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!

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Category: BLOG Share a Child Movement
Published: Monday, 14 December 2015
Written by Helen Madamba
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The Share A Child Movement Inc conducts advocacy campaigns in the community to promote awareness on child pornography, child sex abuse and child trafficking.  We envision children empowered to become productive citizens of the world.

Children from our Community-Based Approach against Trafficking (ComBAT) project in Cebu were asked to answer the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?

Talisay City


Kenny Mark R. Abadilla is a 12 year old grade 6 student from Tangke Elementary School in Talisay City. At his very young age, he dreams of a profession in Marine and Transportation. Kenny wants to be a successful Seaman someday to be able to help his family. 

Cebu City


From Barangay Basak Pardo in Cebu City, 11 year old Joanna Kyla C. Boragay attends grade 6 at Basak Pardo Elementary School. Joana answered, “When I grow up I want to be a teacher someday.  I want to help street children to learn and how to give love with each other. Some street children will not do the right thing but I will do my best to teach them how to do the right thing.” 

Mandaue City


From Barangay Umapad in Mandaue City, 11 year old Joice Marie Bate is a Grade 5 student of Umapad Elementary School.  She wants to be a teacher someday because she wants to help her family:  “When I grow-up and become adult I want to bring my family out of this dumping site and live in another place with no pollution and with a safe environment” she said.



Ervien G. Tapia hails from Barangay Lamac in the municipality of Consolacion, Cebu.  He is 12 years old. He said: “When I grow up I want to be a successful teacher because I want to help my family in their financial needs. When I am already an adult I will be a successful businessman so that I can help my family and support the education of my siblings.”

What can we do to help these children achieve these dreams and ambition?

We hope to ensure that their basic rights as a child are protected, and that we can assist them to stay in school until the graduate and become employable or sustainable.  Will you give us support and lend a helping hand to make sure these kids stay in school?  It only takes Php 6,000 to keep one child in elementary or secretary for one year.  Additional Php 3,000 will allow that scholar to participate in the monthly meetings for personal development and to attend conferences, child congress and other local forums.


Opening parade for the 18 day Campaign to End Violence against Women

Category: BLOG Share a Child Movement
Published: Monday, 30 November 2015
Written by Helen Madamba
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The Share A Child Movement Inc participates in the opening parade for the 18 day Campaign to End Violence against Women (VAW) in cooperation with the Philippine Women's Commission (PWC) and the Inter-agency Council against Trafficking (IACAT-7).

Be More Donation

Category: BLOG Share a Child Movement
Published: Saturday, 31 October 2015
Written by Helen Madamba
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The Share A Child Movement Inc would like to express deepest gratitude to Be More volunteers who have donated funds for us to purchase this much-needed vehicle. We have driven it to the dumpsite areas in our partner barangays with the volunteers. We have also driven it up the mountain barangays. It has proven very useful in our projects and activities. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, the staff and the scholars,THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

Helen V. Madamba
Executive Director 
The Share A Child Movement Inc

Cebu a ‘trafficking hotspot’

Category: BLOG Share a Child Movement
Published: Wednesday, 10 June 2015
Written by Helen Madamba
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DUE to its status as a center for shipping and tourism in Central Visayas and the rest of the southern Philippines, Cebu remains vulnerable to foreign sex predators, an international non-government organization (NGO) said yesterday.
Dr. Alwin De Leon, country manager for Terre Des Hommes, said the series of raids and the number of rescued victims showed that Cebu is a target for human trafficking.
“The local government units (LGUs), provincial government and the community have been so open and cooperative with this issue compared to other provinces in the country,” de Leon said.
In April 2013, the NGO’s Netherlands office created a 10-year old virtual Filipina girl named “Sweetie” that joined a public chat room and drew 1,000 foreigners in a week.
Most of them came from Europe, Australia and the US.

“We sent the data to the Interpol for investigation. There are 700,000 websites that are allegedly involved in this,” de Leon said.
Of the 1,000 who chatted “Sweetie” an Australian was arrested by authorities.
De Leon said their study entitled “Full Screen On View” showed that Cebu draws two million foreign and three million local tourists in Cebu from 2008 to 2010.
“The more tourists are coming in then the possibility of exploitation reports is there,” de Leon said.
He said most of the victims are minors whose families cannot afford to buy them food or send them to school.

De Leon said there are 7,617 children aged five years old that are sexually exploited.
“That is why we are also conducting orientations at hotels, motels, resorts and other establishments to teach them how to report and identify this kind of problem,” he said.
He said parents and the community should also be instilled with values that would encourage them to be vigilant in reporting sex predators to the authorities.
De Leon said they conducted trainings on capability building in Mandaue City, Lapu Lapu City and Cordova town and will schedule another activity in Bogo City.
Cebu Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale said Cebu may have been named as one of six hotspots for trafficking in the country due to the number of publicized cases in the past few years.
“More or less, the number of cases are the same in other destinations. Trafficking is everywhere,” she said.
She said what makes Cebu province different is that the government and other NGOs have been actively waging war against trafficking.
“We are trying our best to send a message to perpetrators out there,” she said. 

Published in: Cebudailynews / Michelle Joy L.Padayhag, Victor Anthony V. Silva / 12:00 AM | Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Int’l group coordinates with locals vs. pedophilia

Category: BLOG Share a Child Movement
Published: Wednesday, 10 June 2015
Written by Helen Madamba
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THOUSANDS of pedophiles are operating worldwide, said international group Terre des Hommes Netherlands.
Hoping that pedophiles will not bring their operations to the Philippines, Terre des Hommes is partnering with the government and local organizations to stop pedophilia.
During the 888 News Forum yesterday, Dr. Alwin B. De Leon, Terre des Hommes Philippines country manager, said that the organization's head office in The Netherlands is extending financial assistance to groups advocating for the protection of children against child labor and child trafficking.
In Cebu, Terre des Hommes has partnered with the Children's Legal Bureau, The Share-A-Child Movement Inc., Bidlisiw Foundation, and Fellowship for Organizing Endeavors Inc.
“The main beneficiaries of our organization are the children who are victims, survivors, and at risk of child sex tourism and online child abuse.
Terre des Hommes is also eyeing the Rotary Club of Cebu East under Alastair Schurch as a new partner.

The organization's program covers the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu, Naga and Toledo and the municipalities of Cordova, Consolacion, Argao and Balamban. Over the last few years, Cordova has been a venue for cybersex crimes.
De leon said that the Terre des Hommes will sponsor programs, services and activities that will prevent child exploitation.
Among the programs are: education for children, socio-economic development for vulnerable families, awareness campaigns, training for the public, vulnerable groups and government officials, and safe Internet use for children.
The organization is also willing to sponsor medical and psychological care, shelter and legal assistance, and income-generating opportunities to victims of child exploitation.

Another program that the international group is interested in is a research on child sex tourism.
De leon added they are also helping in the prosecution of violators against children's rights and train the judicial sector focusing on Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) through online abuse and child sex tourism.
Terre des Hommes also provides aid to victims of CSEC while strengthening community watch groups or peer support groups that gather relevant information on suspected sexual exploitation of children.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 10, 2015.


Category: BLOG Share a Child Movement
Published: Friday, 08 May 2015
Written by Administrator
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Van for Share a Child Movement Inc.We are coordinating to raise funds to buy a Mitsubishi L300 van which we need to travel up to the mountain barangays.  We cannot keep depending on the personal motorcycles of our staff and we cannot implement projects with our partner mountain barangays if we don't have this vehicle.  

This is something that we need for doing our work and which will help us significantly. All the donations are welcome to support us. 

Thank you very much!