Report from Philippines – 2010 Activity Report: Support Group

Report from Philippines

2010 Activity Report: Support Group

Life Haven Independent Living Center, Valenzuela, Manila, Philippines
http://www.lifehavenilc.blogspot.com/

(1) Date: May 26, 2010
Objectives:
1. To deepen the knowledge of the participants about Independent Living.
2. To promote cooperation with Persons with disabilities in Batangas.

Venue: San Juan City Hall, San Juan, Batangas

Participants: 25 people

Outcome: There were many participants. The IL philosophy and services of an Independent Living Center were presented. Participants experience liberation.

Evaluation: The participants showed interest. Some ideas are new to them. Future support group activities like this would help them understand more. It appears to us that persons with disabilities in rural areas are difficult to organize because of many factors. 1) Low self-esteem, 2) little or no support from the community where they live, 3) little opportunity available for persons with disabilities, 4) their idea of being independent is by having livelihood activities to earn money to support themselves and/or their family.

(2) Date: June 12, 2010
Objectives:
1. To promote IL philosophy to persons with disabilities in Valenzuela.
2. To introduce Life Haven Independent Living Center and its services to the participants.
3. To let participants get to know each other.

Venue: Office of Life Haven

Participants: 25 people

Outcome: The objectives were met. The participants enjoyed the day’s activities. The participants experience liberation.

Evaluation: Since the ideas are new to them, follow-up activities to deepen their knowledge about Independent Living Philosophy should be conducted. The participants and the LHILC staffs enjoyed the company of friends. The enculturation of persons with disabilities in the IL movement is very important so that they will know their place in the community.

(3) Date: June 28, 2010
Objectives:
1. To deepen the knowledge of the participants about Independent Living.
2. To promote cooperation with Persons with disabilities in Batangas.

Venue: San Juan, Batangas

Participants: Ericzon Dy, Abner Manlapaz & Jun Bernandino from LHILC and 21 people from Batangas:

Outcome: The cooperation between LHILC and SCIF helped promote the IL Philosophy to persons with disabilities in Batangas. The local government, the group of persons with disabilities recognizes the effort that LHILC and Edwin De Villa are extending to their municipality.

Evaluation: The activities in San Juan Batangas may take longer time in order to empower persons with disabilities. It is important to build their capacity and allow them to take the natural course for empowerment.

(4) Date: July 17, 2010
Objectives:
1. To deepen the knowledge of participants about Independent Living.

Venue: Office of Life Haven

Participants: 13 people

Outcome: There are many participants. The whole day affair was an enjoyable experience for everyone. The participants verbalized their appreciation on the effort of the center to create activities for them to join. Some participants showed some changes in their attitude as a person living with disability.

Evaluation: Presently, many persons with disabilities are unable to go out of their house for many reasons. 1) physical barriers prevents them from going in and out of their house, 2) assistance, 3) do not have money, and 4) self-confidence. The combination of any of the reasons prohibits their participation and enjoyment of their freedom to move around and participates in community life.

(5) Date: August 12, 2010
Objectives:
1. To build capacity of leaders with disabilities
2. Review of IL topics
3. To discuss problems encountered by the Batangas group.

Venue: San Juan, Batangas

Participants: 10 people

Outcome: The content of the meeting are: 1) CRPD, and 2) Capacity Development. After several group meetings, we decided to give the participants a chance to lead the next meeting by becoming presenter of IL topics.

Evaluation: The activities are important to build their capacity. In order to do it, knowledge should be shared to them. Then, allow them to take a lead role for accumulation of experience and building up of their self confidence.

(6) Date: August 15, 2010
Objectives:
1. To introduce LHILC and its services to members of Horizon ministry.
2. To have interaction between persons with disabilities and members of Horizon ministry.
3. To share experiences of the two groups.

Venue: General Tiburcio Elementary School, covered court, Gen. T. De Leon, Valenzuela City

Participants: 25 people

Outcome: Life Haven and Horizon Ministry shared experiences and fun time together on this day. The Horizon Ministry and persons with disabilities learned from each other during sharing which is very good for understanding each others existence.

Evaluation: The Horizon ministry members welcomed the new perspective on disability.

(7) Date: September 05, 2010
Objectives:
1. To review previous topics.
2. To orient new participants.

Venue: General Tiburcio Elementary School, covered court, Gen. T. De Leon, Valenzuela City

Participants: 21 people

Outcome: The participants were divided in two groups, the previous participants and the new ones. The new ones are critical of the new ideas of Independent Living Philosophy but they welcome these new ideas after completion of the presentation.

Evaluation: The activities of the center is always an opportunity for persons with disabilities to meet and enjoy the short moments they have to make new friends and to liberate themselves against the barriers that limits their social life.

(8) Date: September 15, 2010
Objective:
1. To practice previous participants from Batangas in presentation of IL.
2. To evaluate previous participants from Batangas.

Venue: MSWDO, San Juan, Batangas

Participants: 7 people

Resource Person:
1.Teody Auxilian
2.Abner N. Manlapaz
3.Edwin De Villa

Outcome: 7 PWDS including 3 resource persons attended. The 2 newly appointed focal persons of MSWDO for PWD personally presented IL history, philosophy, and movements, while the resource persons observing the presentation. The presentation was successfully conducted.

Evaluation:
We observed the following things:
1. The presenters can still improve on the manner of presentations.
2. The number of participants is not increasing, maybe because they are looking for activities that will address their economic situation.

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