Josh spent 5 days in Cebu working with the Kadasig staff and renewing friendships. The reports to date have been positive and Josh has been working alongside everybody.
Remember to check back regularly to keep up to date with the latest goings-on.
As is expected of all Kadasig sponsored families, Jephte’s family was happy to be part of the organisation and to participate in Kadasig activities. Jephte showed great potential as a student himself as well as a skill in working with young children. He went on to become a Youth Leader at Kadasig.
With the support of Kadasig Jepthe completed his primary and secondary school and is now studying social work at college. This is certainly his main focus now and he will complete this degree in two years. As well as studying Jephte works at the Kadasig Centre part time and assists his two brothers and father with their needs.
Kadasig is extremely proud of all that Jephte has achieved.
Jephte was in Australia for World Youth Day in Sydney in 2009 and is now joining Ms Emely in travelling back to Australia to present their paper on Kadasig’s work at the World Social Work Conference in Melbourne. We are delighted to have Jephte back in Australia and will work with him for his bright future in social work within Kadasig. Have fun Jephte and enjoy the Australian way of life, spend time with your many friends here in Melbourne and thank you for all you do.
If you would like to meet Jephte at one of the events while he is in Melbourne, contact Glenys on [email protected] or 0411 196 395. Jephte will be presenting at the Annual Kadasig Dinner on July 19th read more here.
When CCF ceased working in Cebu in Emely was approached by the GSS to co-ordinate the Kadasig Parents Association (KAPAI) which had been formed by the GSS. It was at that time that the connection with Australia and KAPAI, which was a very small program at that time, was developed further and has grown to what it is today.
Kadasig has gone on to maintain & grow the educational sponsorship program and expand into livelihood, the purchasing of land, parent & child development and Friendship School programs. This has all been done by Emely with her great knowledge, experience and commitment to assist those in need.
Emely has a wonderful ability to negotiate with all parties where necessary to make sure that things run as smoothly as possible with community participation. Emely is a great believer in the community working together and that is the basis of the Kadasig programs.
Kadasig is extremely fortunate to have Emely managing the Centre in Cebu and all its many areas of operation. We are thrilled to have her here in Australia with Jepthe (read about Jephte here) to attend the World Conference on Social Work, Education & Social Development and to have been selected to give a paper on their work. Congratulations and enjoy your stay and meeting with all your Australian friends Emely.
If you would like to meet Emely at one of the events here while she is here contact Glenys on [email protected] or 0411 196 395. Emely will be speaking of her work at the Annual Kadasig Dinner on July 19th read more here.
We are so proud of Emely and Jepthe and so excited to have them coming to Australia that we have even brought forward the Annual Dinner to July (Saturday 19th) so that they can attend and speak to our guests there.
Thank you to all who have volunteered to spend time and open their homes while our visitors are in Australia. Kadasig still needs to cover the cost of bringing Emely and Jepthe to Australia. If you would like to help support this endeavour, please donate via the donations page with description “conference” and your surname. Even a $10 donation will make a big difference to add up to paying for their flights.
Thank you for your support and we hope you can attend the dinner to meet Emely and Jepthe. Feel free to contact Glenys on 0411 196 395 or email [email protected] if you would like to hear more about their visit, the abstract, the dinner or donating.
We will be sending another order of lights shortly so any support you can give to this next shipment would be wonderful. Each solar light is only $10 and can make an enormous difference. See the post below for information on how to donate.
You may like to further assist Kadasig by placing information in your school or workplace, so that others may also donate. Click on the flyer to right, print it out and hang it up with pride. Schools have had fundraising days, workplaces solar light drives, tell us about any ideas you might have or contact us for help with planning.
We are grateful for all the support we have received to date. Together we can assist those suffering from Typhoon Haiyan, or Yolanda as it is known in the Philippines.
The children, families and staff at Kadasig are all safe and accounted for. As are the Australian volunteers who were in Cebu at the time the typhoon hit. Our thoughts are very much with those who have been affected. There is a great need now for emergency aid, food, repair and rebuilding.
Kadasig is pulling together to try and make an effort to support those in so much need. It is certainly a mammoth effort and even the Philippine government is struggling to coordinate efforts. The Australian government has donated $30 million to date.
So what can we do? Imagine darkness falls, you have no bed, no food, no home, no light. Even though our organisation is small, we can still help. Kadasig has in the past sent Manadarin Solar Lights in the thousands to the families in Cebu and other organisations that Kadasig supports. Read more here. The solar lights have made a difference for so many in the past and we know will be of enormous benefit to the people affected by the typhoon. Kadasig does not have the ability to supply food and water, although we know those are the primary needs, however we can supply light, to those suffering most in Leyte and Bohol. This renewable energy source is safe, durable, effective and free for the families with no need for replacement batteries or recharging and lasts up to 5 years. Each light costs only $10 Australian. We hope to send as many as possible. We have until Tuesday to raise the funds (ADDITION: Thank you to everyone who already donated we sent the first shipment of 1000 lights on Tuesday 19th November. We are still raising money though for a second shipment so please don’t stop donating!). If you can help by donating $10 for one light you can make a difference for one family. Or perhaps you can manage a little bit more and affect the lives of many.
“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”
― Edward Everett Hale
If you would like to make a donation towards the typhoon relief fund, you can donate money to:
Account name: Kadasig No 2 Account
Account no. 172040420
Reference : typhoon “your name”
The second shipment of 600 lights will be delivered to Manila in about 5 weeks. Kadasig joined with the Columban Priests to raise money for these. The lights will be divided between different communities in the Philippines, all working with the desperately poor. 300 lights will go to the Preda Foundation (People’s Recovery, Empowerment and Development Assistance) run by Fr Shay Cullen in Olongapo – www.preda.org, 100 to the Good Shepherd Sisters community of Damayan in Malabon, 100 to a Columban lay missionary working with women in Novaliches and 100 to our dear friend Val, the Australian volunteer nurse, for the very poor families she works with in Zambales.
These lights really are making an insurmountable difference. With this in mind we will continue to collect money to go towards this project on an ongoing basis. If you would like to support this project or your school or workplace would like to get involved please contact Glenys Gayfer at [email protected]
With this in mind Kadasig has been raising funds to purchase land over the past couple of years. Kadasig Cebu has now purchased approximately 2000 square metres. This has taken place as lots have become available for sale. Luckily they are all connected or nearby in Barili.
To start this project 12 families are being given their own lot of 50 square metres to build their own house & have some land to either grow vegetables, fruit or have piglets or goats. All this is to work towards self sufficiency and empowerment. Each family is responsible for the construction of their own house. We are making contact with sponsor families to ask if they are able to make a contribution towards the cost of their construction and septic tank. We hope to continue purchasing land as the safety and security of land ownership for families, be it a small lot, is so important.