All For the Kids
One morning in the 20th of October, as the humble community of New Barili were about to wake up to welcome another day, we were already awake finalizing preparations to make this an extraordinary day for them, particularly for the kids of the day care center.
On this day is our scheduled lecture-slash-fun-activity to help the kids learn simple yet essential health habits which can make big changes to them and their families even.
It is said that handwashing is one of the simplest and most effective ways to decrease the chances of transmitting infections that's why we chose to make this the starting point of our lesson.
It is a tough task teaching young kids as they tend to easily lose focus but that challenge usually puts spice and fun to the activity. It drives us to become more creative and more patient as we need to come up with something interesting for this particular age group.
Besides handwashing, we also tackled another health issue which is considered one of the most prevalent yet most neglected problems among Filipinos - dental health. Through the assistance of an anonymous person, we donated dental hygiene and kits composed of a toothpaste and toothbrush and conducted a demonstration on the correct ways on how to brush teeth. The children actively participated in the return demonstration and were very happy showing off their new learning.
Such a priceless joy in our heart to see kids not just learning but having pure fun. Among the sea of young happy faces were also some of the kids' parents who were there to join their children learn this important health lessons.
The day's activity was a huge success and was topped off with simple meals for the participants and lecturers. All the sweat and effort paid off with the grateful smiles and wholehearted 'thank you's of the close-knit community of New Barili.
Geode Allan V. Diansuy
ADZU-SOM Level I