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Companion with the Poor is a non-profit, Christian organization that works with the poorest communities in Metro Manila by planting holistic churches that meet the spiritual and physical needs of the most marginalized in the least reached slums. CWTP partners with local churches to plant sustainable churches within two years.

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STORIES FROM THE SLUMS

Sta. Rosa Laguna Team – June 2016

sta rosaEarly learning for childhood.

June 14, we conducted an orientation for all the parents who have registered their children in our school. During the meeting which was led by Ptr. Herms who is the administrator of school, he gave the rules and policies of the school as well the tuition fees and uniform.  June 27, we started to open our preschool.  We have reached our target of 30 pupils. It is ideal for our teacher. Our teacher, Mrs. Rose Amacio,   is the wife of  Ptr John Amacio who is our church partner. She is formerly   a grade school teacher in their province. We saw the excitement of the children knowing that most of whom are going to school for the first time. Their ages range from 3 to 4 ½ years old.  We have received support and good comments from the parents. We are the preschool teaching Christian values and have much better curriculum than the other preschools  in the area. Glory to God.

ALS students

Three of our young peoples are now taking up Alternative Learning System. They  are  Christian, 16 years old who finished only 1st year in high school,  Jovelito also 16 years old who finished grade 5 and  Jon-Jon, 17 years old who finished 2nd year high school.  Before that, they have no plan to go back to school. Two of them are working to help their parents provide money to buy them food.  At first, they have no interest to go back to study.. But after we convinced them and   told them how important education is for their future, they registered at ALS immediately.  Yes, of course we encouraged them to continue their study and promised to give them assistance for what they need.  To give them more encouragement, our team provided   them bags, note books and ball pens.
We have a young boy who is a regular attender in our Sunday school, John Lloyd Niangar, a 9 years old boy with dodgy right eye.  He got it when he was 5 years old. His playmate accidentally stabbed his right eye with   a syringe which he got it from the garbage. After the incident, John Lloyd was never brought to the hospital immediately. His parents thought it was not bad, but the real reason is, they could not afford the hospital bill.   Sad to say, John Lloyd was taken to the hospital after 24 hours later.  The parents have noticed his right eye getting swollen due to infection which was critical for his life.   He was admitted and confined to the hospital for about 3 months.  Four years later, his eye never healed and got worse and became totally blind.  Until one day, John Ridley noticed his dodgy right eye and told us to take him once more to a doctor to get an opinion what can still be done to his eye. So the team took him at Asia Pacific Eye center. He was given medical test, evaluated and referred to Dra. Catipon at her clinic in Megamall who is a clinical expert in making scleral shell for the eye.  We were not expecting she could help John Lloyd much.  We saw the possible chance to share the gospel and for the parents and the rest of the family to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior..