Bereaved Family Care

In the Philippines, new school classes usually start in June after the hot season. In the beginning of June, parents become busy preparing school supplies for their children. The grandmother of Nino requested our club an assistance of fund for school supply.

Nino’s mother was raped and murdered. Nino is 15 years old now but he is in grade 4. He almost became a street child after his mother’s death. He was found in Tagaytay 4 years ago and brought to our club. Our club with the British couple who found Nino on the street assisted his family for a couple of years funding P3,500 per month. Nino started to go to elementary school at the age of 10 and now he is in grade 4.

The family used to live in General Trias, Cavite. However they recently moved to Binan, Laguna because the place in Cavite was filled with memories of Nino’s mother. His grandmother did not wished Nino to suffer from it.

President Elect Casey visited their new rent house in Binan to give donation for Nino’s school supply. She told him that the rent there was more expensive (P2,500/mo) than the one in General Trias (P1,500/mo). Their living room was hot like sauna when PE Casey visited around 2pm in the afternoon and outside was probably cooler with some air flow.

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Mhina, a sister of the deceased Nino’s mother (Nino’s aunt), is 21 years old and worked for a department store in Dasmarinas as a sales lady. She said that her contract had just ended and she was looking for a job. Actually, based on our club’s recommendation, she finished an electrical technician course in TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority), a government organization which provides free education to Filipinos.

20160601_104707 (Medium)She applied for a several positions at industrial manufacturers but due to her health reason (anemic?) she was not accepted.

The family’s life totally relies on Mhina’s income now. It is crucial to find her job.
Since it is difficult to find a job in Binan and the rent is expensive, the family wishes to move again. PE Casey suggested to move to Trece Martirez, Cavite as they have a new department store just opened. Mhina liked the idea. There is a Rotary club in Trece Martirez and PE Casey will ask for their assistance in finding a reasonable place around the town.

Helping Bereaved Indigent Family

The Php3,500/month family support handout for former parentless street child Nino, his under-employed grandmother Ester Stuazon and her 20-year old daughter Mhina ended in June 2015 after a 30-month support. Nino’s mother (Ester’s daughter & Mhina’s sister) was raped and murdered. Mhina, who graduated from high school two years ago has financially provided meaningful family support through part time job since our financial assistance stopped.

Ester informed us that the family was moving from their quarter in General Trias, Cavite to Binan, Laguna. Two of our club members visited them and gave financial assistance for their moving and Nino’s school supplies. Nino is 15 years old but is at 5th grade in elementary school as he was mentally disturbed and could not receive proper education in his early years. Mhina has obtained a job opportunity at a department store in Calamba, Laguna as a sales lady and is going to support the family’s livelihood.

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Basic Life Support Training for Rotaract Carmona

On January 9, 2016, based on the request of Carmona Rotaract Club, A.L.E.R.T (Alpha Luksuhin-Ibaba Emergency Response Team) chartered by our honorary club member Jun Baurile who also serves ARESCOM (Army Reserve Command) as a sergeant, conducted a basic life support and emergency health management training in Carmona, Cavite on a voluntary basis.

About 30 Rotaract youth members participated and learned how to use a triangle bandage to make knots and ties for support of head, arms, legs and torso on spine-board. CPR training is also provided. The training started in the morning continued on until 4pm in the afternoon.

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Vocational Training #2 for Indigents as Electronic Technicians

Continuing effort to provide vocational training opportunities to barangay Mangas II residents, Dindo, a local electronic technician, has decided to voluntarily teach electronics. He was actually the one who assisted one of the birth certificate project activities. RIMM took eight willing trainee candidates including Henry to Dindo’s shop for introductory lecture. Dindo explained about capacitors, resisters, diodes, etc. sampling a PCB from an old CRT-based TV, which is still popular among the households in the Philippines.
Since there were too many students to fit in the tiny room of his shop, some did not seem to have understood well. However, many were willing to come back to pursue their interest of learning electronics.
Many of the trainees did not go to high school but Dindo explained basics so anyone can understand.
Dindo is not capable of providing food and transportation but the trainees understood and still appreciated the free training opportunity.
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Vocational Training for Indigents as Automobile Mechanics

Providing financial assistances to indigents sounds good and benevolent. Despite our intent, however, we would need to be aware that it might sometimes promote their laziness and dependency. 
Instead, RIMM has sought to provide vocational training opportunities so that they can acquire skills to earn their own bread and butter. Luckily an excellent automobile mechanic in town, Danny, who has 15 years of overseas experience in the middle east agreed to provide free actual field training.
Six willing candidates in barangay Mangas II, Alfonso, Cavite immediately grabbed this opportunity and started on training in the following week three by three. Since they still have to earn income through their regular work which is selling of balots (boiled duck eggs) and chicharon (fried pork skin snack) in the afternoon, their training hours are designated in the morning only.
Danny grew up in poverty as well and he understands the predicaments of the indigents settled from a poor region. Danny provides transportation and shares meals with them on top of the free on the job training, none of which TESDA courses provides.
Danny’s auto repair shop is accredited by DTI (Department of Trade and Industry) as a class A facility and he can provide certificates of completion when they complete certain period of training. In fact, Danny told us that some mechanics trained at his facility got overseas job opportunities or higher positions such as chief mechanic.

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