OHFWI’s Program Expansion in Cagwait, Surigao Del Sur

The 10th and 11th of October 2023 marked two significant events in Cagwait, Surigao Del Sur, which played a pivotal role in shaping the journey of the Cagwait Scholars. These events were made possible through the Program Area Coordinator of Open Heart Foundation Ms. Maejorie Ortega as well as the dedication and unwavering commitment of the volunteer coordinators, Mr. Wilson Irizari and Mr. Romel Montenegro. Their tireless efforts ensured the success of these essential activities.

On October 10, 2023, a virtual orientation was held to acquaint the new OHYM Scholars in the area of Cagwait, Surigao Del Sur, and to clarify their roles and responsibilities, along with those of their parents. This orientation served as a beacon of knowledge and inspiration for the scholars, providing them with the necessary tools to navigate their educational paths.

The scholars, together with their parents, joined the virtual session eagerly, knowing that this event would empower them with valuable information. The orientation was facilitated by the Program Area Coordinator and joined by the dedicated volunteer coordinators, Sir Wilson Irizari and Sir Romel Montenegro, who have consistently guided the scholars throughout their educational journey.

The topics discussed during the orientation included the following:

– Introduction of the foundation and its mission.

– The roles and responsibilities of Cagwait Scholars, emphasizing the importance of academic dedication and community involvement.

– The complementary responsibilities of parents, highlighting their vital role in supporting their children’s education.

– The resources and support networks available to the scholars, reinforce the idea that they are not alone in their educational pursuit.

This orientation not only provided the scholars and their parents with a clear roadmap for success but also ignited a sense of purpose and motivation, uniting them in a common goal of academic excellence and community engagement.

Following the orientation, on October 11, 2023, the dedicated Volunteer Coordinators, Sir Wilson Irizari and Sir Romel Montenegro organized a meeting that was instrumental in the efficient functioning of the scholarship program. The key highlights of this meeting included:

1. Formal Kasunduan Signing: A significant milestone was achieved as the scholars formally signed the Kasunduan (agreement), underscoring their commitment to their studies and the responsibilities associated with their scholarship. This Agreement is designed to encompass scholars, parents, and the foundation.

2. Officer Elections: The meeting provided a platform for the scholars to actively participate in the management of their scholarship program. Elections were held to appoint officers who would represent the scholars’ interests and serve as their voices. This democratic process encourages the scholars to take ownership of their educational journey and instills a sense of responsibility.

3. Allowance Distribution: The meeting signified the initial distribution of financial allowances to the scholars, signifying the importance of this financial aid in helping the scholars meet their educational requirements and achieve academic success.

The events of October 10 and 11, 2023, bore great significance for the Cagwait Scholars and the entire community. These activities were a testament to the dedication of the volunteer coordinators, Sir Wilson Irizari and Sir Romel Montenegro, to the scholars’ success. They also demonstrated the scholars’ determination to excel in their education and to give back to their community.

As these events unfolded, it was clear that the Cagwait Scholars’ journey was not just about financial assistance, but about building a strong, supportive community that values education and believes in the potential of its youth.

We extend our heartfelt appreciation to everyone who contributed to the success of these events, and we look forward to witnessing the growth and achievements of the Cagwait Scholars in the days to come.

Prepared by:

Maejorie U. Ortega, RSW, Program Area Coordinator