THE OFFICIAL UPDATE OF GUGMA SA KABATAAN, INC
Vol 1 issue No 4 December 2005
In different occasions, GsK children celebrated Christmas 2005. In December 11, 2005 the family of Toyota Cagayan De Oro Finance and Administration division, have brought priceless gifts of fun and laughter, songs and dances for forty-five (45) children of Gsk who shouted and jumped for joy. Gatekeepers Mesdames Jean and Diana had maximized the participation of every child in an enriching way. Jason Awitin (in white shirt) had his first hopped and became very visible as a person. Heljohn Lusa, sophomore high school student, who spoke on behalf of Gsk to express gratitude, was moved to tears “we hope that you will continue to support us in our struggles. I am survived by an alcoholic mother that is the reason why I strived to study hard.. “
The closing remark of Madam Juvilyn Tacbobo stressed that “we have our struggles too in the process of organizing. But we felt so blessed to have chosen you and spend this Sunday with you instead with our families. “ Material gifts of 50 kilos of rice, used clothes, a box of toys, food stuff were donated for the children.
“Chair relay is fun with our Ate from
Below: Kuya Alvin, ONE CDO, looks beautiful being made by the
Children as a Christmas tree
Handog sa Pasko Saya at Tuwa by ONE CDO
was given to Gsk children. In
December 18, 2005, ONE CDO, (organization ng mga nagkahiugsang mga Estudyante sa
Cagayan de Oro) had chosen street children as beneficiaries for Christmas
2005. The Gsk children had so much
fun and laughter that they will always cherish with the bonding established
between them and to the Ate and Kuya of ONE CDO. ONE CDO is an alliance of
students from various Colleges in Cagayan de Oro. Led by Mr. Jay Are Mendoza,
president of the Supreme Council the group spent their Sunday too with the
other street children and organization like Balay Canosa. The two-hour Christmas program was held
In another occasion, in December 17, 2005 children in conflict with the law at Lumbia celebrated Christmas 2005. Only twenty-five minors will be celebrating Christmas 2005 in jail.
DRUG AWARENESS EDUCATION LAUNCHED IN LUMBIA JAIL
“Our body is
“Slippers, shirts and more can make the longest line> body and mind- downers and sedatives.
Fun to make the longest line facilitated by Junjun
Managantan during the Christmas program in jail.
In relevance to the query of solvent/rugby users, Vince stressed that it caused stomach ulcers, dried up the brain that eventually leads to social problem i.e. crime. Furthermore, he warned the children that “intake of cough syrup without prescription by the physician is very dangerous to health. Dosage of an adult is different from a child.” As a parting word to the children he urged the twenty-nine (29) minors who are in conflict with the law to refrain from vices – smoking, drinking and sniffing.
MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT (MOA) WAS SIGNED
The signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was a historic moment between Gugma sa Kabataan and Liceo de Cagayan University.
In December 7, 2005 the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement took
place in joint undertaking community outreach program and services by the
Center: Gsk Executive Director signed the
MOA. From left: Ms. Frtizie Caybor,
Vice President Mariano Lerin and Dean
Martina Brobo .
The Memorandum of Agreement stated that Liceo de Cagayan University will provide services every Saturday afternoon from 1:30 – 4:00 in the afternoon to Gugma sa Kabataan as an outreach program. Gugma sa Kabataan, the covenanting party to provide the venue, participants
and activity. Also, it is stipulated in the agreement that both parties will issue certificates to actively involved students.
Ian Awitin, 12 year old Gsk client, was a witnessed in the MOA. Ian shared his life story as a street child, “I am on the 2nd grade pupil at City Central. For three years I was out-of school because I had to scavenge for food and recycled things, begged for money and food to earn for a living to help my widowed mother.” Gsk Executive Director urged the future teachers that learning is both in the “ideal and in the actual world. The beautiful life story of Ian will enrich what you’ve learned from the school to reconcile theory into reality.”
CHILDREN’S MONTH 2005 CELEBRATION
The theme “Bright Child: Yaman ng Magulang, Lakas ng Bayan” motivated GsK children to demonstrate their capabilities in various activities during the celebration of the Children’s month in October 2005.
It was a very rewarding experienced for the Gsk
children to celebrate with the United
very curious on how Ate Jenny Mae
planted the Golden tree.
Poster making was another activity that Gsk children enjoyed. In October 23-28, 2005 fifteen (15) entries in Poster Contest were exhibited at the Tourism hall of the Cagayan de Oro City Hall for public viewing. The Poster was made of crayon drawing to integrate the feeling, idea and creativity of the children on the understanding on the theme “Bright child: Yaman ng Magulang, Lakas ng Bayan.” Criterion were based on – relevance, concept and creativity. Three major awards were given to: Heljohn Lusa, 1st prize, Jestoni Awitin, 2nd prize and Fredie Acierto, 3rd prize and consolation award of Php20.00 happily received by the children.
“I am a bright child because I am a very responsible child in the family, in my studies. Every Saturday I come here at the GsK center to learn and to help the slow learners in reading’’ Heljohn, the first prize winner on Poster drawing.
From left to Right: Gsk Executive Director, jestoni Awitin, 2nd placer
Awardees, presented his poster to the panel of judges. Ms. Cynthia
Rosales, chairperson of the judges listened attentively.
GOOD SAMARITANS MULTIPLIED
Gugma sa Kabataan is enjoying human resources of people from various fields and disciplines who committed themselves to provide services to the GsK children. Sir Richard T Belarmino, a certified public accountant by profession, Finance Coordinator Northwest Mindanao, at World Vision, is one of our committed volunteers. He and his pair of scissor and comb gives free hair cut to the children as his ministry not only to Gsk children together with other street children in Divisoria. He is a painter too.
Pastor Melvin Ramoso, youth pastor of the United Church of Christ in the
From the office of the Commission on Urban Poor Region X, Ms. Cynthia Rosales, Assistant Director, who has no time willingly to find time for the Gsk children. “I feel so blessed with the children,” remarked Ms. Rosales who comes on Saturday for an hour Bible study with the children.
Left: Children eagerly wait for the hair cut service of Kuya Richard
Right: GsK children listened to the Bible story Pastor Melvin