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Income-Generating Activities for Nanays

Always a fun time with the Nanays with big smiles and high motivation

March 3, 2015, Nanays in Cangumbang, Palo have their monthly Future Funds meeting

The meeting of the Nanays of the Cangumbang. Palo community has come together for their monthly future funds meeting at the Volunteer for the Visayans Community Centre. Community coordinator Maila and volunteer Judith teach the mothers various skills and techniques on how they can save and make money for the future funds program.

The VFV Future Funds program records and monitors mothers who have signed up to save 6 consecutive months of income and pool their money together to allow them to have access to future loans incase of emergencies and investing in income generating activities.

The program also encourages the nanays to set personal and financial goals in each meeting while the coordinators help keep track and reach their goals. From financial budgeting, saving for post-secondary education, improving the diets of their children, investing in entrepreneurship, and children’s success in school. Community coordinator Maila monitors their progress and keeps them on track to reach their goals for an improved future for their families.

Community volunteer Judith also encourages the mothers to participate in more income-generating activities to allow for easier savings of money for their future funds program. Such skills and activities include selling handicrafts like bracelets and making local delicacies.

One particular area she is passionate about is investing in homemade peanut butter rather than purchasing it from the store, then selling it for extra income. Just one tablespoon of peanut butter is high in protein with nutrients to help increase the weight of the children.

Nanays and sponsored children cleaning up for the future vegetable garden in Cangumbang, Palo

What’s the next goal for the nanays? Creating a vegetable garden just outside of the VFV centre in Cangumbang for them to sell to VFV volunteers in the Nutrition Program, like Judith, who provides healthy homemade meals to sponsored children in the Cangumbang community. abundant with vegetables found in traditional Filipino cuisine, leftover crop will be sold within the community.

With this program and partnership with Volunteer for the Visayans, the nanays, their families and the Cangumbang community can reap and sow the rewards of sustainable food supply and extra income.

Written by: Monica Belen Luzano – Media Intern from Canada

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Traditional Filipino Games (Laro ng Lahi)

January 16, 2015, 3 days before the group of Canadian students from Cegep de Remouski’s return to Canada.

Cegep de Remouski w/ David LIndsay

They were presented an activity and games which they were never played and experienced before.

We call it  Laro ng Lahi or the Traditional Filipino Games.

These games are commonly played by children, usually using  native materials or instruments. Due to limited resources of toys of Filipino Children, they usually come up with games without the need of anything but the players themselves.

Years ago, kids used to gather in the streets or in their neighborhood playground to play their favorite Pinoy games.

This has been their regular and popular pastimes, as well as the favorite games of our parents and grandparents until new and modern forms of entertainment (technology like computers, phones) has taken over the interests of children. But a great majority of Filipino children still play this games.

There are about 40 known traditional Filipino games but we just taught them six games.

The group of students were divided into three groups. Sponsored kids were also divided and assigned to the three groups.

First game was sudsud, it has a rectangular pattern with columns and lines that are drawn on the floor. Players have their own small flat stones. All columns are just like levels. First, you will throw the stone to the first column then you move the stone with one foot while the other foot is hanging up.

Second game was called dampa, it is a rubber band game, usually using  bare hands in producing air coming out of the hand to move the rubber bands.

Third game was called kadang , it is composed of two coconut shells attached with string. It is played by using the coconut shells as a slippers while holding the strings. Whichever team finishes first wins.

Fourth game was chinese garter, two people hold both ends of a stretched garter horizontally while the others attempt to cross over it. The goal is to cross without having tripped on the garter. With each round, the garter’s height is made higher than the previous round (the game starts with the garter at ankle-level, followed by knee-level, until the garter is positioned above the head). The higher rounds demand dexterity, and the players generally leap with their feet first in the air, so their feet cross over the garter, and they end up landing on the other side. Also, with the higher levels, doing cartwheels to “cross” the garter is allowed.

Fifth game was Patintero (in English try to cross my line without letting me touch or catch you). There are two teams playing: an attack team and a defence team; with players for each team. To score, attack team players must make “home-runs”. The attack team must try to run along the perpendicular lines from the home-base to the back-end, and return without being tagged by the defence players.

Cegep de Remouski's teamwork while playing Higot-Higot

Sixth game was called higot-higot, this game has a string that is tie in each players foot. Basically this game is about teamwork or teambuilding , whoever team reaches the line wins.

After the exciting and spectacular games the group have their first budol-fight. It is a Filipino style of eating with no plates, spoon and forks but only with bare hands. All the foods are served in a banana leaf. These are all native delicacies

The group was so tired after playing but were refreshed afterward. Thus, the real objective of this activity is to show them the Filipino games, the culture and the food.

Written by : Aleth Young – Volunteer Program Coordinator

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Volunteer for the Visayans’ Gift-Giving

Vfv team singing a Christmas carol songs infront of the children in Ormoc City

 

Traditionally, Volunteer for the Visayans give out gifts every year to different placements and projects.

Volunteer for the Visayans has managed to accumulate a number of donations such as  toys and clothes from previous volunteers and various donors.

This enabled us to distribute or give out simple gifts to children from disadvantaged backgrounds and to different RHU.

December 17, RHU , Tacloban City , Orphanages , Street Children , Womens Shelter.

December 18  ,  Ormoc City , Hayag , Lingap Center, Boys Holding Center.

Rural Health Unit (RHU) clinics serve as the only source of free healthcare for impoverished communities in rural towns around Tacloban City.

It is at these clinics where one doctor and a handful of nurses have the sole responsibility of looking after a community of thousands of people whilst at the same time having only a limited number of resources at their disposal.

Thank you Rural Health Unit (RHU) in providing healthcare for the people in each community.

Child Welfare institutes such as private and government funded orphanages in the Philippines do not possess the necessary funding to extend their services past basic care and social welfare support.

As a result abandoned, orphaned and neglected children very rarely get the opportunity to experience the pleasure of receiving gifts.

Many of this orphans are often undernourished and have previously suffered from great deals of neglect.

We were happy to see the smiles on every child’s faces once they received and opened their gifts.

In future , if your child’s toy box or clothes is looking a little overcrowded and you are thinking of discarding a few items to the trash, we ask you to reconsider. Volunteer for the Visayans will take any of your donation to distribute it to some of the most disadvantaged children in Leyte.

Please click the link to help and donate  http://www.visayans.org/donations

Written by: Aleth Young – Volunteer Program Coordinator

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