Alarmed with the degradation of moral values among children and youth, non-government organization World Vision Development Foundation, Inc. (WVDF) will embark on values and spiritual formation programs for children in Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental and Zamboanga del Norte.
According to the reports, Philippines has the highest number of children who are “smokers” in Asia while the child pregnancy rate has significantly increased to 70% from 1999–2009. Northern Mindanao is also one of the hot spots for the human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV-AIDS). There are new HIV cases of children and youth (15-24 years old) across the country registered between July–October 2016 and HIV transmission rate now becomes “youth epidemic.”
“Our children and youth face complex challenges today and these hinder them from attaining their full potential, “says Liza Branal, the World Vision Program Manager for Northwestern Mindanao.
To help address to these issues, World Vision implements the Spiritual Nurture for Children project in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) through integration of values formation in school-based Culture of Reading.
This five-year project will provide children and youth the opportunities to participate in fellowships, workshops, and camps that would promote values.
Parents and caregivers will also join seminars on responsible parenthood to develop deeper sense of responsibility and confidence to guide their children better.
“The children are the hope of our future so we must work hand in hand to help them succeed, “says Branal.
World Vision has designed age-appropriate modules that can be facilitated by a church worker, youth, children, and community volunteers who have the heart to nurture the spiritual well being of their target constituents.
Aside from providing leadership opportunities, World Vision aims to nurture the values of our children and they would appreciate their spiritual journey together with their families.
World Vision aspires to reach out to 118,000 children and youth, 4500 families, 300 churches and faith based organizations, and 120 schools in the entire country who will become agents towards nation building. (Crislyn Felisilda/World Vision)