No uniforms, no license, no salaries but has the passion to share education.
Aside from pursuing their high school diploma, alumni campers of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) Kool Adventure Camp (KAC) are extending efforts to share knowledge through their “Lapis ug Papel Tutorial Program” in the sitios of Liloan, Cebu, which includes the sitios of Mahayahay II, Bonbon and Pamutungan.
This year, more kids from the day care centers in the sitios of Lilo-an, Cebu, benefit from the program as it targets another two sitios in the mountain areas of the town.
“Lapis ug Papel” was a tutorial program organized by the KAC campers of Lilo-an National High School (LNHS) as part of their community service after joining the camp.
There are already approximately 900 day care pupils who graduated from the yearly tutorial program of the KACX of LNHS since the program was launched in 2007 in Sitio Mahayahay. The program was then replicated to other areas in Liloan.
Since 2007, members of the Kool Adventure Campers Club, the organization of KAC alumni in LNHS, conduct in groups tutorial sessions in each sitio for two Saturdays every month.
Gil Corbes, adviser of Kool Adventure Campers Club and values education teacher, said, if they have sufficient funds this year, they really want to include two mountain sitios where tutorial is needed.
He added that if they can generate enough funds every year, the tutorial program will be replicated in more areas in Lilo-an.
Welson Mendez, one of the volunteers during the tutorial program, relates the service he gives to his community to his younger sister. He said that being one of the volunteer teachers, he also guides his younger sister in her preparatory schooling.
“I always motivate my younger sister to pursue and do best in schooling so she will be knowledgeable and will have a good future ahead,” said Mendez in Cebuano.
Mendez added that he is fulfilled in giving his time to teach reading, writing and arithmetic to the day care pupils.
Members and club alumni serve as good examples to both their respective communities and families by inviting their parents and siblings to join and volunteer for the program.
Saira Anud, incoming fourth year high school student, is one of the club members who always brings her family to help in the program.
Funds raised by the club also goes to Christmas gifts for communities they visit every December through their “Bigay Puso” program.
KAC is one of the programs under RAFI’s Leadership & Citizenship focus area, where future leaders are nurtured to prepare them to take an active role in affecting change. RAFI’s other focus areas are Integrated Development, Micro-finance & Entrepreneurship, Culture & Heritage, and Education.
KAC is currently building the Philippines’ first outdoor experiential center at Barangay Cansomoroy, Balamban Cebu, which is set to open in 2013.