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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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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Last December a group of Singaporean friends came to see the Goducate community work in Laguna, and offered gifts for children in the various villages we work in. The children selected were those taking part in our literacy, sports, and music programs. 430 children from 11 villages each received a school bag and school supplies, snacks, and a recorder.
Recorder classes have been held every Saturday. Most of the teachers are our Goducate scholars (college students receiving a Goducate bursary); others are our community development workers.
After a month 205 children were still attending the recorder classes regularly. 54 of these were chosen to play in late January for those sponsors who paid a return visit after a trip to Manila.
Next month we will hold an evaluation. Those who pass the theory and practical examinations will be allowed to proceed to learn a brass or string instrument. Most of our students prefer brass instruments, and we hope that we will be able to acquire sufficient of these instruments.
Goducate’s music program has been valuable not only in keeping children off the streets, but also in giving children a valuable skill, and in instilling in them much discipline.
Children with their gifts
Goducate scholar teaching a recorder class
Playing before the sponsors
For several years Goducate staff in Laguna have been trying to make a business out of producing vermicompost—compost produced by earthworms from manure—at the Goducate farm. It has been quite a struggle, until the last quarter of 2015, when they were able to sell the vermicompost at a good … … Read More
Goducate tries to impact a community positively and give sustainable help to the barangay (village) that it is serving. We have found that training community leaders to help their own barangays is very useful in giving lasting assistance to the community.
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