October 15 is Global Handwashing Day. Although it’s already over, we continue to bring the antibacterial soap to schools. Before we started the Remedial Classes, we asked the students to fall in line at the sink and wash their hands. The students are always enthusiastic when it comes to this activity. We assist them to prevent wasting water. Students in Sigcay and Elementary School learned the importance of handwashing for a healthy body. They also like the smell of the antibacterial soap after every wash.


In the last week of October, we did an initial visit and survey to the town of New Washington to know the people’s source of living, the training that they need, and the things that they want to know. We visited some villages, and the Municipal Office, and went to the Department of Agriculture to know the list of seminars that they will have this November. Unfortunately, at that time, the election was about to happen, and the long holidays were coming. The staff in the Department of Agriculture told us that the government offices are busy and they don’t have a list of the seminars for the coming months. They told us that they would contact us if ever they have information. They advised that we should first give a Letter of Intent to the Mayor so she can approve our plan.

We did a follow-up visit to the town of New Washington in the second week of November. We brought the Letter of Intent to the Office of the Mayor, but unfortunately, she has a meeting with the newly elected officers of each village. The staff in the office told us that they would contact us if the Mayor approved the letter. We are looking forward to their reply. We are also excited to conduct our very first seminar in one of the villages.


Students are always excited and ready to start playing Chess and Scrabble. As usual, they are grouped by three or four, with five members in each group. Four members will play the game, and the remaining one from it will be the one to monitor the game and tally the scores of each player. Boys are often declared as the winners in playing Chess and Scrabble because they are quite talented in thinking logically and analyzing where to put their pieces at the advantage place for them to win the game. Girls often help one another which not only showcases their ability to understand the situation of the game but also builds their teamwork and cooperation which strengthens their bond and friendship towards one another. “Sports connect them closer and bind them together.”


Days go by, and it’s only a month before 2023 ends. Remedial classes are ongoing, and students are participative and creative during these sessions. Worksheets like fill in the missing letters for level 1 and CVC for level 2. Grades 1 and 2 students answered worksheets about filling in puzzles using words from the boxes, solving the puzzle about jobs, reading, spelling, writing, etc. They are given different kinds of worksheets to test their knowledge and skills in answering them orally or individually. They learn in many ways, and each one of them is listening attentively and coping to understand what the teacher teaches. Most of them can read well, although some are still having difficulties in reading, understanding, and answering. We are helping each one of them to do it in their own ways and apply what they have learned at the end of the discussion.


During the first week of November, we have a lot of holidays. We decided to visit some groups of kids in their houses because schools are closed. I visited a group of kids living in Ugsod Village in the Town of Banga. They go to school in Capitan Tazan Memorial Primary School. LP visited the group of kids in Laserna Village in the Town of Kalibo. They go to school in Kalibo Integrated School. We haven’t visited these kids for a while because we are always going to school. We had the opportunity during the long holidays to meet them again. The kids were very excited to see us. We also brought some snacks for them for doing a great job in our activities. The parents of these kids expressed their gratitude to us for visiting their homes and for the snacks that we brought. We are happy to know that they appreciate our simple acts.

“Applying what you have learned is a great matter of experience.”


The Department of Education (DepEd) marks the calendar with a significant yearly celebration – the National Reading Month (NRM). This month-long event observed every November, is part of the agency’s efforts to foster a culture of reading and enhance literacy skills among the youth. DepEd urged schools and learning institutions to conduct a month-long reading program to revive students’ interest in reading. The team also planned some activities in our partner schools. We introduced the Reading Workshop and Mobile Library. We brought 12 books to Sigcay Elementary School to let the children borrow, but we only distributed 10 books and used the remaining two books for the Reading Session. LP read the book about worms, and the students spelled the words from each page. The students were happy to get their books, and they will swap books with their classmates next week. We also read the same book about worms in Lapnag Primary School. The students spelled the words from each page, and after that, we had an outdoor activity of finding worms and their waste. The teachers were also happy that we already started to conduct activities related to Reading Month.


“Awakening the children’s love for reading.”

Since November is the Reading Month, we brought books to partner schools that are within in the student’s level. After the book rotation, securing their book title and names, we read a story to the kids in these two schools. We also let the children explain how important it is to read books and to love reading.

We did a storytelling about the Worms, prepared English Worksheets for the Level 3 and 4 students. We did outdoor activities regarding to the story heard by the children. We explore the school ground by finding worms and worm’s wastes. The children explained how the worms contribute to make the soil healthy. We did activities such as Spelling, Reading, Writing and Oral Recitation. Separate activities were given to the Level 1 and 2 students as they need a more simplified lessons to match their level. We were always accompanied by our Intern Erica when we do our projects in this school. We reminded the children that they have to take care all the books that they received because they are going to lend that book to the other student next week. We will continue this project even after the Reading Month pass by.


According to the Power Resource Center, there are several very powerful reasons why leadership training is important. The best reason of all. Leadership training and development is important because it works – if you do it the right way. Sure, there are many failed leadership development programs out there that give it a bad name. But we’ve seen it transform underperforming teams and inspire high-functioning teams to accomplish great things. But it takes patience, stamina and commitment because long-term behavioral change is hard. All the pieces must be in place – strategic clarity, alignment with goals and values, defined success criteria, detailed execution, a thorough and in-depth follow-up plan to ingrain the learning and reduce backslide. With real strategic commitment, leadership training and development is one of the most powerful paths to success for any business.

We at GFF HELPS Philippines is very grateful for allowing us to gain knowledge from this seminar. It was attended by Stifhany and I together with 60 participants form all over the Philippines. It will help us become effective and great leaders even more. And we are planning to create a 1-hour seminar for the International Country Teams in December as well.

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The Mid-Year vacation is over, and we’re back with our Remedial Classes in schools. In this new school year, we started the first session with two schools: Sigcay Elementary School and Lapnag Primary School. The students recognized us in schools, and they greeted us just like they greeted their teachers. The first session was fruitful, as well as the second session. We have a new school partner, Polo Elementary School, and we will start the remedial lessons in the fourth week of September. We are so happy with the support of the teachers. We are also happy to see the gradual improvements in students. We spent last school year with a different set of students, and we are looking forward to more memories with this new set of students from our partner schools.

Working together to support and strengthen students’ learning.

The schools reopened again for the new school year on the last week of August. We started the month of September by visiting schools where we conducted our remedial classes and sports project. We visited first the Sigcay Elementary School and Lapnag Primary School. We brought our Letter of intent with the schedule and time. We talked with the teachers if our schedule fits their schedule and they said ‘yes’. They signed the letters and we officially started our remedial lessons and sports project on the second week of September. The teachers were grateful that we continued the project in their schools. We posted our school visitation pictures on our Facebook page and the head teacher of Polo Elementary School commented that they would like to have the same projects in their school. We arranged a visitation schedule and went to the school on September 12th. The Head Teacher, Ma’am Emma Intano, accommodated us. She also served us some refreshments. We went to the classrooms and she introduced us with the teachers. Our schedule was approved by Ma’am Intano and we can start right away depending on our schedule. We are so happy with our new school partner and we are thankful with the kindness of the teachers. The school also is a cozy place.



A refreshing tour was organized for the students of Shrijanshil School on the 25th of September. This unique event brought together not only the students but also their dedicated teachers and project participants. The successful execution of this initiative was the result of numerous meetings and collaborations with the esteemed Principal of Shrijanshil School, along with the diligent coordination of Saom Sir, the GFF Asia Pacific Coordinator.

The program proved to be highly effective in fostering stronger connections between parents and their children. Often, in the hustle and bustle of daily life, parents are engrossed in their responsibilities, both at home and at work. This tour provided them with a precious opportunity to step out of their routine and celebrate quality time with their beloved offspring. The highlight of the event was witnessing the deep emotional bonds between children and their parents. Games were thoughtfully incorporated into the itinerary to encourage parents to express their feelings toward their children. These activities served as a medium through which parents could convey their love, care, and support, strengthening the parent-child relationship. Furthermore, the program featured a short but impactful awareness session on parenting styles for children wellbeing, facilitated by Namrata Bhattrai, which offered valuable tools for parents to enhance their parenting skills, leading to more profound bonds and attachments with their children. This session proved to be enlightening and empowering for all in attendance. In conclusion, the refreshment tour for students of Shrijanshil School was not merely a recreational outing but a meaningful endeavor to bring families closer together. It provided a platform for parents to connect with their children on a deeper level, fostering mutual understanding and love. Through games, shared experiences, and insightful parenting guidance, this event was a significant step toward building stronger, more harmonious family relationships.

Handing over essential materials designed to improve children’s gross and fine motor skills to Shrijanshil School is a significant step towards fostering their holistic development. These materials play a pivotal role in nurturing the physical and cognitive growth of the students, leading to happier, healthier, and more confident children.

Firstly, these resources encourage active engagement, helping students develop better hand-eye coordination and dexterity through activities like puzzles, building blocks, and art supplies. Secondly, they facilitate the refinement of fine motor skills, which are crucial for tasks such as writing, drawing, and buttoning clothing. This, in turn, can boost students’ academic performance and self-esteem.

Moreover, materials that promote gross motor skills like sports equipment and play structures encourage physical fitness and teamwork, contributing to overall physical health and social development. The importance of these materials extends beyond the immediate benefits, as they provide students with opportunities for creative expression and physical activity, promoting a well-rounded and fulfilling educational experience.

Ultimately, witnessing the joy on children’s faces as they engage with these resources underscores the invaluable role, they play in shaping the future generation’s development and happiness.


English for Village

GFF Sri Lanka, in its unwavering commitment to uplifting rural communities, hosts the “English for Village” program on two days every week. This initiative is specially designed to cater to the educational needs of underprivileged children living in rural areas, empowering them with vital English language skills. The program provides them with a comprehensive educational experience encompassing listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.

Through the “English for Village” program, GFF Sri Lanka aims to bridge educational gaps and empower rural, economically disadvantaged children with a valuable set of language skills. This initiative not only enriches their lives but also opens doors to better educational and career opportunities in the future, ultimately contributing to the holistic development of the community.

Mobile library

The Mobile Library initiative played a vital role in nurturing the development of the students. By offering them access to books, it fostered a culture of reading, prompting the children to explore paragraphs and encounter unfamiliar words. This process of encountering challenging vocabulary led to meaningful discussions, ultimately resulting in the expansion of their language skills. Additionally, the Mobile Library featured engaging storytelling sessions, providing students with an interactive and immersive experience related to expand vocabulary.

Art Session

Every week, GFF Sri Lanka organizes an art session for preschool students of Yusuko Ono. This special session is designed to help these young kids become more creative and improve their motor skills.

The impact of these art sessions is remarkable. The children get to explore their artistic side, using colors and materials to make beautiful creations. Not only does it make learning fun, but it also helps them become more skilled at using their hands and fingers for various tasks. Overall, these art sessions are making a positive difference in the lives of these preschool students, helping them grow and develop in exciting ways.

Drama Club

The Drama Club has begun as a vital component within the English for Village program, organized by GFF Sri Lanka, with the primary objective of strengthening participants’ English language skills.

It is purposefully designed to address the common fear of using English as a second language among the students. Recognizing that confidence plays a vital role in fluent communication, this initiative seeks to empower individuals to articulate themselves effectively.

Every week, GFF Sri Lanka allocates half an hour of valuable learning time to the Drama Club sessions. During these engaging gatherings, participants actively engage in practicing dramatic scenes and singing songs. These activities not only make language learning enjoyable but also serve as a powerful tool for building language skills.

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The Phillippines Team managed to create amd conduct a health seminar related to Hepatitis and Diabetes Awareness in a Indigeneous Tribe here in Aklan, Philippines. It is in partnership with the Rural Health Unit of Numancia Town and it was approved by the Municipal Health Doctor, and the Resource Speakers for Diabetes Awareness are Mrs. Melanie Aguirre, a Registered Midwife and for Hepatitis Awareness, Mrs. Femy Tejada, Registered Nurse. It was also approved by the Town Mayor and Village Chieftain, Mrs. Alicia Javellana. According to her, the seminar was very timely as her members are almost senior and needs to be educated about it. They now also know to maintain healthy and clean lifestyle. She is very thankful to this initiative by the GFF HELPS and the Numancia Health Workers.



On the 28th of September, an orientation session for women’s literacy classes was conducted with the aim of empowering their learning process, literacy equips women with knowledge and skills, enabling them to make informed decisions, pursue employment, and engage in their communities. Additionally, adult literacy fosters gender equality by enabling women to assert their rights, participate in social and political activities, and contribute to the advancement of gender equality and overall societal progress. In essence, adult literacy classes for women serve as a catalyst for positive change, promoting empowerment, equality, and sustainable development. During this session, several important matters were discussed, including the starting date of the class, the class timings, and the participants’ field of interest for learning.

The orientation program spanned a duration of 2 hours, during which participants actively engaged in the discussions. After thorough deliberation, it was mutually decided that the literacy program would officially commence on October 2nd. The classes will be conducted for 2 hours each session, twice a week. The primary focus will be on teaching English, mathematics, and Nepali.

This commitment to prioritize English, mathematics, and Nepali instruction reflects our dedication to providing women with valuable skills that will empower them in various aspects of life.


LPG Gas Safety Awareness Workshop

On 21st of September GFF Helps India conducted a LPG Gas Fire Safety Awareness Workshop at Deorali, Lower Bong village.

For this workshop we collaborated with David Gas, Kalimpong who brought in the resource person for this workshop. This awareness program for safety around LPG Gas was especially requested by the residents of this village.

The resource person explained in detail all the safety measures that is to be taken while using the stove and LPG Gas cylinders, giving examples of casualty cases that have taken place. He also showed the new type of LPG cylinder available in the market that are extremely safe and do not burst. The villagers were unaware of this and got knowledge about this new cylinder. At last, a question answer session where the all the queries of the villagers were answered and resolved.

District level NBCRN Consultation meeting with the CACL Forum

CACL (Campaign Against Child Labor) is a national level civil society forum. They had organised a consultation meeting with NBCRN (North Bengal Child Rights Network) on the 15th of September at Siliguri. Since we are a part of the core committee member of NBCRN, GFF Helps India Local Representative Ms. Surabhi Subba and Pudung area coordinator Mr. Suk Tshering Lepcha travelled all the way to Siliguri and attended the meeting. Many NGO’s and organizations from North Bengal working of child rights attended the program, where we got to learn a lot about the current situation and nature of child labour in these various districts. It was a great opportunity for us to share our works and learn from each other. NBCRN as a whole also decided to collaborate with CACL Forum in programs against child labour in North Bengal.


Health Awareness Program on non-communicable diseases

On the 24th Sunday, a significant event took place at the Bulluruppa Community Hall, organized by GFF Sri Lanka. This event served as an educational awareness program aimed at educating the local community about non-communicable diseases. The primary objective was to equip the public with knowledge about these prevalent health issues, given the alarming rise in non-communicable diseases attributed to unhealthy lifestyles and dietary habits.

In current society, a considerable number of individuals over the age of forty find themselves handling with non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, heart attacks, cancers, and kidney diseases. To address this concerning trend, Dr. Rajapaksha, the esteemed Medical Officer of Kegalle Hospital, graced the occasion with his presence.

Through this insightful session, the rural community received vital information that can empower them to take charge of their health and make informed choices. The attendees were highly engaged and displayed gripped attention as they absorbed the wealth of information presented. They expressed their gratitude to GFF for organizing this invaluable program, recognizing the immense significance it held in enhancing their understanding of non-communicable diseases and their preventive measures. The heartfelt thanks from the participants emphasized the program’s success in providing them with the knowledge and tools needed to prioritize their health and well-being.

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The sport’s project Scrabble and Chess this month embraced the knowledge and skills to the hearts of the students. As we guided and played with them, they were enjoying and learning at the same time. We’re fond and comfortable with each other’s presence that’s why they’re treating us with humble respect and admiration. We can see the progress happening to them not only with the socialization they had created upon playing with each other but also the cooperation, teamwork, and dedication to fulfill their part in the game. We, as their mentors or their teacher believes that these young students will gain more learnings and experiences that will play a great role in shaping their nature, helping them nurture their talents and skills, and fulfilling their eagerness, perseverance and opportunities to learn.



On the 25th of August, the Chess project was introduced with the objectives to help and motivate the students to think critically, build confidence to influence students to believe in themselves, and develop confidence in their strengths. Also, they could work on their weakness. Chess is a mentally demanding game that needs intense concentration. In addition, since every choice made affects how the game will go, it is also a game of life. So, it was commencement by a national-level chess player Shurshut Dahal. A total of Seventy-six students from classes 7,8 and 9 participated in the first session along with school coordinator Mr. Bikash and principal Indra Bahadur Rai. Mr. Dahal started the program with motivational videos along with the technique of chess. Almost all students show their interest in the game and play with enthusiasm.

The second session was conducted on the 15th of September which was on Friday from 1 P.M. to 4 P.M. every four consecutive Fridays. Chess to students offers numerous advantages. This intellectually stimulating game enhances critical thinking, problem-solving, and strategic planning, contributing to cognitive development. As per the students, it has improved concentration and decision-making skills and also taught them to be patient and perseverance in the face of challenges. It enhances memory, encourages strategic thinking, and provides stress relief. Moreover, chess promotes sportsmanship, social interaction, and time management skills.


Introducing Scrabble to over 50 enthusiastic students, alongside their English teachers, has proven to be a valuable addition to their educational journey. This classic word game offers a multitude of benefits that extend beyond the confines of the classroom. Firstly, it acts as a potent tool for enhancing vocabulary, as students are motivated to explore and employ a diverse range of words. Moreover, Scrabble contributes significantly to improved spelling skills, reinforcing the importance of accurate and effective communication.

Furthermore, the game’s strategic nature fosters critical thinking skills as students meticulously plan their moves, make decisions, and adapt to changing circumstances on the board. Scrabble also serves as a platform for nurturing creativity, challenging participants to form meaningful words from a limited set of letters, thus igniting their imaginations. In addition to enhancing cognitive abilities, Scrabble aids in memory development, as players must commit words to memory and recall them during the game.

Through active participation, students have become more confident in using the English language, resulting in improved fluency and articulation. Beyond these academic benefits, Scrabble promotes social interaction, allowing students to bond with peers and teachers over a shared interest while instilling valuable life skills such as sportsmanship, resilience, and the appreciation of effort. Ultimately, Scrabble transforms education into an enjoyable and memorable experience, preparing students for academic success and the challenges they will encounter in the real world, equipped with a rich vocabulary, strategic thinking abilities, and effective communication skills.


Taekwondo Foundation Day & Teachers Day Celebration at Chibbo SOGG Learning Center

Chibbo SOGG Learning Centre celebrated their teacher’s day along with celebrating their 5th Foundation day of the Taekwondo club on 16th of September. SOGG (Sir Owen G Glenn) Learning and Centres are our partner Glenn Project in India. The Chibbo taekwondo club has partnered with Chibbo SOGG Centre, where the children from the village are able take lessons and pursue Taekwondo. The presence of the Taekwondo club in the village had made a very positive impact in the village as children have learned to live a disciplined life by incorporating the values of this sport. GFF Helps India extended their support in the Chibbo Taekwondo Club Foundation Day and has been supporting them since its inception. The event started from 10 a.m. and the students where they performed dances and songs for the teachers and managing committee members. The teachers also gave motivational and encouraging speeches to the students.

Debanjan Girls Academy Share Football Cup

Debanjan Girls Academy is a residential place for girls from underprivileged background and nurture them in the field of football. GFF Helps has been actively partnering with Debanjan Girls Academy for the past two years through our various projects of Mobile Library, Newspaper Project and awareness programs on health & hygiene. Debanjan Girls football academy, share football club and Darjeeling Football association had organised an all-girls free football league for girls from marginalised communities. The finals of football tournament were held at Carmichael ground on the 20th of September. In the DSGA Football Champions Cup, several girl groups from Darjeeling, Pokhrabung, Gorubathan had come to compete in the football match where they got the opportunity to compete in a bigger platform and gain more exposure. Therefore, our help and presence in the event was very essential. GFF Helps supported them organize this program and attended it too. It was a wonderful experience watching young girls pave their way into the field of sports.

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It is with a humble heart that I was again invited as a Resource Person in this International Webinar. I was able to meet again the children from India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and other professional guests from the mentioned 3 countries. They were participative and eager to learn.

Conducting 2 webinar sessions on Sign Language as part of the celebration for the International Sign Language and educating the children, youths, and adults about the Deaf Community and their language is a form of appreciation and love to all the Deaf around the world. The basic Sign Language words they learned all throughout the webinar would be a stepping stone for them to communicate and acquire friendship.

We are very thankful to the participants from the 3 countries, especially here in the Philippines, Jelai and Atasha participated during the 2 sessions, and they are very grateful for the Certificate of Participation, ballpen and notebook that they received as an acknowledgment.

Here at Glenn Family Foundation, we are inclusive, we are considerate and loving when it comes to dealing with different kinds of people despite of status, race and PWDs. We are also accompanied by my sister, Leonorma, who is a part of Interact Club in their school. She loves volunteering to the community like me.

I am grateful to be part of this advocacy.


“GFF assisted Nepal in actively participating in the sign language project initiated by GFF Helps Philippines. Seven students from Shree Balkumari School, predominantly teenagers, were enthusiastic participants in the program. Essential materials needed for the initiative were provided to these participants, ensuring the program’s effectiveness. As a result, the students learned how to use sign language to communicate with and understand individuals who rely on this form of communication in their daily lives.”

The impact of the project was profound, as it empowered these students with the ability to communicate using sign language. This newfound skill allowed them to engage effectively with individuals in their community who depend on sign language for communication. Beyond the practical aspect, the program also fostered a sense of empathy and inclusivity among the participants, instilling in them a deeper understanding and appreciation for the diverse forms of communication around them.


September 23rd is the International Sign Language Day and to give respect to the differently abled individuals, GFF Helps Philippines Team conducted a sign language webinar. Philippines Local Representative Lady Peace, was the resource person and Stiphany Salvador was the Technical Assistant. Sign language is an important skill to learn as it will enable us to bridge the communication gap and converse with differently abled individuals, therefore GFF Helps India team also decided to attend the webinar. The webinar was divided into two sessions conducted on the 16th and 23rd September at 9:30 am IST. In the first session we learned about how the sentences while using sign language are formed in a different order. We also learned the alphabets and basic signs of family members, food etc. In the second session our students from the SOGG learning centres excellently followed through with the homework given to them and actively participated in the revision session and also during the entire webinar. Kudos to the Philippines team for coordinating such a well-planned and easy to understand webinar. Our students from all three centres gave their full participation and diligently revised the lessons learned in the webinar.

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First Aid Training workshop

The First Aid Training Workshop was conducted on 5th August Saturday from 8.30am to 4.30pm by Mr. Wimalasena, Officer of First Aid Society, Kegalle at SANASA Campus Kegalle. The community members of Akiriyagala, Students of Vocational Training Institution, Kegalle and SANASA Campus participated in.

The training consisted of; Introduction to First aid and Incident Management, Disorders of respiratory system, Unconsciousness and CPR, Wounds and bleeding Management, Bone and musculoskeletal injuries, Medical Emergencies and Lifting and transporting of causality management. During the Introduction to first Aid and Incident Management training, participants were aware of the First aid and how the immediate and initial assistance provided to a person who has been injured or suddenly taken ill. It is a crucial skill that can make a significant difference in preserving life, preventing further harm, and promoting recovery until professional medical help arrives. First aid training equipped individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to respond effectively in emergency situations.

Next the training was done by explaining the importance of CPR and how it can help maintain blood flow to vital organs when the heart stops beating emphasizing that CPR buys time until professional medical help arrives. The participants were also taught how to recognize the signs of cardiac arrest, including unresponsiveness, absence of normal breathing, and lack of pulse. The participants practiced performing chest compressions. Compressions involve using the heel of the hand to push down hard and fast in the center of the chest, between the nipples.

It’s great that the participants learned about how to provide assistance to a person who has been rescued from drowning. The trainer demonstrated and participants practiced the method. The trainer used visuals and demonstrations to show participants the correct technique for the Heimlich maneuver and allowed them to practice on models or training aids. In addition to practicing on models, participants also engaged in scenario-based training. This involved simulating choking situations using role-playing or scenarios to help participants practice the Heimlich maneuver in a more realistic context. Proper wound care, immobilization of fractures, and how to mobilize a fractured person was demonstrated involving the participants.

The participants actively participated in the workshop, and demonstrated in groups what they learned. The participants thoroughly equipped the knowledge provided by the workshop because they participated in demonstrating the training activities.

English for Village & Mobile Library

Every week English for village program is conducted in two days, on Tuesday and Thursday. During these days listening, speaking, reading and writing activities were conducted. Students were encouraged to talk about giving different information. This interactive approach encouraged active participation, enhancing their English speaking skills and strengthening their confidence in using the language.

Small children were asked to make words using given set of letters. Through this activities they learned the formation of words.

A Drama was also introduced during the program. Students were divided into groups and pairs to read the drama script, which featured the humorous adventures of Andare. Each group was assigned specific characters to read. After reading the script, participants gathered in smaller groups to practice their assigned roles. They focused on improving their reading and speaking skills. The mobile library initiative played a key role in expanding the students’ language growth. By providing them with books, they were encouraged to read a paragraph and meet unfamiliar words. These challenging words were then discussed, leading to an expansion of their vocabulary. Storytelling sessions were also conducted with relation to the Mobile Library.

Art Session

The Art Session at Yusuko Ono preschool is conducted on every Tuesday for one hour. Session began with a communicating introduction to different themes related to the lessons on preschool.. They were encouraged to share their knowledge and experiences related to what they learned at class and reinforcing them through coloring.

The impact of the session was evident through the active participation and enthusiasm displayed by the students. Moreover, the color mixing activity provided a multidimensional learning experience, development creativity and thinking skills.

The storytelling sessions also conducted with relation to the Art sessions. Following the storytelling, the participants were provided with coloring sheets featuring an outline of a lion. They were encouraged to use a combination of colors to bring the lion to life and let their creativity shine. The coloring activity aimed to develop their artistic skills, color recognition, and attention to detail.

The participants displayed high levels of engagement throughout the activities. They actively listened to the story, eagerly asked questions, and expressed their thoughts.

Reading Club

Reading Club is conducted every Saturdays and Sundays as a voluntary service to enhance students’ reading skills. During the session, students were instructed to read at least one chapter from a given book and extract answers to specific questions provided. Once the reading task was completed, the students engaged in a collaborative discussion, sharing their answers and addressing any challenging vocabulary encountered

Following the question and answer exchange, the students were asked to provide a summary of the material they had read. This exercise encouraged them to not only comprehend the content but also extract it into a brief and clear form.

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Film Presentation (Theme: History of freedom movement in India)

We at GFF helps believe that learning should be fun and aid an individual to better understand the world around them. One of our projects this month was to engage the students from the villages of Bong and Pudung with the history of the freedom struggle of India. This theme was specifically chosen since the Independence Day of India falls on 15th of August. A detailed film on the struggles of freedom fighters for the independence of India and the progress we have made in the field of science, economy, sports till date, was shown to the children. Along with this we instructed the students to write essays on their learning, as we will be holding an essay writing competition amongst the students. This is a fun exercise that will help the children to retain the information and enhance their writing skills as well.

Table Tennis Training Camp

On the 5th of August an auspicious TT Board opening ceremony was held at the Pudung SOGG Learning and Information Centre. Mr. Anand Kumar Pradhan, chief patron of Kalimpong Table Tennis Association (KTTA) generously donated the TT Board and GFF Helps India sponsored the TT Bats and Balls. All the students, Managing Committee members of Pudung, teachers of the learning center, KTTA members were present in the program. We believe that this is a golden opportunity for the students and residents of Pudung village, therefore GFF Helps India has been started the TT Training camp at the Pudung SOGG center. The training camp will initially take place for 4 weeks and will be extended further are getting feedbacks from the students.

Professional TT players from KTTA come down every weekend and teach the students the TT sport. We believe that this has a potential of creating a long lasting positive impact for the entire village.

Mobile Library

Our Mobile Library project has been going on for 3 years since 2020. Every month GFF Helps Representative, Ms. Surabhi visits our partner Glenn Project in India which is the Sir Owen G Glenn (SOGG) Learning and Information centres; present in the three villages of Pudung, Bong and Chibbo. In the Mobile Library, Ms. Surabhi holds a reading session with the kids as she reads out some fables, and chapters from the encyclopaedia.

The children are also asked to come and read in front of their peers. This activity helps them to gain more confidence in public speaking as well as the skill of storytelling. The children are always excited to receive and read fresh new books every month.

Health Checkup Project (BP and Sugar Tests)

The health project has been undertaken by GFF Helps since 2020 in the villages of Bong, Pudung and Chibbo. It is still being continued till date and has been a big help to the residents of these villages. Monitoring BP and Sugar Test is very rare in the rural areas since you need to travel all the way to the town area to visit clinics and hospitals for the checkup. Hence, many have lost their lives because of lack of BP and Sugar Tests.

GFF Helps India is supporting this project by providing all he equipment’s for conducting these tests to the area coordinators of Pudung, Chibbo and Bong who are our partner Glenn Project in India. This month GFD Helps Representative Ms. Surabhi handed out sugar strips and lancets to the area coordinators. These health check-ups have been of immense help to the villagers and thus they do not have to go far away to get their checkups for BP and sugar level. This helps them keep a constant track of their health and maintain their wellbeing.

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GFF Helps Nepal August update with their projects


Mr. Saom, who is also the Asia Pacific Coordinator of the Glenn Family Foundation (GFF), visited Nepal on August 14, 2023. During the visit, the GFF Nepal Representative and Mr. Saom visited various areas for the project. We successfully coordinated with the Executive Director and Finance Manager of the Child Development Society, as well as the school authorities of Shree Balkumari School. Two projects were confirmed: chess and Scrabble for students. These games aid in learning English and fostering creative thinking. Both are mentally demanding and require intense concentration. We extend our gratitude to Niraz Koirala,a close friend of Mr. Saom, for connecting us with a resource person for chess and Scrabble. Furthermore, on another day, we traveled to Shreejanshil School to meet relevant individuals. During the meeting, we discussed upcoming projects, including a Health Camp for autistic children, providing necessary materials to enhance their fine and gross motor skills. Additionally, plans were finalized for a Refreshment Tour for the children.


On Monday, August 14, 2023, GFF Helps organized a significant and engaging sharing session program that brought together local women from the community and students from the community school. This event provided a platform for all participants to openly share their life experiences and express their individual areas of interest. They enthusiastically discussed their dreams, aspirations, and the paths they hope to tread in the future – what they want to achieve and who they aim to become.

The discussions extended to the participants’ expectations from GFF Helps Nepal, demonstrating the valuable bridge that the organization has formed between their aspirations and the support they receive. Through heartfelt conversations, participants conveyed their hopes for guidance, education, and opportunities that GFF Helps can bring into their lives.

Amid this atmosphere of shared stories and aspirations, a special highlight of the event was the presentation of souvenirs from Sir Saom to the dedicated women of the community. This gesture of gratitude recognized their significant contributions to the leaf plates project. These women’s dedication and hard work have not only helped advance a sustainable initiative but have also showcased the power of collective efforts in bringing positive change to their community. Overall, the sharing session encapsulated the spirit of unity, aspiration, and collaboration – values that GFF Helps, and its beneficiaries hold dear as they journey towards brighter futures together.


On Wednesday, August 3, 2023, GFF Helps Nepal organized an educational program on social media. Twenty-six adult women participated in the program, all of whom come from the women’s school under Ward 12 of Budanilkhantha Municipality. The program was led by Mr. Chandra Dev Bhatta, who also serves as the Coordinator of the Social Work Department at Triton College.

Mr. Chandra Dev shared insights into how social media assists people in staying connected and exchanging ideas, thoughts, and opinions within a safe and secure environment. He emphasized its role in keeping individuals informed about current events and trends. Social media has become a catalyst for social change, supporting women’s empowerment by bringing global attention to women’s rights, challenges, and stereotypes worldwide. Furthermore, a specialized program was organized for local women to educate them about the importance of social media. This initiative helped them understand how to showcase their skills, sell products, and promote their creations using online platforms.

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FREE Coaching on Civil Service Exam (Closing Program)



“Enhancing the opportunity of access to library resources.”
“Engaging students in authentic reading experiences”

The GFF HELPS Philippines Team has been conducting activities even during vacation. We know that children only spend time playing with their phones or outside during these days. We also received some messages from parents if we have activities in their village because they want their children to attend. Aside from the Mid-Year Workshop, we have been visiting kids in their houses for reading activities. We also bring colorful books for younger kids. They expressed that they are always waiting for us if they have no classes. We are touched by their sincerity and we promised to visit them during the days that we are free.


The FREE Coaching for Civil Service has ended today. We got Sir Mike as our Math Guest. As you all know, we covered the 10 topics for 10 weeks. And one of the topics is MAth and it was composed of: Number Series, Work, Mixture and Probability, Motion, Ratio and Proportion, Number Related, and Logical Related, which were discussed and the solutions were explained and checked accordingly by our invited Mathematics Guest Coach, Mr. Mike Jamora on Saturday, August 5th. We have given certificates to some who had perfect attendance since week 1.

We are hoping that all of them will pas the examination this August 20th. Most of the participants said that , they are beyond blessed for the opportunity and the GFF HELPS Philippines served as a stepping stone to their careers.

“Creating opportunity to everyone.”

Seminars are often organized to provide valuable information, knowledge, and insights on specific topics to the community members. It can raise awareness about important social, environmental, or health issues within the community. It provides an opportunity for community members to interact, network, and build relationships with like-minded individuals, professionals, experts, and peers. These connections can lead to collaborations, partnerships, and mutual support within the community.

The GFF HELPS Philippines knows the benefits of seminars to small communities. This month, we are organizing Health Seminar about Diabetes and Hepatitis to Ati Community in Numancia Village and Haircutting seminar for out-of-school youths and adults in Banga Elementary School Alternative Learning System (ALS). For the Health Seminar, we went to the Rural Health Unit of Numancia and the Municipal Office of the Town Mayor to give the Letter of Intent. We met the Municipal Doctor, Dr. Levens, and he introduced us to his health workers. We did not meet the Mayor, but his Executive Assistant approved our letter. It was successful, and we have now our speakers and the date of the seminar. The Haircutting seminar preparation is ongoing. We already have our speaker, and the PPT is almost ready. We are yet to confirm with the teachers in the Alternative Learning System (ALS) in Banga our intent and available schedule. We are excited to facilitate these seminars and meet different persons.

“Bringing people together to learn, share, connect, and collaborate, fostering personal, professional, and community growth.”

It is important for children to know the different living things within their community and how they contribute to the ecological balance. When they are aware of all the living things that live along with them, as well as their purpose, they will grow appreciation of their existence. This workshop was intended to be an outdoor activity where children will play a Scavenger Hunt game. But the venue is along the highway, and there are many cars passing by. To avoid any accident, we changed the flow of the activity so we could have it inside the venue that the Village Council provided. They watched a video about the ecosystem, identified the living and non-living things using the Scavenger Hunt worksheet and drew a place where living and non-living things exist. The children actively participated in the activities, and we rewarded them with some candies. Their parents were very supportive too.

“Dynamic and engaging learning experiences that promote skill development, problem-solving abilities, and personal growth.”


The goal of this day is to awaken the children’s creativity as they individually make a paper plate snake, jellyfish, chick or any other animal that comes in their minds. They would be able to discover, display and share their hidden talents in crafts, coloring and designing their outputs.

LP, Stef, Intern Erica together with 3 teenagers volunteered to help with the cutting and coloring. of the young. It is important for children to learn to be creative and to beautify things on their own. Their creativity will bring colorful ideas into reality and it will also teach them to value the things that are useless, for example, the one-time use paper plate could turn into a beautiful paper plate snake and jellyfish. These crafts could be of replacement for cellphone games.

They will take away memories about their effort in doing arts and crafts, their patience will get tested as they learn to beautify their outputs. Those outputs will serve as a symbol of their creativity, hard work and patience. They could also share what they had learned to their siblings and other playmates.

“Enhancing the children’s creativity and social ability.”


Making connections and making the other person feel included is one of the great way to show empathy especially to the deaf. Teaching the children from Muguing the Sign Language is a big help to the deaf community, especially that there are deaf living in the area. During our workshop, we invited Lovely, a young lady who became deaf at age of 8 due to accident. We taught the children Sign Language Alphabet, Sign Names, Greetings, Family, Colors, Transportation, Jobs, Appliances and many more. It is important for children to learn these for them to be sensitive enough when dealing to those people with special needs. Instead of ignoring them, the participants could develop a good relationship with them because they have learnt their language. On the other hand, the deaf would also be happy because they would gain new (hearing/speaking) friends who knew their language.

“Enhancing the children’s empathy — a making an inclusive environment even to people who’s hard of hearing.”


Communication takes a vital role when dealing with the students, parents, teachers, the institution, and the community. As an Intern, I learned so many things throughout this journey. First, I got to visit the different places and meet different people. Second, I got the chance to know the wonderful, and intelligent students. Third, I got the opportunity to educate each one of them, expound their knowledge, and even teach life-learning lessons. It is so memorable and meaningful to know people, their status, passion, and views in life. I’m learning a lot from them too. The participating schools and the students of the Reading Workshop and Mobile Library together with the free workshop became an important part of our life and we’re tied because of the bond and the relationship created upon staying with them. A parent once said, “Ma’am, we’re so thankful because our son/daughter is now participating in class very well, he/she is not so shy and timid anymore, and they learned a lot from the lessons.” Hearing this heartfelt and tearing message, I realized that because of the opportunity as an Intern, I received so much value and appreciation from the beloved parents that makes me an effective teacher. I would be forever indebted and thankful towards the GFF HELPS, Sir Owen, the GFF HELPS Philippines team for the support, help, and mentorship to become successful in this journey.

“Opportunity for career exploration and development, and to learn new skills.”

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Shape the Future

Many of the undergraduates of SANASA Campus come from rural communities, it is important to ensure their successful future. These driven individuals secure their education through government loans, but upon entering the job market, they often encounter significant challenges in finding employment. To address this issue, it becomes crucial to equip these students with the essential tools and skills necessary for a successful career. By providing comprehensive support and resources, we can bridge the gap between education and employment, enabling them to thrive in the competitive job market. To fulfill this gap GFF implemented the Shape the Future Program in Collaboration with Global Shapers Community Kandy Hub and SANASA Campus.

By implementing these comprehensive measures, we can equip the undergraduates of SANASA Campus with the necessary tools and confidence to overcome job market challenges and secure a prosperous future. Empowered with relevant skills, practical experience, and a strong support system, these graduates will not only enrich their own lives but also contribute significantly to the development of their rural communities and the nation as a whole.

The aim of this project is to empower the undergraduates of SANASA Campus, with the essential tools, skills, and support they need to successfully transition from education to the job market.

The goal is to bridge the gap between education and employment for these students, contributing to their personal growth, the development of their communities, and the overall socioeconomic progress of the region.


Discovering yourself -Miss Shamilka Karunanayaka

Mental Wellbeing/ Mental health session – Miss Nalanga Hettiarachchi

Confidence building and Language proficiency – Toast Masters

Digital Literacy – Mr. Kasun Sankalpa

Financial Literacy – Mr. Kavindu Kahanda

Responsible Global Citizenship – Miss Niroshini Nugawela

World and Local affairs – Mr. Devminda Abeinayaka

Career Guidance – Miss. Desika Hirukaduwa

Interviews/Networking/Etiquette – Mr. Navodya Samamarasekara

Leadership and Team Building – Mr. Ruwantha Katugaha

First day- 15th June 2023

Two programs were conducted, focusing on Logo Designing and self-confidence vs. Charisma. The logo design activity aimed to highlight the importance of self-confidence and charisma in personal and professional development. Students collaborated to create unique logos, expressing their individual qualities. The subsequent activity on self-confidence involved a speech followed by one-minute speeches by randomly selected students, boosting their self-confidence. Both activities were enthusiastically received, fostering creativity and meaningful connections among the students. Overall, the programs successfully promoted self-confidence, creative thinking, and the showcasing of unique qualities. Active participation and enjoyment were evident throughout the projects.

Second Day- 22nd June 2023

This week’s lessons covered three essential topics: the debt crisis and its effects, the rights and duties of citizens, and financial wellbeing. The students actively engaged in discussions, problem-solving activities, and group presentations, enhancing their knowledge and skills.

These lessons have equipped them for creative thinking with valuable insights for a successful future. These lessons provided valuable knowledge, empowering them to become knowledgeable and responsible citizens.

Third Day -1st July 2023

Students gained essential knowledge and skills for their future careers through three main lessons: stress management, critical thinking in the digital age, and effective LinkedIn and CV building. The stress management lesson delved into crucial topics such as Depression, Anxiety, and Chronic Stress, aiming to raise awareness among students. They prompted students to consider whether they would be able to revive their hobbies and discussed the potential benefits. Emphasizing the importance of managing stress, students were encouraged to engage in activities such as traveling, trying new foods, and listening to music, all of which have been shown to alleviate stress. The session concluded with an interactive discussion, where students collaboratively devised creative solutions to help one another overcome stress.

The final session focused on equipping students with the necessary tools for professional networking. Students were guided on creating LinkedIn profiles and utilizing them effectively to connect with companies and professionals in their chosen fields. The facilitators emphasized the importance of presenting oneself professionally and showcased strategies to promote individual strengths and achievements. Students also received valuable insights into crafting impressive CVs and cover letters,

Fourth Day-8th July 2023

The first session also aimed to enhance personal effectiveness through various skills. Students were encouraged to develop self-organization skills to effectively manage their time, tasks, and priorities. Commitment and dedication were highlighted as essential traits for achieving success in any chosen pursuit. Relationship building skills were discussed to emphasize the importance of fostering connections with others, as these connections can often lead to unforeseen opportunities. Additionally, the significance of effective communication skills was emphasized to enhance one’s ability to convey ideas, collaborate with others, and build mutually beneficial relationships.

The second session explored into the crucial do’s and don’ts of creating a personal brand through effective communication and presentation. Participants were educated on the significance of cultivating an authentic personal brand that reflects their values, strengths, and unique qualities. The session emphasized the importance of consistent and clear communication to establish a strong and memorable brand identity.

Furthermore, the session stressed the value of building and sustaining connections that contribute to personal growth. Students were encouraged to network actively and establish meaningful relationships with individuals who can support and guide them on their chosen path. Leadership qualities were also discussed.

Fifth day- 15th July 2023 -The end of the Program

In the morning, the students eagerly participated in two impactful sessions that simulated real-world scenarios. The first session focused on presentations, where students collaborated in groups to develop innovative new brands. The students showcased their ideas, marketing strategies, and unique selling plans each group presented their brand to the audience, who provided constructive feedback to enhance their skills further.

The morning sessions involved practical activities, including brand presentations and mock interviews, where students gained valuable skills in teamwork, communication, and problem-solving. They presented a brand and they faced an interview. The Shape of the Future program was a transformative experience for the participating students. They expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to develop critical skills and build their confidence in a supportive environment.

The second session involved mock interviews, designed to prepare students for the challenges they may encounter in actual job interviews. With a sense of excitement and nervous anticipation, the students faced a panel of interviewers who assessed their readiness, communication skills, and ability to handle pressure. The mock interviews provided a realistic simulation of the interview process, allowing students to experience the dynamics firsthand. The interviewers posed challenging questions, evaluated the students’ responses, and provided valuable feedback to help them refine their interview techniques. Through this exercise, the students gained a deeper understanding of the expectations and demands of professional interviews.

The evening commenced with a warm welcome from the program organizers, expressing their gratitude to the guests and GFF representatives for their support throughout the program. There was a warm speech from Mr. Tharaka Munidasa (GFF International Advisor) virtually. From SANASA Campus Mrs. Oshadi Dodangoda also made a valuable speech. The work done by the Shape the Future Team for students’ personal growth and the importance of nurturing the talents and potential of the youth was emphasized.

Feedback from the students

All students participated in at least one session, and any instances of missing sessions were due to unforeseen circumstances or isolated incidents. Importantly, there were no complaints about the scheduled time slots, indicating that they were suitable for everyone’s availability.

The students thoroughly enjoyed the sessions because they were interactive and conducted in a non-traditional classroom format, which made the learning experience engaging and enjoyable. However, a few students expressed that they occasionally faced challenges in understanding and absorbing information when presented in English compared to their native language, Sinhala. They expressed a desire to learn strategies for overcoming this language barrier in future modules. This feedback suggests that when conducting sessions in the future, it might be beneficial to incorporate language support or provide additional resources to aid comprehension for those who primarily speak Sinhala.

It’s noteworthy that Tamil-speaking students actively participated in the program and did not encounter any issues with language comprehension.

Another factor contributing to occasional absences on Saturdays was the majority of students living outside of Kegalle, who returned home during weekends. Only a few students stayed in their boarding places during this time. Taking this into consideration, future planning could be adjusted to accommodate the weekend commitments of these students.

The program received a positive feedback from all participants, with only a few challenges mentioned that can be addressed for an even more effective and inclusive learning experience in future sessions.

The program received positive feedback from all the students. Eight of them praised the structure of the program, considering it to be good, while two found it to be average. Additionally, six students felt that the modules covered were appropriate, and four students thought they were very appropriate. Moreover, seven students acknowledged the usefulness of the skills trained through the program, while three found them to be very useful. It is noteworthy that none of the students had any negative responses regarding the program. Overall, the feedback indicates that the program was well-received and beneficial to the students’ learning experience.

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