CCD-BINHI Outreach Activity By Marga Gregorio

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Saturday, March 21, from 9:00am to 12:00 noon,  CCD engaged in its second outreach activity for this school year 2014-2015. It was held in the Convento gardens of Santuario de San Antonio. The beneficiaries were the “BINHI” children, between the ages of 4 – 6, from the convent of the Rosalie Rendu Development Center, Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul.

Formed in 2008, the Binhi English Literacy Foundation, Inc. provides English learning support  to less privileged Filipino children in marginalized areas through an English literacy program. 

The CCD children from Reception, Levels 1 and 2, ages 4-7 years old, were each assigned partners from the Binhi group.  Together, they participated in the game stations that included treasure hunt, shoot that ball, hat making, musical chairs among others. There were popcorn and ice cream booths, and a yummy merienda from Jollibee.  The Binhi kids performed an entertaining alphabet song number, showing their language and reading progress.   It was a fun-filled interaction with lots of games and entertainment, including the very popular Jollibee mascot.  Prizes and surprises abounded that brightened every child’s smile.  The Binhi children also brought home educational gift packs from CCD as well as books and educational items donated by the CCD parents and children.

Aphro Abarquez, one of our CCD teachers was our gracious host who made sure everyone was happily entertained. We also had big help from our teacher volunteers Rolly Macabuag, Mimi David, Noel Amaya, Dottie Pasia, Mary Ann Villanueva, Marga Gregorio and Crissy Castillo and some older CCD kids Martina Qua, Paco Borromeo, Derek De Wit and Stella Grealy. Although the weather threatened rain showers, it turned out to be a very pleasant, bright, shiny day.

 The CCD Outreach Programs throughout the year are mainly funded by the Light-a-Parol project, which is held every December.  The main thrust of CCD for these outreach activities is to fulfill the “Faith In Action” aspect of its curriculum — to put into action Christian values and virtues taught to them in CCD.