Catch ’em young , for exponential growth – MY VISION

Posted by Marissa Langseth | Posted on November 19, 2016
13130882_10207698855248429_2087020300631933337_o
Volunteers in HAPI -Kids with their Recognition Certificates in Laguna, Philippines

 

 

14502023_1300965906588827_1061300115_n
The Lyceum Debate Society volunteers and HAPI kids in Alabang, Muntinlupa, Philippines

When I started HAPI in December 2013, I have envisioned to adopt a small community whereby secularism, humanism,  logic and reason will be taught. This vision is coming to fruition. I have done my part. I expect this vision to continue, and for exponential growth. That is how we spread the “word”.

Of course, it did not come handy. We have to interview the community leaders who have applied. Our strategy was to do bimonthly feeding to attract the kids. Long story short, we called them HAPI kids in HAPI Nutricamp and HAPI Hearts and Minds. This strategy worked, we were able to get the Alabang community with approximately 200 kids, including 30 grown-up volunteers lead by Jamie del Rosario Martinez. This group, however, grows to 500-1000 kids depending on the occasion like  Christmas and special events. A few months ago, we have injected the art of reasoning and ethical values via the Lyceum Debate Society . This is what I am talking about. More pictures here : https://www.facebook.com/Hapi.Kids.Nutrition.Campaign/photos/

 

Jahziel Ferrer,  AED, has also been busy with her HAPI Literacy group in Alabang,  teaching very young kids to read and write, such a daunting task for a gown up.

12717478_1040297766034736_7990138333138945166_n
Jahziel Tayco Ferrer, AED, HAPI Literacy Director

Another plan for education is Jean Tapao’s summer school, to be done on her specific area in Quezon City. She intends to teach kids for their summer break for free, her contribution and donation to humanity.

14222375_285371741847713_7358022464340422537_n
Jean Tapao, Director of Promotions

 

We want to replicate the above strategy in Cebu though the HAPI-Compre lead by their teachers,  Alain  and Arlene. The Cebu team will also facilitate these sessions via incentives of gift giving and feeding. Planning is on board, the syllabus is expected to be incorporated in their school.

 

11902442_10207223311478987_676029875534760925_n
Jennifer, HAPI ED, with HAPI-Compre kids for a climate change lecture in Cebu, Philippines

 

Meanwhile in Bacolod, Negros Occidental,  Rayd Espeja will also restart the Mandalagan High School event in organic gardening and climate school, an environmental humanism avenue.

14991864_1184521888302473_2112076464604269971_n
Rayd Espina, HAPI-Bacolod secretary with Mandalagan HS Principal, in Bacolod, Philippines

 

The syllabus utilized for this was an educational tool made by the Grand Chancellor of Lyceum of the Philippines Debate Society with the help of 6 teachers.  We will use that syllabus for consistency and to determine if our learning sessions have been effective via surveys and role plays.

“You’re always welcome, Ma’am. Thank you rin po sa opportunity. It was an eye opener to all of us po. We are inspired by the kids.” by Meive Pasco Alas, Grand Chancellor Lyceum Debate Society.

As a visionary, of “catching ’em young, for exponential growth, I hope my legacy will continue. The next generations to come will be more keen on critical thinking, reasoning and ethical values. I firmly believe, that the next generations will prefer computers to bibles. I call it “Grassroots movement for a secular school.”

I may no longer be here anymore when the trees planted 2 years ago,  will bear fruits of wisdom. That is our legacy. We are in this together.

I am scheduled to leave as a Chairperson of HAPI in January,  2017. I will become the first HAPI Emeritus Chairwoman. However you call it, I am still connected with HAPI, but will no longer be active. I will travel the world with my very patient and generous beloved husband, so I will still be busy, thinking that I  have contributed to humanity specifically in the Philippines.

I hope you all take care of what I have started, and continue my legacy.

 

1655902_287100934772972_2140006317_n
Marissa Torres Langseth, RN, MSN, ANP, HAPI Founder, Chairwoman Emeritus 2017

 

 

Other good reads...

ARK sails for 2020

ARK sails for 2020 by Eldemar Sabete Bacolod City   A sea of catastrophe has emerged since the start of 2020 and created phenomenal waves of problems that affected not only our country but the world rather. Many of us, Filipino, most especially those who are poorest of the poor suffer a lot from depression, […]

The HAPI book : From Superstition to Reason Second Volume

As our  final project and contribution to humanity, I am launching the HAPI book: From Superstition to Reason second volume today at AMAZON.com https://www.amazon.com/dp/1717758061/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=From+SUperstition+to+Reason&qid=1577199725&s=books&sr=1-5 It is even Free at Kindle :https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08337ZBRF/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=From+SUperstition+to+Reason&qid=1577199898&s=books&sr=1-1 I am seriously contemplating to leave all activism in 2020. HAPI now, has the best officers/volunteers,  therefore,  I  can only  be on the sidelines. […]

The Church won’t bless same-sex union. So what? | OPINION

On March 15, 2021, Pope Francis of the Catholic Church announced that the Church cannot and will not bless same-sex unions since they cannot “bless sin”. This statement of the “progressive” Pope made it to various leading news outlets garnering different reactions and responses. So what if the Church won’t bless gay unions? No big […]

What Am I Proud of: Quarter-life musings and Pride March

June 29, 2019, Marikina City   What are you proud of? The question I have been asking myself lately, maybe this moment in life most people call ‘quarter life crisis’ has kicked in, or that Nietzschean brand of obscurity slides in. Add to that is the amount of time I spend, quite a lot, on […]

HAPI Women are Genuinely Strong Women

HAPI Women are Genuinely Strong Women! March is dubbed as the International Women’s Month, and March 8th is the date of the International Women’s day which was started back in 1909 by the Socialist Party of America. It is the focal point in the movement for women’s right. Since this date, many actions were initiated […]

HAPI CALL-TO-ACTION on COVID-19 PANDEMIC

HAPI CALL-TO-ACTION on COVID-19 PANDEMIC Written by FilipinasDelValle March 26, 2020 Manila, Philippines   Being crisis and disaster manager, I have networks of acquaintances and friends that I get to call and can call on me if and when we need each other. The global pandemic have affected us as well. The Philippines have announced […]

HAPI PWD FEEDING with AJ

HAPI PWD FEEDING with AJ January 15, 2019 Consolacion, Cebu This is the fourth instalment of the monthly feeding event for persons with disabilities in Consolacion Cebu SPED Center, through the generosity of the Torres sisters. No Time To Waste Just fresh from my trips in Iloilo and Dumaguete, I took the late night bus […]

Scroll to Top