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!
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.
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.
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