Last November 27, 2020, Virlanie Foundation is in one with children in celebrating National Children’s Month with a theme of “Sama-samang itaguyod ang Karapatan ng bawat Bata sa Panahon ng Pandemya.” (Together Let us Stand for the Rights of Every Child in this time of Pandemic). Currently, due to the threats of COVID-19, limited mobilities are organized to celebrate Children’s Month. The kids and youth still actively participated by showing their talents in skills to enjoy the celebration especially dedicated for them.
The Children’s Month celebration was kept safe as children are given tasks within their respective Virlanie Homes. The tasks were divided into 3 age categories: 6-9 years old; 10-13 years old; 14-17 years old. The beneficiaries are tasked to perform an interpretative dance where the beneficiaries must dance on a song that gives a message about hearing out children in case they want to express a thought.
The second task is a slogan and poster making contest where beneficiaries will have the opportunity to express their voice through arts and drawing. The official theme of the National Children’s Month 2020 became the basis of their artworks. This activity was judged by Virlanie office staff members.
Sofia Dolly Alejandro, RSW, spearheaded the activities for National Children’s Month, and the activities are made possible through the use of the donated laptops, and through Google Classroom. Dolly is the Social Worker Coordinator for SiBuHi (SiBuHi stands for Sining, Buhay, Hilom or Art, Life, Healing). She was joined by her fellow social workers and Virlanie teachers to make the program a success. “These kinds of activity are longed by our Virlanie beneficiaries. They have been busy with their school works and they longed for activities that will keep them busy and creative, despite staying at home for good,” Dolly said. “I am happy that we were able to make something for them,” she added.
The Virlanie National Children’s Month 2020 program also reached Jade Home, a home for youth with special needs located in Dasmariñas, Cavite.
Ate Arlyne, the Deputy Executive Director of the Foundation, expressed her warm appreciation for the efforts of the children who actively participated in the program. Surely, this is a good impression that the beneficiaries are doing well despite the difficult time. Moreover, she expressed her warm appreciation to the staff members who did not hold back in organizing activities for Children’s Month despite the challenges in internet connection, logistics, and even the time constraints to make this all possible.
Other Efforts to commemorate Children’s Rights
Last November 17-22, 2020, Virlanie Foundation, Inc. became a proud media partner of the PETA Arts Zone Project. This is an initiative by the Philippine Education Theater Association (PETA), a UNESCO-International Theater institute center in the Philippines, to uphold the rights of children using theater and the arts to advocate for child safety and protection from violence and promote Positive Discipline. Various online activities were held and two of the main highlights are the 2 webinar episodes. The first is the “Tayô na, Táyo na!” (Stand Up, Let’s Go!) a webinar series that focuses on the legal rights of children. An episode where Virlanie’s very The Rising Youth took part in a vlog session. Second, is the ASEAN Headstart: On the Road to End Violence against Children, a webinar episode about the ASEAN’s response to violence against children at home, in school, and in the community in the time of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Watch this latest The Rising Youth Vlog: The Children’s Rights version 2.0!