Posted by: alcantarafoundation | November 13, 2008

Habitat for Humanity, Alcantara Foundation Train Women in Masonry

MALAPATAN, Sarangani (November 13, 2008) – Mothers and daughters here are enrolled in a masonry training program called “Akay Kababaihan”, a six-day training spearheaded by the Habitat For Humanity’s EU-funded Peace Build Program.

“This is the first time we are training women in masonry,” said Benjo Besmanos, HFH’s peace and development coordinator.

The Barangays (towns) of Tuyan in Malapatan and Lumatil in Maasim are two of HFH’s peace build projects in Sarangani. Thirty women from these two towns are training from November 10-16 at the Tuyan town hall compound.

Two decades ago, Tuyan and Lumatil were the sites of fighting between government and rebel Moro forces.

HFH targets four key result areas in their peace build projects: to build homes, establish partnerships with the barangay, provide livelihood and maintain sanitation in the HFH community.

“We do not build only houses. We help build communities in some of our poorest barangays all over the country,” Besmanos said.

“We would rather build our own house than pay for the costly labor,” Michelle Harid, a 29 year-old participant, said.
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Posted by: alcantarafoundation | November 7, 2008

Reading is Fun! featured in the Philippine Daily Inquirer


‘Kuya,’ ‘Ate’ in Sarangani help pupils read better 

By Aquiles Zonio

Mindanao Bureau

First Posted 00:12:00 06/01/2008

FROM NOW ON, SUMMER for Sarangani’s grade school children who come from poor families would be spent reading rather than playing. But they themselves will be looking forward to the activity as an exciting and mentally enriching experience.

Take it from 7-year-old Emily Gaet, a Grade 3 pupil, whose passion for reading was rekindled during the summer vacation. Her three-hour daily reading session had never been boring or stressful. It also gave her a chance to virtually visit and explore other places.

Every day, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Emily and 45 other school children attended the summer reading camp of the Diamalod Ebrahim Elementary School in Lun Padidu village in Malapatan town.

“Enhancing my reading and comprehension skills would somehow put me at par with kids studying in exclusive schools. During summer, they take summer lessons in their school,” Gaet said in the vernacular.

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