Although a handful of the children at the Cambodian Children’s Home had picked up how to play a musical instrument, such as the guitar, the recorder, or the keyboard, it was only earlier this year that an intensive music program was introduced at the Home. Three of the musicians from the Goducate music program in the Philippines spent 10 days at the Cambodian Children’s Home giving intensive lessons in the recorder, keyboard, violin, and flute. Two months later, the children had a couple of days of violin and masterclass training from a visitor from Singapore before they performed at the opening of the boys’ workshop at the Home.
The end of the 2011-2012 school year presented another opportunity for the students to give a musical performance. This ceremony was much bigger and more formal than the opening of the workshop, and held away from the Home, so tension among the children was high, reaching a peak about an hour before the start of the ceremony. However, once they started on their performances they calmed down and played naturally, seemingly oblivious to what was going on around them.
Earlier this month, Goducate Children’s Home, Cambodia, welcomed 5 new children into the “family”. These children, Nat, Lynn, Kanya, Mon and Nia, come from Battambang, a 12-hour drive away from the Home. They come from very poor homes and have received little education. They came to the Home in hope of a better education and a better life in the future.
The new children were taken for medical check-ups… Continue reading
Since Goducate aims to help needy Asians help themselves, Bangladesh is a country that has attracted its attention.
Recently, Bangladesh was in the news because of a horrific factory collapse that killed over 1100 garment workers. I was in the country when that accident took place.
Bangladesh is the most densely populated large country. It has about 160 million people (half of US population) squeezed into a land… Continue reading
Goducate Training Center (GTC), in Iloilo, Philippines, held its first Recruitment Conference on May 6-8.
Invitations had been sent to new university graduates, to working people, and to those who had expressed interest in being trained as community development workers (CDWs). Over 300 people from all over the Philippines attended the conference.
The topics covered included the history of Goducate, its philosophies, its CDW training program, and the… Continue reading