Drawing a line where the feet of prophet Daniel trod as he was brought to Iraq from Israel as a captive and later became a king’s beloved friend.
“How does junk food harm the body” is an informative article written by Christa Miller based on the a study of Ms. Jean A. Welsh, M.P.H., R.N. et al., published in the April 21, 2010 issue of Journal of the American Medical Association. The article has enumerated the contents of junk food and its ill-effects, such as: 1) high cholesterol; 2) obesity and insulin resistance; 3) depression; 4) lower IQ in children.
In the Philippines, it is alarming to see that many children in rural communities are hooked into eating junk food; as if it has become a lifestyle due to junk food’s addictive properties. Parents don’t seem to have the right information as to how hazardous junk food is to their children. So, they allow their children to buy junk food in sari-sari stores and fast-food chains, or they themselves buy it for their children. The affordability of junk food especially those which are packed for only P1.00 makes it more accessible to children.
Patronizing junk food perks up the markets which has escalated the demand for it among the consumers, particularly the children. That is why many eyeball-swirling and appetite-whetting variants of junk food in the markets are packed at a very affordable price. However, the innocent children who are not aware of the health risks of junk food are the silent victims. This may be because of the parents’ sheer negligence, as well as of the mature people around them who should have made sound decision about what is the right food to eat for their children, nephews, and nieces.
Goducate Orchestra (GO) has raised fund for the Yolanda victims in the Visayas through a benefit concert, which was staged in December 20, 2013 at Goducate Office in Bay. Half of the proceeds would go to the relief operation of Goducate in the worst-affected areas in northern Panay. The other half would serve as revolving fund for GO’s upcoming activities.
The benefit concert, which lasted for about two hours, serenaded the audience with a number of Christmas carols such as the First Noel, Angels We Have Heard On High, Silent Night Oh Holy Night, and Joy to the World, among others. Adding to the concert’s excitement and color were the vocal and choir performances of the children from impoverish villages in Bay. A promising 10-year old girl belted O Holy Night in C Major and You Raise Me Up. The choir sang “Sana Ngayong Pasko” and “Ang Pasko ay Kay Saya”, timeless Filipino Christmas songs.
This fund raising concert has clearly shown that GO musicians have embraced the core philosophy of Goducate, which is “helping Asians help themselves”. As recipients of the music program, GO musicians have learned to give back by using their talents for a cause that would help those who are in dire need. Although they are still poor and also need some help in many ways, their musical talents have put them in the position to help others – translating Goducate’s philosophy into action.
GO is a grassroot-based orchestra that consists of string, percussion, and wind. Composed of young and adults, members have ages ranging from 7 to 28 years old. For the past four years, GO has become a place for honing the young musicians’ skills, as well as improving their social and life skills. It also has opened door for college scholarship which have now benefited 24 scholars.
Sharing love to the needy has many ways and forms. One of which is the Goducate scholars’ recent “caroling plus gift giving” at the Pagamutang Pangmasa ng Laguna, a government-owned hospital in Maitim, Bay.
Fourteen sick needy received gift packs that contains apples, oranges, bananas, bread, and milk. The nurses and security guards also got their share of food packs. Early on, six widows received food packs from the scholars during a Christmas party in a nearby community.
Christmas caroling is a usual practice in the Philippines. However, serenading Christmas songs to the needy with gift giving is not. Surprised by this act of kindness, the patients were all in big smiles and very thankful; others got teary-eyed of the unexpected gifts.
Raising the money to buy for the gifts, Goducate scholars simply did caroling for three nights . Armed with their voices and musical instruments, the scholars collected P3645 or about $ 85 US dollars . Initially, the scholars would like to have the caroling and gift giving done in San Pablo City at an institution for the Elderly. But, their collection missed the P5000 mark which is not enough to buy fruits and personal care products for the elderly.
Nonetheless, the scholars have made their presence felt in the lives of the needy in this time of giving.
Twenty-six pupils of four Goducate Literacy Centers (Little Ones Literacy- Maitim, Tranca Literacy, Sitio 74 Literacy and Sitio Ulik Literacy) in Bay along with their teachers and parents had their educational tour on Sept 27, 2013.
The purpose of this tour was to educate the pupils and their parents about the importance of rice as staple food among Filipinos. As the Philippines is gearing towards rice self-sufficiency, this tour is in line with the national promotion of exposing the parents and kids to the role of rice in national development.
I know that the term “national development” sounds big for kids to understand. Even adults may find it hard to understand or shy away from you talking about jargons which are, honestly, boring and works like sedative. In this tour, however, IRRI has explained the role of rice in food security and national development as clear as crystal for kids through an animated video titled “Graindell”.
The video, which is about 7 minutes short, tells about a story of two best friends who separated their ways to fulfill their dreams. Do you want to find out more of their story? Please watch the video.
“You can start small in helping the needy”. This is the catchphrase of two Goducate teachers along with their five students of Alternative Learning System (ALS) who initiated a small feeding project in a rice farming village of Bay in Laguna. Started last week of August, the feeding project has subsisted only from the contribution of both the teachers and the students.
Between 15 and 25 kids with ages ranging from 2-12 years old came for the feeding that has been administered to them every Saturday. This small project has also paved the way for the students and the teachers to teach the kids in writing, drawing, and spelling. Some of the recipients are children of the students.
Because of tight budget, the teachers and the students have prepared affordable food for the kids. In one feeding, for instance, the food was aroz caldo (porridge with chicken) while the next one was champorado (porridge mixed with tablea).
In this situation, the lifespan of this project may be co-terminus to the capacity of the teachers and students to shell out money from their own pocket. However, the teachers and the students are fighting for hope that people who speak of the same heartbeat as they do for the children would lend their supportive hands to continue the feeding.