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[ 2015 ]

Lilok Foundation is a faith based, non-profit and
non-government organization that seeks to serve urban poor leaders, to facilitate their learning, and to empower them toward servant leadership by means of modeling, transformative education and mentoring programs.

Lilok Foundation - May Newsletter

Mid-year Report

CYW Camp 2015: KUMALAS – Kumilala, Magpalalim, Tumuklas

In the age of multimedia and mass communication, there are so many influences pulling at the youth of today. They are bombarded with messages that tell them that to be successful in life, they have to dress a certain way or buy a certain thing, which tends to lead them away from an abundant and free life into one bound by consumerism and an “us vs. them” mentality.

CYW Batch 13 sought to help put the youth into a different path through a youth camp. Called KUMALAS (Break Free), it aims to help youth realize their current situation (KUmilala sa kasalukuyang kalagayan); deepen their knowledge (MAgpalalim ng kaalaman); and discover alternative ways of living (TumukLAS ng alternatibong pamamaraan ng pamumuhay.

The four-day camp was patterned off Lilok’s Well-being Camp in 2013, and was held in Sakahang Lilok, Tanay, Rizal from the 8th to the 11th of April, 2015. These were the modules they facilitated:

Breaking Free from Excessive Group Mentality
Breaking Free from a Lack of Respect for Other People’s Faiths
Breaking Free from Negative Self-Image
Breaking Free from Limiting Yourself
Breaking Free from Overdependency on Others
Breaking Free from a Lack of Time to Enjoy Life
Breaking Free from a Wasteful Lifestyle

28 participants attended the camp. The modules on Negative Self-Image, Overdependency, and Wasteful Lifestyle seemed to be particularly resonant with these youth, and they pledged to change the ways they viewed themselves, their work attitudes, and some of the wasteful aspects of their lives. It is our prayer that this camp will help these youth to begin a life that is freer, different from the dominant culture in the urban centers of the Philippines.

Latest Activities and Upcoming Event/s

Gender Sensitivity Training

Lilok Office
November 26, 2016

Advent Retreat
Sakahang Lilok
November 26-27, 2016

Lilok Community Day
Lilok Office
Decmber 2, 2016

Adult and Youth Initiated Projects

On May 2, 2015, the Certificate in Wholistic Ministry and Certificate in Youth Work program participants passed their panel evaluations. For their output, the training participants came up with four projects:

SMILECHO – SMILECHO is a group of church youth based in Bgy. Baesa, Quezon City, organized by youth from two congregations of Living Springs Christian Church. This is the successor group to last year’s SMILE, which was in turn the successor of the advocacy group ECHO, the first CYW-initiated youth group in the area. Their activities include regular community cleaning, regular jogging trips, Bible studies for children, and making yema to sell for income.

KISLAP – KISLAP is a group of children in Phase 3, Payatas, Quezon City, which meet in the Komunidad Kay Kristo church. The organizers hold regular Bible Studies for children who are not members of the church while teaching them how to make sweets they can sell for income, such as pastillas, polvoron, and graham balls. They also plan to turn part of the organizers’ church into a Youth Center where the children can study and read freely.

HAKBANG – HAKBANG is a mixed Adult and Youth Initiated Project based in Living Springs Christian Church in Sapang Palay, Bulacan. This project aims to involve the youth and young adults of their church in community work, by holding events for the youth of the community and tutoring children in two areas in Sapang Palay.

KUSINA – KUSINA is an Adult Initiated Project in Bgy. Baesa, Quezon City, organized by members from two congregations of Living Springs Christian Church. Its goal is to provide alternative means of income for mothers in the community, and the organizers facilitated the creation of a rice cooperative as their first project.

Other Activities

We praise the Lord for giving Lilok many opportunities for facilitating trainings and camps for other groups. Con and Chum facilitated an Eco-Spirituality Camp for another church in May 6-8, 2015. Kay facilitated a short Peer Counseling training session for a Youth Leadership Summit for Muslims on the 20th of May. In addition, Lilok will also be holding a Bible Camp with the theme of Kapaligiran, Kabod, Kaligtasan (Nature, Presence, and Salvation) on the 28th to the 31st of May.

Prayer Items

As all our training programs have finished for the year, we are now making plans for a Graduation Ceremony for our participants. This will be held on the 27th of June, 2015, simultaneous with Lilok’s Annual General Meeting. Please pray for our participants, that they may use what they have learned to great effect in their communities.

As part of the Annual General Meeting, Lilok will be electing two new board members as Lorenzo Bautista’s and Rhea Rondina’s terms as board members will expire this year. Please pray that we God will guide us in the selection process, that we may find new Christ-centered individuals with a heart for the poor who will join us in our journey.

Lilok is also currently having some government documents processed as part of an annual requirement for NGOs in the country. Please pray for speedy and efficient processing.

Lastly, please pray for one of our long-time staff members, Chum Quijano, as she is in her last phase of pregnancy enters into motherhood next month. Please join us in praying for an easy, normal delivery.

Journeying with you in the service of the poor,

Adam Gorospe
CYW Assistant Coordinator

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