News & Stories
2019-2020 GEESE 2nd quarter
Scholars Monitoring & Evaluation was held on November 25 and 27 at Pitogo High School.
Scholars were interviewed by UCMPFI Working Committee members and volunteers, in the presence of DepEd officials and Teachers-Foster Parents.
In celebration of the United Nations, programs were held in each of the CENEP sites. These were highlighted by presentations by the children in special costumes exhibiting various nations represented in the UN. Capping the program was a special fellowship for all attendees.
Giving thanks Appreciation Dinner 2019
UCMPFI has a lot to be thankful for! In 2018, its programs were blessed with support not only from regular donors but also from surprise sponsors, all bringing life-enriching experiences to the beneficiaries, and in terms of physical, intellectual and emotional growth. And these advancements extend to the families of the children, youth and adults enrolled under the different programs, namely: Child Education and Nutrition Enhancement Program (CENEP); Grace Enough to Ensure Secondary Education (GEESE); and Literacy and Accreditation for Continuing Education (LACE).
On April 9, 2019, UCMPFI gave thanks, in a simple but special way, to those who took part in making it possible to continue the outreach programs. Gracing the event were benefactors, program partners from the Department of Education - Schools Division of Makati City and Parañaque City, Harvesters Christian Ministries, Inc., Seventh-Day Adventist Church-Sitio Militar, program teachers and staff, volunteers, program beneficiaries and their families, and other guests. Atty. Ted Regala and Mrs. Emmy Huang, UCMPFI President and Chairperson-Working Committee, respectively, gave message of thanks and reported the program highlights for 2018. Mrs. Lily Torrente was program emcee. Part of the dinner program was a video presentation that showed important activities and events that took place in the past year. Short messages and testimonies were given by 2 GEESE scholars, a CENEP alumnus now in college, and 3 CENEP parents. Selected CENEP children gave special performances that thoroughly entertained everyone. A child from each CENEP site gave a prepared message, making it evident that their ten-month term with CENEP was truly meaningful. They all inspire UCMPFI to continue serving thru its programs.
Annual Teachers’ Workshop
To enhance the skills and knowledge of the CENEP team, a Teacher's Workshop was held on October 31 at UCM Community Center with the theme "Classroom Management and Positive Discipline." Dulce Abutal, a faculty member of at the FEBIAS College of Bible, the Asian Theological Seminary, and Mission Ministries Philippines, Inc. served as the resource person for the workshop.
Partnership with AIESEC
AIESEC is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization, in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), affiliated with the UN DPI, member of ICMYO, and is recognized by UNESCO.
UCMPFI, in partnership with AIESEC, engaged two volunteer interns from February 1 to March 4, 2017 to assist in the evaluation of the CENEP program’s implementation and impact to beneficiaries. The interns, both from India, spent time at all the CENEP sites to observe classroom activities and participate in class activities such as feeding and teaching of the children.
They visited homes to meet parents of CENEP children to get a better appreciation of the living conditions of the program beneficiaries who all belong to the underprivileged sector of the community. The interns rendered short presentations in the classroom to give the children basic knowledge on India, their language, the different culture, people, places, animals, even cartoons!
The children were mostly fascinated when one of the interns showed up in class wearing a turban. It was an insightful experience not only for the children but also for the teachers and other program staff. At the end of their engagement, the interns prepared a report containing their observations, comments and recommendations which will be considered in further enhancing the program.