Remove 500 Filipino children from the streets

 
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Dec 2, 2014

Last Christmas I gave you my heart!

Jingle bells, jingle bells ...
Jingle bells, jingle bells ...

Dear donators and friends,

With your support and investment of our volunteers, life at the SDC continues to improve over the weeks.

To ensure a more comfortable life to the children, new mattresses have been provided and installed in the dorms, so from now every night they can dream of their future on their little beds!

Recently, a water purifier was installed so that the children can safely drink! The system of wastewater treatment has also been completed, and therefore allows the use of this water for the garden of the center or even the bathrooms.

To refresh the infrastructure and brighten up the center, some painting was made in the dormitories and the main room!

In addition to these various infrastructure improvements, children still have the pleasure to see the activities of the  SDC to develop and diversify!

The capoeira classes continue on alternate Thursdays and gather twenty highly motivated young people who see their level improving from session to session! On November 15th, a kid of the SDC, Joel, even had the chance to receive the white and yellow belt which symbol of the passage level in capoeira, during a gathering of teachers capoeiristas who came straight from Brazil Malaysia and Singapore.

What a better reward than seeing a child being honored in a discipline which he had never heard before coming to the SDC?

With the upcoming Christmas, the children also have the opportunity to participate in an activity of handicrafts. Twice a week, two volunteers supervise thirty children and teach them how to make candles and Christmas balls. These decorations can then be sold to raise some pocket money for the kids!

Everytime, the children are very excited to participate in these activities that break the monotony of their days at the center and give them the opportunity to acquire new skills and learn about new disciplines!

Some French psychologists will soon visit the SDC to provide support for young people who may need it ... Nurses from Bacolod will also visit them to apply the skin care they need so much, and at the same time give children and their house-parents (adults that daily taking care of them) training to teach them ways to take care of their skin daily to prevent disease.

Could we really give our heart to all the children all over the world?
Thanks to all of you that support our projects, without your mobilization none of this would be possible!

To someone very special !
To someone very special !
I want my life to be colorful !!!
I want my life to be colorful !!!

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Aug 25, 2014

There are mountains that do not meet

ALS High School graduation preparation
ALS High School graduation preparation
Since the change of public administration in the center there are now more than a year, activities have been increased and diversified. The handover took a lot of effort, but ultimately it was a blessing in disguise. The human rights of the children are now respected and better understood. The city team is more motivated and more attentive to the children and their problems. 
With the help of partners, sponsors and volunteers involved, we were able to provide services to children including the issues of food, hygiene, medical, housing and education and we must keep it that way . Obviously we can improve but needed resources become consistent and help arrives in a trickle. Our team of volunteers is to organize and develop a team of fundraisers to provide future resources to meet their incoming needs. Unfortunately the number of street children who are cared for at the center does not decrease and sometimes we can reach 80 children per day, which generates logistical problem because the center is capable of and planned for 50 of them
Staff should be sufficient to support them but the buildings and infrastructure could be renovated as the center was originally built to house a hundred children, but now half of premises and equipment are out of state. We are hopeful of being able to repair and reuse all again. Let's do it!
Of course, apart from the obvious problems of resources and logistics that our approach generates, there is not a day when the joy and hope are surrounding us. These children have so much to teach us and their courage and imagination sometimes leave us speechless!
Kids love school, it seems incredible isn't it? They are well aware that being good at school is certainly an asset and hope to make their future better. Now ALS (Alternative Learning School) is 3 times a week, so most of them can participate regardless of their age or level ... A big thank you to our teachers to adapt to them. Come on, after class, some little physical exercises and why not a bit of some skill learning as well? Some kids love Capoeira and are so keen to progress that they have created and developed their own movements ... teachers did not believe it! Who better than them can really understand the spirit of Capoeira, an art born and created in Brazil by slaves at that time. 
One of the most unusual activities remains the chess ... when Philip and Marvin, two experts in chess, came six months ago at the center to conduct sessions with the children.
Many people thought it might be too complicated to them and they would not be interested neither... and they could not do it. They are wrong, in addition to the values they were taught by their teachers, some of them have developed an acute sense of strategic chess games ... impressive! You do not believe it? So please come over and play with them and therefore try to beat them if you can :)
In a brief, improvements made also in the center, the establishment of a bamboo fence is a success! Creating a vegetable garden and a flower garden has simply sublimated the center. We are done with waste of undeveloped spaces, now the center looks like a real little friendly farm :) 
Work for water treatment is ongoing and the replacement of water supply system is about to be complete! Waste water management class are being conducted by a Japanese NGO (Ikaw-Ako).
Well, what else to say than a big BRAVO to our sponsors, friends, partners, volunteers for these steps we franchised all together successfully. Despite the difficulties, the work goes on and a lot of passion and hope for children who are waiting to become gifted adults. Do not forget the quote of the moment: There are only mountains that do not meet.
Thank you Global Giving's donors for your inconditional supports and helps !!!
One day Pawn will turn into Queen !
One day Pawn will turn into Queen !
Integrated organic farming? Really ?
Integrated organic farming? Really ?
Bamboo fence and its garden, I like flowers
Bamboo fence and its garden, I like flowers
Waste and water management with a japanese group
Waste and water management with a japanese group

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Mar 21, 2014

One of the brightest stars

Capoeira ! Hold my hands my friend !
Capoeira ! Hold my hands my friend !

Dear Donors and friends,

Our listening and helping work to these children continues and the deployed energy intensity from the volunteers and partners does not seem to fade out, quite the contrary.

Daily work is not easy but hope and passion are still here. Even though resources are sometimes limited, motivation and imagination sometimes can do real miracles. We must show them a way and never falter, these children do trust us and we cannot let them down. There is always a solution and most important is to believe.

They are being continuously given attention and consideration from members of the civil society organizations involved in that process of giving them hope and a future. Recently, we were able to provide new sports trainings such as Basketball and Capoeira, coached by appointed and motivated teachers. They love it! A chest activity is being put in place at the center. May the best win!

We are striving to trigger any interest from them for particular sport or activity and we are pleasantly surprised to discover real talent among these children. It is very encouraging to see the results achieved in a few sessions! Why nobody did offer them this opportunity before? Of course, playing sports and having fun is not enough, although we have improved and intensified School (ALS). Now are 3 half-days a week regardless of their level or age and compulsory for all of them. Don’t make them spoiled!

Our team begins work to renovate the main dormitory that will accommodate thirty children now in decent conditions and build an outdoor kitchen made in bamboo and raw material.

The next step would be to complete the sports room and have the last dorm renovated so that all children can sleep peacefully in a cozy and clean bed. Aside, we pursue other previous activities like hygiene and medical check-up, waste management, organic garden, sanitation awareness, fellowship, values lecture … and so on. We are also working on a dance, music and cooking training school ... One of them may become the new tomorrow star and nobody will remember where she/he came from ... except him/herself.

“And they'll say told you so. We were the ones who saw you first of all. We always knew that you were one of the brightest stars”

Thank you for your continuous support to that project through Global Giving.

Teacher leaves the kids alone ! :)
Teacher leaves the kids alone ! :)
Monsanto are you here? Of course not it
Monsanto are you here? Of course not it's organic
Last night a deejay saved my life
Last night a deejay saved my life
There is joy and no snow for Christmas !
There is joy and no snow for Christmas !

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Nov 19, 2013

Heaven knows how they are miserable now

Thank you so much for your support !
Thank you so much for your support !

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.

Fully Yours,

New dormitory for having seet dreams !
New dormitory for having seet dreams !
Can I go and wash my room ?
Can I go and wash my room ?
Doc, I don
Doc, I don't feel well but I want to go school !
I can no longer have a house ... and a street
I can no longer have a house ... and a street

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Aug 21, 2013

A new hope for Bacolod Social Development Center

SDC patio where children play basketball
SDC patio where children play basketball

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.

Day schedule
Day schedule
A class for the "Alternative Learning System"
A class for the "Alternative Learning System"
Room painted by the children
Room painted by the children

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Organization

HOST

Revel, Haute-Garonne, France
http://www.host-ngo.org/

Project Leader

Ton-Trong Ho

Bacolod City, Negros Occidental Philippines

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