282 Benedictine’s Bake Worskhop with Gentle Hands
Written by Kuya Harvard
Ate Kritzia, founder of Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid, one of our long time partner beneficiary connected us to the owners of Benedictine International School (BIS) for an outreach event. They were looking to support children survivors of typhoon Yolanda. We matched them with Gentle Hands. Some of the orphaned children are here.
Over the last 15 years Gentle Hands has been a ministry dedicated to helping the urban people of the Philippines. Over 5,000 babies have been born here since it began. It is now run by Charity and Evan Graff. It is a child and youth welfare agency meant to be on the front lines of rescue and rehabilitation of the medical, social and educational needs of at-risk children and youth, working towards improving human community life through the love of Jesus and family centered care.
We prepared a full afternoon. Ms. Joan Antonio of BIS partnered with Kuya Harvard to ensure a happy and memorable time for her 39 students and 35 kids who can participate. We had a short math competition first while preparing the name tags. We partnered and grouped them into 5 groups. After, our team gave time to get to know each other through questions like their name and favorite dessert.
Why dessert? That was the main theme. We invited our partner chef, Paul Samson to lead our baking workshop. He patiently demonstrated three interesting dessert preparations and had the groups do it on their own. It was a sweet afternoon as groups designed and ate their way in doing choco balls, strawberry trifle cake and cupcake decorating. We even had a reverse charade game on the same theme.
Magicman and entertainer, Kuya Erwin entertained everyone with his comical and interactive magic show. We always say this- magic captivates everyone. We had groups shots, merienda and gift giving to the kids and the center to end January 13. Ms. Charity Graff received donations for Gentle Hands worth more than Php 60k. It was almost 6 when we all left. Some of the students didn’t want to leave. 🙂