The World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific (WYAAP) team held its second Sulong Workshop for the year June 8, 2013, Saturday. The word sulong in English means “to move forward.” Project heads Zarina San Jose and Justine Villegas prepared modules for a discussion on family and love.
WYAAP conducted the workshop with the same foundation they partnered with last quarter. Most of the participants from the Shepherd of the Hills Foundation (SOTH) were present during last quarter’s discussion on dignity and solidarity, while some were “first timers.”
The workshop started with a film showing of “Les Choristes.” After the film, Ms. Anne Mejica, an administrator in the foundation, shared her personal experiences in relation to the film.
“In Shepherd of the Hills we treat each other as family. It’s very important that the children feel they are loved and important especially because some of them have very painful experiences,” she said.
The facilitators encouraged the participants to share their own views during the break out sessions. The discussions on “family problems” and what could be done about it opened the doors for both the participants and the facilitators to get to know each other better.
For the last part of the discussion, everybody filled up “pledge cards” to write ways by which they can help improve their family ties.
One of the students wrote, “I will try my best to be obedient and honest. I will take care of my family [in] SOTH.”
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