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After we communicate with you about your academic background, personal interests, and professional goals, we will pair you up with a fellow classmate and give you a praxis site in a local Filipino community. You will accompany this community two full days each week for the entire semester. Through this learning environment, you will become more aware of and sensitive to the realities of those who are struggling to end social injustices while working to promote human dignity. You will become part of this Filipino community, not as a volunteer, but as a learner.
Fall 20131. Tahanang Walang Hagdanan (House without Steps)
Tahanang Walang Hagdanan (TWH) is an NGO that was founded in 1973 by Belgian nuns to assist individuals with disabilities. The organization provides a variety of services for people of varying levels of ability. Employment opportunities at TWH include production lines in the following areas: sewing, wood shop, metal craft, silk screening, and pharmacy. Other services include a health clinic, physical therapy, and vocational training. There is also an educational program for kids with special learning needs and a daycare center for the children of employees at TWH. The work environment is inclusive of individuals with various levels of ability, with about 70% of the employees living with some form of physical disability. Independent living, productivity, and empowerment are the guiding values of TWH's mission. In addition to the main center in Metro Manila, there are three other centers in the provinces.
2. Sitio Payong:
Located at the outskirts of Quezon City, this is a small farming community that has no access to potable water or electricity. They do not own the land where they live and run the constant risk of being forced off the land. There are existing laws that prohibit members of the community from bringing in any materials to improve their homes, so construction is limited and homes are made of a variety of materials ranging from blocks, to wood, to metal, to cardboard, to plastic. The local parish, St. Peter, is very active in the community and sponsors a number of programs. A food program for children and a pre-school are among such programs.
3. Lingap Pangkabataan (Care of children):
This is an NGO that focuses on advocacy for street children (defined in the Philippines as any child who spends 4+ hours a day on the streets) as well as a micro-lending program. In the child program, much emphasis is put into reaching the community through community-based education. At the main office, there is a preschool that provides a learning environment that supports children to develop skills necessary to construct their own knowledge, prepare them for their next school environment and encourage them to become life-long learners. The school believes that the Filipino child is a unique creation of God, hence, innately good and special. The micro-lending program reaches out to small-scale business people and offers not only low-interest loans, but also training and workshops to equip people to run a successful business.
4. Kapit Bisig/ ANCOP Central:
5. Tribu - Gawad Kalinga
Gawad Kalinga is a Filipino based NGO that focuses on providing dignified housing to ‘squatter’ communities and, at the same time, providing values formation to the community members. There is a strong emphasis on 'kapwa' or the common good and the work of the community is done together (for example people take turns building each other's homes). There is an ongoing commitment and requirement of community members to be contributors to community life, serving not only in their community but also in other GK communities. Tribu is a community of about 90 families. To date, about half of the homes have been constructed. Currently two homes are under constructions.