The Goducate Literacy Center in Lalao in Laguna, The Philippines, celebrated the Nutrition Day on July 24. The nationwide theme for Nutrition Month was “Pagkain ng Gulay Ugaliin, Araw-araw Itong Ihain.” (Get used to eating vegetables, serve it daily).
The program started with a parade of the parents, children, teachers, and visitors. The children carried small baskets loaded with different kinds of fruits and vegetables.
The nursery students then sang Bahay Kubo, a Filipino folk song about vegetables growing around a nipa hut, followed by the students from the preparatory class, who sang a song that I composed, about the nutritional value of vegetables.
The parents took part in a cooking contest. They were divided into three groups, each of which brought the foods they prepared. Judging was based on nutritional value, creativity, and on how well dishes represented Filipino food.
After a message from Leo Decinal, the Goducate Coordinator in Luzon, our guest speaker Mrs Cora Ortiz, principal of Tranca Elementary School, took the stage. She acknowledged the Goducate Literacy Center as the school’s partner in bringing good education to the children and in building up their character.
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