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Atty Arnel Banas Kythe President 2015

New Year’s Message from Kythe President, Atty. Arnel Jose S. Bañas

To our dear sponsors, partners, and volunteers,

Happy New Year to all! I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for another year that you have spent believing in Kythe, in supporting the organization and our child-patients under the Child Life Program. We uphold that every child has a right to learn, play, and grow even when confined in the hospital, and we advocate their happiness and psychosocial health through our many activities. At different points in our twenty three years of work with children, you have been part of our journey.

In 1992, founders Girlie Garcia Lorenzo and Icar Castro, two graduate students finishing coursework in psychology, met pediatric cancer patients, engaged in play therapy, and discovered the beginnings of a whole new community in the hospital ward—serving more than 8000 child-patients and their families, with the help of supportive donors and volunteers. I am proud to represent Kythe Foundation as the current president of its Board of Trustees.

Now, in 2015, Kythe still has reasons to dream big. Among the various successes we have are the continuation of anticipated events such as Kythe Flying, Kythe Camp, and Kythe Family Day; renewed partnerships with Teleperformance, the Christmas Village of Hope group, SC Johnson, Telus International, and Ascendas; advocacy opportunities for the Child Life Program through attendance in overseas fora, such as the Sanofi Partners in Patient Health Forum and the 46th Congress of the International Society of Pediatric Oncology; and, significantly, the awarding of our very own Girlie Garcia Lorenzo as the Philippines’ first Ashoka Fellow.

On the heels of all of these, we know that the possibilities and challenges are great. But we have only to look to our kids—some of the strongest, happiest, and most determined people we know—to be inspired.

On behalf of Kythe, I invite you to join us in opening this new chapter in our ever-evolving story—of hope and faith, of trust and fate, of sharing when there is not much to give, and believing that there will be people who will help even when there is no guarantee that help will come. Kythe will continue to be about optimism amidst uncertainty. It is about unconditional love for those who are most vulnerable.

And, like the Scottish word at its root—about “manifesting oneself.”

Thank you and best wishes!

For 23 years, Kythe Child Life Specialists have continuously sought to learn about what the child-patient thinks and feels while confined in the hospital through the Child Life Program. In the  Kythe Child Life Program, we enter the child’s world through play. We use play because it is the child’s way to communicate happiness, hurts and fears. And once we have a grasp of what the child-patient needs, we provide the necessary interventions like preparation and education about the illness, coping techniques during medical procedures and emotional support during times of grief. Many times, we  have also provided for their physical needs like chemotherapy medicines and financial support for medical procedures. This is what the Kythe Child Life Program is about. It is understanding the child’s life in the hospital and responding  to their needs in a holistic way. Because in Child Life we make sure “the hospital is not only a place to heal, but also a place to learn play and grow.”
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  • Be a Volunteer!

    The next volunteer orientation will be on August 15, 2015 at Kythe office. Orientation promptly starts at 8:45 a.m. Please bring Php300 each for your Kythe volunteer shirt. Thank you!
    The Kythe office is located at Room 201 FSS 1 Bldg. #20 Sct. Tuason corner Sct. Castor Streets Brgy. Laging Handa, Quezon City
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    Please sign-up here.
    Please watch out for our next volunteer orientation on January 2015. Thank you!
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