OFCI Antique Through the Years, in Photos, Early 2015

Year 2015

Four more members received their microfinancing loan of PhP1,000.00 each, January 3, 2015. Income-generating projects identified were food vending (2), pawod making (1) and knitting (1). The fund was provided by Dr. Nelson Paguyo, OFCI Ex-Officio Member to the Board of Governors. Sixteen (16) members have now been covered.

The OFCI Antique kitchen was moved, and reconstructed January 4, 2015, from the back of my son’s house, next to the dirty kitchen of Anita’s Kitchen and within the compound where the OFCI Multipurpose Center is.

Early comers for the feeding, January 10, 2015, are seen converging inside the now fenced Center, to prevent the children from playing in the cliff, thus avoiding accidents. Shown also is the finished kitchen. More improvements will be witnessed as the mothers continue to feel empowered. Yes, the power of being in control of their lives after deciding that they want to improve their current conditions!

Volunteers were again at work, January 11, 2015, in putting up a bamboo stool on the other side of the long table at the OFCI Antique Multipurpose Center. A husband and wife team led the work.

A blackboard, to be used for lectures, was done, January 16, 2015, making use of donation by one OFCI main Philippine Chapter member. Additional bowls, glasses and spoon/forks were also bought.

Very cheap books were bought, January 20, 2015, from the extra cash donated by one OFCI Philippine Chapter official.

Also bought were items for use of the planned educational activity of the children prior to feeding.

First-ever educational activity of the children attending the weekly feeding held January 25, 2015, making use of the items bought a few days back out of a cash donation received.

The art works of the children – drawing with the use of pencil and crayons – were displayed on the blackboard for everybody to admire. This was in January 25, 2015.

Mothers busied their time working on the mini booklets, February 2, 2015, which will serve as a record book, to be distributed to the members who availed of the microfinancing loan. The record book will somehow make the special loaning program official and it will provide each member/loaner an experience of holding and keeping something likened to a bank book. It will also help in keeping track of their payments and current balance.

Very few attended a feeding held February 2, 2015 because there was a General Assembly for all World Vision’s beneficiaries in Mapatag and most of the mothers attended, along with their children. Those who made it to the weekly gathering were treated with just “puto” and juice and the children again got busy with their art works and a few took time to read.

A sign board, strategically positioned right beside the provincial road, was another project accomplished by the officers. The sign is both ways and commuters passing by won’t miss seeing it. This got displayed February 5, 2015.

A photo taken of a page of the Treasurer’s notebook, showing how the money collected has been released to new loaners. As shown, repayments, once they have reached 1K or 2K pesos, are being loaned out to the next on the list.

Some OFCI Antique members went on a mission of feeding the senior citizens and disabled at the Barangay Plaza last March 8, 2015. This was a counterpart of the previous visit to the oldies living far away from the main barrio.

To be continued. . .

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Freda Editha O. Contreras
Writing is a God-given talent which I try to utilize the good way. I used it as a means to earn a living, my very first job after graduating from college, when I got hired as an Information Writer by the Provincial Government of Antique through Governor Enrique A. Zaldivar in January 1982. By profession, I am a Registered Nurse, and was only able to practice it when I got recruited to work in a private hospital in Kuwait. This was in November 1987 and since then I have been living in Kuwait, now retired since June 2002. Because of my knack in writing I got hired in 1994 to write for Kuwait Times and later became an Editor of 'Pinoy News' a weekly supplement of KT. In March 1996 I published the very first independent Filipino newspaper in Kuwait and the Gulf bannered as Pinoy Expat News or PEN. The paper lasted for only 10 weekly issues. This was followed by another publication and came out first as an insert of an ad paper and later as a separate tabloid. I used then 'Pinoy News' as it was my idea the first time it was used for Kuwait Times. This again failed and produced only three weekly issues. I then turned to the Internet and in 1999 I got hired as a Contributing Editor of Suite101.com, a writers' portal on the web. The last of my articles was published December 31, 2002 but my topic 'Overseas Filipino Workers' was still visible until January 2006. All the 38 articles I wrote have been compiled into a book which I published in August 2007. I discovered blogging in 2006 but was not really serious about my writing. I wrote according to my whim. Having this blog under my own domain name is now a welcome development and I plan to concentrate again in writing. As is commonly said: "A writer will always be a writer." http://fredacontreras.com/

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