On June 14, 2023, OHFWI conducted a monitoring visit to its program beneficiaries in Sagay City, Negros Occidental. During the Kumustahan Activity, the beneficiaries shared about the challenges they faced during the semester as well as how they overcame it. Adapting to the new mode of learning after the pandemic restrictions was the most challenging part for most of them. However, with the help of their family and friends, they all surpass the obstacles encountered during the school year.
Three of the graduates from the area were also asked for a message as they graduate from the program. They were grateful for the help of the organization and they pledged to multiply the help they received from OHFWI to their younger siblings. Guardians of the beneficiaries also expressed their gratitude to the organization as according to them, if not with the help of the organization, finishing their children’s college degree will be so much harder for them.
Executive Director, Rosalinda T. Perez, as usual, reiterated that the students do not have the responsibility to pay back to the organization the support they received but rather, they were challenged to also help others, such as their younger siblings, for which the organization expects and looks forward to.
In the latter part of the activity, the program area coordinator of Sagay, Negros Occidental, Jay Frank A. Diaz, reminded the graduates as they join the workforce that life after college isn’t guaranteed to be easy. But, earning a college degree and learning the things they got from the academy and OHFWI will be their greatest weapon.
OHFWI also conducted a Home Visitation to the Melgar Family– a special case being handled by the organization’s social workers. The activity was conducted to know the kind of assistance we can provide to the family and ensure that they’re in good living conditions.
Prepared by: Jay Frank A. Diaz, RSW
Program Area Coordinator