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Passion People 938 Live

He calls himself a catalyst…for dreams. He has had more than thirty years experience helping people…first as a medical doctor and then as a full time Church volunteer.  His latest project is called Goducate. It provides the seed capital and training for rural livelihood projects overseas. Dr Paul Choo is Devika Misra’s guest on 6th September 2010 on Passion People at 938 Live.

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Listen to Dr Paul Choo on 938 Live radio podcast (9 min 23 sec)  Podcast

Go... & Educate!

Helping Needy Asians Help Themselves

Goducate is a non profit organization. The name itself comes from 2 words – “Go” and “Educate”.

“Go” means to proceed, to advance. It denotes a movement, passing from one place to another. It signifies progress being made.

“Educate” means to teach, to train, to groom, to refine. It describes a process to stimulate or develop the mental or moral growth of a person. It speaks of empowerment.

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Goducate is starting Learning Centers for Marawi Evacuees

On May 23, 2017 ISIS attacked the city of Marawi (in Mindanao, Philippines). Marawi is the largest Muslim city in the Philippines. Four months on, the fighting continues, and large parts of the city are reduced to rubble by daily aerial bombing.
An estimated 400,000 people have fled from the fighting, mostly to the neighbouring city of Iligan (40 minutes by car from Marawi). Of these 400,000, fewer than 10,000 are housed in government evacuee centers. The rest have found refuge among relatives in neighbouring villages. Almost all the evacuees are Muslims.

Evacuee center in Iligan

Evacuee center in Iligan

I went to Iligan with a team from Goducate in August and visited 4 “centers.” The living conditions were appalling, with hundreds living in crowded makeshift “rooms.” All the children were not attending school and were unlikely to return to school for several years (because schools have been destroyed).
In response to requests from the local leaders, we decided to start learning centers for these thousands of children. Since Goducate’s philosophy is “helping Asians help themselves”, we will be teaching the mothers among the evacuees to teach their own children. We have successfully established similar learning centers in Sabah for the past 8 years.

Government evacuee center

Government evacuee center

In October our Sabah team of teacher-trainers will start training the refugee mums ,who should then be able to teach their own children with Goducate curriculum and school supplies.
We hope that every child will have a chance to continue learning despite the difficult and dangerous conditions around them.

A family's living quarters

A family’s living quarters

Goducate believes that every child deserves the chance of a decent education.

Goducate team in Laguna starts new farm

In January this year Goducate Laguna rented an area of 1 hectare to expand its vermiculture and fertilizer project to meet growing demand (see blog, Aug 5).

This expansion gave 6 Goducate scholars the opportunity to work for 2 months (May and June) to earn some money for the … … Read More

Goducate Brings Health Awareness to Senior Citizens in Barangay Manguna, Philippines

Goducate’s goal to go and educate all 42,000 barangays (villages) in the Philippines.  One of the new barangays reached is Manguna in the municipality of Cabatuan, in Iloilo province. Goducate reached this community with our Health Information Drive (HID) for senior citizens.

First, Goducate community development trainers (CDTs) trained … … Read More