In 2018, we take to heart Laura Vicuna Foundation’s mission as 28,839 reached in Laura Vicuna centers and advocacies in communities and schools in Luzon and the Visayas. “For you I work, for you I study,for you I live, for you I am ready to give my life! – This was Don Bosco’s battle cry for the young and here at LVF, we make it our mantra, the refrain of the song of our lives offered for the good, protection and salvation of the young. LVF leads in Child/ Youth Protection and Empowerment through our ongoing programs in the different parts of the Archipelago. And YES! 28,839 children, young people and parents EMPOWERED to take hold of their own lives; articulate and follow their dreams, protect and defend themselves from societal dangers,and live happily in serenity despite the woes that life brings. YES to service, YES to life giving advocacies, YES to the LAURA VICUNA FOUNDATION’S WE GIVE HOPE A HOME!
Ms. Hannah Siebertz of Jugend Eine Welt visited LVF. Jugend Eine Welt is the highest donor for the construction of the LVF Building. She happily interacted with the LVC girls and Sisters.Sixty mothers and children from Pinamana Site, Napindan, Taguig welcomed Ms. Siebertz as she visited the Child Protection Clinic (CPC) area on January 5, 2019. She was accompanied by Ms. Josielyn Hugo and Ms. Virginia Jison, Laura Vicuna Foundation’s (LVF) Social Worker and staff respectively. Ms. Hugo gave a short input to the mothers regarding positive discipline while Ms. Jison requested the children to give a short program for Ms. Siebertz. At the end of the sessions, they distributed spaghetti noodles to the mothers and popcorn to the children.
As an active member of the NCLC (National Child Labor Committee) - Knowledge Management Sub-committee, the Laura Vicuna Foundation represented by Ms. Rona Cendy Deluta was invited by the NCLC Secretariat to attend a briefing for the Bangladeshi delegation on the experiences, good practices and models in the prevention and elimination of child labor in the Philippines on January 10, 2019 at the Hotel Jen, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City.As a partner agency, Ms. Deluta shared LVF’s best practices like the COME (Community Mobilization Towards Education) Project for child laborers in Malihao, Negros Occidental; the three (3) conferences, one (1) in Manila and two (2) in Bacolod City which LVF initiated to planters and other stakeholders in the elimination of child labor in the Philippines; scholarships to poor and deserving students; the Youth Helping Youth and the Follow Your Dream advocacy which is a peer to peer approach in the realization of one’s dream.
Sr. Marivic P. Sta. Ana, LVF’s Managing Director was invited by the Philippine Association of Social Workers, Inc. (PASWI) to lead the invocation during the 1stPASWI National Summit on Strengthening Social Welfare Service in Relation to Prevention and Response to Violence Against Children (VAC) on January 16-17, 2019 at Microtel Hotel, UP Techno Hub, Diliman, Quezon City. Along with Sr Sta. Ana is Sr. Candy Baleverde who participated at the Summit. The Social Workers’ participants serving in the different sectors: the LGU’s, the DSWD units, the Academe, NGOs and INGOs came up with a Statement of Commitment to push for several actions in areas of planning, developing and supporting to strengthen the Social Service Workforce to end Violence of Children. Sr. Sta. Ana represented the NGO Sector is signing the Summit Statement of Commitment. This year marks the 70th year of PASWI’s service to the nation particularly in the field of Social Work.
On January 19, 2019 at the Bayleaf Hotel, Intramuros Manila the the newly elected officers were sworn in witnessed by Mrs Eva Ponce DeLeon, outgoing PASWI President. :- President- Roy Luntayao, RSW Vice President for External Affairs-Cleo Angelo Dela Fuente Guevarra, RSW; Vice President for Internal Affairs- Sr. Ma. Victoria Sta. Ana, FMA, RSW; Secretary- John Christopher Castillo, RSW; Treausurer- Isabelo Urmatam, RSW;Auditor- Rosemarie Orpilla, RSW; PRO- Jassamine Peñalosa, RSW; Board Members-1. Teresita Melad, RSW 2. Oliva Salazar, RSW 3 John Lemuel P. Gardose, RSW ;4. April JenicrisJunio, RSW; Adviser- Dr. Lolita Pablo .
Five Hundred (500) Laura Vicuna Foundation (LVF) girls, staff, Salesian Sisters, volunteers, mothers and children from our Child Protection Clinic areas like Judge Jimenez, Hillcrest, Barangay Pinagkaisahan and Taguig watched a different kind of ice show this holiday season entitled “Magic On Ice” last December 27, 2018 and January 4, 2019 respectively at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Magic On Ice combines the speed and elegance, the power and beauty of ice skating with big, theatrical magic illusions. The audience saw lightning-fast appearances and vanishes, beautiful levitations, death-defying escapes as well as some fun interactive comedy numbers. How fortunate for those who were there because it was a kind of show that our girls find cool and some families enjoy watching together. After the show there were some reactions from the audience like, “Wow! What a show! It was really great.” Our special thanks to Ms. Judy Araneta-Roxas and to the Amado Araneta Foundation for giving LVF the chance to watch this unforgettable thrilling ice spectacular.
One of the core values of the Salesian family is family spirit. A part of their family spirit is recreation. The Salesian Sisters of the Laura Vicuna Women Development and Technology Center spent it with their boarders from Consing, San Isidro, Palawan, Gaston and from the different haciendas of Victorias City.
Two of the trainees of the Laura Vicuna Women Development and Technology Center are now Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Kagawads. Daisy Beboso, Business and Office Technology trainee and Melisa Estilo, Garments Technology trainee are the SK Kagawads of Barangay 20 and Barangay 13 respectively. They are servant leaders for others.
JOY is in the air as the learners, volunteer teachers, staff and Sisters spent the feast day of St. John Bosco starting with a Thanksgiving Mass followed by the parade where everyone was shouting at the top of their voice cheering Viva Don Bosco! The rest of the day was spent with games, programs, quiz bee and search for Don Bosco and Laura Vicuna look alike.
The Educating Community of LVC Palawan started the year united in caring for Mother Earth! From planning on how to better develop and care for the farm to concrete action of cleaning up and contributing what one can give. Indeed, Laudato Si!
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