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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I brought my 2 kids, Ming (18-yr) & Owen (8-yr) with me to meet and explore the life of the 3 boys whom we are sponsoring in the Goducate Children’s Home. We were first warmly welcomed by the well- mannered kids at the Home and then amazed by their agility and ability to handle the tasks that were given to them eg 4-year old Lily was also taught to wash her own clothes like rest of the older children. Each child had their housekeeping responsibilities than just being taken care of. Under the tutelage of the teachers and a good home school system, my kids were able to communicate and played together very well with them throughout the visit. They taught Owen how to find worms directly from the ground for fishing and shown how they take care of the chicken coop and pig sty. In return, Owen taught them how to operate his go pro camera that he had brought along.
I am so glad that I had the opportunity to bring my city-life kids to experience life in a forest, to be able to see how the kids live with simplicity and yet with so much contentment. We were also thrilled to see them so elated to participate and later see their own photo prints that we had prepared for them through the photo-booth session. They were so appreciative of what we did for them that they left us with their lovely hand-made thank you cards. It was such a privilege to be able to bring the joy of Christmas all the way from Singapore to Cambodia. All efforts of travel was worth it!
The experience has impacted my kids so much that Owen was talking about how he is willing to give up his next Japan trip to go back to Cambodia again. I am reminded that’s whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Looking at how many lives has been transformed through this Goducate Home, I do hope we are able to return soon too!
The team arriving in Phnom Penh airport on Monday
Some of the girls at the Home
Contributed by guest writer, Peng Lay
On Nov 7-10, for the first time since Goducate launched its Sing Your English (SYE) program in 2012 in Indonesia, we brought it abroad, to Sabah in East Malaysia. There, an SYE team from Indonesia held 4 SYE camps on 4 days, one day each for pre-school students, primary … … Read More
Just as Goducate Laguna helped schools celebrate Teachers’ Day (see blog Oct 21), Goducate Training Center (GTC) did likewise. On Oct 5, GTC joined Leonora S. Salapantan National High School (LSSNHS) to celebrate World Teachers’ Day in the school’s gymnasium.
The Supreme Student Government (SSG) Leaders partnered with GTC … … Read More