Volunteers who learn together, stay together

Despite the threat of strong rains and flooding, Kythe Volunteers held their third batch of Volunteer Training on June 29, 2019. The training was facilitated by Carol Tongco, Kythe’s Volunteer Program Coordinator, and Charm Mercado, Philippine Orthopedic Center-Kythe Child Life Assistant. This training session had three modules. In Module 1, volunteers learned about the ChILD Model. This is a simple assessment tool developed by the Kythe Founder and Executive Director, Maria Fatima “Girlie” Garcia Lorenzo, to help volunteers design developmentally- appropriate activities for pediatric patients.

Module 2 was about discussing different hospitalization issues and learning new strategies on how to engage pediatric patients, such as draw cartoon caricature, magic tricks and origami. And Module 3 was a debriefing, wherein volunteers were given an opportunity to tell their personal stories and challenges, and how they can cope with these. In the end, the participants received a bag with different arts and crafts materials, which can serve as their volunteer’s starter kit.

Team Shangri-La the Fort Manila’s passion to help

On June 20, 2019, Shangri-La The Fort Manila volunteers visited Kythe children at Philippine Orthopedic Hospital for the third time! They donated lots of toys, board games and interactive games. Their surprises did not end there. They also gave a sound system to make their celebrate life party more fun! They brought their famous mascot named Boni De Bull! The children’s faces lit up when they saw Boni dancing to the tune of their favorite nursery rhymes. The volunteers also gave away Boni De Bull bags filled with toiletries, which the patients can use during their hospital confinement.

We thank Team Shangri-La The Fort, Manila’s commitment and passion to make the hospital a happier place for the children.

Kythe’s Growing Family

On June 22, 2019, a Kythe Volunteer Orientation was held at Quirino Memorial Medical Center. This was the highest attended volunteer orientation, with 63 participants coming from different schools and corporations. Some of them even traveled for hours just to attend the volunteer orientation. There were those who came from Laguna, Bulacan, Cavite, Batangas and other nearby provinces. We are in awe of these people’s passion to serve indigent pediatric patients.

Welcome to Kythe’s growing family!