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Appeal for help with Volunteer Programme in the Phillipines
April 25, 2010
By Kate Erickson
My name is Kate Ericksen, and as well as currently teaching primary school kids technology in Motueka, I run an international volunteer organisation called Kids Worldwide, and am helping with the set up of a music, art and technology school in Davao, Southern Philippines, to offer out-of-school tuition to the children who are in the local orphanages in the area.
For those of you who get the local Guardian newspaper, there was an article about me in this week's issue (April 21st), but it was not so clear what my current focus is on, so I still have to get the word out there by other means as well. I will be returning for 3 weeks to the Philippines at the end of June and want to carry some items over with me.
In December 2009, I
carried over 9 violins, recorders and a French horn that
had been donated from the Christchurch School of Music
to start tuition to the kids in 2 orphanages - a boys
childrens home called Field of Dreams, and a home for the
indigenous children of the area called Pag-Amoma.
partnered with Agdao Violin Institute, the only violin
school in Davao to enable the students to receive weekly
tuition at the orphanage. 20 of the 60 kids in the
childrens homes wanted to learn, so they share the violins
and are encouraged to practise every day.
there are not many violins or teachers in Davao, it is
actually the older 16 and 17 year old violin students at
Agdao who teach the kids in the childrens home. The kids
have been receiving tuition since January, and there
are already a couple of boys who are showing special
Due to interest by kids in the local area now, we wish
to expand the music lessons to offer it to children
in the area as well, but we don't have sufficient
I was wondering if you may have old
and unused instruments that you may be able to
donate for me to carry over again when I go back for 3
weeks at the end of June. They can be any instrument,
but violin is especially popular at the moment. I
myself am a wind instrument player and taught recorder
and flute when I was over there on the Xmas
Please would you be able to spread the word around
amongst your friends and any musicians you may know in the
area and let me know if there is any interest or people
who have instruments that they may like to donate? It
does not matter if they are a little bit broken. We can
get them fixed there.
Also, we are trying to organise
a mobile laptop lab which will go around the local
schools and orphanages in the area to complement the
school programmes. We need 15-20 laptops to start the
programme off. In the evenings, the laptops will be used by
the teachers to enhance their professional development
and assist in programme preparation.
If you have an
old laptop hiding around the house somewhere, even if
it no longer works, if you just let us know what
happened and why you think it doesn't work anymore as well,
then we will take it and try to find someone who can
help us to fix them up as a donation.
You can read
more about the project that we are establishing, by
going to the Kids Worldwide website
I would love to hear from you, if you could help out
in any way.
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