Sunday, December 1, 2013

You are Invited!


Greetings Volunteer!
 
We have so much to be thankful for this year!!!
 
Some of the highlights:
The children went to Mind Museum, birdwatching, cards for the children
who survived Yolanda and even got to spread smiles through doing
Random Acts of Kindness! 
 
We've gotten to meet so many new kind, generous volunteers
this year and we want to specially thank the iVolunteer website
for that!
 
This year's Christmas party is going to be hosted by the
UP Broad Guild organization!  Isn't that wonderful!  Thank
you guys!!!
 
Let's celebrate God's goodness this Saturday Dec. 7, 2013
Please take note that the time has changed to earlier (see below).

Very important!We also need to get your RSVP by Wednesday this week!
 
Decorating and preparing for registration will start at noon so see you!
 
Please join us on:
 
December 7, 2013 (Saturday)
12:30 to 3 pm
3rd floor, Brgy. Bungad
*near Baler St. and West Ave. QC (map attached)
 
We will have games and food and fun!
 
If you cannot be there but want to help, or wish to contribute
something to the party, we need:
+ microphone
+ chichiria (snacks)
+ prizes (group and individual)
 
PLEASE LET US KNOW if ever you will bring any of these
so we don't have to buy.
 
This Saturday is coming and we pray that:
 
1. Everyone will enjoy!
2. We will have everything we need for the children
and their families! 
3. We will have enough volunteers so everything will
run smoothly!
4.  Everyone will be present!  The children and their families
and the volunteers!
 
We will just send the next schedules for future sessions.
 
If you have more questions please feel free to reply to me.
Please confirm if you are coming so we can assign you a child

to Shannon at shannon_capati@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Cheer Up Cards for Children of Typhoon Yolanda Survivors


What could bring more cheer to a child than a comfort and cheer card along with relief goods?  

This Saturday we are having an art session with the children of He Cares foundation West Ave. area.  We DON'T want you to come!  We want to encourage you to go to anywhere there is repacking and counseling for typhoon Yolanda survivors.

BUT if you can't do that, JOIN us!!!  We will help the children being some cheer through the cards.  Then World Vision will distribute these for us.  

November 23, 2013
Saturday
1:39 to 3 pm
3/F Barangay Bungad
Quezon City

Please contact Tina if you're coming 63919-223-4936

Bless you!  May all our efforts be multiplied and bring good chef to those who need it most!

A Load of Good News

A bit of good news from the tutor team...

Yesterday's session was one of the best!  We had a good number of children and volunteers and everyone enjoyed themselves!

In fact, some of the children were more than an hour early!  That's how excited they were to come to that day's session!  

One of the things that made it really special is that our beautiful, wonderful, ├╝ber generous friend Shawie had a merienda treat for the children!  They had spaghetti, burger, soda AND toys from Jollibee!  The volunteers got fed too!  



We also got wind of some more good news!  We have a handful of children who have had a challenging time and just dropped out of school.  Despit counseling, talking with parents and all the cajoling, they really haven't gone back?

But we heard from one of the moms yesterday that 2 of these girls now hold jobs!  I am so happy to hear that!  At least they are not spending their time wasting away in idleness or worse, getting into trouble.

Another bit of good news is that Lorie, one of the first time volunteers donated some lesson sheets and educational materials (some of which she developed) that would be very very helpful!

Last but not least, one of the nicest surprises of all is that one of the volunteers Raissa mentioned a plan they have a similar program in some of the poorest areas in metro!!!  Isn't that great!  So exciting!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Let their Dreams Take Flight!


Greetings Volunteer!

We will be having another meaningful Saturday! Wish to join us?  Please do!  You never
know how much of an impact you will make on a child from the streets.  Even for a
short while you can touch a life.  You can touch the future!

Last time we had a fun session, not just with the children but with getting to know
the new volunteers.  We are blessed to get to know a lot of folks with golden hearts!
Come this Saturday?

You don't have to be a whiz at Math and English, we just need you to listen
to the children and to help them read books (provided) and maybe understand
their lessons (if you need assistance, other tutors may be asked).  Don't be
apprehensive about forgetting the basics from gradeschool, we've forgotten
too.  It's a team and we help each other remember.  What's most important
is that these children make a friend who encourages them to go on.

Just 2 hours to encourage them that learning can be enjoyable (or that it is
possible to understand) is more than enough. Seeing people who care is enough.

Please join us on:
November 9, 2013 (Saturday)
1 to 3 pm
3rd floor, Brgy. Bungad
*near Baler St. and West Ave. QC
Click here for map to venue

Schedule:
1-2 pm is for First timers orientation, asking questions
and setting up the venue (arranging chairs, putting books and materials
on the tables etc)
2-3 tutoring proper

If you cannot be there but want to help, we need:
+ scratch paper
+ lesson plans / activity sheets (grades 1 to 2nd yr high)

This Saturday is coming and we pray that:
1. We will have a good number of tutors for the children coming.
2. That that children will be able to learn and excel in school.
3. That the tutors will enjoy their session with the children and take home wonderful memories.

Here are the latest 2013 schedules for future sessions.

November 9 & 23
December 7 (christmas party)
This Saturday:
We are calling for more volunteers!  Everyone is invited. 
You don't have to be a tutor.  You just need to have a
heart of compassion for these young ones.
What will we teach?  Primarily English and Math.  If you
are able to teach other subjects that is great but we don't
require professional tutors.  What we need are people
who are encouraging and positive for the children to
emulate.

How?  Come and the children will ask you about their
homework or you can tell them a story or do some simple
arithmetic with them. 

Please consider coming.  When we lack tutors, we cannot give
the attention they badly need since we have to tutor 2 or 3 or
4 students at a time.  We aim to have one child to one tutor.
If you have more questions please feel free to reply to me.
Please confirm if you are coming so we can assign you a child
to Shannon at shannon_capati@yahoo.com.

Blessings!
Christina Alejandro
Volunteer Coordinator
0919-2234936

P.S.  If you cannot come this Saturday, please come next time!
*Please feel free to pass this e-mail invite to anyone who may be interested to join us!


Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Most Powerful Weapon


Greetings Volunteer!
 
“Let us pick up our books and our pens, they are the most powerful weapons." - Malala Yousafza, the 16-yr-old Nobel Peace prize nominee asks governments to stop buying arms
but instead spend the money on education.
 
On Saturday we invite you to make a difference in the lives of young children, to smile, encourage and help them in any way we can to keep them striving in school, to never give up!
 
We are sorry the weather was bad last time so we had to cancel our session.  We were concerned for the health of the small children walking in the rain to the venue as well as for the volunteers who were coming from as far as Cavite who would have a harder time if we canceled later in the day.
 
Come this Saturday?
 
You don't have to be a whiz at Math and English, we just need you to listen
to the children and to help them read books (provided) and maybe understand
their lessons (if you need assistance, other tutors may be asked).  Don't be
apprehensive about forgetting the basics from gradeschool, we've forgotten
too.  It's a team and we help each other remember.  What's most important
is that these children make a friend who encourages them to go on.
 
Just 2 hours to encourage them that learning can be enjoyable (or that it is
possible to understand) is more than enough. Seeing people who care is enough.
 
Please join us on:
 
October 26, 2013 (Saturday)
1 to 3 pm
3rd floor, Brgy. Bungad
*near Baler St. and West Ave. QC
 
Schedule:
1-2 pm is for First timers orientation, asking questions
and setting up the venue (arranging chairs, putting books and materials
on the tables etc)
2-3 tutoring proper
 
If you cannot be there but want to help, we need:
+ scratch paper
+ lesson plans / activity sheets (grades 1 to 2nd yr high)
 
This Saturday is coming and we pray that:
 
1. We will have a good number of tutors for the children coming.
2. That that children will be able to learn and excel in school.
3. That the tutors will enjoy their session with the children and take home wonderful memories.
 
Here are the latest schedules for future sessions.
 
October 26
November 9 & 23
December 7 (christmas party)
 
This Saturday:
 
We are calling for more volunteers!  Everyone is invited. 
You don't have to be a tutor.  You just need to have a
heart of compassion for these young ones.
 
What will we teach?  Primarily English and Math.  If you
are able to teach other subjects that is great but we don't
require professional tutors.  What we need are people
who are encouraging and positive for the children to
emulate.
 
How?  Come and the children will ask you about their
homework or you can tell them a story or do some simple
arithmetic with them. 
 
Please consider coming.  When we lack tutors, we cannot give
the attention they badly need since we have to tutor 2 or 3 or
4 students at a time.  We aim to have one child to one tutor.
 
If you have more questions please feel free to reply to me.
Please confirm if you are coming so we can assign you a child
to Shannon at shannon_capati@yahoo.com.
 
Blessings!
 
Christina Alejandro
Volunteer Coordinator
0919-2234936
 
P.S.  If you cannot come this Saturday, please come next time!
 
*Please feel free to pass this e-mail invite to anyone who may be interested to join us!
 
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
God is able to do far more abundantly beyond all we ask or think. - Ephesians 3:20

Friday, October 4, 2013

Change the Direction

***** Hello everyone, due to the weather condition today we are sorry but we have to cancel the tutoring session.   The small children walk to the venue so we don't want them to get sick - we hope you can come on October 26 when we will have another one, stay safe everyone! *****

Greetings Volunteer!

We're nearing the end of our 5th year and we want to let you in on a
plan we have for the coming sessions!

Because of your time and effort in helping the children, they are visibly
improving in their academics, social skills and character.

We want to be able to help MORE children and plan to open up another
tutoring day for another area.  Please pray for this endeavor?  THANKS

Come this Saturday?

You don't have to be a whiz at Math and English, we just need you to listen
to the children and to help them read books (provided) and maybe understand
their lessons (if you need assistance, other tutors may be asked).  Don't be
apprehensive about forgetting the basics from gradeschool, we've forgotten
too.  It's a team and we help each other remember.  What's most important
is that these children make a friend who encourages them to go on.
Just 2 hours to encourage them that learning can be enjoyable (or that it is
possible to understand) is more than enough. Seeing people who care is enough.

Please join us on:
October 12, 2013 (Saturday)
1:00 to 3:00 pm
3rd floor, Brgy. Bungad
*near Baler St. and West Ave. QC (map attached)

Schedule:
1:00-2:00 pm is for First timers orientation, asking questions
and setting up the venue (arranging chairs, putting books and materials
on the tables etc)

2:00-3:00 pm is the tutoring proper

If you cannot be there but want to help, we need:
+ scratch paper
+ lesson plans / activity sheets (grades 1 to 2nd yr high)

This Saturday is coming and we pray that:
1. We will have a good number of tutors for the children coming.
2. That that children will be able to learn and excel in school.
3. That the tutors will enjoy their session with the children and take home wonderful memories.

Here are the latest schedules for future sessions.
October 12 & 26
November 9 & 23
December 7 (christmas party)

This Saturday:
We are calling for more volunteers!  Everyone is invited. 
You don't have to be a tutor.  You just need to have a
heart of compassion for these young ones.

What will we teach?  Primarily English and Math.  If you
are able to teach other subjects that is great but we don't
require professional tutors.  What we need are people
who are encouraging and positive for the children to
emulate.

How?  Come and the children will ask you about their
homework or you can tell them a story or do some simple
arithmetic with them. 

Please consider coming.  When we lack tutors, we cannot give
the attention they badly need since we have to tutor 2 or 3 or
4 students at a time.  We aim to have one child to one tutor.

If you have more questions please feel free to send me a note.

Please confirm if you are coming so we can assign you a child
to Shannon at shannon_capati@yahoo.com.

Blessings!
Christina Alejandro
Volunteer Coordinator
Cel 0919-2234936

P.S.  If you cannot come this Saturday, please come next time!
*Please feel free to pass this e-mail invite to anyone who may be interested to join us!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Ganito ba kayo noon?

Greetings Volunteer!
 
Buti nalang!  Buti nalang we don't need to be a couple of geniuses to
help children in need!
 
These children live in dark, crowded environments.  The streets are
more enticing.  Many of them stop schooling just to help the family out.
They need to have some new friends to tell them they can dream and
achieve anything if they just keep at it and if they don't give up.
 
That person is you and me and we are sorely needed!
 
Just 2 hours to encourage them that learning can be enjoyable (or that it is
possible to understand) is more than enough. Seeing people who care is enough.
 
Please join us on:
 
September 28, 2013 (Saturday)
1 to 3 pm
3rd floor, Brgy. Bungad
*near Baler St. and West Ave. QC (map attached)
 
If you cannot be there but want to help, we need:
+ scratch paper
+ lesson plans / activity sheets (grades 1 to 2nd yr high)
 
This Saturday is coming and we pray that:
 
1. We will have a good number of tutors for the children coming.
2. That that children will be able to learn and excel in school.
3. That the tutors will enjoy their session with the children and take home wonderful memories.
 
Here are the latest schedules for future sessions.
 
September 28
October 12 & 26
November 9 & 23
December 7 (christmas party)
 
This Saturday:
 
We are calling for more volunteers!  Everyone is invited. 
You don't have to be a tutor.  You just need to have a
heart of compassion for these young ones.
 
What will we teach?  Primarily English and Math.  If you
are able to teach other subjects that is great but we don't
require professional tutors.  What we need are people
who are encouraging and positive for the children to
emulate.
 
How?  Come and the children will ask you about their
homework or you can tell them a story or do some simple
arithmetic with them. 
 
Please consider coming.  When we lack tutors, we cannot give
the attention they badly need since we have to tutor 2 or 3 or
4 students at a time.  We aim to have one child to one tutor.
 
If you have more questions please feel free to reply to me.
Please confirm if you are coming so we can assign you a child
to Shannon at shannon_capati@yahoo.com.
 
Blessings!
 
Christina Alejandro
Volunteer Coordinator
0919-2234936
 
P.S.  If you cannot come this Saturday, please come next time!
 

*Please feel free to pass this e-mail invite to anyone who may be interested to join us!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Live Your Life From Your Heart


Greetings Volunteer!

Just to update you a bit on the moms who attended the Tahanan ng Panginoon
B.L.E.S.S. event.  A van load of moms came specially to the graduation night,
one of the most attended sessions. 

One mom said she didn't want to go home after being ministered to, prayed
for by the servers.  Another mom said she felt so light and happy.  One mom 
told me that before she was attending prayer sessions like these, she used to
beat up her daughter but since she became serious in attending, she has changed
a lot and no longer does this.  Incidentally, her daughter is doing well in school!

Your efforts count a lot!  These children (and their parents) need what little
support (and prayers) we can give them.  Thank you for your tireless efforts!

You don't have to be a whiz at Math and English, we just need you to listen
to the children and to help them read books (provided) and maybe understand
their lessons (if you need assistance, other tutors may be asked).  Don't be
apprehensive about forgetting the basics from gradeschool, we've forgotten
too.  It's a team and we help each other remember.  What's most important
is that these children make a friend who encourages them to go on.

Just 2 hours to encourage them that learning can be enjoyable (or that it is
possible to understand) is more than enough. Seeing people who care is enough.

Please join us on:
September 14, 2013 (Saturday)
1 to 3 pm
3rd floor, Brgy. Bungad
*near Baler St. and West Ave. QC
click here for MAP

If you cannot be there but want to help, we need:
+ scratch paper
+ lesson plans / activity sheets (grades 1 to 2nd yr high)

This Saturday is coming and we pray that:
1. We will have a good number of tutors for the children coming.
2. That that children will be able to learn and excel in school.
3. That the tutors will enjoy their session with the children and take home wonderful memories.

Here are the latest schedules for future sessions.
September 14  & 28
October 12 & 26
November 9 & 23
December 7 (christmas party)
This Saturday:
We are calling for more volunteers!  Everyone is invited. 

You don't have to be a tutor.  You just need to have a
heart of compassion for these young ones.
What will we teach?  Primarily English and Math.  If you
are able to teach other subjects that is great but we don't
require professional tutors.  What we need are people
who are encouraging and positive for the children to
emulate.

How?  Come and the children will ask you about their
homework or you can tell them a story or do some simple
arithmetic with them. 

Please consider coming.  When we lack tutors, we cannot give
the attention they badly need since we have to tutor 2 or 3 or
4 students at a time.  We aim to have one child to one tutor.
If you have more questions please feel free to reply to me.

Please confirm if you are coming so we can assign you a child
to Shannon at shannon_capati@yahoo.com.

Blessings!
Christina Alejandro
Volunteer Coordinator
0919-2234936
P.S.  If you cannot come this Saturday, please come next time!

*Please feel free to pass this post to anyone who may be interested to join us!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Sana Sumama Kayo sa Sabado!



Greetings Volunteer!
"Sana bukas mayroon akong kaibigan"

"... Helping these young children in their studies would not only benefit them but my country as well."  - Diony, He Cares Volunteer Tutor  READ MORE

All these children need is a friend.  They need the encouragement to
be the best they can be (in or out of school). 
You don't have to be a whiz at Math and English, we just need you to listen
to the children and to help them read books (provided) and maybe understand
their lessons (if you need assistance, other tutors may be asked).  Don't be
apprehensive about forgetting the basics from gradeschool, we've forgotten
too.  It's a team and we help each other remember.  What's most important
is that these children make a friend who encourages them to go on.
Just 2 hours to encourage them that learning can be enjoyable (or that it is
possible to understand) is more than enough. Seeing people who care is enough.
Please join us on:
August 24, 2013 (Saturday)
1 to 3 pm
3rd floor, Brgy. Bungad
*near Baler St. and West Ave. QC (map attached)
If you cannot be there but want to help, we need:
+ scratch paper
+ lesson plans / activity sheets (grades 1 to 2nd yr high)
This Saturday is coming and we pray that:
1. We will have a good number of tutors for the children coming.
2. That that children will be able to learn and excel in school.
3. That the tutors will enjoy their session with the children and take home wonderful memories.
Here are the latest schedules for future sessions.
August 24
September 14  & 28
October 12 & 26
November 9 & 23
December 7 (christmas party)
This Saturday:
We are calling for more volunteers!  Everyone is invited. 
You don't have to be a tutor.  You just need to have a
heart of compassion for these young ones.
What will we teach?  Primarily English and Math.  If you
are able to teach other subjects that is great but we don't
require professional tutors.  What we need are people
who are encouraging and positive for the children to
emulate.
How?  Come and the children will ask you about their
homework or you can tell them a story or do some simple
arithmetic with them. 
Please consider coming.  When we lack tutors, we cannot give
the attention they badly need since we have to tutor 2 or 3 or
4 students at a time.  We aim to have one child to one tutor.
Please confirm if you are coming so we can assign you a child
to Shannon at shannon_capati@yahoo.com.
Blessings!
Christina Alejandro
Volunteer Coordinator
0919-2234936
P.S.  If you cannot come this Saturday, please come next time!
*Please feel free to pass on this invite to anyone who may be interested to join us!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

June 8 Invitation


Come join us in the fight against poverty! Help the kids dream big and reach their fullest potential! Let's take every opportunity to love and care for them. Feel free to share. God bless your week ahead! :)


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mind Museum Field Trip

We had an absolutely mind-blowing experience at the Mind Museum at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig!

The kids were all so excited to go.  It was their first ever time to go to Fort Bonifacio!

The museum is one of the best (if not the best) science museums in the country.  There are so many interactive exhibits that you can spend hours upon hours just learning about so many things.  And I don't mean the kids alone!

 We were so blessed to have 2 teachers with us - Shannon and Lyza!

Here are Jessica and Tricia enjoying the exhibits.

It was nothing short of hair-raising!

Afterwards, the children had fun in the playground outside.  Never a dull moment for them!

We thank whole-heartedly all of the donors that have made this event possible!  Thank you for Mind Museum giving a big discount for all of us, even the volunteers!  Thank you Ate Aileen for preparing the food and being the lone mom taking care of the kids.  Thank you Kuya Joey for arranging the ride!  Thank you Kuya Toto and Kuya Elmer for driving everyone there safely.  Thank you to the volunteers Diony, Jason, Shannon, Lyza, Ate Aileen, Hanzel, Jojo, Iam, Tina for making this an amazing experience!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Summer Sun Swimming Fun


Greetings Volunteer!
We're very sorry for the late advise.  We only managed to arrange everything
today as in today!!!
But the good news is that we will be fulfilling the kids' dream to go
swimming.  Finally!  After they've been asking this from us every
year since we've been with them.
This Saturday April 27, 2013 we will have the chance to give joy to the
children again!
Schedule:

1:30 PM Meet at He Cares Center at 9 Mines St., Proj. 6, QC
        Jeep will carry kids and some of us will have them hitch
        a ride going to Ateneo Grade School Swimming Pool (Katipunan Ave.)
    - orientation for swimming (proper behavior in the pool, very important!)
    - swimming fun and games
    - snacks will be served to kids (water) from our funds
We will end by around 3:30 pm       
(*vehicle-less volunteers, please proceed to Ateneo already
and the pool area will know it's our activity time there
under my name and He Cares foundation)
With the summer heat, this time will be a chance for the kids to
cool off.  We've asked Carmi Bonifacio to lead the water activities
for the children.  She has gracefully accepted!
Please bring:
P40 for entrance if you wish to swim with kids
swimsuit, if you're swimming
Water and snacks to share
This Saturday is coming and we hope that:
1. Everyone will be safe.
2. We will have the right number of kids 30 and 20 adults to watch them.
3. We will have sufficient refreshments for the whole gang.
4. That we won't have a problem with the swimming attire requirement.
5. That everyone will have fun!!!
More about the Ateneo pool:
Ateneo Grade School Tel. 4266001 local 7246
Entrance Fees PHP 40 (adult). The pool is open to the public on weekends only.
Capacity  - 50 +
8 lanes 35 meters long
Operating Hours: 9 to 11:30 am, 1:30-6:30 pm
Water Level -  3½f - 4.5 feet depth
Pool Size 25m x 15m, outdoors, unheated
*Swimming attire is required
Here are the upcoming 2013 schedules for future sessions.
May 11 & 25
May 18 (medical mission)
June 8 & 22
July 13 & 27
August 10 & 24
September 14  & 28
October 12 & 26
November 9 & 23
December 7 (christmas party)
This Saturday:
We are calling for more volunteers!  Everyone is invited. 
You don't have to be a youth worker / tutor / teacher. 
You just need to have a heart of compassion for these young ones.
If you have more questions please feel free to reply to me.
Please confirm if you are coming with Shannon at shannon_capati@yahoo.com
or text me at 0919-223-4936.
Blessings!
Christina Alejandro
Volunteer Coordinator
P.S.  If you cannot come this Saturday, please come next time!
*Please feel free to pass this e-mail invite to anyone who may be interested to join us!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Spreading Some Smiles

"Anong pangalan mo?" (What's your name?)

The big man tells his name.

A little girl 1/4 his size, inside a small car, hands over some snacks and a packet of milk to a tricycle driver and he looks a bit puzzled with what is going on.

The little girl become excited.

"Ako susunod!"  (Me next!) The little boy in the back seat says.



These children were tasked last April 13th, 2013 to give away some simple snacks to total random strangers. Strangers who they thought would benefit from some freebies.  The children are used to being given handouts from the foundation and from kind individuals but this is the first time in their lives that they are the ones giving out to those in need.

The bigger kids would leave the car and go to the people they would give it to.

They came away with light hearts.  They came away smiling and happy.

We want to thank everyone who donated goodies like biscuits, milk packets etc for these children to give away.  The experience they had was priceless!

Monday, April 8, 2013

He Cares Children Go Birdwatching!

We came out with this promo ad on Facebook and Google+ to get volunteers to teach something they know.

Fortunately, Maia and Jops of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines, responded to the call.  They conducted a birdwatching for beginners session.

Here area some pictures with captions from Maila who facilitated the event.

They had a short introductory talk about birdwatching and the proper behavior when birding..  The children learning to use their bins properly

Spotting one of the favorite birds that afternoon: a Collared Kingfisher!

 Falling in line while waiting for their turn at the scope =)

Jun asking the very excited kids to fall in line

We also got to see a number of Brown Shrikes, which most kids described as "astig" =)

Very quickly, they started spotting birds by themselves.

Stickers coming up!!! 

Group photo by Jun Osano =)


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Spread Some Smiles Day

It's Spread Some Smiles day this Saturday (April 13 afternoon only)! 

We're doing something special (a surprise) with the kids. 

If you want to join us, pls send me an e-mail for the day's activity. 

If you have a car, pls volunteer, e-mail tina at papemelroti dot com Thanks!!!


Monday, March 18, 2013

15 Benefits of Spending Time with the Children


We've been "voluntutoring" for over 4 years now and in short, it's been wonderful.  

We've noticed that:
  • the children are more lively
  • the children are more confident relating with adults
  • the children are able to express themselves better
  • many of the children are striving for higher grades now compared to before
  • the children dream big(ger) now more than ever before (one of them wanted to just pass Grade 3 because that was where his mom stopped schooling!)
  • the children are more artistic and creative (many of the children whom we tutor won in a contest and their art is featured in a 2013 calendar)
  • the children dress better and generally look better than when we started
  • people have been so tremendously generous with this service and most of the time, they just donate toys / money / school materials / clothes without even being asked!
  • God provides.  We noticed that many times, when the tutor volunteers are few, the children will have some kind of makeup class in school so only a few come!!!  So we don't get too many children per tutor.  Thank you Lord!  We also got to go to many neat places in these 4 years without much fundraising at all (Manila Ocean Park, Planetarium, Science Center, National Museum, Intramuros, Museo Pambata etc) and many of these establishments gave us free passes or discounts, wow right?
at Manila Planetarium

BUT...!!!  Not only do the children get benefits, also us volunteers have a lot of benefits!!!

Here are some benefits we've seen through the years.
  1. The children make us laugh with their unexpected antics.
  2. When you work with children, you get younger (in heart and in looks!).
  3. We get to meet new people (the children, other volunteers, families of kids).
  4. We develop a heart of compassion for the children and their families, as well as the public educational system.
  5. We get to flex our patience muscles and make them bigger ;)
  6. We get to go see fun places!
  7. We get better at relating with children.
  8. We get to share what we know and have a sense of fulfillment from that.
  9. We get to try something new.
  10. We get challenged to handle more than one child (not for beginners, don't worry!)
  11. If you're single, the chance to be with children.  If you want to have a child one day, this is the perfect practice activity!
  12. If you're a parent, this is a way to learn and grow in your skills.
  13. Some volunteers bring their children to help tutor.  Their children learn the values of sharing, teaching, kindness, caring for others, and generosity.
  14. Some students get to finish their social action class requirements with us.
  15. We go home from the sessions with an incredible, inexplicable feeling of JOY!
I'm sure there are more benefits I've left out but suffice to say that indeed each volunteer is a blessing and is blessed.

This Saturday March 23, 2013 we will have the chance to touch the life of someone in need once again.  With 50+ children in 1 class, it is a rare thing for them to have
one to one attention.  Their homes lack space and light so it's quite difficult to study
in such an environment.  Their parents are away working hard to make a living.
The streets are more inviting to play in.
Just 2 hours to encourage them that learning can be enjoyable (or that it is
possible to understand) is more than enough. Seeing people who care is enough.
Please join us on:
March 23, 2013 (Saturday)
1-3 pm
3rd floor, Brgy. Bungad
*near Baler St. and West Ave. QC 

If you cannot be there but want to help, we need:
+ scratch paper
+ lesson plans / activity sheets (grades 1 to 2nd yr high)
This Saturday is coming and we hope that:
1. We will have enough tutors for the 28 children enrolled in the program.
2. That that children will be able to learn and excel in school.
3. That the tutors will enjoy their session with the children and take home wonderful memories.
Here are the latest 2013 schedules for future sessions.
March 23
April 13 & 27 (field trip outings)
May 11 & 25
May 18 (medical mission)
June 8 & 22
July 13 & 27
August 10 & 24
September 14  & 28
October 12 & 26
November 9 & 23
December 7 (christmas party)
This Saturday:
We are calling for more volunteers!  Everyone is invited. 
You don't have to be a tutor.  You just need to have a
heart of compassion for these young ones.
What will we teach?  Primarily English and Math.  If you
are able to teach other subjects that is great but we don't
require professional tutors.  What we need are people
who are encouraging and positive for the children to
emulate.
How?  Come and the children will ask you about their
homework or you can tell them a story or do some simple
arithmetic with them. 
Please consider coming.  When we lack tutors, we cannot give
the attention they badly need since we have to tutor 2 or 3 or
4 students at a time.  We aim to have one child to one tutor.
If you have more questions please feel free to reply to me.
Please confirm if you are coming so we can assign you a child
to Shannon at shannon_capati@yahoo.com.
Blessings!
Christina Alejandro
Volunteer Coordinator
P.S.  If you cannot come this Saturday, please come next time!
*Please feel free to pass this e-mail invite to anyone who may be interested to join us!