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Published on 29 June 2005
Girl Children’s Day
The Charter Facilitation Team in the Philippines co-sponsored the holding of a Girl Children’s Day, together with the Buklod Tao Foundation , the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging(CFCA) , and the Center for Positive Futures .
March is Women’s Month. This project involved organizing a Girl Children’s Day Celebration last March 5, 2005. One hundred girl children ages 11 to 14 participated in this event. Most of the participants come from the public schools, and are from poor families.
An activity involving discussing child’s rights and responsibilities was conducted. A book published by the UN on child rights was read by the participants. Then the responsibilities discussion was visualized using a globe. The activity was capped by workshops among the participants who made art work and dramatization on how they perceive their rights and responsibilities. In between, the 100 children went around four small group discussions, in turns.
One discussion presented a three-dimensional map of the municipality of San Mateo, where they live. Here the children learned about the ecological history of the place, the location of rivers in relation to forests and mountains, why what used to be forests are now subdivisions and commercial areas, and why the mountains are already deforested, and what the relation of all this is to the annual floods, destruction and death during the typhoon season.
Another group presented what vermiculturing is. They showed the other young kids the containers with earthworms of the African night crawler variety, and explained how to care for the earthworms, what these earthworms do to recycle natural resources, how the wastes of earthworms are used as organic fertilizers, and how to earn from culturing earthworms.
Another group was an interactive exhibit to show the destruction plastics and Styrofoam does to the environment. It presented data on the plastics and Styrofoam, its composition, effects, and what people can do to prevent the proliferation of plastics and Styrofoam in their own little way. The highlight of the activity was when the 100 children agreed to form their own community organization, and planned to clean-up their community and conduct planting activities, as their share in taking responsibility for the environment. The organization’s name is Bukluran ng mga Kabataan para sa Kaunlaran ng Kinabukasan. In English, it means ’Unity of Children for the Development of the Future’. The organization is headed by Marjorie Abela, a second year high school student.
Coordinators of this project are Rey Collantes, officer-in-charge of CPF-Banaba and Noli Abinales of the Buklod Tao Foundation.
 The Buklod Tao Foundation (in English, this means United Peoples Foundation) is a local NGO engaged in disaster response management and environmental protection advocacy. It is based in the municipality of San Mateo in the province of Rizal engaged in disaster management and environmental protection. It is headed by Noli Abinales.
 The CFCA is a nationwide NGO promoting children’s and senior’s rights and responsibilities. It is based in Antipolo, Rizal but provides service to the whole of Rizal and to Iloilo, which is in the Visayas island, south of the Philippines. The NGO is headed by Malou Navio.
 The Center for Positive Futures is an educational institution for the economically disadvantaged. The organization was represented in the project by Rey Collantes.