Philippines

Sewing Project: First Output – Facemasks for the Beneficiaries of Solar Project

Sewing Project: First Output – Facemasks for the Beneficiaries of Solar Project

Our women have been making efforts to improve their skills and livelihood by patiently learning sewing lessons online. Their willingness to learn despite having zero-knowledge, age, internet connection, and limited time since they are all housewives, are worth praising.

 

The GFF HELPS Philippines Women’s Empowerment Programme is running a Sewing Project intended for the housewives living in different villages in the Town of Banga, in the Province of Aklan, Philippines. This project started in December 2020 where five (5) women, all are housewives, received sewing materials like sewing machines, cotton cloth, different kinds of rulers, scissors, needles, threads necessary to start the sewing lessons. The project aims not only for knowledge and skills but also to make them pass the Skills Examination in Sewing so that they could earn a National Certificate addressing each of them as “Licensed Dressmaker.” The said certificate is valid all over the Philippines and even abroad and that qualifies them to make use of their sewing skills anywhere they go.

With the great help of Ms. Jemaima Ambag, the Licensed Trainor in Dressmaking, these five (5) women have been learning enthusiastically in every online class conducted every Monday and Thursday afternoons, discussing different outputs like face masks, tote bags, ladies’ blouses and skirts. As a novice in this kind of work, some women have been able to sell a number of pillowcases and curtains to their neighbours. The women’s first output was the fifty (50) cotton facemasks with filter. Each facemask follows a uniform pattern, with accurate measurement of men and women facial features including its size and shape. Then, followed by carefully sewing in its every side to make it more presentable and comfortable. The recipients of these beautiful face masks will be the beneficiaries of Solar Project, living in the far-flung area in Madalag Town, to where the Team will be visiting in March. When the team mentioned that their first output would be the face masks for the people of Madalag, the women were happy and pursued the making of facemask in just a week. They were very proud of their first output since it will be used by the needy.

“It feels good to make something (face masks) to be given to other people especially in Madalag, Aklan.” says Ate Marissa, one of the sewing class participants in Banga, Aklan, Philippines.

by Lady Peace Remaneses, Local Representative

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Solar-powered Homes for the Wonderful People of Mercedes Village

Solar-powered Homes for the Wonderful People of Mercedes Village
As we had our first visit to the Village of Mercedes last 12th of November, we’ve met and talked with the humble village leader, Mr. Margarito Francisco, and got familiar with the place and the villagers’ ways of living.

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Vegetable Garden: Healthy Meals, Healthy Bodies and Healthy Minds

Vegetable Garden: Healthy Meals, Healthy Bodies and Healthy Minds
The GFF HELPS Philippines’ Vegetable Garden Project helped families to survive hunger due to COVID-19 house lockdown in Banga, Aklan, Philippines.

The Vegetable Garden Project made each beneficiary become more responsible in planting and monitoring the growth of the vegetables in their backyard. Most of them were very keen and hands-on in making plots, weeding, and taking care of the vegetables. The results may be favourable to some beneficiaries due to God-given healthy soil and abundant water supply but its with the beneficiaries’ hands on how to fully benefit from it.

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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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International Sign Language Day

International Sign Language Day
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 sessionwere  held where GFF HELPS Philippines Local Representative, Miss Lady Peace Remaneses who is a volunteer with Deaf community in her hometown taught children an American sign language.  

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GFF HELPS Webinar: ‘Steps to Becoming An Online Teacher’

GFF HELPS Webinar: ‘Steps to Becoming An Online Teacher’
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.

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Vegetable Farming in Aklan, Philippines

Vegetable Farming in Aklan, Philippines
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.

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GFF HELPS PH Runs Educational Webinars for Teachers

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.

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