Tropang Quiapo


A good friend was smoking his third stick for the night when he asked if I’d like to help him bring to life his new initiative on peace and community-building. I was only slightly interested given my already hectic schedule but I said yes anyway. Three months after, we are already gearing for our third Saturday session at the Muslim Community in Quiapo, Manila.

When asked how they understand peace, most of the kids drew their homes and favorite things.
Our first session was quite chaotic—the kids were excited and restless and it was our first time. Naturally, our excitements were soon dissolved by our fear of not being able to engage the kids and end up short on our goal. We began with one of kids leading the Muslim prayer and then we started with our first activity, singing! Then, our ice breaker activity, which could have allowed the kids to know the names of their classmates ended up in a funny brawl. Hahaha! We proceeded to dividing them in groups and asked them to share with us how they understand the concept of peace through drawing. After half an hour, the kids submitted drawings of their houses and their neighborhood. Some of them drew their favorite food and toys. A bit off the mark but still within what we can work on. Snack time was quite disastrous. One of our volunteers was accidentally tramped by the kids asking for drinks. Over all, we were quite successful, with a lot of things to tweak and lessons learned.

Our Pay It Forward Wall
Our second session last Saturday was relatively more manageable. We started with the Muslim prayer and then introduced the kids to the Christian prayer. In doing so, we made them learn that other forms of faith exist and in part, taught them to respect the religious practices of others. We then went on with the usual energetic singing sessions. I thought they’ll tire out but no they didn’t. As soon as we sat down, the kids engaged in banter and a few fistfights. I took out the huge storybook I made and told them the story of the Good Samaritan. Miraculously, they were quiet the whole time I was telling the story and were even paying close attention. It was a happy feeling especially when I asked them the main lesson learned. Helping other people. :) Yay! Successful. We began our next activity by using hand cut-outs to share how they will help other people this week. The result was just so nice and inspiring.

We grouped them into three and tested their creativity again by asking them to create their slogans about helping others. Here’s what they wrote:

Helping Others Slogan
Snack time was relatively better than last time because they lined up and waited for their turn. Several kids were still unruly but with a few more weeks, I believe they’ll learn how to wait for their turns.

We’re resting this Saturday and will be preparing for the next module. I’m already looking forward to it. :) A lot of our friends already expressed interest to join us. We hope more people will volunteer and help us in this initiative. For more details and photos of our activities, visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cmsnetworkph.


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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Tropang Quiapo


A good friend was smoking his third stick for the night when he asked if I’d like to help him bring to life his new initiative on peace and community-building. I was only slightly interested given my already hectic schedule but I said yes anyway. Three months after, we are already gearing for our third Saturday session at the Muslim Community in Quiapo, Manila.

When asked how they understand peace, most of the kids drew their homes and favorite things.
Our first session was quite chaotic—the kids were excited and restless and it was our first time. Naturally, our excitements were soon dissolved by our fear of not being able to engage the kids and end up short on our goal. We began with one of kids leading the Muslim prayer and then we started with our first activity, singing! Then, our ice breaker activity, which could have allowed the kids to know the names of their classmates ended up in a funny brawl. Hahaha! We proceeded to dividing them in groups and asked them to share with us how they understand the concept of peace through drawing. After half an hour, the kids submitted drawings of their houses and their neighborhood. Some of them drew their favorite food and toys. A bit off the mark but still within what we can work on. Snack time was quite disastrous. One of our volunteers was accidentally tramped by the kids asking for drinks. Over all, we were quite successful, with a lot of things to tweak and lessons learned.

Our Pay It Forward Wall
Our second session last Saturday was relatively more manageable. We started with the Muslim prayer and then introduced the kids to the Christian prayer. In doing so, we made them learn that other forms of faith exist and in part, taught them to respect the religious practices of others. We then went on with the usual energetic singing sessions. I thought they’ll tire out but no they didn’t. As soon as we sat down, the kids engaged in banter and a few fistfights. I took out the huge storybook I made and told them the story of the Good Samaritan. Miraculously, they were quiet the whole time I was telling the story and were even paying close attention. It was a happy feeling especially when I asked them the main lesson learned. Helping other people. :) Yay! Successful. We began our next activity by using hand cut-outs to share how they will help other people this week. The result was just so nice and inspiring.

We grouped them into three and tested their creativity again by asking them to create their slogans about helping others. Here’s what they wrote:

Helping Others Slogan
Snack time was relatively better than last time because they lined up and waited for their turn. Several kids were still unruly but with a few more weeks, I believe they’ll learn how to wait for their turns.

We’re resting this Saturday and will be preparing for the next module. I’m already looking forward to it. :) A lot of our friends already expressed interest to join us. We hope more people will volunteer and help us in this initiative. For more details and photos of our activities, visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cmsnetworkph.


Sharing with you this week’s Peace of Advice from CMSNet:


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