Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest

by NATCCO (National Confederation of Cooperatives)
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Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest
Teach 15,000 rural kids to save and invest

Last March 24, 2022, in coordination and celebration of the Global Money Week, the National Confederation of Cooperatives (NATCCO) conducted the yearly Aflatoun International Day celebration. With an exciting program and inspiring speaker, the event was attended and participated by 84 aflatoun savers from different provinces from the Philippines.

We are in complete awe to hear from many brilliant young minds who have shared their experiences and learning through the Youth Forum’s theme: Designing Your Tomorrow with Social and Financial Skills. We were able to learn the challenges that they had during the pandemic and online classes and how they were able to go through them and thrive. These young savers are indeed the hope of the future generations to come, as what our National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, said.

We have also invited the NATCCO’s Stab Fund Senior Inspection Officer and Financial Literacy Advocate, Ms. Phoebe Marie Ramirez, as our resource speaker where she talked about her personal story of reaching financial goals and freedom through the aid of cooperatives. The participants were truly inspired after her talk and will surely remember the practical tips to building a future full of hope.

It was a fun and informative virtual activity. Even if we are still in an online setting, everybody enjoyed the program and presentation as shown from the result of the evaluation. With the hope of a bright and colorful future, we are now looking forward to next year’s celebration!

Thanks for reading, Global Givers!

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Liezel shares her experiences, challenges, and achievements in Tagum Cooperative as a Youth Coordinator. Follow her journey:

As a Youth Program Officer of Tagum Cooperative, I have played important roles in my youth department. Each one of us, along with my program coordinators, keep on moving despite the pandemic. We held each other’s hand for us to continue to achieve our goals.

My journey as Youth Program Officer in Tagum Cooperative is very fun and exciting since this is my 1st job to handle the youth, particularly the Aflatoun program. You meet different stakeholders, high and rank personalities, develop your communication skills and handle situations. It gives you the motivation to be more positive in dealing with people and young cooperators. I enjoy working on this program because you really need to encourage the youth to have savings at their young age. Although I encounter different attitudes of young people, I always look forward to these children becoming great savers of the cooperative.

Though I encounter challenges as Youth Program Officer in this current situation that we are facing, such as how to convince young people to save, unable to conduct to conduct face-to-face activities, less depositors because of the pandemic, and how to hit monthly target; I had to think of innovations to meet with the expected output that will give another opportunity, another door to do more than what is expected.

Learning how to deal with challenges takes time, persistence, and a positive attitude. No matter your life situation, the hard times will happen. But, with the right mindset and practice, you will be able to overcome them every time and grow in the process.

When I first started as Aflatoun Coordinator way back in 2011, I had a lot of memories when it came to youth, particularly Aflatoun members. The impact of this program on my life is very heartwarming because a lot of young children know how to save their money even in peso. The more you see them that they are enjoying saving it makes me feel happy because I am part of them. Now, I am a Youth Program Officer, I see them grow in the cooperative and develop their habit in saving to become regular members of Tagum Cooperative.

Thus, my advice to the youth is to start and continue to learn how to manage your money.  As a student, you probably don’t have tons of money right now, that’s a good thing, because you can learn to spend less, save more, invest and give with little risk.

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There's no question that being a Guardian mentor or facilitator for a Laboratory Cooperative (Aflatoun) can be full of hard work to motivate the young ones. However, it can also be a richly rewarding experience. To ensure that Watchlife-Guardian Cooperative youth members get the best we have to offer, we envision our young members to have a positive attitude and execute a great potential of becoming a leader. This is one of the reasons Aflatoun was born and raised as a youth program in Watchlife Workers Multi-Purpose Cooperative. From this, there are several achievements and participations that were implemented even during the pandemic that we would like to share.

Global Money Week Celebrations

Watchlife MPC celebrated Global Money Week last March 2021, with the theme: “Take care of yourself, take care of your money,” along with many other lab-coops. The purpose of this is to raise awareness of the potential of young members to give importance to the cooperative, particularly the Lab Coop and change the perception when it comes to money matters.

In addition, the idea in joining Global Money Week Celebrations is to draw attention to a particular issue for Lab-Coop members such as the handling of finances, and marginalization from decision-making process. Each member of the Lab-Coop will be able to enhance their capability and camaraderie, the biggest factor to develop each personality. It is also a matter of exploration and discovery by bringing the best in them by participating and joining with the following programs activities such as Financial LIteracy Training, Kahoot Quiz, Photo Caption, Song Writing, Spoken Poetry, and Young Filipino Savers.

More Programs and Event participated by Lab Co-op Members

On September 26, 2021, a collective report on the International Clean-Up/ Coastal Clean-Up paved the way in engaging the community to participate in keeping our coastal area healthy. It was also an initiative in response to the urgent call of proper waste management. But because tenagers and the youth are not allowed, Watchlife Lab Co-op did their part to make the program useful and executed the “Operation Clean and Green'' program within their vicinity or area of residence.

For the past two years, we are all aware that facing the new normal is a bit complicated, especially for those who are not fully knowledgeable in using different online as a form of communication.

However, Watchlife MPC prioritizes using all means to be able to reach out to our members, especially with our members in the Aflatoun Lab Co-op Program. During our Kamustahan held last October 2021, they were able to know and be aware of the latest updates of their Guardian Co-op and even activities that are happening within the circle of Aflatoun Lab Co-op Members.

On the same day, we’ve been reminded of the incredible strength and resilience of our teachers. We could even say the year 2020-2021 may have been the most challenging school year of every teachers’ career, but it will also be the most memorable, not only because they are frontliner but an educator to everyone, thinking how they could give learning despite the pandemic situation.

Watchlife MPC treats teachers not only as educators but also as coordinators of different schools wherein lab-coop members are on their wings. So, it was a great privilege to celebrate and be part of the Teachers’ Day celebration by giving and distributing supplies and kits such as alcohol, facemask and other related health kit materials.

In an activity to bring tribute to all frontliners, Watchlife MPC Lab-Coop members learn and understand the selfless efforts and sacrifices of all frontliners during an outbreak of the so called Covid-19 pandemic. They showed and expressed how they truly appreciated Frontliners in this crucial time through letters and placards to capture the attention of other Lab Co-op members and spread the word about the good thing of being a Lab Co-op member. To be able to stand despite difficulties, it allowed them to speak what was on their mind. A majority of the labcoop members joined and participated in this event.

Lastly, Watchlife MPC won’t allow their Lab Co-op scholars to succumb to this COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, scholarship to support each student continues. Watchlife operations continue to assist each member, and give the very best services that we could offer and give. Whatever hardship, challenges, indecisions and fears that coop is facing, we just remember that these too shall pass and by the grace of God we will overcome.



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This year wasn't easy for most of us, but we thrived and survived the year together. Thank you for all your generous donation to our mission of teaching rural kids to save and invest for their future. Rest assured we'll continue our journey this coming 2022 brighter and stronger, be it digital or in person.

The season has come to gather as a family and create lasting memories while our year is about to end. More than the gifts we open, the food we share for Noche Buena and Media Noche, may we remember the true reason for this season.

The NATCCO Children and Youth Team is beyond grateful for the memories we have shared and the support we have received from all of you. We hope in the next year, we can face the year with a brighter, hopeful, and more positive disposition. The team has also come prepared to welcome the first quarter of 2022 with exciting activities, so save the date!

Till next year, Global Givers!

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These days can be consider as our darkest period. Facing the course of pandemic since early 2020 up to present caused a drastic change to our manner of living. Accustomed tasks has been changed differently thus scrutinizing new marketing strategies and programs that will perfectly suit to what we call the “New Normal”.

Despite the pandemic, the Mandaue City Public Market Vendors Multi-purpose Cooperative (MAVENCO) has continued showing our support towards our partner schools. One of which is through distribution of school materials used for modules as well as revisiting all partner schools. In accordance to the IATF guidelines we have started to implement programs such as; conducting various of webinars such as Gender Sensitivity Training, Leadership Training, Internet Addiction, Mental Health Training and others; Limited face to face for a Monthly Theatre Workshop; Online competitions like Leaflets/Poster Making contest and other digital related competitions; and supporting schools during the Brigada Eskwela Campaign. Statistically speaking, as of July 2021 MAVENCO has over 40 partner schools with approximately 15,000 total number of children savings and has garnered over 10 Million pesos worth of savings deposits.

Let us take a trip down memory lane before the pandemic. A drastic increase in savings depositors and their deposits has been observed. The teachers have assisted us in providing trainings to imbibe the Aflatoun program which resulted to a successful implementation in our partner schools. Conducting entrepreneurial trainings and seminars to the youth have been smoothly achieved. The yearly General Assembly and Elections to the Aflatoun members have also been executed. Building rapport towards schools by acknowledging the efforts of teachers, teacher coordinator, and school principal though giving them tokens or certificates during special occasions (like teachers’ day) or even in a random school visit.

For the advancement of the aflatoun program in our cooperative we classified certain programs and activities in the following areas; Basic Life Skills Trainings (e.g. Summer camp, Disaster Risk Reduction Management Training, Basic life support Training and others), Personality Development Trainings (e.g. Teambuilding Activities, Self Awareness, Value Formations, Counselling and others), Digital Trainings (e.g. Basic Photoshop, Photography, Website Development, Excel,  Microsoft and Powerpoint Training) Entrepreneurial Trainings (e.g. Livelihood Trainings, Theater Productions, Aflatoun Garage Store, and others), and Other Activities (Tree Planting, Dance and Singing Workshops, and other seminars). These are our upcoming activities that are facing challenges in being implemented due to the pandemic.

We cannot deny the fact that today’s pandemic is a huge hindrance to our program. It has to be ended soon so that we can move without constraints though we cannot foresee what is coming next, at least we are tough enough to handle the circumstances. Afterwards, MAVENCO is looking forward to the development of our partner schools, teachers, especially to our depositors to become globally competitive and to become model citizens that we can always be proud of. For the massive expansion of the Aflatoun Program by implementing and innovating programs. For intensive partnership of LGU, NGO, DepEd, other cooperatives, and NATCCO to have amicable relationship for the growth and development of Aflatoun as well as the MAVENCO.

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