Caritas Scholars Moved to Share

The Dioceses of Novaliches and Caloocan selected some Caritas Scholars to undergo a leadership workshop with the Ninoy & Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF), in preparation for the Summer Feed Break Volunteer Activity with Hapag-Asa Integrated Nutrition Program.

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Caritas Scholars from the Diocese of Caloocan

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Lai, one of the participants from the Diocese of Novaliches, shares his volunteer experience.

Before proceeding to the 5-day Summer Feed Break Program in the Diocese, selected high school and college Caritas Scholars of Novaliches went through the leadership orientation ran by NCAF last April 5, 2014. After their volunteer activity, the young scholars huddled once more to look back on their experience of helping during the feeding program. One of the participants, Marife Moncada, 1st year College student from St. Paul University – Quezon City, shares how the leadership orientation equipped her in their community deployment: “Natutunan ko na higit pa sa oras ang maibabahagi ko sa mga bata, kundi pati mismo ang aking sarili. Naramdaman ko sa pagvovolunteer ko sa feeding program na kaya kong maging isang mabuting lider.” (I learned that more than sharing my time with the kids, I am sharing myself to them. I felt as I was volunteering during the feeding program that I can be a good leader.)

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(L-R) Maricel, Jairus and Lea are happy to volunteer for Hapag-Asa…and they would love to do it again.

Almost fifty (50) high school and college Caritas Scholars attended the leadership orientation in the Diocese of Caloocan last May 12, 2014. Coming fresh from their volunteer activity, some of the scholars cannot help but be grateful for the wonderful opportunity they experienced. Second year college student Maricel Samoza, during one of the plenary sessions, imparted her sentiments during her volunteer experience: “Kahit mainit, hindi namin ininda…ang sarap sa pakiramdam ‘yung tumutulong ng walang kapalit.” (We did not mind the hot weather…it feels good to give without expecting anything in return.) Though the Summer Feed Break ends, some of the scholars like Lea Palermo, 2nd year college student from the City of Malabon University, expressed their intentions to continue volunteering with Hapag-Asa: “Masarap sa pakiramdam ang makita ang ngiti ng mga bata…Nagbabalak kami ng mga nakasama ko sa feeding program na ipagpatuloy ang pagvovolunteer.” (It feels good to see the smiles of the kids…We plan to pursue with our volunteering.) First year student Jairus Lopez says he is thankful for going through the leadership orientation before his community deployment. Through the leadership orientation, Jairus shares, “Mas natuto akong makinig sa ibang tao at kung paano makisama sa kanila. Natutunan ko rin na walang maliit na bagay sa pagtulong — mula sa pagbubuhat ng tubig at pagliligpit ng pagkain.” (I learned how to listen to other people and how to get along with them. I also learned that there is no little thing when it comes to helping — from carrying the water and arranging the food.)

The Ninoy & Cory Aquino Foundation is open to conduct school- and community-based leadership workshops. For more information, you may contact the NCACL Secretariat at +63915-215-0963 or email us at info@ncaf.ph.

Ninoy & Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF)

The Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation traces its roots to the Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. Foundation (BSAF), established by the late Senator’s widow in November 1983 to perpetuate his legacy.  BSAF became her vehicle for continuing to engage non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and people’s organizations (POs) that played a key role in empowering communities and reviving democratic institutions alongside her administration.

On August 21, 2008, BSAF launched the iamninoy campaign with the help of creative and merchandise partners to introduce Ninoy Aquino to new generations of Filipinos as a fitting commemoration of his 25th death anniversary. Using the senator’s iconic eyeglasses as its visual signature, the campaign invited young Filipinos to look at society “through Ninoy’s eyes” and to surface the selfless hero inside them.

Today, NCAF seeks to build on the legacy of Ninoy and Cory by supporting activities that embody the spirit of People Power as a strong and positive force for social change in a robust democracy.

Reference: www.iamninoy.com

Hapag-Asa Integrated Nutrition Program

Launched in July 2005 together with Assisi Development Foundation (ADFI) and Feed the Children Philippines (FTCPI), Hapag-Asa aims to mitigate the prevalence of malnutrition in the Philippines. At present, aside from the aforementioned organizations, Hapag-Asa is joined by CBCP-NASSA, Caritas Filipinas Foundation, Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) and Risen Saviour Missions (RSM) in its mission of helping our malnourished Filipino children.

Six months to 12 years old undernourished children, underweight pregnant and lactating women in the community are the beneficiaries of Hapag-Asa. These beneficiaries are being fed once a day, five days a week for six months. Education classes and livelihood and skills training for parents are done as well. Apart from the Church, non-government organizations (NGOs) and local government units (LGUs) also take part in implementing the program.

Reference: www.hapagasafeeding.com/about-us

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