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2019 Camp is HERE

It is time for the 2019 Annual Kadasig Aid and Development Camp. It’s earlier than usual this year and we need your support. During the Philippine school summer break (during the Australian winter) the Kadasig centre staff take the sponsored children and young adults away for six days. 

Take a moment and think about what camp meant to you as a child. Now try your hardest to imagine you have never been to the beach, never seen the ocean, possibly never left the community you were born into. This is an almost impossible endevour for anyone who has grown up in Australia. Many of us go to the beach all of the time and school camps are a given. To our sponsored children in the Philippines to go the beach is a really special experience and for a lot of Kadasig sponsored children it really is the first time they have ever had the opportunity to go to the beach. 

Kadasig camp is different each year but often includes:

    Swimming- free time and lessons, many children have never been swimming before 

    Dance lessons 

    Martial arts classes

    Games- eg treasure hunts, relay races

    Leadership activities

    Child development activities- small groups are facilitated by a group leader- often Kadasig graduates.

Many of the activities are facilitated by Kadasig staff and graduates. However for specific activities specialist teachers are brought in, for example qualified swimming teachers.

Although camp is great fun, and filled with a variety of activities it also includes some down time. Children attend skill based sessions as well as those on important issues such as on self worth, child abuse, public speaking, team work and the rights of the child. Each child is given the opportunity and time to talk about anything they like. This is often a time where children can safely disclose any issues or problems that they are experiencing in their lives. 

This is a time when the children no longer have to complete their jobs and responsibilities at home, including caring for younger siblings, carrying water up the mountain, working the land. The most talked about memory of camp is that the children are served milk every morning and milk with milo every night! It is a wonderful treat.

You can send a child to camp for just $40. This covers absolutely everything, including transport to and from camp, accommodation, all food, all activities and lessons and ofcourse milk and milo!

One of the wonderful outcomes of camp is that the children meet other sponsored children from different areas of Cebu and wonderful new friendships grow. Consider sending a child to camp today! 

If would like to send a child to camp, please transfer $40 to the below account:

    Account Name. Kadasig No 1 Account    

    Account no. 822436380

    BSB. 083276

    Transaction Description: Your name and camp eg. “Smith Camp”

If you have any questions about camp please feel free to contact Glenys Gayfer on:

0411 196 395 or

[email protected]

Kadasig’s Grazing Table Afternoon

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the first fundraiser for 2019. It was a lovely, relaxed afternoon and everyone left with full tummies. We are so grateful Andrew Peace Wines for donating the bubbles for the day. Huge congratulations to Nerissa Jackson and family for collecting an impressive $178.90 in 5 cent coins! What an achievement!

All money raised have gone to the Kadasig Medical Fund

For more Kadasig Events, don’t forget to put these dates in your diary too!

Kadasig’s Christmas in July – Saturday June 27, 2019 – A 5 course Christmas Dinner. This is an exclusive event, and there are only 30 places available! Book in advance!

Kadasig’s Trivia Night – A Saturday in September, Date TBC

Goodbye Mila

It is with great sadness that we let our Kadasig family, friends and supporters know that our wonderful Mila Baylon, from our centre in Cebu, passed away this week after a short illness. Many of you know and have met Mila over the years. Mila was a kind caring friend who gave a great deal to Kadasig and was there from the very early days. Thinking of all the Baylon family and our Kadasig staff at this sad time. Vale beautiful special Mila.

Menstrual Hygiene Kits (Days For Girls)

Kadasig is excited to announce our newest project and partnership. We are working with Days For Girls International (DFG) in bringing reusable sustainable menstrual hygiene kits to girls and women in Cebu. These kits help to reduce missed school and work days during monthly periods.

In October 2018, Fay and Amy visited the Philippines and the Kadasig Aid Centre in Cebu. While on this trip they were excited to distribute the first ever Days For Girls Kits to the Kadasig community. Many thanks to Bev and the North Balwyn Days For Girls Team for the donation of 50 kits, enabling us to get started.

In preparation Fay and Amy completed the Ambassador of Women’s Health Distribution Course 101 prior to the trip. Whilst there they gave three talks, each two hours in length to a total of 93 women. The talks were based on basic female anatomy, physiology of the menstrual cycle, menstrual hygiene, family planning, and importantly introduction of the Days for Girls Kit and it’s use and care. The kits were distributed to the women of menstruating age who attended the educational talks, with 19 women/girls having had the training and who are now waiting on kits to be made and sent.

Through the Days For Girls database Fay and Amy have taken surveys of the women and girls and what their needs are and how the kits can help. There will be a follow up survey in 3 months regarding use of the kit.

The women were excited to receive the kits and felt they would make a big difference in their lives. Currently the major barriers to menstrual hygiene include cost/sanitary disposal/quality products and missing school and work due to menstruation.

Following our visit, Kadasig held sessions with the men of Kadasig, to meet and discuss Kadasig matters but also to discuss women’s and men’s health-including women’s hygiene, family planning and domestic violence.

We were pleasantly surprised by the extraordinarily enthusiastic response to the Days for Girls Kits. The women were proud, honoured and thrilled to receive them and left feeling valued and empowered.

Kadasig will be setting up a chapter in Melbourne for production of kits. To get started we are in need of your support. Donate just $20 to cover the cost of materials to put together one kit. One kit will supply one girl or women with 3 years of sustainable, reusable menstrual hygiene supplies.

To donate: please direct transfer to the Kadasig Account

    Account Name. Kadasig No 2 Account

    Account no. 172040420 BSB. 083276

    Transaction Description: YOUR SURNAME & ITEM eg smith DFG

For more information about Days For Girls International and how the kits work CLICK HERE

2018 Christmas Hamper Drive

Kadasig Aid & Development are excited to announce the 2018 Christmas Hamper Drive is here. Sponsors, supporters and anybody looking for a gift with a difference, you may be interested in purchasing Christmas Hampers and Gift Certificates. These provide food for a family during the festive season.

Kadasig Christmas Hampers are just $40 each.

Hamper contents include 5kg rice, spam, fresh fruit and vegetables, long life milk, milo and fresh meat. There is often a special something for the family and kids too, for example a blanket or towels.

As an alternative Kadasig Gift Certificates can be gifted for the following projects and livelihood essentials:

    25kg sack of rice $35

    Menstrual hygiene kit $20

    Medical care – $20

    House repairs – $40

    Senior Citizens Christmas Dinner $10

    Send a child to summer camp – $40

When you use our gift vouchers to gift something to your loved one, not only will you give warm Christmas fuzzies to someone you know, you’ll be helping to alleviate poverty for good.

This year for the first time we will be offering electronic gift certificates, in addition to the usual printed certificates.

To organise your gift voucher or for more information please contact either Juanita or Maree by phone, email or SMS.

Juanita Trommel 0409 514 565, Email: [email protected], or

Maree Kulkens: 0430 549 516, Email: [email protected]

To purchase items as above please transfer the dollar value to the Kadasig Account

    Account Name. Kadasig No 2 Account

    Account no. 172040420 BSB. 083276

    Transaction Description: YOUR SURNAME & ITEM eg 2HAMPERS

Please note if you are a Kadasig Sponsor and would like to purchase a Christmas Hamper in particular for your sponsor child and their family, please let us know.

Did you know that 100% of profits raised from the Kadasig Christmas Drive each year goes directly to the cause! Now that is festive! 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!