Profile of AMA Receiving Communities

Currently, AMA has 22 volunteers for Batch 31 who are placed in different parts of the Philippines, and two (2) are volunteering in the United Kingdom.



PROFILE OF AMA RECEIVING COMMUNITIES
Batch 31 (2015)

            Maria Assumpta Seminary, Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija
By God’s grace and though the generosity of its benefactors, here and abroad, the Seminary has evolved into a center of quality Secondary Education, Philosophical Studies and Formation not only for the Diocese of Cabanatuan but also for the other dioceses such as San Jose, Malolos, Bayombong, Tarlac, Iba and the Prelature of Infanta, Quezon, Since 1967, its first year of graduation, it has continually been producing priests who serve the church either as Parish Priests or School Administrators of the Diocese of Cabanatuan. It has also produced God fearing and successful men in their own fields.

            Jubilee Learning Center, Mandaluyong City
Jubilee Learning Center is a social development project of Assumption College started by Sr. Gertrude, r.a. It has 42 Kinder and Prep scholars coming from the depressed areas. Currently, the educative program includes feeding the children one meal a day under the HAIN program. 

 

     Bahay Maria Children’s Center, Makati City
Bahay Maria is a home to 42 children aged 0-24.  These children are from families who cannot afford to take care of their children. Some of them are foundlings or neglected by families.  In Bahay Maria, they are given shelter and sent to school.


Joey Velasco Foundation, Fairview, Quezon City
Joey Velasco as a painter and sculptor is one of the great social artists our country has ever produced. He captured the heart of our nation when, in 2005, he showed to the public his famous painting – “Hapag ng Pag-asa” – which depicts the Last Supper with Jesus Christ and 12 street children instead of the disciples. He was a “heartist of hope”, an artist who painted from his heart to give hope to hopeless – particularly, the street children in our society.

At present, one of the priorities of Joey Velasco Foundation  (JVF) is to give support to the Hapag Kids and their families as well as other families of  Hapag Village in Amparo, Caloocan City. JVF create livelihood projects for them, give training to enhance their skills and other activities for the value formation of the community. Also, the Foundation is closely monitoring the education of the children and their performances in school.(joeyvelascofoundation.org)

Welcome Home Foundation, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
The Welcome Home Foundation, Inc. (WHFI) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization serving the deaf people of the Philippines. They are on the forefront of education during the national transition to Filipino Sign Language (FSL); not only helping the deaf become skilled workers and students, but also assisting in the development of a stronger community and culture that the Filipino deaf can call their own. 

Batad Central School, Batad, Iloilo
Batad is a fifth class municipality in the province of Iloilo which was badly damaged by the Super typhoon Yolanda.  The elementary school was rebuilt through the efforts of companies who contributed materials and the community who shared their labor and time.  The school has more than a thousand students.  It has special education classes, as well as, alternative learning system classes.

Assumption Socio-Educational Center (ASEC), Iloilo City
Assumption Socio-Educational Center (ASEC) is located in Bo. Obrero or Workingman's Village. Barrio Obrero is a 26-hectare government land reclaimed from swamps and from the sea where the hundreds of families left homeless by the great fire of 1951 in Iloilo City were relocated.

Assumption Socio-Educational Center (ASEC) was established by the Auxiliary Missionaries of the Assumption, Inc. (AMA, Inc.) in 1967 by a dedicated group of Assumption-Iloilo graduates and friends who came to bring food, clothing, and shelter to the fire victims.

ASEC offers a community-oriented Christian education to equip the child with knowledge, attitude,and skills necessary for him/her to respond to the call of his/her community.

It takes a village to raise a child. In Bo. Obrero, the "village", included the children, the families and neighbors, ASEC, the Assumption sisters, donors and friends, and a dedicated group of men and women called AMA. Inc.  The average enrollment per year is 355 elementary students.  The tuition fees are subsidized by sponsors. Only a small part of the education costs  are paid by the students.

Assumption School Passi, Passi City, Iloilo
The school is an elementary and high school founded in 1969 by the Religious of the Assumption Sisters. Aside from running a school, the Sisters also helped in the Parish activities: teaching catechism in the Public Elementary and High Schools, home visitations, visits to the barrios, animation of the liturgy, and youth development programs. Until 1990, they were in charge of the formation of Catechists.  It has an average enrolment of 390 students.

Assumption - Passi is the first Assumption school in the Philippines managed by an Administrative Team chosen from the lay faculty. This is the result of Assumption's thrust: the participation and empowerment of the lay collaborators.

Philippine Blind Union, Jaro, Iloilo City
The Philippine Blind Union is a non-stock, non-profit organization in the city and province of Iloilo. It was established with the purpose of motivating and uplifting the lives of its visually-impaired members. They aspire to eliminate prejudice, promote belief in the proven abilities of blind and low vision persons; and achieve full participation and equality in society. The organization assists the blind in achieving self-reliance through massage services and have been trained under the supervision of the city social welfare development office and the person with disability affairs office.

Ang Dios Gugma Community, Iloilo City
Ang Dios Gugma Community began in 1984 by Bro. Edwin Dualo.  He started the community after his own search for the meaning of his life.  He found deep joy in the Word of God and wanted to share this with others through prayer group meetings and healing.  The growth of the community continued since then as the ministry expanded in their evangelization through radio and television.  On April 6, 2006, a preparatory School Known as the “Ang Dios Gugma catholic School, Inc.” was created which offered Nursery and Kindergarten classes” The pupils were mostly pre-school children of families living in Calapran and Calumpang, Arevalo, Iloilo City.

In 2010, the “Ang Dios Gugma Catholic Ministries Foundation, Inc.” was formed. The ADG foundation aimed to develop both the spiritual and physical well-being of individuals by proclaiming the Gospel of God and witnessing the Love of Jesus Christ through the tri-media evangelization in order to inculcate the true Catholic Faith and Christian values to people of all nations and to support, finance and sponsor the education of the poorest of the poor members of society who will be called “Scholars of Hope”.

Sta. Rita Academy, Sibalom, Antique
SRA is an elementary school for boys and girls managed by the Sisters of the Religious of the Assumption in Sibalom, Antique. This school of more or less 250 pupils is located in the center of the town, and provides Catholic education inspired by the teachings of St. Marie Eugenie of Jesus to students residing in Sibalom and neighboring towns.

The Antique Federation of Non-Government Organizations (AFON), Inc. San Jose, Antique
The Antique Federation of Non-Government Organizations (AFON), Inc. is an innovative, globally competitive federation of NGOs (Non-government organizations) towards community-led development. Its mission is to enhance the development roles and capacities of NGOs and community institutions.

It aims to contribute to more secure and empowered family farmer and micro-entrepreneur sectors in the Philippines. It assists tricycle operators and drivers associations, jeepney operators and drivers' associations, and market vendors associations, through the Local Economic Development program funded by TRIAS. It is also currently conducting a project on Strengthening Social Accountability Mechanisms in Local Governance in Antique, funded by the European Union.

Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office, San Jose, Antique
In the Local Government of San Jose, the MENRO has projects in the barangays which assists on Environmental Education Program, greening program and Sectoral Organization building for Bottom-up-Budgeting Projects.


Kids Kabin

Kids Kabin is an arts centre in Church Walk Shopping Centre in Walker , Newcastle upon Tyne. Kids Kabin has a wide range of creative arts, performing arts and crafts facilities for the use of local young people and the community and has the following projects:

1. Daily after school activities in our purpose built ‘workshops’, which include pottery, woodwork, art, cookery, fabric work, glasswork, music, IT and bicycle repairs
2. A holiday programme which includes, camping trips, bike rides and outings
3. Street activities run from a fleet of bicycle trailers including a mobile kitchen and a mobile pottery workshop.
4. Training for young volunteers (12-16 year olds) to run the creative activities for the younger members
5. Regular project with schools to raise awareness about Kids Kabin, enhance the curriculum and provide decorations for the schools

It is a core aim of Kids Kabin to make activities accessible to all young people and especially to young people most at risk of social exclusion. To achieve this Kids Kabin provides a welcoming and creative environment in which we encourage an atmosphere of mutual respect Focus attention on positive behaviour and de-personalise anti-social behavior.

Pendower Estate (West End of Newcastle off Westgate Rd)
Pendower Good Neighbour Project is a small community neighbourhood project working with residents on the Pendower estate in Newcastle’s West End.

There are 4 main areas of work the project covers supporting improvement to housing and environment through the residents association and community play area group, encouraging the development of children and young people through after-school and holiday activities, building the capacity of residents and improving quality of life and support for pensioners to remain in the community.

The project runs a gardening and odd job and decorating scheme for pensioners and organises monthly social outings or activities.

Volunteers are sought for the following roles :

- assisting with children’s activities. Pendower run after-school activities at the centre for various age groups;
- Mon 4.30-5.30pm for children with special needs or behavioural problems
- Tues 4.30pm-5.30pm for children aged 10-14
- Weds 4pm-5pm for children aged 6-9 years
- Thurs 4.30pm-5.30pm football club/6.00pm-7.30pm older girls group aged 15+

They also have a monthly programme of activities which can include cooking, craft, IT, sport, swimming, games, gardening and environmental activities.