Pandemic or not, child protection carries on

Prior to the onset of the pandemic, the Notre Dame Business Resource Center Foundation, Inc. partnered with Save the Children Philippines in Child Protection Projects.  In 2019, it   facilitated the conduct of  Parenting Sessions that aimed to improve attitudes of parents in developing resilient families and raising healthy children, protecting them and respecting their rights. Among the key areas of parenting focused on were: maternal and child health and nutrition, child rights and child protection, positive discipline, literacy and numeracy, inclusive education, health, hygiene and nutrition, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, gender and risk reduction and resiliency. 

In 2020, the learning sessions to parents and children were started focusing on Child Rights and Child Protection.  Then, the pandemic upset everything starting in March. As restrictions were enforced, instead of conducting face-to-face sessions, an interactive approach using audio technology was utilized.  Content is imbedded in a USB that is plugged into a Bluetooth speaker that will be aired to the target beneficiaries. Upon hearing the audio content, children and parents will make their reflections through drawings or illustrations.  In addition, snacks and hygiene kits were also provided to the participants.  This project was able to reach 200 parents and caregivers and 750 children in 2 barangays in General Santos City.

NDBRCFI recently donated the Bluetooth Speackers and USB used during the Learning Sessions on Child Rights and Child Protection in 2020  to cooperating barangays and schools in General Santos City, a project in partnership with Save the Children Philippines.   Receiving the Bluetooth speakers and USB for  Barangay Calumpang, General Santos City are Karen Araneta, BCPC Coordinator and Kag. George Bisnar, Social Committee Chair (extreme left and 2nd from left, respectively).  Representing the NDBRCFI are: Edwina Enriquez, Judelyn Kintanar and Jun Omandam (3rd to 5th from left, respectively). Two other barangays and 2 public schools likewise received the donations for use in their Child Protection activities.

Once the health situation improved in the ensuring years, face-to-face learning sessions were subsequently allowed. 

Instead of wasting the resources available (Bluetooth speakers and USB), the NDBRCFI, in consultation with Save the Children, donated these materials to the partner barangays and schools for use in their programs on Child Protection. Three barangays (Calumpang, Lagao and Apopong) and 2 public schools were the recipients of said materials.

Shown in the photo is the donation made to Barangay Calumpang.  Receiving the Bluetooth speakers and USB are Karen Araneta, BCPC Coordinator and Kag. George Bisnar (extreme left and 2nd from left, respectively.  Representing the NDBRCFI are: Edwina Enriquez, Judelyn Kintanar and Jun Omandam (3rd to 5th from left, respectively).

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