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.