All the children joined FPVI in different times with different degrees of shyness, almost resistant to all manners of persuasion to express their thoughts and feelings, and share what they know or ask what they don’t know. But the regular sessions, shared activities, and confidence-building exercises allowed them to flourish gradually, in their own pace and time. Their recollections here reveal a measure of transformation…
“I first came to the FPVI Center in 2019 expecting that the support I would be getting if admitted would be limited to the school expenses involved in going to high school. I was in for a pleasant surprise. I was not confident speaking in front of a group and talking with others not close to me. But FPVI helped me overcome my fears. FPVI also has instilled in us the importance of good manners and basic home-based values. And reading, writing and speaking in English for which I am very thankful now. FPVI also has exposed us to art-making and I am now enjoying painting. FPVI continues to guide us not just in our school work but also and especially towards becoming better persons.” ---Hannah
“I was nervous, happy, scared, and excited when I showed up for the interview in 2019. And I kept praying that I would get in. My prayers were answered and I knew then that a new life had started for me. I have always been shy but slowly FPVI started ‘deleting’ my shyness through activities like open mic, theater arts, team role-playing. It was terrifying at first but gradually I could feel my self-confidence being lifted. Sharing meals with the other FPVI Fellows, I learned more new things---setting the table and using a spoon and fork to eat. It was also thrilling for me to have a table napkin during meal times. And having been exposed to many kinds of art materials plus various ways to use them and with FPVI encouraging us to try, I can now confidently paint and do collage. I have grown much under FPVI in my learning journey.” ----Marky
“Joining FPVI in 2018 has been one of the best things that happened to me. I used to be a shy and not-so-friendly boy but FPVI changed that. FPVI drew out from me what I did not know existed. Through various ways, FPVI boosted my self-confidence and I very much like the new me. The impact FPVI has made on my life is hard to measure and I’m happy to be a part of the FPVI family.” ---Angelo
“Being part of the FPVI is the greatest thing that happened to me. Nervous, I came for the interview in 2019 not knowing what to expect. I remember the terms being explained to me and was surprised being asked to determine the grades I needed to achieve. FPVI’s support of our school needs is a huge help for my family. But FPVI does more. They help us to gain more knowledge and expose us to new experiences. I have discovered many new things in myself which FPVI helped me identify, develop and enjoy. The most enjoyable activity for me is art-making, painting in particular.” ---Lyka
“I first joined the Sunday sessions at FPVI in 2018. Shy and awkward, I felt I was not good at anything. The tutorials helped me to discover that I like Science. I have learned that school work could be fun as well. At first, role playing and team open mic (where I experienced my first debate) seemed frightening but the experience was fun too. FPVI also exposes us to nutritious meals and sometimes cultural aspects of what we are eating. Now, I am not shy anymore. And I can draw and paint and construct good sentences. And my grammar is improving.” ---Gaby
“I first went to FPVI in 2018 as a guest. For a 5-year old, FPVI was the most fun playground. There were toys, puzzles and books and the group did fun activities such as the open mic and team role playing. I also participated in several video projects which was fun. Best of all, I learned to love books. I can borrow books that I enjoy reading. I am now learning to write essays and recently contributed several pieces to the e-book which FPVI published during the Summer of 2022.” ---Manuel
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