GFF Helps Philippines team regularly conducts digital storytelling to children ages 9-12 years old from Banga, Aklan, every Thursday and Friday afternoons. It has been a routine, and they always look forward to it. Stories were carefully selected from online sources, and we make sure that activities align with them. We wanted to show our appreciation to the avid attendees, and we thought of giving them something. We purchased some Lego bricks and distributed them to 10 children that actively join every session. For two weeks, our stories revolved around building skills and activities. The kids proudly showed off their talents in building things using Lego bricks. Alterations of themes are also considered so that kids won’t be stuck on the same page that’s why we plan on making more presentations for honing building skills in the following weeks.


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Broadening imagination with Mobile Library

A write only begins a book. A reader finishes it. Samuel Johnson

GFF Helps India and Philippines has been travelling with a bundle of books and reaching out to remote villages for the love of reading and seeding imagination in children’s mind.

A student of SOGG Pudung reading out a story

GFF Helps India team has been going for monthly visits to the SOGG Learning Centres of Bong, Chibbo and Pudung villages. The last visit was made on 29th & 30th October in Bong and Chibbo and 1st November in Pudung. On the day of our visit we exchange new set of books with the old ones and rotate it among the three centres. Since past few months we have been holding reading sessions along with the book distribution. Children were delighted to receive new set of books. Through this project children are developing their reading and explaining skills. However we have also felt the need of phonetics to be taught to the children for which we will be organizing a workshop in the near future.

Gff Helps Representatives with the participants of Bong

A student of SOGG Bong issuing a Mobile Library book.

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GFF Phillippines reaching out to children and women

PH Sewing Project – This is Zenie sewing a dress in Banga, Aklan Philippines

Sewing Project

As the COVID-19 cases are gradually decreasing in the Town of Banga, Province of Aklan, where our five (5) Sewing Project Women’s  houses are located, they were able to keep pace with the needs of the customers by sewing facemasks, curtains, pillow cases, repairing other garments like dress, some pairs of trousers, and many more.

These Sewing Project Women are all housewives and the amount of money that they earned  from  sewing helps them with their finances somehow. They are very grateful for this opportunity especially that the GFF’s sewing machines are the ones that they are using in sewing those garments and all.

“The Sewing Project Women are enhancing their skills from what they have learnt.”

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Sewing Success – Philippines 2021

The GFF HELPS Philippines couldn’t be any happier of what the Sewing Project’s women are currently doing after holding the National Certificate in Dressmaking in March 2021 and after having the opportunity to use and own the GFF Sewing Machines starting July 2021. These women are housewives residing in the different villages in Banga, Aklan, Philippines and most of them were solely depending on their husband’s income just before they became part of this Sewing Project last December 2020.

 Joelita, a dressmaker licensee wearing her sewn apron along with her daughter in Banga, Aklan, Philippines

These mothers’ enthusiasm in making a living and supporting their families alongside with their husbands are getting stronger and this is a great blessing to them especially that they could earn money at home by making patterns of facemasks(for kids and adults) and selling them by bulk or by pieces, making tote bags, curtains and aprons, repairing worn-out garments like trousers and dresses and many more. Some outputs like pajamas made by the mothers are for their children since their children also needs new clothing to address their growth. Some of these are just the skills that they had learned from the Dressmaking Online Class with their Dressmaker Trainor Jem Ambag, but these women never stop on learning and enhancing their skills in Sewing.

This pandemic had also taught them to appreciate what they have and to expand their network by marketing their sewing outputs and products on Facebook to gain more customers and clients. They also make sure to satisfy their clients’ needs by making their best in sewing garments.

“The Sewing Project Women are making use of what they have.”

The GFF Philippines have taught them to make use of what they have, make more of what they can do while doing their best to support their families. Our women from the Sewing Project Phase 1 are great examples of patient and perseverance, since they had showed great patience and persevered through a lot during this entire project and now, they are reaping the fruits of their hard work.  The GFF Philippine Team is looking forward to Sewing Project Phase 2 so that a lot of women would be of benefits.

Joelita, a dressmaker licensee sewing curtains in Banga, Aklan, Philippines


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Mobile Library Philippines 2021

This is the tenth beneficiary of books from Agbanawan Elementary School, Agbanawan Banga Aklan on July 5, 2021.

The GFF HELPS Philippines Team continues to extend the reach of the library’s safe learning areas to users who may not get a chance to visit and benefit from them. The small percentage of users who are not covered by fixed libraries are often left behind, and most of them are eager learners. We collaborated with local schools in the town of Banga to make this project feasible, and as of now, we have 90 children who benefitted from it. This program made us reconnect with communities and spark excitement among children and teens whose chances of fun have been severely narrowed due to COVID.

These are LP, Stifhany, teacher-in-charge, and the second beneficiary of books in Tabayon Primary School on July 5, 2021.

Recently, we conducted another phase of the program. We worked in partnership with five (5) schools in the town of Banga. We delivered 90 books together with school materials to each school. The teachers-in-charge played a vital role for the beneficiaries to receive their books and school materials as well as monitoring the status of books and the users themselves. As schools closed for vacation and there are no teachers who can collaborate with us, we shifted our scope to neighboring kids that are known to us. With this, we can expand the reach of the program and include the random children from different villages. This September, schools reopen and children will be back to the modular learning which is a form of distance learning that uses Self-Learning Modules. The parents will get their modules from schools and bring it to the safety of their houses. We will continue the program and reach more schools and beneficiaries.

“Increasing the reach and visibility of fixed libraries.”

The parents of the kids are grateful of the books that their children received. One mother commented that her kids always have their mobile phones in their hands, and she’s glad that those books will get into the hands of the children. We are also overwhelmed by the continuous feedback that we receive from the parents of the kids and they are happy to share the satisfying moments of their young ones indulging the books.





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“Improve access to food, nutrition, mental health and increase physical activity.”

Vegetable Garden 2021

Mr. Paulo, one of the beneficiary of Vegetable garden holds a bunch of pechay that he will sell at the local market.

The GFF HELPS Philippines Team continuously receives the photos sent by Vegetable garden beneficiaries that show the products of the plants. The project technically started in May 2020. We chose fifty (50) families of our online storytelling participants from four (4) schools in Banga, Aklan. The monitoring and feedbacking continued until December as the Team had created a Facebook page and private group chats to exchange ideas and planting techniques amongst the beneficiaries. Another phase was made in 2021, and we included 20 participants from the past GFF webinars. We delivered the seedling packs house-to-house. The total beneficiaries from the town of Banga reached 70 families. This project was geared towards the UN goal “Zero Hunger” where we help people fight off hunger and gain access to nutritious foods. Furthermore, it can boost mental health and physical activity especially during this time where people are confined in their houses.

We make certain that each beneficiary is monitored. They shared the problems that they encountered and we gave suggestions. Withered plants are unavoidable especially that the rainy season has begun. Some plants can’t tolerate too much water and need more attention, but there are some too that are productive and can endure the dry and rainy seasons. Sometimes we can visit the houses of the beneficiaries and most of them still have their garden.

Vegetable Project Phase 2 – This is the Simon Family receiving their seed packs on 12th April in Manggan Banga

From the photos and feedbacks that we received from the beneficiaries, we are grateful that most of them were able to reap the products and consume them. Some were able to harvest a generous amount and sell them. One of the beneficiaries that came from the list of webinar participants shared that they planted all the seedlings along the river where the soil is more fertile. The outcome is great because the plants thrive and produce good vegetables that can be sold in the local market. He and his wife harvested the products and sold them to the market. The amount was able to put food on their table for two days and the remaining vegetables as side dishes.



Joe Fisher“Improve access to food, nutrition, mental health and increase physical activity.”
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“Educating people on Ginger Tea Making and its Benefits during pandemic”

Ginger Tea Making Webinar 2021

The GFF HELPS Philippines  Team had successfully hosted and aired its fourth free webinar about Ginger Team Making which was beautifully presented by Miss Jemaima Ambag to more than 20 participants from different parts of Aklan Province, Philippines on 26th day of August 2021 at 2 o’clock in the afternoon.

Joe Fisher“Educating people on Ginger Tea Making and its Benefits during pandemic”
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Bringing back the children’s love for reading amidst this pandemic

The GFF HELPS Philippines Team had successfully lent a total of eighty (80) children’s books and eighty (80) drawing materials to the equal number of children from the five (5) schools in the school villages in the District of Banga, namely, Agbanawan, Tabayon and Lapnag Primary Schools and Polocate and Sigcay Elementary Schools in Banga, Aklan, Philippines. It has been more than a year since the pandemic and schools are still not open for face-to-face classes, therefore, the books were collected by their parents during their retrieval of modules in each respective school. It was agreed that their children will borrow the books and could lend it to their younger siblings, do their activities together, ie., drawing, coloring , peer reading while their books are under their care until the opening of classes returns in August or September to which they will return the books to their teachers.

These are LP and the hardworking teachers of Agbanawan Elementary School on July 5, 2021.

This is the second beneficiary of books from Sigcay Elementary School, Sigcay Banga Aklan on July 6, 2021.

It was some time in June when we started communicating with the school leaders and presented our Mobile Library Project with them. We received positive feedback from the five schools and they really showed interest in partnering with the project amidst the pandemic. We then started sorting the books – per level and per genre – according to the needed number based on the beneficiaries per school. We then bought drawing materials in the nearest school supplies in the  town of Kalibo and started packing until we reached the date of the schedule for distribution which was on July 5th and 6th, 2021.

These are LP, School Head, and School Teachers posing in front of the School’s name in Polocate Elementary School on July 6, 2021.

The schedule of distribution came  and we went to these five schools located in the far places in Banga, these were schools located in the villages and we were happy for the warm welcome of the school leaders, teachers and the parents who were present waiting for their children’s books  and drawing materials. The teachers also submitted the list of beneficiaries per school as  a formal form for both the GFF and their school.


The teacher and the parents have been sending photos of their children reading the books and doing their activities. According to Sir Kynan, the school leader of  Polocate Elementary School,“It was a good thing that our GFF Mobile Library is back to bring back the children’s love for reading especially this pandemic wherein phones and TV are the only things that the children take time with.”

This is the fifth beneficiary of books from Polocate Elementray School, Polocate Banga Aklan on July 6, 2021.  

This is LP together with the beneficiary, teacher-in-charge, and head of the school in Sigcay Elementary School on July 6, 2021.






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Enriching the children’s minds and hearts through stories.

The GFF HELPS Philippines Team continues to provide a quality education through online storytelling with children ages 9-12 from Banga, Aklan, Philippines. Online storytelling is one of the innovative pedagogical approaches that can engage students in deep and meaningful learning. It is a powerful tool to integrate instructional messages with learning activities to create more engaging and exciting learning environments. Thus, we provide stories that revolve around meaningful topics and activities constructed from the topic that will gear them towards the application of learnings. The parents truly appreciate the benefits that their children acquire and do their best to make them involve in every storytelling session.

We make certain that each participant will be able to participate to feel inclusion. We show our appreciation through digital prizes and their smiles indicate their appreciation. We also suggest a better composition of their answers during the lesson to help them present their answers more clearly. We make constructive corrections especially in pronunciation and we always ensure that they understand complex words.

Stella and his brother read together the passage.

It is pleasing to hear their laughs but what’s more rewarding is to see their improvements and that they also serve as teachers of their younger siblings. One of our participants named Stella who has a younger brother said, “Teacher, my mom wants my younger brother to learn too.”

This only shows that their interest was awakened when they see other children participating in our storytelling. We are happy to see them in every storytelling session and their friends and siblings joining them too.

The participants read the keywords from the lesson.

Joe FisherEnriching the children’s minds and hearts through stories.
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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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