Remove 500 Filipino children from the streets

by HOST
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Chores and repairs entrust to the children
Chores and repairs entrust to the children

The Filipino culture is very community oriented. In each house can live extended family. From a young age, children do household chores as well as take care of their younger siblings and cousins… But most of our children come from dysfunctional families so the streets become their training ground… How do we help transform these habits learned from the street into equipping them to become responsible individuals after they exit the center?

In SDC we entrust much of the daily duties to the children. Teams under the supervision of the house parents prepare 3 meals a day. They clean the entire center. The laundry and dishes are also hand washed. Building repairs, gardening and facility improvements are also endorsed by the children under the teaching of professionals. They are proud to learn new skills and take on these responsibilities!

However, nothing will replace the true love of a family! So we provide opportunities for relieving their broken hearts through art therapy, theater, spiritual enhancement, group sharing, and events such as dedicating a day for Mothers… 

The staff and partners are also there to show compassion. When connections happen everyone involved gets filled up and overwhelmed by love.  Education and individual development activities are still a big part of the program, but isn’t spreading love the main purpose of what we are doing? Reading these lines is what makes your heart speak.

SDC kids have so little that they appreciate everything that is shared with them… They remain kids by sometimes misusing things, but overall it’s their right to have access to the basic. So we never get tired of repeating, redoing, repairing and we continue to be amazed by this everlasting chain of people driven by the same purpose

Family love can
Family love can't be replaced
Hearts relieving activities
Hearts relieving activities
Dedication and commitment from partners
Dedication and commitment from partners
Spreading the love
Spreading the love
Showing compassion
Showing compassion
Love Band Friendship
Love Band Friendship

Hi,

A weaved bracelet called “Loved Band” became the symbol of SDC … A united effort between French and Philippines volunteers and SDC staff taught the children different bracelet weaving techniques. Thanks to this small livelihood project they learn how promote it to visitors, buy things they want out the benefits they made, and save up for their family. In addition, trough out the sells made in different selling points in Bacolod City and in France, extra profit was made and given entirely towards educational cause in SDC… This project changed the dynamic of the children getting motivated to produce, to market, to save up, to manage materials, to weave in a clean environment, and follow direction and instruction to make good quality products. And when special VIP come to the center, bracelets are given as a sign of constant friendship…

The French Ambassador himself received a Love Band during his visit. His venue gave visibility and recognition to the work done in the center, and the impact it has on the Children. Stakeholders and political personalities as the City Mayor were here to witness it.

A group a French volunteer came for 3 months to do building renovation and improvements, but most importantly transferring their construction knowledge to some children. All together they painted the entire center, completely renovate the girl quarter, made wooden lookers and improved the outdoor area… With the new skills they learn, the selected Children not only had more confidence into themself, but it created in some of them passion for carpentry, leadership, and respect to the work well done… During this same period a complete health check-up by a French volunteer doctor and specific treatment were given to all children supplemented by donation of sleeping materials, hygiene and clothing to completed the process and finally have a cozier place with better privacy in a healthier environment…

In order to strengthen the ties between the staff and the children, a basketball tournament was organized where staff and children were mixed into teams. The winners received goods to share and medals, and the best team spirit persons were also rewarded. Love band symbol remain all around this tournament…

The end of the alternative school year finished culminates with the participation of 21 children to the ALS exam, result I will come later one. New school year started with practical education 3 times a week in addition to the alternative school 2 times a week, which will definitely put education to another level, and hopefully gives a good step up into the reinsertion phase when children are back to their communities… Extra time and dedication is given to the illiterate group that despite their ages, some of them avail first schooling experience.

Using art as a form of expression and individual development, remain always a focus in the Center. This semester, it’s a contest on “What my stay in SDC is bringing me?” with to mean of expression “Essay” and “Song lyrics” writing… The result was just amazing on how talented they are when they are given a chance to express themselves, and a real testimony on how impactful and life changing can be the SDC… It’s also encourage all stakeholders to pursue or common mission to help the street children that Global Giving donors and supporters are definitely part of. You also deserve this Love Band! 

Thank you every one for your support!

Carpentry as passion
Carpentry as passion
When street children gather officials
When street children gather officials
Bounding arround the ball
Bounding arround the ball
Tie with education
Tie with education
Weaving the Love
Weaving the Love
Thank You GlobalGiving
Thank You GlobalGiving

Hello,

For our SDC children, during the end of this year, the individual development program focuses mainly on peace, order, respect, discipline, love and self love ...

We had the objectif to develop their creative talents and skills and provide an avenue for self-expression, by creating an environment that influences positive thinking, brighter outlook and enkindle more hope in their live.

In order to do so, we've invited The Boy Scouts of the Philippines to imbue the youth with the love of God, their country and of their fellowmen; to teach them as young people how to become responsible leaders and how to contribute to nation-building. Every week, a different chaptered representative came and work those characteristics out with them by doing activities around nurturing and environmental protection. They were taught how to be a leader, taking the confidence of themselves so they can face any challenges and keep giving the best of everything.

There are also outdoor activities and challenges based on basic life support learning, the purpose is to give children to get empowered and become productive and self-reliant as agents of peace.

Our regular International groups (Japanese and French) kindly keep on sharing about essential basic as good manners, personal hygienes. Believe it or not widening their general culture knowledge in geography, world languages and culture exchanges makes them better person you can talk to.

Sport is still a fundamental of our for personal progress work, so they were given Capoeira, Volleyball and Football personal training with a coach and we have been insisting on discipline rules and how to try to surpass themselves ... always. Nothing is in vain.

We believe also that developing fundamental skills can have deeper impact if we bring them along with artistic approaches, so we came up with an organized and productive Show for Peace. The children were doing amazing interpretative poetry reading, by heart recitation and interpretation please !. Then a Rap debate was so meaningful and heartfelt, every children was writing to express on how they'd like or could exit the SDC for a better place ... We know you have to fly by your own one day.

A creation of a micro livelihood project by having children learning on how to make bracelet and teach them basic entrepreneurial skill as determination of pricing, procurement, basic accounting, inventory list, etc… They found a way to market their own “Love bracelet” branding ... good job guys. Do you want to buy one?

In that seasons of celebrations, the spirit of Christmas was of course not forgotten. All the children was so excited and happy to make their Christmas decorating creations… In addition of some painting being done around the center, the children enjoyed making paper ornamentations and a cardboard Christmas tree and even some angels models were made with recycling items from the center

Finally, many local groups came to SDC to share Christmas party with the children ... we did games, shared food, to give and receive love ... to light up their deep feeling of being abandoned. Santa clause even came on the 25th to give them personal gift, and make everyone felt loved ...I won't give up on us ...
 
'Cause even the stars they burn
Some even fall to the earth
We've got a lot to learn
God knows we're worth it
No, I won't give up on us'
 
Thank you everyone again for your generous support and patronage and on behalf of the children and the volunteers we wish you and your family all the best for this new year and beyond ...
Christmas Tree ... evergreen
Christmas Tree ... evergreen
Peace starts with discipline
Peace starts with discipline
Boys scout always ready to serve !
Boys scout always ready to serve !
Aligato Japanese social worker friends
Aligato Japanese social worker friends
Time for fun, time for homeworks also
Time for fun, time for homeworks also
Peace and Love !
Peace and Love !
This is my new business
This is my new business
Merci beaucoup, vous etes geniaux :)
Merci beaucoup, vous etes geniaux :)
Capoeira ... still and again
Capoeira ... still and again
Christmas comes with gift giving and sharing
Christmas comes with gift giving and sharing
SDC
SDC's New talents 2015 !!!

Hello dear GlobalGiving friends,

There are now several years that our organization and our local partners are striving to meet the needs of these children in need especially those sheltered by the SDC (Social Development Center).

We have seen spend hundreds, thousands of children with various difficulties and problems but one thing still shocks us today ... there are more and more of them. Younger and younger people and more and more bruised ...

Bacolod City is developing very fast, malls & shops popping up like mushrooms, investors rush to buy new buildings, companies frantically recruit out here ... but what about these children and their families? Do or can they take advantage of this windfall and progress?

I want to think out loud that nothing has been planned in this direction and as always this class of the community was not included or considered yet. Actually does all this made them part of this civil society? I still like to think they are not.

Our firm main objective remains the same, whatever happens, we do try to provide the basic services toward all children and they should had availed. Must we still recall the basic rights of the children?

I want to believe out loud that we must, yes misery and distress have become commonplace here, it is part of the social landscape and even benefit of a full and normal faith resignation now... What can we do?

I want to think out loud that there is still to do, but should there be a general awareness of the public authorities but also ordinary people ... still trying ... Our actions are maybe just of a drop in the ocean but if nothing is done, what hope left to these children? Can we close our eyes and pretend that nothing happened?

I want to think out loud that it's your soul and conscience to decide. Can we envisage a better future if our motivation is only to deal with things that already go good and easy?

I want to think out loud that the future belongs to us and unfortunately while we are watching these children suffering consequences of defects of our adult's system they are the ones who are much more active and personally courageous than some of us can be. The future of these children is hanging by a thread. What kind of weapons do we have to save them? From love and compassion ... we do not actually need money, somehow it is also the problem, but just your time, energy, your good heart and your strong motivation to believe that the future of our children depends on the future of all children. Just imagine for a moment that these children may be ... you, better your own child. What would you tell them? Sorry I can not help you my son, dad is too loose to resolve adult problems ...

Aside this realistic report, our team and numerous have been conducting a lot of new activities with the kids. The most notable steps are probably that we have move on more activities related to individual self-esteem and development like the sucessful Song RAP Writing Contest, the Theatrical Arts for selected talented kids to be trained with self-awareness & values component through comedies and song performances. A great time … unbelievable … we had our own talent show.

These kids had to think out loud what they really have deep inside during their Concert, letter reading, Visual Arts showcase … proud of you guys.

The other major new approach is we try to develop and sustain for skills trainings, social business activities and enhance their entrepreneurship skills … soon or later they might need it to race in this world and find their own place. Thanks to some international volunteers the center has its own soap and shampoo brand !!! Give it a try ! These products worth their prices ! :)

I am thinking out loud but maybe we found love right where we are …

On behalf of all children and volunteers of this project, we wish you all the best and thank you for your great and continuous support throughout the world.

Regards,

HOST-NGO

RAP Singing Contest
RAP Singing Contest
Their own soap & Shampoo brand in there !
Their own soap & Shampoo brand in there !
Maybe one day i can play a role with Brad pitt :)
Maybe one day i can play a role with Brad pitt :)

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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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HOST

Location: Revel, Haute-Garonne - France
Website: http:/​/​www.host-ngo.org/​
Project Leader:
Ton-Trong Ho
Bacolod City, Negros Occidental Philippines
$30,059 raised of $38,000 goal
 
388 donations
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