International Sign Language Day is celebrated on 23rd September every year. The theme for the International Day of Sign Languages 2020 is “Sign Languages are for Everyone“. The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) has issued a Global Leaders Challenge to promote the use of sign languages by local, national, and global leaders. Keeping this theme, GFF Nepal, GFF India and GFF Philippines got together to celebrate the day. During the weekend i.e. 26th and 27th September, storytelling sessions were held where GFF HELPS Philippines Local Representative, Miss Lady PeaceRemaneses who is a volunteer with Deaf community in her hometown taught children an American sign language.
The GFF HELPS Philippines hosted a 2-hour webinar about Online Teaching to twenty-five (25)
employed and unemployed individuals who came from different areas of Western Visayas, Philippines
with Ms. Lady Peace R. Remaneses as the Resource Speaker.
Willyn CarrascalGFF HELPS Webinar: ‘Steps to Becoming An Online Teacher’
A group of 11 enthusiastic and motivated youths representing Symposium On SDG Committee from Kathmandu University, Sustainability Week Kathmandu, Child Development Society and Delegates of Global Goals Model United Nation have launched the weekly webinar for the implementation of the each and every SDG with their emerging issues in the context of Nepal against the backdrop of Covid19
Willyn Carrascal‘Connecting the Dots’ – a Series of Webinars for Young People
In India, the whole trajectory of the Covid19 infection is moving upwards more sharply. Recognising the importance of diet in maintaining immunity, we at GFF HELPS India started a Vegetable Garden Project, drawing inspiration from GFF HELPS Philippines’ project.
Willyn CarrascalStarting the ‘Vegetable Garden Project’ in India
In the time of pandemic, it is essential to strengthen our immune system – and vegetables are one of the main sources to it, as the health benefits of these are enormous. People are starting to recognize the importance of growing their own food at home; and it is not new to the rural communities of Aklan.
Willyn CarrascalVegetable Farming in Aklan, Philippines
A study titled ‘Rapid Systematic Review: The Impact of Social Isolation and Loneliness on the Mental
Health of Children and Adolescents in the Context of COVID19’ found that due to the social isolation (as a measure to contain COVID-19 transmission), young people were as much as 3 times more likely to
develop depression in the future with its impact on mental health expected to last up to 9 years later.
The investigators pointed out that there will be a spike in the young people suffering from or seeking
help for mental health issues.
Willyn CarrascalTeens’ Cafe – Providing a Safe Space for Adolescents
Apart from taking nutritious food, physical activity is very important in order to stay healthy. Yoga being a practice for physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing was originated in the ancient India. It is one of the ways to stay healthy during the times of COVID19. Children normally have an active life than most of the adults but given the situation in this pandemic, even the students are not as active as they used to be
during the pre-COVID19 era. They are now forced to stay indoors and there is not much movement in their daily lives.
Willyn CarrascalYoga and Evening Walks for Boosting Immunity in India
Teachers are integral part of every learner’s academic development and overall individual growth. Our teachers become our second mothers or fathers, our guides, our mentors, our friends and our role-models. They dedicate their time and energy in ensuring every learner receives the care and education each student deserve. They challenge us, encourage us and inspire us to become a better version of ourselves and for that, we thank all the teachers in the world and recognise they’re doing, especially at this of crisis.
In 2020, World Teachers’ Day will celebrate teachers with the theme “Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future”. The day provides the occasion to celebrate the teaching profession worldwide, take stock of achievements, and draw attention to the voices of teachers, who are at the heart of efforts to attain the global education target of leaving no one behind.
Willyn CarrascalGFF HELPS PH Runs Educational Webinars for Teachers
In 2019, GFF HELPS Philippines Team has worked on Solar Project in two new villages following the success of the first Solar Project in Panipiason in January of the same year. Medina and Mamba are neighbouring villages of Panipiason, located in the furthest mountains of Madalag, Aklan. Both villages have only been connected to the main electrical grid two to three years ago. However, many residents, especially those who live very far away from the village centre and those who cannot afford the labour costs are still using kerosene for light at night.
Willyn CarrascalSolar Project Continues in The Philippines
For the Children of Sir Owen GGlenn Learning &Information Centres– Bong, Chibbo and Pudung Villages of India
Libraries are an important part of a student’s life. It gives the students an opportunity to explore new stories, facts and fiction to get lost into. Most importantly it builds up a reading habit which leads to acquiring new and valuable knowledge, fosters creativity and develops their communication skills. The GFF HELPSMobile Library, inspired by Philippine Team’s Mobile Library, covers three SOGG L&I Centres in Pudung, Bong and Chibbo. Each of thesecentres have 30 to 50 students between the age of 5-16 years old (Pudung has some elder students too).
Willyn CarrascalGFF HELPS Brings Mobile Library to India