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Empowering Brilliant Minds Foundation (EBM) responds to the call of the Department of Education for collaboration and involvement in the ‘preventive health care, poverty alleviation, hunger mitigation and all other programs aimed at promoting health and nutritional status of schoolchildren.’ This response is in accordance with EBM’s objective of providing the public elementary schools with quality education. Through the Feeding and Nutrition program, EBM enhances the student’s motivation and capacity for learning and ensures retention of school-age children.’
Back in 2015, Paolo Vera then Chairman of the EBM Junior Council, focused on health and sanitation as a flagship project. He chose a far -flung public elementary school in Porac, Pampanga where the student population from Kinder to Grade 8, are mainly from the Aeta communities. With the help of friends Paolo donated two artesian wells to Sitio Target Elementary School, for the schoolchildren to have clean drinking water and to maintain the toilets clean.
In June 2018, Cecilia Ignacio, Junior Council Member of EBM, started the Feeding Program for the 280 students of the elementary school. In coordination with the School Principal and the teachers, the children are provided with a nutritionally well-balanced lunch everyday, With funding from MDRT and other generous donors, EBM is able to fill in for the months not covered by DepEd (June – August; January – March) due to budget constrains.
On July 28, 2018, amidst heavy traffic, and while Metro Manila was still suffering from the aftermath of a week-long rainy weather that brought floods in many areas, Empowering Brilliant Minds Foundation (EBM) braved all the inconveniences and embarked on a new project - A Medical-Dental Mission. The beneficiaries of the project were children and families living in Brgy. Tejeros in the Del Pan-J.P. Rizal area, one of the crowded and depressed areas in Makati City. The project was conducted in partnership with the Queen of Angels Child Care Center located in the same area, and hence the Center was also the venue of the project. It was also the Center that identified the particular families to be benefited by the project since it has data on the families, having served the community since 2013, when it was initiated and established by Lita Bondoc and her sister Cecilia ‘Bing’ Campos. (The Center offers a regular feeding program to more than 500 children whose ages range from two to six years. It likewise has a catechetical program and for the academic needs of the children, has regular tutorial sessions in all subjects.)
On the day of the Medical-Dental Mission, the volunteers of the Queen of Angels Child Care Center managed the registration as early as 8 in the morning. The consultations soon followed. Around 320 patients (children and adults) were attended to. The medical-dental team as well as all the other volunteers generously gave up their regular Saturday morning schedules to be one with EBM in this Mission.
The following composed the medical-dental team: Dr. Romulo Par (GP), Dr. Gwen Reyes-Amurao (GP/Pediatrician), Dr. Cristal Laquindanum (Pediatrician), Dr. Jenina Francisco Diaz (Dermatologist), Dr. Janella Tiu (Pediatrician), Dr. Cathy Jimenez (Pediatrician), Dr. Trina Maningat-Goco (Endocrinologist), Dr. Marie Belle Francia (Oncologist), Dr. Rochelle Javier (Dentist), and the following volunteer nurses from Saint Pedro Poveda College: Dolores Sepacio, Nora Loronio , Kim Chiu and Aiza de los Reyes.
This project was also supported by other selfless volunteers led by Cecilia Ignacio, Junior Council Member of EBM, who all worked with passion and commitment.
In a simple turnover ceremony, held at the Board Room of Empowering Brilliant Minds Foundation (EBM) on March 19, 2018, , The Million Dollar Roundtable Foundation (MDRT) represented by Ms. Maria Rosalinda Reyes-Panuncialman-MDRT Member, Mr. Dennis Berino-MDRT Champion and Ms. Joan Abis-MDRT Officer presented the check amounting to US$ 1,000 to Miguel Vera, one of the founding members of Empowering Brilliant Minds Foundation, Inc.
This grant will launch the Nutrition-Medical-Dental Program of EBM in Sitio Target Elementary School in Porac, Pampanga on July 28, 2018.
Sitio Target Elementary School located in Sapang Bato, Porac Pampanga has a student population of around 350 students, majority of whom are Aetas. In September 2015, EBM Junior Council Officers Paolo Vera and Monty Ngan inaugurated the newly installed artesian wells in the school premises, to provide the school with water for drinking, cleaning and washing. The installation of artesian wells is just the beginning of an entire Health and Nutrition Program conceived by EBM for Sitio Target. This is in line with EBM’s goal to promote the health and nutritional status of school children in order to enhance their motivation and improve academic outcomes.
With the incorporation of Cecilia Ignacio, as officer of the Junior Council in 2017, EBM resumes the Nutrition Program for the pupils of Sitio Target. Hence, on December 18, 2017, Cecilia together with the EBM staff, met with the school officials to finalize the Three - Year Feeding Program starting this July 2018.
The Health and Nutrition Program includes a twice a year Medical - Dental Mission in collaboration with dentists, pediatricians and internists who generously volunteer their services for the benefit of the underprivileged children in this area.
The training of Barangay Elementay School Principals was conducted with Professor Katherine Claudette Avelino-Tandoc as resource speaker. It was held on September 29, 2017 at the DepEd Division Office in Roxas City.
An overview using audio-visual about Empowering Brilliant Minds Foundation was presented prior to the welcome message by Mr. Mac Apusin, DepEd Division Superintendent of the Division of Capiz.
Ms. Rosalinda Basas, gave a challenging message to the administrators, pointing out the value of time and nurturing school environment.
Progressive Approaches in Early Education were presented with a twist, having a review of the different developmental theories and principles of teaching.
Participants were very participative as they listened to the presentation which for them was very interesting and enlightening.
Developmentally Appropriate Practices in Early Education were given emphasis to the delight of the principals.
It was an enlightening day for them as they learned varied and new approaches in managing classroom activities.
Based on the evaluation, the following insights were culled:
-They re-discovered their passion for teaching the inclusive way.
- Learning new approaches/strategies can pave the way to become innovative in dealing with classroom issues affecting teachers and students as well.
- Developmentally Appropriate Practices in the Early Education are very relevant to effective teaching.
- It is very reassuring to understand the issues encountered by students who are academically challenged.
We aim to help raise awareness and funds to empower underprivileged children through quality education experience.
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