Goducate Training Center in Iloilo, Philippines, has been training its pioneer batch of 20 over trainees since April.
The training includes: basic agriculture, sloping agricultural land techniques, teaching adult literacy, teaching English to speakers of other languages, counseling, driving, self-defence, cooking.
The lecturers come from different countries, backgrounds and disciplines. Cross-cultural training is essential because the workers may have to work abroad. If so, they need to quickly understand the people they work with, and more importantly, to be readily accepted by the new community.
The objective is to produce Goducate workers who can work among the needy to help them help themselves, not just at home but also anywhere where needed.
I visited the Goducate Children’s Home in Cambodia again recently to see what new strategies could be applied to significantly improve food sufficiency for the children and staff at the Home. One of these focuses on rice production at two separate lowland parcels with an aggregate area of 0.8 hectare.
The past attempts in growing rice at the Home led to yields that were dismally low because of poor… Continue reading
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