Call for Donations: Christmas Outreach Activity for the Aeta Community of Sitio Monicayo

Call for donations!
Share the gift of love to an underprivileged community.
We need your support in providing medical consultation services, medicines, and Christmas gift packs to an Aeta community in Sitio Monicayo, Mabalacat, Pampanga on December 2, 2018.
Cash and in-kind donations are accepted. Please call our office at (02) 715-6740, text 0915-9094723, or send an email to videspinoy@gmail.com for more information.


5th Medical Mission for 2018 at NIA Road

VIDES Philippines served about 200 patients who came from the marginalized community along NIA Road, Quezon City last Saturday, October 20, 2018. Five doctors and one nurse provided free medical consultation to kids and adults. Other activities such as medicine and food distribution, story telling, and getting-to-know sessions were also conducted. Kids also went home with hygiene product giveaways such as toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, and lotion. 

We wish to thank the following individuals for making the 5th VIDES Medical Mission for 2018 a success: Dr Dinah Pearl Pital, Dr Vernaliza Pasol, Dr Tatum Barong and Dr Czarina Pabustan of the National Children’s Hospital; Dr Gerosalyn B. Ebdane; VIDES Registered Nurse Janet Payoyo; Kagawad Edwin "Doc" Bernardo; and the 27 VIDES volunteers who joined the event.

 Our gratitude also goes to VIDES Board Member Marian Belarmino and her mother, Reza Belarmino, for coordinating with the community and the barangay officials. 

Of course, we would also like to thank Sr. Mabel Pilar FMA and Sr Josefina Carrasco FMA for their unwavering support.

2018 Annual Medical Mission and Christmas Celebration with the Aeta Community

VIDES Philippines invites you to join its Annual Medical Mission and Christmas Celebration with the Aeta community of Sitio Monicayo, Mabalacat Pampanga on Saturday, 01 December 2018. 

Please be guided by the following tentative schedule/itinerary:
5:15 am     - Assembly time
5:30 am     - Departure from Don Bosco School Sta. Mesa Gate, V. Mapa Extension, Sta. Mesa, Manila.
7:45 am     - Stop over for breakfast at Mary Help of Christians School Mabalacat Pampanga
8:15 am     - Departure for Sitio Monicayo
8:45 am     - Arrival at Sitio Monicayo, Brgy Calumpang, Mabalacat Pampanga
9:00 am     - Start of short program followed by the conduct of simultaneous activities 
                    (medical consultation, haircutting services, fun games for kids, advocacy activities)
11:30 am   - Gift-giving
12:00 nn    - Departure
12:30 pm   - Stopover for lunch fellowship at Mary Help of Christians School Mabalacat Pampanga
1:30 pm     - Departure for Manila
3:45 pm     - Arrival in Manila

Just a few notes:

1. We are in need of doctors and nurses so please invite your friends from the medical field! Additional helping hands are also very much welcome. 
2. Please bring Christmas gifts for 5 or more children as we are expecting 250 to 300 kids to attend the event.
3. We also encourage giving in-kind donations of canned goods, noodles, rice and hygiene kits to be distributed to all event attendees. In-kind donations should be brought to the VIDES Sta. Mesa Office at least one week before the activity day to facilitate early packing of goods. 
4. For those who wish to make cash donations, please send us a message so we can give you the bank details to which you may deposit your donation. 
45. Confirmed attendees and volunteers are requested to coordinate with the VIDES Office regarding transportation arrangements. Please let us know if you are going to bring your own vehicle or would like us to arrange your transportation to and from the venue. 
6. A minimal participation fee of about P300.00 to cover transportation, meals, and other incidental expenses will be required. 

Please feel free to contact the VIDES Office or send us a pm should you require additional information.  You may also visit the Facebook Events Page for more details. 


National Children's Month Celebration Kick-Off Activity & VIDES Family Day 2018

Spend a fun and worthwhile day with kids and VIDES volunteers! 

Join the the Kick-off Event for the Annual National Children's Month Celebration jibed with the conduct of the Annual VIDES Family Day on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Golden Horizon, Hugo Perez, Trece Martirez City, Cavite. Program starts at 8:00 am and end s at 4:00 pm.

Please see our Facebook Events Page for more information. 


Encounter with Sr Mabel Pilar FMA: Responding to the Call to be Holy

Last October 13, 2018, VIDES volunteers had the opportunity to listen to the inspiring message of the Provincial Superior of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in the Philippines and Papua New Guinea.  

Sr Mabel R. Pilar FMA urged the volunteers to respond to Pope Francis' call to go to the peripheries and to be holy.   She emphasized the importance of catechism in today's fast-changing world and commended VIDES Philippines for its courageous efforts of bringing the message of God's love to the marginalized.

Sr Mabel explained that it is possible for ordinary people to be holy.  Every one can respond to the Pope's call to sanctification by doing ordinary tasks extraordinarily well and with  integrity. She underscored that there are many opportunities to sanctify our daily lives in spite of all the challenges.  For instance, mothers and fathers are called to be good parents.  Teachers are called to be good educators. Being cheerful as you work and go about your day may also be considered as holiness.  

She also called on the volunteers to strengthen their spiritual life by praying, attending mass, and going to confession regularly.  She also enjoined them to strengthen their community life by continuously supporting and building each other as they serve the underprivileged.  

Watch the video of Sr Mabel's inspiring talk here: Encounter with Sr Mabel Pilar FMA.


Call for Volunteers: Medical Mission at NIA Road

Looking for volunteers for our October Medical Mission! 

Please join us if you are looking for a worthwhile thing to do this weekend.


2018 VIDES Mission Camp in Palawan

In response to the call of Pope Francis to go the peripheries, VIDES Pinoy went to Macarascas, Puerto Princesa City to bring the message of God's love and serve the underpriviledged.   We are pleased to have served more than 450 people from the marginalized communities of Palawan last August 25, 2018.

After the celebration of Holy Mass, a short program was held where the 58 VIDES volunteers welcomed the kids with a lively dance number.
Simultaneous activities were conducted right after. We opened the medical services booth which was able to serve more than 100 patients. The VIDES Salon, which offered free haircutting and other services, served more than 50 clients.
For our livelihood program, we turned over 10 goats and 10 piglets to 20 families to provide them with income-generating opportunities. In our Gawa ni Inay Booth, we trained 30 mothers on bag embroidery and design.
For the young ones, we conducted the Treasure Hunt to Holiness. We grouped the kids for the Workshops on Responding to the Call to Holiness and Childrens' Rights & Child Protection. After the engaging discussions and sharing simple snacks, we conducted the Ugnayan Activity, where the kids expressed their commitments on how to live a life of holiness and promote children's rights.
After bonding with the kids over lunch, the volunteers ushered the children to the VIDES Perya. The kids had a blast going through each of the booths which taught them about children's rights in a fun and interactive way. They posed for photo ops, showcased their talents, played games, learned about how to protect themselves during disasters, and expressed themselves through the Freedom Wall.
Before ending the day, a short program where the awarding of winners for the art contest and bag design workshop was held. The kid-beneficiaries also expressed their gratitude to VIDES.
The gift-giving for more than 300 kids and more than 50 mothers was the last activity. The beneficiaries went home with big smiles on their faces.
Thanks so much for supporting the VIDES Mission Camp in Palawan!


Support the Palawan Mission Camp

This August 24 to 27, 2018, VIDES Philippines will be in Palawan for its Annual Mission Camp.

Help us bring basic health services, children's rights education, grooming services, livelihood opportunities, and God's good news to at least 300 kids and 50 mothers from Brgy Macarascas, Puerto Princesa City.

You may donate as little as P50.00 for the procurement of rice, canned goods, noodles, medicines, and other groceries for the beneficiaries. 

Donate. Share your blessings. Touch lives. Be one for others.

For more information, please contact the VIDES Philippines Volunteers Foundation Inc.'s office at (632)7156740.  You may also contact Ms. Amy Suzara at  +639159094723.   You may also send donations through the VIDES Paypal account.  

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