The youth is said to be the hope of our future and one of the most powerful forces of this generation. With this in mind, the Humanist Alliance Philippines, International Jr launched the anticipated Project Handong last May 21-25 at San Esteban Homes, Zone 12-A, Talisay City. This project is the replication and localization of HAPI’s existing Secular Humanist Advocacy Development and Education (HAPI SHADE). Project Handong provides a unique learning experience to children that focuses on different and important topics each day. It is taught through various activities and educational games that’s engaging to the kids.
The first day opened with an energetic activity and the children showcasing their talents on arts as they were instructed to draw what their community is like. Eldemar Sabete, HAPI Jr Head, talked about Basic Human Rights and got the kids to recite their rights while munching on their snacks.
Project Handong’s second day unfolds to a more exciting start. The Juniors encouraged the children to stretch and
do some games, this time, outside the four-walled classroom and into the community’s spacious covered court. After the exercises, the kids, then, learned
the basics of equality from Junuis Capus, he touched the subjects that includes equality to fellow human being, animals and the environment. While eating their snacks, they got to listen to Kelly Sepida, narrate the story titled, “The Legend of Siete Pecados”. The second day was truly a fruitful day.
The third day came with many fun things waiting for the kids. It started with a dance activity led by Eldemar and Joshua Villalobos wherein they all grooves to the music. Then, the children learned about the environment tackled by Joshua followed by an acting exercise on how to take care of our Mother Earth. Before the kids can dive into their foods, they were encouraged to practice proper handwashing. Felsy Opeña told them the story about where Victorias got its name that tells the lesson on being brave no matter how hard everything gets. The day ended great where the children went home with a smile on their faces.
The fourth day of the Project Handong solely focused on raising awareness and teaching precautions when natural calamities happen. They played numerous games about it, then, Francine Abalayan explained and taught the children how there are many ways of keeping yourself and your family safe during and after a natural disaster. After, the children were able to show what they learned through their colorful drawings.
The strong rain didn’t deter the Juniors nor the kids in gathering in the covered court to celebrate the final day of the Project Handong. 60 kids were taught and fed for five days! Each is also given a set of school supplies and other gifts. Countless thank you’s and bright smile were exchanged that day. This won’t be the last time the Juniors will be in the community because they are planning to come back in the best future.
The Juniors would like to say a massive thank you to San Esteban Homes, for welcoming and letting them be part of their community, and also tremendous thank you to the sponsors who trusted and supported this event. All for humanity!