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?
Last month, 5 Goducate volunteers whom Goducate had helped to pass the Alternative Learning System (ALS) examinations went on to successfully complete their training in early childhood education.
The ALS is an educational system in the Philippines that enables those who did not finish their schooling to complete their basic education.
Goducate arranged for the 5 ALS certificate holders to attend the fast-track Early Childhood Education Preschool Specialization… Continue reading
82 of the alumni of the Goducate Training Center (GTC) in Iloilo returned to the Center on Dec 16-17, 2016. They came from all over the Philippines as well as from Singapore, China, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Indonesia.
The celebration officially started with a “boodle fight” for lunch, with everyone using their bare hands to eat traditional Filipino food served on banana leaves. Then one by one the alumni recounted… Continue reading
I brought my 2 kids, Ming (18-yr) & Owen (8-yr) with me to meet and explore the life of the 3 boys whom we are sponsoring in the Goducate Children’s Home. We were first warmly welcomed by the well- mannered kids at the Home and then amazed by their agility and ability to handle the tasks that were given to them eg 4-year old Lily was also taught to wash… Continue reading