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.
Four Goducate musicians from Laguna, Philippines, had the wonderful experience of being flown to Singapore to perform for an audience of 900 people. The occasion was the 20th anniversary of MHC Ltd, a loyal and generous Goducate sponsor.
MHC, a third-party administrator that connects general practitioners, human-resource departments, and medical insurers, has adopted Goducate as its corporate social responsibility. For its 20th anniversary dinner, it decided to bring the… Continue reading
For the past 5 months or so, I have been helping to run a video club in Da Nang, Vietnam. It ended with a 24-hour film competition. The members of the club learnt drama skills, video editing, and film-making (see blog of June 17, 2014). What I gained from participation in the club is equally invaluable.
My knowledge and understanding about Vietnamese culture has broadened. I’ve also got to… Continue reading
Eight months after Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Typhoon Yolanda) devastated large parts of the Philippines in Nov 2013, Typhoon Rammasun (known locally as Typhoon Glenda) came along. Although its impact was not as great as that of Typhoon Haiyan, Typhoon Rammasun (Rammasun is a Thai word for thunder god) has so far been the strongest to hit Philippines in 2014. Goducate Laguna was badly hit (see blog of July… Continue reading