The residents of CIC- Balay Dangupan who are girls aged 17 and below, spent their summer of 2017 engaging in fun-filled learning activities. They took part in these activities for self-enhancement and capability while staying in the center. This is a part of the center’s goal to provide psychosocial interventions through varied therapeutic activities aside from providing temporary shelter for them in order to restore normal functioning and become socially responsible individuals.
Each activity included during the fun-filled summer had a unique purpose to serve the participants. Their cleaning and gardening drive within the center’s vicinity instilled that each person had a daily obligation to uphold in the home.
The spiritual enhancement was in a form of a holy mass celebrated in the CO SU GIAN Home for the Aged and officiated by Fr. Jess Samaniego.
The Kiwanis Club of Davao presented them with pouches of items for personal use during the Club’s outreach program, and food in celebration of a Kiwanians birthday; to thank the guests, the children sang “Because of Love”.
Another religious group, The Holizen Mission from South Korea headed by Pastor Peter Kim, paid a visit to the center, preparing praise songs and conducting different activities such as face painting and nail art.
There are activities still ongoing until the end of the summer. Youth With A Mission (YWAM), yet another religious group composed of mostly Europeans, sent Dutch volunteer Biewkje Kooistra who is giving the girls guitar lessons every Saturday.
The Residential Learning Program is also conducting an art workshop with the children, dubbed as “Summer Practicum”, in which they are taught arts and crafts like Crayon Itching, Tissue Painting, and Letter Cutting amongst many others.
These activities were in line with the center’s whole year plan for the girls in order for them to strengthen their faith, form bonds, and exercise their creativity. In behalf of Balay Dangupan, thank you to all the volunteers and sponsors for the kindness you have shown, and the gifts you had shared to the residents.