809 Ate Kay and Ate Tricia’s Accessory Making with Jesus Loves the Little Children Foundation
Written by Board Member, Ate Charmain Tan
We spent our Saturday morning at Jesus Love the Little Children Foundation (JLLCF) in Pasig City. It is located in Barangay Pinagbuhatan, the biggest slum area of Pasig City. JLLCF was established to transform the lives of children at risk and also families and communities in need. Incorporated in the JLLCF is the Riversprings School, which provides access to quality education to the disadvantaged children in Pasig City. Our partnership with them started in 2008. The children for the day’s event were from grades 3 and 4. The event was a thanksgiving celebration of Ate Kay and also the birthday celebration of Ate Tricia. Ate Kay and Ate Tricia, together with their officemates, who have become good friends over the years, wanted to give back to the less privileged children.
We started the day’s activities by letting the volunteers do a short dance number to the delight of the kids. Some of the volunteers were shy at first but they all ended up having fun dancing. We then grouped everyone in four and they kids and volunteers got the opportunity to get to know one another. They talked about their favorite food and what the kids wanted to be when they grow up.
We then played the Tic Tac Toe game. Groups 1 & 2 competed against one another. We made a big Tic Tac Toe board on the floor. Each teams were given a specific colored chips, blue for one team and pink for the other. The group that formed the most number of straight lines within the allotted 3-minute mark won that round. The challenge was that each team can only send one member at a time. Also, a player had two move options. He can either put his own team’s chip on the floor or he can remove the competing team’s chip. Teams had to strategize what moves they were going to make. If, for instance, the board is full of chips, then the strategic move would be to remove the opposing team’s chip in order to create space for your team’s chip. Only one chip could occupy a space at a time. Some of the kids would put a chip in an already occupied box. It was funny as the teams tried to put chips as fast as they could. The teams had to outrun one another as one team puts his own chip, the other team would remove it, therefore making it harder to form a line. After groups 1 & 2 finished groups 3 & 4 completed. The winners form both times then completed for a final match. In the end the group of Kuya JC won.
We then played Pass Me Charades. We gave an animal to the first member of the team while the others formed a straight line and faced the opposite direction. The first member had to pass the animal to the second member through action. Since nobody could talk, the challenge was to make the action as accurate as possible. As with Pass the Message game, the actions would get lost in the end. The kids would change the actions as they passed it along making it harder to the last person to guess the correct animal. It was funny seeing the fist member act out a frog, but the last member would guess the animal to be a kangaroo or a rabbit. Elephants would be giraffe and a cat would be guessed as a tiger or dog. Everybody laughed as they tried to figure out what the members were acting. Some groups did well as they were able to guess the correct animal in the shortest amount of time.
After the fun games our artist Ate Blanca headed the Accessory Workshop. The kids learned how to make bracelets using paper straws. The kids were given yarns and colorful paper straws that they cut into small pieces. They can choose any pattern they wanted for their bracelets. Most of them would put the colors alternately. The kids were then instructed to pass both ends of the yarn through the holes. They did it one by one according to the pattern they wanted until they formed the bracelets. The kids happily wore them as we went around to take their photos with their ates and kuyas.
The kids then got to have their lunch. Ate Kay and her friends also gave out school supplies and hygiene kits to the kids. Inside the kits were handwritten quotes of encouragement. There were “Believe in Yourself”, “Whatever you want to be, be good”, and other quotes to encourage the kids to do the best that they can. We then sang a happy birthday song to Ate Tricia and the kids thanked the volunteers for spending the afternoon with them.