Thursday, July 17, 2014

Relief Initiative of Mano Amiga Scholars for Children Victim of Typhoon Yolanda


 ‘God will renew your strength” Isiah 40:31

Days after Typhoon Yolanda struck the country, Mano Amiga Academy community organized a relief effort to help the victims of the super typhoon. Despite of their limited resources, scholars and their parents of Mano Amiga Academy extended their sympathy by donating their hard-earned money, their relief items such as used clothes, books and food packs and endless prayers for their kababayans. 

The spirit of compassion, love, and camaraderie brought everyone together. Everyone worked hand in hand and together prayed that their simple help would send love and peace to the victims.

   
As simple prayer was prepared by the principal and teachers. Together with the scholars, they pray:


We pray for the victims of tropical storm Yolanda. May those who have lost homes and properties find shelter, enough food and clean water.
Comfort those who are traumatized and those who are grieving for the loss of their families, neighbors and friends. Bless those who are sick and those who are injured that their health may be restored and their wounds cured.

May you lead all who are stranded or lost back to those who love them. Guide the hands of the rescuers, the doctors and nurses and other volunteers and give them strength as they serve others with joy.

May this calamity bring people closer together, to help each other and to care for the environment. Give us the faith, hope and love to carry on. This we ask through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. 

Amen.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Mano Amiga Scholars went on a University Tour in DLSU




Last November 23, hardworking officers and members of Business Management Society (BMS) of De La Salle University- Manila put together a memorable event that opened the eyes of the Mano Amiga Academy scholars to a world of opportunities and brighter future.



For an early Christmas celebration, committed and enthusiastic BMS members hosted a university tour for 4th grade scholars. Upon arrival in DLSU gate, the children oohhed and ahhed with the size of the university, when we went in they were thrilled and delighted to see that the campus is so much bigger than what they saw from the outside. The excitement in their faces energized us to make the activities planned for the whole day worthwhile.
Afterwards, we had a campus tour to introduce DLSU campus to the children. We walked to the different buildings including DLSU’s newest structure, the Henry Sy Sr. building. The kids were eager to explore DLSU with us as they were very participative during the tour. After familiarizing themselves to the different buildings, we briefed the children for our last activity, which is The Amazing Race where the children showcased their talents and skills accompanied by their newly acquired knowledge about the university together with our BMS representatives. We ended the day with an awarding ceremony and a small merienda feast for everyone.

“This is an important and meaningful activity for the scholars. BMS did not only teach the students to dream big and aspire for the best College education opportunities, the experience also motivated the Mano Amiga students and their families to continue working hard in order to reach this goal,” Grade 4 Homeroom Teacher She Maquiran said.

BMS, a leading professional organization in DLSU-Manila, collaborated with Mano Amiga in fulfilling its mission of fostering passionate student leaders, maximizing student potentials and providing developmental opportunities for La Sallian business students.


 “The aim of the immersion activity is to provide our members an avenue where they could gain exposure and insight into the lives of children from underprivileged communities.” Assistant Vice President for Marketing and Socio-Civic, Ms. Patricia Verona shared. “We hope the experience helped in fostering a culture of generosity through the gift-giving activity and by sharing our time and talents. We hope that even through a small way, we made a difference in the lives of these children by inspiring them to aim high. For our members, we hope the event encouraged them to be of service to others, and to inculcate in them the readiness to help. We look forward to having more  regular activities with them.”

The article found below is a firsthand account of this inspiring activity, as shared by the BMS members:
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During the AM session, the kids attentively listened to the remarks given by BMS officers and actively enjoyed the mini games we have prepared for them. After that, we guided the children to Yuchengco grounds and had our scrumptious lunch to keep us energized for the next part of activities. It was fun just watching the kids enjoy their meal and have small talks with them about their dreams and life ambition. Some wanted to be an astronaut, doctor, teacher, scientist and many more, which are fascinating, and heartwarming indeed.

“…It was a tiring yet fulfilling experience especially knowing that the children had a great time leaning about the University with us even just for a day. Though we only have limited time to bond with them, it was certainly the best experience because each one of us is aware that we worked hard for this event to be possible and that it turned out to be a success. We will surely miss the kids of Mano Amiga Academy. Until next time!
To learn more about BMS, visit their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/bms.dlsu?fref=ts


                

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Steps to Success: Mano Amiga students go on a DLSU Campus tour



Last November 23, hardworking officers and members of Business Management Society (BMS) of De La Salle University- Manila put together a memorable event that opened the eyes of the Mano Amiga Academy scholars to a world of opportunities and brighter future.

For an early Christmas celebration, committed and enthusiastic BMS members hosted a university tour for 4th grade scholars.
  

“This is an important and meaningful activity for the scholars. BMS did not only teach the students to dream big and aspire for the best College education opportunities, the experience also motivated the Mano Amiga students and their families to continue working hard in order to reach this goal,” Grade 4 Homeroom Teacher She Maquiran said.

BMS, a leading professional organization in DLSU-Manila, collaborated with Mano Amiga in fulfilling its mission of fostering passionate student leaders, maximizing student potentials and providing developmental opportunities for La Sallian business students.

 “The aim of the immersion activity is to provide our members an avenue where they could gain exposure and insight into the lives of children from underprivileged communities.” Assistant Vice President for Marketing and Socio-Civic, Ms. Patricia Verona shared. “We hope the experience helped in fostering a culture of generosity through the gift-giving activity and by sharing our time and talents. We hope that even through a small way, we made a difference in the lives of these children by inspiring them to aim high. For our members, we hope the event encouraged them to be of service to others, and to inculcate in them the readiness to help. We look forward to having more  regular activities with them.”

The article found below is a firsthand account of this inspiring activity, as shared by the BMS members:

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Upon arrival in DLSU gate, the children oohhed and ahhed with the size of the university, when we went in they were thrilled and delighted to see that the campus is so much bigger than what they saw from the outside. The excitement in their faces energized us to make the activities planned for the whole day worthwhile.



During the AM session, the kids attentively listened to the remarks given by BMS officers and actively enjoyed the mini games we have prepared for them. After that, we guided the children to Yuchengco grounds and had our scrumptious lunch to keep us energized for the next part of activities. It was fun just watching the kids enjoy their meal and have small talks with them about their dreams and life ambition. Some wanted to be an astronaut, doctor, teacher, scientist and many more, which are fascinating, and heartwarming indeed. Afterwards, we had a campus tour to introduce DLSU campus to the children. We walked to the different buildings including DLSU’s newest structure, the Henry Sy Sr. building. The kids were eager to explore DLSU with us as they were very participative during the tour. After familiarizing themselves to the different buildings, we briefed the children for our last activity, which is The Amazing Race where the children showcased their talents and skills accompanied by their newly acquired knowledge about the university together with our BMS representatives. We ended the day with an awarding ceremony and a small merienda feast for everyone.

…It was a tiring yet fulfilling experience especially knowing that the children had a great time leaning about the University with us even just for a day. Though we only have limited time to bond with them, it was certainly the best experience because each one of us is aware that we worked hard for this event to be possible and that it turned out to be a success. We will surely miss the kids of Mano Amiga Academy.”


To learn more about BMS, visit their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/bms.dlsu?fref=ts

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Creating a better tomorrow with Microsoft Citizenship Asia Pacific

In today's world, having the ability to use technology is not enough. Students must be empowered to use technology to learn, analyse, and innovate. For a low-cost private school like Mano Amiga, the latest technology is a luxury we do not always have access to.

Thanks to the Microsoft Small and Midmarket Solutions and Partners (SMS&P) team, our students had the opportunity to explore various gadgets, and experience the power of technology to enrich and transform people's lives.

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Engaging Young Minds through Technology at Mano Amiga Academy By Cheryll Ann Selda, Citizenship Specialist, Microsoft Philippines

On 7 August, our Small and Midmarket Solutions and Partners (SMS&P) team, together with Director, Diana Tibbs, held our best Financial Year Kick-off Activity at Mano Amiga Academy.

The Mano Amiga Academy is part of a network of over 30 Mano Amiga schools across seven countries, with a shared mission of providing education and development services tailored to the needs of local communities. In Taguig City, the Academy works with the underprivileged, serving students from the most deprived sections of the community. I have to interject with pride here that Lynn Pinugu, who founded the Academy in the Philippines, is an alumna member of Microsoft’s Innovate for Good programme.

For the one-day volunteering activity, the organisation and our team decided that it would be most useful for us to engage with the Grade Four students in play activities. We brought our personal devices, including Microsoft Kinect and tablets, for them to have a go. It was quite a sight to have over 30 adults teaching digital games on a work day.

It isn’t every day that the children get a chance to try their hands on the latest technologies and gadgets, if at all. Being able to experience the devices allowed the children to understand how to use the technology and the ways in which technology can serve them. Hopefully, this would be a useful step for them in learning ‘vital 21st century skills’ and content.

We had our share of learning to do as well. Diana remarked, “Seeing how excited the children were made me realise I have been taking technology and gadgets for granted. I am more aware now how digital access is such a privilege.”

Joel Garcia, Server and Tools Business Group Lead, Microsoft Philippines, commented, “I don’t know who was more immersed in the experience — the children or me cheering them on when we were playing our games!”

Joel Garcia, Server and Tools Business Group Lead, Microsoft Philippines, playing digital games with the students of Mano Amiga Academy, Taguig City

Connecting with the children at Mano Amiga Academy represents a key step towards Diana’s goal of inculcating a ‘Culture of Service’ within SMS&P. Diana shared, “We hope to put in place a ‘Culture of Sharing’, with ‘Service’ forming the core of our efforts.

Our team plans to repeat this event at least once a year, and will also pursue other volunteering opportunities throughout the year. We are also looking at how we can provide capacity-building support for the academy. I’m very excited by these plans, for they show that technology can contribute to empowerment, especially when it comes with a human touch. #