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GFF HELPS January 2024 updates

GFF HELPS January 2024 updates

GFF Helps Philippines

REMEDIAL CLASSES

On 19th January 2024, in a fantastic display of talent and cultural diversity, students of English for Village program took the spotlight at the Ekiriyagala SANASA Community Hall. The highlight of the event was their performance of the folk drama ‘Nari Bena’ (The Fox, Son-in-law).

Joe FisherGFF HELPS January 2024 updates
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Engaging Youth and Empowering them

‘We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.’ Franklin D Roosevelt

The youth empowerment programme across countries like GFF Helps Sri Lanka, Nepal and India has been paving towards building youth for a better world.

“Three-month long Capacity Development and Career Guidance Programme .”

GFF HELPS Sri Lanka in collaboration with Global Shapers Kandy Hub and
SANASA Campus has launched a three-month long Capacity Development
and Career Guidance Programme where weekly workshops were
conducted targeting 18 students who are following degree programs at
SANASA Campus. These workshops covered a variety of topics aimed to
equip the participants with 21st century skills and employability skills
which will greatly enhance their chance of landing better jobs after the
completion of their academic program.

 

Language proficiency and confidence building

Workshop on Language proficiency and confidence building

The first session was facilitated by Ms. Shamilka Karunanayake and several members of the Hill Capital toastmasters club. Toastmaster Mohamed Yasir gave pointers on structuring and delivering an impromptu speech. Beneficiaries presented a short, prepared speech which was then evaluated by the resource people. The second session had toastmaster Akaam Zain conducting a session on how to improve language proficiency. Beneficiaries delivered short, impromptu speeches which were evaluated by the resource people.

 

Digital and Financial literacy

Mr. Saahithiyanan Ganeshanthan, a development practitioner, youth activist, climate reality leader and project coordinator – The Sentinel Project was a resource person for digital literacy

Mr. Chathura Jayasundara, ACMA, CGMA, MBA, BBA, Risk manager, CIMA lecturer and aspiring entrepreneur, Manager – Loan Management Unit and Wholesale Credit at HSBC chaired the session for financial literacy.

Workshop on Digital literacy

Workshop on Financial literacy

 

 

 

 

Work-life balance and Career guidance

Resource person was Mr. Gayantha Niyangoda, Manager – Business Development at GAC, Visiting lecturer at NSBM Green university – Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing while the session on Career guidance was guided by Senior HR Business Partner Corporate Functions and T&O & Employer Brand Lead, Unilever – Sri Lanka. Resource person: Ms. Keshavi Puswewala.

Workshop on Work-life balance

E-mail etiquette/ meetings/ presentations and CV building

Workshop on email etiquette

Ms. Bhagya Hapuarachchi – consultant/lecturer at National Institute of Business Management (NIBM – Sri Lanka), conducted the session on email etiquette while Mr. Choliya Bandara – Assistant Manager Business Development at MAS Holdings, conducted the session on meeting etiquette. Resource Person for CV building was Mr. Harsha Widanapathirana, LLB, Visiting Lecturer at University of Peradeniya – Dept. of Law and at APIIT- Sri Lanka. 

 

 

 

Workshop on interview etiquette

Interview etiquette and Networking

Resource person for Interview etiquette was Ms. Thisuri Ekanayake, Research Assistant, Institute of Policy Studies – Sri Lanka while for networking was Mr. Heshika Deegahawathura, General Manager – product innovation and design at MAS, Co-founder at Spryng, TEDxer

 

 

Digital skills and LinkedIn

Workshop on LinkedIn

Resource person to give a session on digital skills was Mr. Saahithiyanan Ganeshanthan, a development practitioner, youth activist, climate reality leader and project coordinator – The Sentinel Project while Mr. Thanushka Dilshan – Electronic Engineer at Burgeon Solutions, Embedded Software Developer spoke about LinkedIn and the possibility of using that platform to network.

Workshop on Responsible citizenship

 Responsible Citizenship and Responsible Global Citizenship

Ms. Nethmini Madawela – Head of Programmes – Hashtag Generation, Attorney-at-Law spoke about what it is to be a Responsible citizen and Ms. Niroshini Nugawela, AAL, LLB (Hons) Colombo, Director at HYPE Sri Lanka, Program support officer – Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights highlighted on the responsibility of becoming a Global citizen which is required at an era where internet helps us communicate beyound boundaries.

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Joe FisherEngaging Youth and Empowering them
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Meet Senuri Jayawardena – Sri Lanka Volunteer

Meet Senuri Jayawardena – Sri Lanka Volunteer

I am Senuri Jayawardena, an Environmental Science and Chemistry graduate who is passionate about working towards promoting environmental conservation at a grass-roots level through capacity development of communities. 

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Meet Stifhany Salvador – The Philippines Volunteer

Meet Stifhany Salvador – The Philippines Volunteer

Greetings from Aklan, Philippines!

Hello Everyone! I’m Stifhany Salvador, a Licensed Professional Teacher working as an ESL teacher and a new GFF HELPS volunteer here in The Philippines.

Joe FisherMeet Stifhany Salvador – The Philippines Volunteer
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Volunteering in Nepal

Volunteering in Nepal

No one has ever become poor from giving.” – Anne Frank.

December 5th marks the International Volunteer Day and the theme “Together We Can Through Volunteering” fits rightly so. Having been in Kathmandu Valley for almost a year and witnessing the transition of Covid-19 phases has indeed been a humbling and enriching experience. The very process of all the volunteers of GFF Helps International coming together from various parts of the world and joining hands to create a difference in our own initiatives towards the country that we have volunteered has been a fulfilling experience.

Willyn CarrascalVolunteering in Nepal
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International Volunteer Day

International Volunteer Day

2020 Theme: Together We Can Through Volunteering 

On this day across the world, we pay tribute to the volunteers who play a crucial role in being at the forefront of community, societal and medical responses. According to the UN, there are also online volunteers worldwide who served virtually in support to civil society organizations working on peace and development. 

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Meet Minket Lepcha – GFF Representative Nepal

Meet Minket Lepcha – GFF Representative Nepal

I am a storyteller and a facilitator from Darjeeling, India who has been conducting interactive experiential sessions through storytelling across India, Nepal and Bangladesh.

Joe FisherMeet Minket Lepcha – GFF Representative Nepal
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Meet Lady Peace Remaneses, GFF HELPS Philippines Representative

Meet Lady Peace Remaneses, GFF HELPS Philippines Representative

I am Lady Peace R. Remaneses, a licensed teacher in Aklan, Philippines. I had my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, major in General Education and studying Master of Arts in Education, Major in Educational Management in Aklan State University, Philippines. Before I had connected with the Glenn Family Foundation, I had taught to various government schools and had been a volunteer teacher in primary level education, from 2017 to 2019 in the Province of Aklan. Since May 2019, I have been volunteering in the Deaf Community wherein I communicate and teach people with hard of hearing by making videos of myself doing basic American/Filipino Sign Language and by video-calling them through Skype or Messenger.

Willyn CarrascalMeet Lady Peace Remaneses, GFF HELPS Philippines Representative
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