Many devastating natural disasters have afflicted the Asian countries recently, in particular, Philippines, which had been buffetted by typhoons and floods with massive loss of lives and property.
In June 2008, relief funds amounting to over US$20,000.00 was collected to help victims of Typhoon Frank in Panay Island, Central Philippines rebuild their lives and homes.
In October 2009, Goducate’s sponsors provided much needed support for victims of Typhoons Ketsana (Ondoy), Parma and Santi, which caused the worst floods in Manila in the last 40 years and loss of lives. Relief work for these disaster prone areas are on-going.
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Goducate Learning Centers
The children of the native Negrito mountain folk used to be unable to attend school. They are a marginalized group, sometimes they do not even dare to go to school. Goducate sponsors groups of these children so that they are able to buy school shoes, school bags, books and stationery and get a chance to attend school.
However, because they continue to be ostracised and fall back in their studies, a better solution to their needs is an alternative learning system (ALS) where they can learn in a less regimented schedule that allows them to help their families in time of need (eg harvest-time). Goducate is presently working with ALS providers to develop suitable ALS literacy and learning centers in the Philippines and Sabah, Malaysia.
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Many of the children from poorer communities need to develop right habits eg. hygiene, punctuality to help them to succeed. Others lack right values eg. honesty, diligence because of lack of role-models. Most lack confidence in their interactions with people outside their community because of lack of exposure to the outside world.
Goducate runs activity programs and residential camps where these values are developed through structured programs and good role-models. A concerned individual recently gave $20,000 Singapore dollars to buy a piece of land which will be developed as a youth camp.
One of Goducate’s corporate sponsors in the States also provided funds for its development.