Last week Goducate Training Center (GTC) held its twice-yearly Leadership Training for young people interested in learning to serve their communities.
80 young people from the Visayas (the “central” part of the Philippine islands) attended the sessions on topics such as “The Leader and the World”, “The Mission of the Leader”, and “The Leader under conflict.” The most interesting and beneficial part of their training is their daily practical sessions serving in the communities around Goducate Training Center. This gives them a real taste of the joys and struggles of community service.
It is our hope that after these 5 days of training, all the participants will be able to serve their communities more effectively, and that some of them will be led to consider being full-time community development workers (CDWs) and enroll for the full-time 6-month CDW course at the Goducate Training Center.
We need to train more CDWs to help Asians help themselves.
In April this year, while on a trip to Medellin in the Philippines, I met Ric Patricio, Goducate’s agricultural consultant, who filled me in on what Goducate is doing. Since I was once the Director of Music of the Republic of Singapore Navy Band and has been guest-conductor for several musical groups, I was particularly interested in Goducate’s music program in Laguna. So in June, accompanied by Ric, I went… Continue reading
Goducate Training Center (GTC) which is located in the middle of 4 municipalities in Iloilo— namely, San Miguel, Oton, Alimodian, and Leon. A municipality is divided into barangays (the smallest administrative division), which contains territorial enclaves known as puroks (those in urban areas) and sitios (those in rural areas). In the 3 years of its existence, GTC has built strong relationships in 7 barangays (including 5 sitios withing these 7… Continue reading
Agriculture is part of the livelihood training given to the children at the Goducate Children’s Home in Cambodia. A few years ago the Home started raising livestock, and last year it started the vermicast project that gets compost from earthworms. In February this year, the Home started to raise ducks.
We started with 50 ducklings, and some of the older boys in the Home were trained and assigned to… Continue reading