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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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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 musicians from Philippines perform at sponsor’s anniversary dinner in Singapore

Four Goducate musicians from Laguna, Philippines, had the wonderful experience of being flown to Singapore to perform for an audience of 900 people. The occasion was the 20th anniversary of MHC Ltd, a loyal and generous Goducate sponsor.

MHC, a third-party administrator that connects general practitioners, human-resource departments, and medical insurers, has adopted Goducate as its corporate social responsibility. For its 20th anniversary dinner, it decided to bring the four musicians to provide some of the entertainment. MHC also invited a team of nine Filipino Goducate teachers serving in Indonesia to sing at the dinner.

The Goducate music program in Laguna started as a means of attracting street-kids back to school, but it took off so well that the students were soon leaning other instruments. There are now over 200 people in the program, which includes a senior and junior orchestra. The program caught the eye of Channel News Asia, which in 2011 produced a 2-part feature on the orchestra in its Once Upon A Village series.

The music program now has a Singapore-based director, who will be going over periodically to Laguna to conduct music camps. While the musicians were here, apart from rehearsals for the anniversary dinner, they also received special music lessons.

In Laguna the musicians play at various events, and some give music lessons. We hope that the experience they gained in Singapore will encourage them to seek even more performing engagements back home, thus fulfilling Goducate’s aim of helping needy Asians help themselves.

Musicians rehearsing in Singapore

Musicians rehearsing in Singapore

Laguna musicians (seated) performing at MHC dinner, with Dr Ben Kwan

Laguna musicians (seated) performing at MHC dinner, with Dr Ben Kwan

Laguna musicians with Goducate supervisors for Laguna

Laguna musicians with Goducate supervisors for Laguna

7 of the Goducate teachers from Indonesia who sang at the dinner, together with Goducate founder Paul Choo

7 of the Goducate teachers from Indonesia who sang at the dinner, together with Goducate founder Paul Choo

Goducate teacher in Vietnam learns much from video club

For the past 5 months or so, I have been helping to run a video club in Da Nang, Vietnam. It ended with a 24-hour film competition. The members of the club learnt drama skills, video editing, and film-making (see blog of June 17, 2014). What I gained from … … Read More

Goducate Model Farm recovers from Typhoon Ramassun (Glenda)

Eight months after Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Typhoon Yolanda) devastated large parts of the Philippines in Nov 2013, Typhoon Rammasun (known locally as Typhoon Glenda) came along. Although its impact was not as great as that of Typhoon Haiyan, Typhoon Rammasun (Rammasun is a Thai word for thunder … … Read More