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?
The Happy Happy English program for foreign workers in Singapore is not only about teaching the workers English. As the name of the program implies, it is also about making the workers happy. So on May 1, Labour Day, Goducate arranged an outing for the foreign-worker students from 3 dormitories to have a morning of fun and games and lunch.
The event was held at the Chinese Garden, and… Continue reading
On April 14 Goducate sponsored a team-building activity for the Kadughan Support Group’s needy breast-cancer patients.
Formed by breast-cancer survivors in 2005, “Kadughan” is a support group of Bacolod Kadughan Foundation for Breast Care. The word kadughan originates from the word dughan (chest), and it means “With the same chest, sharing the same sentiments”. With more than hundred members, the group meets once a month to help needy women… Continue reading
The children in the Goducate Children’s Home recently had an opportunity not only to attend a wedding, but also to take part in it. The occasion was staff member Ronnie’s marriage. Earlier, the children had had a part to play in Ronnie’s proposal of marriage.
Ronnie, a Filipino, has been helping at the Home for the past 5 years. His bride Joy, also a Filipino, has been teaching at… Continue reading