SUPACA youth advocates volunteered to help

Category: BLOG Share a Child Movement
Published: Sunday, 24 June 2018
Written by Helen Madamba
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SUPACA Youth

Balay Bata Center teachers report that the roof is leaking and the playground area is being used as parking for jeepneys and motorcycles or as site for cock fighting.

We made the decision to claim the space for our children, so we solicited funds for materials to build a perimeter fence, for the security of our pupils' vegetable garden and playground.

It was the SUPACA youth advocates who volunteered to help out with the digging of the foundation of the fence and it contributing what work they can do to put up the fence little by little.

We still need to solicit much-needed funds to fix the leaking roof, but we are grateful for whatever blessings we have received.

Balay Bata Center

Category: BLOG Share a Child Movement
Published: Sunday, 10 June 2018
Written by Helen Madamba
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Daily Activities of Pupils

FREE PLAY
Foster the children’s imagination, provide them avenue for interaction and develop their socio-emotional skill. Forty (40) minutes getting to know you using the following games: name chain games, chasing games, musical chairs and duck walk. 


MEETING TIME
Allow the children to interact with the teacher and their fellow classmates, provide them the opportunity to sing song with actions and upon the guidance of the teacher, give them the chance to be oriented with various concepts such as the love of God and country, weather, dates and numbers.

CIRCLE TIME
Story telling- to give the children opportunity to listen stories to develop their listening skills, language and vocabulary, enhance their attention span and memory recall and inculcate values. Children learned the following moral values. Honesty, thriftiness, savings, hard work, helpful, caring, concerned with other person in need, humility friendship and love.


LESSON TIME
This is the formal parts of the child’s learning inside the classroom of which the teacher introduces to the class the lesson for the day. It starts with board work exercises and for mastery and evaluation. Motivation and presentation of lesson proper, scribbling – exercised their hands in preparation in proper holding of pencils and sandbox for the preparation of writing.

Children learned proper ways of holding pencils and crayons on writing and colorings. Children identify the kinds of line and they were start in simple writing. Children can already identify the phonetic sounds as well as the vowel and consonant letters. Children can already identify the different shapes, primary and secondary colors and counting from 0-20. Children identify the three basic food groups- Go! Grow! Glow! Children already identify the different parts of the body and actual demonstration using the five senses.

 

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Merry Christmas

Category: BLOG Share a Child Movement
Published: Sunday, 24 December 2017
Written by Helen Madamba
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The Share A Child Movement Inc board, staff, benefactors, scholars and SUPACA youth advocates

join in wishing you a very merry christmas and the happiest new year!
 

"Many things can wait, but the CHILD cannot!"

How do we protect our children?

Category: BLOG Share a Child Movement
Published: Thursday, 16 February 2017
Written by Helen Madamba
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Last month, photos of an innocent-looking young girl splashed the headlines of local newspapers.  It turned out to be Liezyl Margallo, 23, who has sixteen (16) pending warrants of arrests and is facing charges on human trafficking, anti-photo and video voyeurism, and the anti-child abuse act.  Most of the victims were street children and children from families too large for parents to support.  They were promised a better life for their children once adopted.  Instead, the children face horrendous acts of violence.
 
More recently, I was shocked to learn about a 4-month baby girl treated for lacerations on her genitals due to rape.  This was all over the news that day.
 
A few years back, I remember an international organization from the Netherlands called Terre des Hommes (TDH) created a digital ten-year old Filipino girl named Sweetie to entrap pedophiles engaging in webcam child sex tourism.
 
There are also a number of videos on youtube.com which show the situation of child prostitution in the Philippines.
 
Children have intrinsic rights to survival, protection, development and participation.  Abuse is no longer face to face as in prostitution.  Children are virtually raped and become mentally wounded.  Perpetuators now use high technology to reach their victims.  How do we protect our children’s rights?
 
What are the factors involved in child sexual abuse?
In what ways can we promote internet safety to protect our children?
How do we use social media to protect our children from sexual abuse?
 
Are there answers to these questions? 

35th Anniversary

Category: BLOG Share a Child Movement
Published: Wednesday, 11 January 2017
Written by Helen Madamba
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35th Anniversary

Category: BLOG Share a Child Movement
Published: Monday, 09 January 2017
Written by Helen Madamba
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Thanksgiving Dinner

35th Anniversary

Category: BLOG Share a Child Movement
Published: Monday, 09 January 2017
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35th Anniversary

35th Anniversary

Category: BLOG Share a Child Movement
Published: Monday, 09 January 2017
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Promoting Child Rights Protection

Category: BLOG Share a Child Movement
Published: Friday, 02 September 2016
Written by Helen Madamba
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The Republic Act 9344 known as the Juvenile Justice Welfare Act of 2006 celebrated 10 years of its existence.  This law recognizes the right of children to assistance, including proper care and nutrition, and special protection from all forms of neglect, abuse, cruelty and exploitation, and other conditions prejudicial to their development.  It further defines a child at risk and a child in conflict with the law. This law also points to the  minimum age of criminal liability: A child fifteen (15) years of age or under at the time of the commission of the offense shall be exempt from criminal liability.

Children are often used in drug trafficking nowadays because of this exemption.  Hence, some call for a lowering of this minimum age so that children committing heinous crimes can be put behind bars.  Child rights advocates insist that in these instances, children are victims too.

The Philippines signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Since signing the UN CRC, the government is obliged to recognize the full spectrum of human rights for all children and strengthen efforts in enforcing the rights of children.  Different branches of government call for increasing programs that protect children's rights:

The Department of Interior and Local Government urges barangays to promote children's rights in the search for child-friendly barangays.

The Department of Education (Dep Ed) issued a memorandum on its child protection policy, policy and guidelines on protecting children in school from abuse, violence, exploitation, discrimination, bullying and other forms of abuse.  Dep Ed also strengthens protection for the reintegration of children at risk and children in conflict with the law.

The Department of Justice created a Committee for the Special Protection of Children.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development has rescued over 150 victims of webcam sex tourism and other forms of child abuse.

In the UN CRC, the guiding principles of the Convention include non-discrimination, adherence to the best interests of the child, the right to life, survival and development, and the right to participate.  In our own ways, we can also promote children's rights and help in the reintegration of children at risk and children in conflict with the law. Questions that need to be answered:

1. What are the different approaches to reintegrate children at risk and children in conflict with the law?
2. On prevention: suggest ways on how we can keep children our of trouble and out of harm's way.
3. What enabling environment can allow children to claim their own rights?

Notice

Category: BLOG Share a Child Movement
Published: Thursday, 11 February 2016
Written by Helen Madamba
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NOTICE:

Ms Jocelyn Espina and Ms Vivian Calupe are no longer affiliated with The Share A Child Movement, Inc and are not authorized to transact business in behalf of The Share A Child Movement, Inc.

My grandmother's legacy

Category: BLOG Share a Child Movement
Published: Sunday, 27 December 2015
Written by Helen Madamba
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Let me start from the very beginning.  In the Philippines, small children listen to stories told by their grandmothers (Lola, in Filipino).  Let me share with you the story of my Lola Sising's legacy.
 
I am Helen Valenzona Madamba, the eldest granddaughter of Atty. Esperanza G. Valenzona (fondly called Lola Sising).  She founded The Share A Child Movement, Inc (TSACMI), a child-focused, Cebu-based non-government organization which envisions children empowered to become productive citizens of the world.

Photo Lola Sising
In the 1980s Atty. Esperanza G. Valenzona initiated literacy programs and scouting activities for youth offenders jailed among hardened criminals in the Cebu City jail.
 
With the help of a handful of her friends, she established a non-government organization to expand her work in jail, thus the birth of The Share A Child Movement, Inc.  Its objective is to promote the full development of a child.  Its mission is to assist the marginalized child at risk to attain a degree of harmony within the context of a nurturing family life and attend to their well being and training as a responsible citizen and potential leader in the future.
 
Under the leadership of Atty. Eufrosina "Nina" G. Valenzona (my auntie Nina) as its first Executive Director, The Share A Child Movement Inc began extending educational assistance to child beneficiaries to the urban slums of Cebu City.   For more than 30 years in existence, TSACMI continues to provide educational assistance, and through the generosity of local and foreign benefactors,  more than three thousand students were able to finish schooling, among them community leaders and successful professionals.

Photo Lola Sising 2
TSACMI was also successful in organizing the youth as child right advocates, going room to room to conduct massive awareness campaigns on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in the public schools of Cebu City.  Family watch groups against domestic violence were organized and strengthened in the mountain barangays of Cebu City.  Community-based child protection networks were organized and trained to advocate against issues like gender sensitivity, violence against women and children, child trafficking and webcam sex tourism.


In the first quarter of 2014, we lost both my Lola Sising and my auntie Nina.  This left TSACMI crippled, with doubts that the programs and activities would continue.  Today I have taken auntie Nina's place as Executive Director.  I hope that the people who are part of the organization as members, benefactors, staff, alumni and beneficiaries, would continue to believe in our cause and would continue to support our efforts to uplift the lives of our children in communities, so that we may make Cebu a better place to live in.


This is T
he Share A Child Movement, Inc - my Lola Sising's legacy.  Help me keep it alive and serving!