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?
Monday Dec 8 was the first anniversary of the riot in Little India that prompted Goducate to set up the Happy Happy English program in foreign workers’ dormitories in Singapore. Little India is a district in Singapore where Indian shops are concentrated and where foreign workers from the Indian subcontinent congregate on their days off.
Over the weekend and on Monday itself, Singapore newspapers commemorated the anniversary with reports… Continue reading
Two of the older boys in the Goducate Children’s Home in Cambodia are now continuing their education in the Philippines.
At the Home the two boys, like the other residents there, undergo a US-based home-schooling program. However, to ensure that they will be able to fit well into their community when they leave the Home, all the residents also learn the Khmer language.
Joshua is now enrolled in… Continue reading
Goducate Laguna held its 2nd music camp at the Goducate Laguna Campsite in Pupuy, Bay, from Oct 30 to Nov 1. Unlike the first camp, which was held over 2 days for both the senior and junior orchestras (see Aug 29 blog), this one was a more intensive camp confined to only some of the senior players. As before, the orchestra was very unbalanced, made worse by the fact that… Continue reading