The Goducate Training Center in San Miguel, Iloilo, Philippines, is fast taking shape.
The 11.2 hectare site has been transformed in the last 7 months from a forested area into a training center with agricultural fields (hybrid rice, vegetables, fruit trees), aquaculture pond (with over 3000 fish), large multipurpose hall (for training and accommodation), a camp-site (for accommodation) and recreational facilities (zip lines, horse trails, swimming/dipping pool, restaurant).
We hope to be able to take in our first batch of Goducate trainees in April. They will be trained to help poor communities of Asians help themselves. A large part of their training will be in agriculture and aquaculture so that they can help poor communities produce more food in a sustainable and eco-friendly way.
The trainees will support themselves during their 6-9 month training period by producing their own food – and in the process learn transferable agricultural and aqua-cultural skills.
They will also help to run the recreational and learning activities on the site to generate funds from corporations, educational institutions and other organizations. Presently, there is a strong demand for such activities (team-building, bonding, leadership) from such organizations in Iloilo. The funds generated from these activities will help Goducate Training Center to be self-sustaining in the near future.
This is in line with Goducate’s philosophy of helping others help themselves.
If we can’t help ourselves to be self-sustianing, then how can we help others do so?
Since January this year, Goducate has partnering a private manpower service in Laguna whose aim is very much in line with ours of helping the needy help themselves. This service runs campaigns in villages on the outskirts of Laguna to help out-of-school youth find jobs. We have thus been channelling to this service those attending our Alternative Learning System (ALS) programme, as well as those in our other community programmes… Continue reading
Last December some 400 children in the Goducate program in Laguna each received a recorder from a group of Goducate supporters (see blog, Feb 12, 2016). They were then able to get lessons on Saturdays, when our volunteers, mainly Goducate scholars, go to the various villages to offer tuition in a range of subjects.
At the March quarterly Children’s Day, when the children from all the villages gather together… Continue reading
“We make it fun”, that’s what we always say in Goducate, whether it be in our team-building or any other activity. And we like to rise to the challenge—in this case, of bringing a sports camp to a barangay (village) instead of bringing the campers to the Goducate Training Center.
Working hand in hand with the barangay officials, we held our first Barangay Sports Camp in Barangay Camando, Leon… Continue reading