Sunday, March 27, 2011

A Festival of preparation!

Gandang gabi sa inyong lahat,

Thank you to all the ones who came this week.

Here are some updates: In the office, the team, facilitators and some friends, have chosen the arts and crafts workshops, tested them and made one or two samples.

Another part of our week has been to continue being in contact with persons coming or wishing to share a workshop, who learned about the Festival of Learning through Facebook, Couchsurfing, Hands On Manila, or different personal contacts of ATD friends.

So far, to make a summary, among the persons we know will come and share a workshop, there are:

-A long time ATD friend who will come one day in Hilum 7-9years old and three days in Tulay with the youth.

-Grace with storytelling and puppet making (?) in North Cemetery

-Two police officers, one day in Hilum, 10-12yo

-Museo Pambata, one day in Hilum and Tulay, 7-9yo

-Ryan, a biologist teacher who will show experiments

-Joanne, who will show and have children 3-6yo experience grooming (washing hand, poney tail...)

-Theater/dance group for three days in NC, 7-9, 10-12, 12-15, 15+ yo

Still has to be confirmed but interested, some doctor students, a chemist, a storyteller, a nurse, a person who loves to make jewelry with paper mache, a dentist, an artist (which ‘sort’ we don’t know yet...:)

There are also different persons who wish to simply come and help facilitate what we will be doing.

Next week we will buy some material (donations welcome), put them in bags, label them a bit like this: “Hilum April 07, 3-6yo” – “Hilum April 07, 7-9yo” – “Hilum April 07, 10-12yo”.

If I count well, for Hilum and Tulay, the two first communities, it means we will prepare at least 18 bags.......

Wishing to help? Great time with bags all over the place!

We will also finalize some contacts, exchanges.

See you and hear from you soon.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

One week of brainstorming!

Hi everyone,

The end of the first week of preparation for the Festival of Learning is near. Brainstorming ongoing for 6 days na.

We have started having some ideas of activities, have two police staff who will share about their job, we are hoping to have a dentist, some drum players, storytellers....but we are still LOOKING EAGERLY for any person wishing to experience a sharing with the children and their families in any field (music, dance, theater, games,...).What about a nurse to have the children listen to lungs and heart, or take the blood pressure? etc...

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Festival of Learning 2011 Schedule

The theme for 2011 is "Paglaki ko, gusto ko maging...." (When I grow up, I want to be...).

Here is the schedule

(sharing ideas for the workshops, creating prototypes, demonstrating the workshops to facilitators)

Meetings to be held at the ATD office, 1225 Labores Street, Pandacan, Manila

March 15 - 20 (Tues - Sund), 2 - 5 p.m.
March 22 - 27 (Tues - Sund), 2 - 5 p.m.
March 29 - April 3 (Tue - Sund), 2 -5 p.m.


1) Hilum Community, Pandacan,, Manila

April 6 (Wed), 2 - 5 p.m.: Preparation of materials and kits at the office
April 7 - 9 (Thurs - Sat), 8.30am - 12noon: Visiting Hilum

2) Tulay at Quirino Avenue, Manila

April 14 (Thurs), 2 - 5 p.m.: Preparation of materials and kits at the office
April 15 - 17 (Fri - Sun), 1.30 - 5pm: Visiting Tulay

3) North Cemetery, Manila

April 28 (Thurs), 2 - 5 p.m.: Preparation of materials and kits at the office
April 29 - May 1 p.m. (Fri - Sun), 1 - 5 p.m.: Visiting North Cemetery


May 7 (Sat), 2 - 6 p.m. at the ATD office

You can choose any date to attend in the preparation and visit to the communities but kindly confirm your participation by calling these numbers: 563.9312 and +639089426819 or email Look for Anne-Sylvie Laurent.

We also welcome donations of any amount. You can deposit at any PNB branch under this account:
Account Name: ATD Fourth World Philippines
Account No.: 10-678-420001-7

Thank you and we hope to see you!