The Philippines is home to a staggering number of children who live on the streets. Faced with a multitude of every day challenges, many stop schooling. Some have taken on the task of encouraging the children to dream big for themselves and their families. These are the life and times of a volunteer tutor in the Philippines.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
When 1 Teaches 2 Learn
I asked one of the first timers of last tutoring
session how she found
her time with the children. She said "Ang saya,
(it was fun but the time was too
Robert Heinlein's words "When one teaches, two learn" easily describes
what we do on tutoring session Saturdays! It's not just the children
that pickup a thing or two, we do too!
Have a terrific time this Saturday with children
an urban challenged community. You'll be
assigned one child to read
with and for you to help them with simple
Life on the streets is living a life with an
uncertain future. Many who
are left to themselves turn to their friends who
are also searching for
meaning with their existence and some turn to
drugs and crime.
He Cares foundation is a beacon of hope for these
children but since
there are so many of them, the foundation still
needs you to put some of
the pieces together - like hope for the future,
value for education, even
just friendship can change the
Last Saturday's tutoring session, we had a good
attendance from the
children and a lot of first timers. We hope you
come back if you haven't
in a long while. Remember that the more the
children see you come back,
the more they feel the
Helping a child to love learning is surely a step
towards a brighter
know that you don't have to be a teacher to join us. 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!
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:
March 1, 2014 (Saturday)
1 to 3 pm
3rd floor, Brgy. Bungad
*near Baler St. and West Ave. QC (map
1-1:30 pm is for First timers orientation, asking
and setting up the venue (arranging
chairs, putting books and materials
on the tables etc)
1:30 to 2-3 tutoring proper
*when the volunteers come earlier,we can
start tutoring earlier
*PLEASE ask for directions before
Saturday because sometimes, we are
already doing the orientation and some volunteers
are lost because we
are already busy and were not able to answer the
THINGS TO BRING:
- bring water, you might get
- no need to bring anything else, just some
If you cannot be there but want to help, we
+ offer to photocopy exercise sheets
+ lesson plans / activity sheets (grades 1 to
This Saturday is coming and we pray
1. We will have a good attendance of both
volunteers and children.
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
and 3rd Saturdays of the month)
1 and 15 April 5 and 19 May 3 and 17 June 7
and 21 July 5 and 19 August 2 and 16 September 6 and 20 October 4
and 18 November 15 (possibly another on 29) December 6 (christmas party)
We are calling for more volunteers! Everyone is
You don't have to be a tutor. You just need to
heart of compassion for these young
What will we teach? Primarily English and Math.
are able to teach other subjects that is great
but we don't
require professional tutors. What we need are
who are encouraging and positive for the children
How? Come and the children will ask you about
homework or you can tell them a story or do some
arithmetic with them.
Please consider coming. When we lack tutors, we
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