|“The most fulfilling part about volunteering is seeing how much the kids have improved in just a few months."|
May 2009. Manila, Philippines. Every other Saturday, Nurse Irene Frayco takes
on a different role. She exchanges her white cap for
a creative hat, and teaches the Mano Amiga Academy students
fun art activities.
“I’ve always loved kids. But the main reason
why I’ve been volunteering regularly for Mano Amiga is because
I am inspired by the students’ eagerness to learn,” Irene
Irene is one of the volunteers who visit Mano Amiga
Academy two Saturdays a month to participate in the Student
Enrichment Program which consists of activities that combine values formation,
language, and arts.
Volunteers from different age groups lead the students
in singing, storytelling, sports, and arts and crafts.
“The aim of
the enrichment activities is to reinforce and complement the lessons
that the students are learning during the week,” Institutional Development
Manager Lynn Pinugu said. “We hope the Saturday sessions would
help develop our students’ talents, social skills, and self-esteem.”
with enrichment activities, is the Values Formation program for the
siblings of Mano Amiga students as well as older kids
from the nearby community.
|Volunteers from different age groups lead the students in singing, storytelling, sports, and arts and crafts.|
According to School Principal Ramon Austria,
the idea for the program was born when older kids
would gather outside the school, hoping they could participate in
the activities for the Mano Amiga students.
“They were very enthusiastic
about learning and we wanted to nourish that interest,” Ramon
said. “Since we can’t accommodate them in Mano Amiga, we
decided that concentrating on character formation would be a good
way for us to help them.”
Values Formation programs attract 70-80
regular attendees. The kids are divided into groups of five-eight,
with the Mano Amiga volunteers serving as their big brother
or sister for the day.
“The most fulfilling part about volunteering
is seeing how much the kids have improved in just
a few months,” Irene said with a smile. “We really
have big hopes for these children.”
Interested in being a volunteer?
Please feel free to join us every other Saturday at
Mano Amiga Academy, a school that provides high quality education
to children coming from low-income families.
For more information about Mano
Amiga Academy, please contact Lynn Pinugu at email@example.com.
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Amiga in the Philippines, click here.
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