue the educational and physical sports activities which will have undoubtedly a very positive impact on their behaviors and values acceptance.
In the coming weeks , our team of volunteers you would like to submit an ambitious rehabilitation of young adults in Bacolod thanks to vocational training rehabilitation through a French restaurant ... Willing to be part of this effort? Some of the SDC's children would be properly welcome in their adulthood because we will be able to provide them with a skill training and a job. Please do not hesitate to follow us on GlobalGiving website or on our dedicated blog.There will be not enough words and languages to tell our gratitude for your warm support to those children.
The following is an e-postcard from Ana Calvo Langdon, a GlobalGiving Representative in the Philippines.
On July 18th, Sandra and I met with HOST-NGO. While we knew the organization works with street kids, we had no idea how much they were doing to engage the local community in addressing this issue. We started by visiting the public Social Development Center (SDC) and finished our visit at the construction site for youth homes.
After meeting with Ton-Trong, the founder, and the small, dedicated HOST volunteer staff to learn about their commitment to engaging local officials in helping street children, we visited the SDC, their main project which accommodates between 30 to 70 children.
By working with local officials, HOST-NGO was overseeing the building of new bathrooms and Ton-Trong said the kitchen and dorms will be next.
But the greatest change is not in facilities but in the children. Thanks to HOST-NGO, every day they have a full schedule (usually “Alternative Learning System”- school - in the mornings and activities, such as aikido, macramé and organic farming in the afternoon). When Ton-Trong arrived last year, “the children were almost all day in a room doing nothing. You couldn’t hear them talking or laughing.” but things are slowly changing. These changes come little by little because HOST-NGO wants the local government to be accountable for the center - and that it is not a task that can be taught in one day. HOST-NGO is all about teaching the skills and giving ownership of the project to the community, so it can be sustainable in the long term.
Sandra and I were blown away by the small but dedicated volunteer staff at HOST-NGO. From their youngest member, Ton´s 14-month old son, to their volunteers, their hospitality, enthusiasm, and dedication prove that community-led development leads to long term success.
What's up in Bacolod City, Philippines?
Thanks to ALL OF YOU, our amazing friends and supporters, we raised over US$6,000 during GlobalGiving Open Challenge last April. However our fundraising campaign is not over yet as our final goal is to reach US$20,000 in order to successfully support the street children in Bacolod City, Philippines.
Since the beginning of the year, we have been able to design and conduct educational and recreational activities, which are vital for the individual development of these kids. At the Social Development Center (SDC), we have facilitated the launching of the Alternative Learning System (ALS). It aims at providing out-of-school children with basic education in order to enable their future reintegration into the formal education system. Besides tutoring sessions, film and documentary showing are completing the ALS program. A comprehensive vocational training & lifeskills program has also been designed and offers the children various activities such as: macramé, cooking/food processing, organic gardening, mats making, etc. Art and music therapy, aikido and other sports activities have been introduced and/or reinforced to specifically promote the individual physical and emotional development of the kids. In addition, psychology support is provided to enhance the children's creativity, cooperation and thinking skills, helping on their social and emotional concerns, regaining their self-esteem and facilitating their social integration, teaching them about their social roles and responsibilities, and developing coping skills.
Our team has been devoting time and energy to help the local staff building a safer and healthier environment and a particular focus has been set on nutrition and sanitation. The children are being provided with personal hygiene supplies on a daily basis. In collaboration with the city authorities, the toilets and the shower rooms are under construction at the SDC, while the dorms will soon be renovated, along with the kitchen. A waste and water management program is being designed to allow better sanitation conditions and prevent the common diseases affecting the children in the Philippines. An activity room has also been renovated at the center and it is a perfect match for aikido practice as it requires a calm and remote setting.
As part of our specific program to help the street children, a new HOST-NGO volunteer will be conducting this month a mission of two weeks emphasizing on answering these kids’ needs and offering training and support to the team on-field. The mission objectives will include four thematics: hygiene & sanitation awareness, education & social development, waste management, as well as team building and training.
How to get involved!
You are wondering how YOU could get involved and how YOU could contribute to changing the life of these vulnerable kids?!!
Well, a simple donation of $15 (€11.50) will help us buy a set of clothing for one kid living in the streets, or whose family can’t afford it.
By giving clothes to a kid, YOU allow him to raise his/her self-esteem and be able to envision better life opportunities.
By dressing him/her, YOU encourage him/her to go to school without being ashamed of him/herself and his/her own family…
Helping a child experiencing a better future starts right there: $15. And we know, YOU can do that and YOU want to!
Of course, if YOU have free time, YOU are more than welcome to join us on the field and either visit our project and beneficiaries or even volunteer with us. Feel free to contact our team for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org).
GlobalGiving Bonus Day on June 12th, 2013
GlobalGiving is launching a Partner Rewards Bonus Day this Wednesday, June 12th. Online donations of up to $1,000 per donor, made to our project “Remove 500 Filipino children from the streets”, will be matched 30% starting at 9:00 am EDT (3:00 pm in France) on June 12th.and ending at 11:59 pm on the same day (5:00 am on June, 13th in France).
GlobalGiving will be matching $0.30 each and every dollar donated online during that timeframe. For instance, a donation of $100 will be raised to $130 by GlobalGiving… So do not hesitate to take advantage of this Bonus Day to help the disadvantaged children in the Philippines!
HOST-NGO team and beneficiaries would like to warmly thank you in advance for your generous and loyal support!
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