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.
Listen to Dr Paul Choo on 938 Live radio podcast (9 min 23 sec) Podcast
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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“We make it fun”, that’s what we always say in Goducate, whether it be in our team-building or any other activity. And we like to rise to the challenge—in this case, of bringing a sports camp to a barangay (village) instead of bringing the campers to the Goducate Training Center.
Working hand in hand with the barangay officials, we held our first Barangay Sports Camp in Barangay Camando, Leon, on April 9. 68 young people (aged 13-19 yr) turned up for this day camp. It was their first time playing their favorite sport (basketball) in a camp, and their first time to try our Archery Assault.
What the camp brought to the youths was not only fun. The games stirred up their interest in sports, thus possibly diverting their attention from less-wholesome activities. They heard testimonies of changed lives to encourage them to stay on the right track. The fun-filled team-building games led on to small-group discussions. And during counselling time, they were mentored on various aspects of life. In all, the camp was an extraordinary experience for the campers, who learnt sportsmanship, discipline, cooperation, and sense of responsibility.
We are now looking look forward to working with other barangays to hold sports camps there.
Getting ready for Archery Assault
*Our guest writer is Marmar Daguob, a trainee at the Goducate Training Center, Iloilo
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