LVF YEHEY Advocate….A Champion for Children’s Rights in the Making
Our Representative during the 4th Philippine National Children’s Congress was, Catherine, a Youth Helping Youth leader .Just like other girls of her age, Catherine is fond of movie stars, anime comics and pop rock. But what made her unique is being the voice of her fellow youth. Comming from her difficult situation as a street child she has a great desire to uplift those who are still trapped in the chains of abject poverty. Having been exposed to LVF’s advocacy work and having received hands-on training from her LVF-YEHEY mentors, she was well prepared for a bigger role in child rights advocacy.Catherine attended 2 levels of Pool of Advocates Training facilitated by the Council for the Welfare of Children before she was given this task of being one of the 13 young facilitators in the 4th PNCC. Her first training was on Public Speaking . To prepare her for a more difficult task as a facilitator in the PNCC, Catherine attended the Second Level which focused on confidence building, community problems analysis and resource mapping among others. The 4th Philippines National Children’s Congress central theme was ending violence against children by building better families and communities.All these wonderful opportunities brought out Catherine’s potential. In another training she attended on Digital Media, Catherine appreciated the precious value of time and the conscious use of it.
YEHEY Advocates return to Xavier
Following five successful YEHEY-Dream It, Be It Conference Workshops in Luzon, LVF’s core of YEHEY advocates set foot to Xavier School grounds the second time for another round of the life skills and life goal planning workshop participated in by nearly 150 girls from Manila to as far as Batangas. YEHEY advocates once again showed how effective the peer to peer approach was in bringing out spontaneity among the girls in discussing personal issues that may affect their life in the future.
LVF joins Batang Malaya Workshop in Baguio City
The National Anti-Child Labor Committee through its sub-committee on Knowledge Management convened members and partner organizations with anti-child labor initiatives for an Advocacy and Communication Planning Workshop. LVF was represented by Ms. Rona Cendy Deluta, a former street child turned school teacher who epitomizes LVF’s vision of giving hope to disadvantaged children in redefining the course of their life, enjoy a better life and even empower children who were once like them. The 3-day workshop zeroed in on knowledge gap as a factor affecting the effectiveness of advocacy and communications on child labor. The group where Ms. Rona belongs resolved to tap different sectors of the government for awareness seminars on child labor and giving them skills training in order to convey clear and accurate advocacy messages. Their idea of putting this all together in a manual aims to institutionalize this initiative in their target sectors of the government. Through a rough review of the various social media forms used to communicate advocacy messages, the participants came out with a draft of their 2-year AdvoCom Plan. Concluding the workshop was the formation of pool of writers, researchers, speakers, bureau photographers and events managers which can easily be tapped by NCLC to ensure that its Advocacy and Communication Plan will really be enforced.
LVF participates in Anti-trafficking Research Validation
With its strong advocacy against child trafficking, Laura Vicuna Foundation (LVF) was chosen to participate in PACT’s (Philippine Against Child Trafficking) orientation/workshop on Anti-Child Trafficking Standards (ACTS) and validation of research results on Child Trafficking for Labor Exploitation (CTLE) .The Objective of the ACTS is to provide a benchmark for the community in assessing and developing child protection structure and procedure. It also aims to provide guide in setting priorities for action and utilizes resources for protection.
Vicuñans from PH Sta. Mesa experienced a worthwhile summer activity; a Tie-Dye event organized by Kefi Celebrations, a group of students taking up Events Management at the Ateneo de Manila University.The students gave a half day of fun and learning to the kids by teaching them how to make creative and colorful t-shirt designs using the tie-dye technique. Unlimited supply of ice cream, street food and cotton candy were some of the event’s perks which really filled the day with so much delight.
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