We support less fortunate children in Cebu City, Philippines.
Our aim is to give them educational opportunities and to learn to be mature and responsible people, so they may have a bright future.
Sapnay means "to support" or "to take care of someone with love" in the local language, Cebuano.
Liz : the filipina coordinator of Sapnay.
Lomi : one of the Japanese women board members of Sapnay.
Chang：one of the Japanese women board member of Sapnay.
It is the first attempt for us
to do dental treatment. The dentists will come with their portable equipment.
They have a lot of opportunities to go to schools or children’s shelters. If we
have water and light, they can treat children’s teeth. They use regular chairs.
I’m so interested in their work,
but I’m sorry to say that I’m too far away to go to see the treatment. So, I’m
waiting for Liz’s report.
From Liz, I am so busy today preparing for
the dental check up tomorrow. I will ensure that every scholar should be given
equal attention on this day. Some of them are scared. Charles's mother asked me
if it is okey if Charles will be absent? I said no because Sapnay is spending a
big amount for this dental checkup. I told her that she should be thankful
because this is a once in a lifetime opportunity that her son should not miss
because it could prevent many toothaches in the future. She is also scared of the
dentist. That's why she understands why Charles is scared, too.
Good luck to all of us and thank you for the support you gave to our scholars.
They are very, very lucky!
I want to write about children’s teeth in Cebu. There are so many people who have lost their
teeth, because they can not pay for the proper dental care. Some of them don’t
have their front teeth, so it is very striking. I was very sorry that one of my
friends didn’t have her front teeth, even though she was in her teens.
Fortunately, she could meet someone who paid for the treatment.
One of the parents also didn’t have front
teeth, but her church member supported her to treat the teeth. After the
treatment, she said, “I was told that I looked younger than before.”
Usually, they live from day to day, so they
can’t afford to go to dentist. In addition, they are afraid of the dentist.
Some of them are not used to brushing their
teeth everyday, so many people have some cavities. If they
go to the dentist as soon as possible, it doesn’t take a long
time to be treated. Usually, they don’t go immediately, so their
teeth are getting worse and finally they lose them.
This school year, we have told the children
to brush their teeth after eating lunch in the office. They do very well. How
about after breakfast or supper in their houses? I don’t know.
We, the board members really want them to
give a chance for a dental treatment. Luckily, we have gotten money for this,
and one of the Filipina board members has asked her dentist friends to help us.
Children were not happy about this program.
They really wanted to escape. I can understand them, because I don’t like to go
to the dentist, even though I’m an adult now.
In spite of their fear, almost all of the
children came and had their cavities treated. I’m proud of them. I’m so happy
to know that they are so brave.
Children in Cebu went back to school after the one week semestral break and the national holidays. The following is Liz's report about the children in the office.
The children were very happy about the educational tour. They still talk about it and I hang their banner inside the office. I also had their pictures shown to them and they were laughing and reminiscing their experience in the tour. They look forward to the next educational tour and the grade 3 scholars are very eager to join them next year. I told them yes you can come if you will pass all your subjects. And they just smiled at me.
To Grade 3 boys, You can do it! GOOD LUCK :)))))
I'm appreciate for those who supprt us. We couldn't hold such a wonderful educational tour without your support!
At 7:00 am the Presidents of the cluster
arrived in the office to cook rice, boil bananas and sweet potatoes. I arrived
in the office at 7:10am.
Some of the children
were accompanied by their parents. S.S donated Fudgee Bar and
juice while E.R donated a
birthday cake in honor of James birthday on October 31 .
M.B on the other hand donated a loaf of slice bread.
let Chloe borrow my Sapnay t-shirt because hers was stolen after she washed
and hanged it to dry.
Since our game prizes were eaten by a big rat, Chloe
and I went to 360 Pharmacy to buy some goodies as replacement. We buy also
straw string to tie our banner in front of the bus. Children were so happy to
see their faces on the banner.
I let the groups form 2
lines with the high school buddy as their leader. The grouping system was very
effective. Whenever I call them, I just shout group 1, group 2 and so on.
Catherine even bond with her group. She bought some chocolates to give to her
We marched to Museo Sugbu. Then I presented our tickets to the guard.
We were sent to
the room at the leftside to wait for our tour guide. Children then roam around and read fascinating stories about
Filipinos which were on the wall and on the glass of the display glass
After 15 minutes, Macy came in and announced that she will be our
tour guide. She explained some of the artifacts that are displayed and what
Filipinos looked like long time ago. Cebu is rich of gold long time ago. Some
gold are put on their teeth to show art even grinding holes on every tooth to
fill in gold.
But early Filipinos traded their gold with nails because they are
very useful to build houses. Their gold is of no value at all.
It was almost 10:00am, the children were eating their snacks at the right side
while I was talking with the tour guide. When we were on the last room, it was
about different leaves of the trees that exist in the early days, the children
were glad that the journey to the entire museum was over. I promised them that
snacks will be served inside the bus. The bus arrived at 9:50am while all the
children went up inside the bus, again they have seating arrangement according
to their group. Snacks were then served, the fudgee bar and juice. While in the
bus, I act as their tour guide. When our bus pass byknown buildings and establishments, I say
some few words about the building. We pass by Ayala, Mabolo, University of
Cebu, Countrymall, Banilad Town Center, Gullas school of medicine, University
of San Carlos and Family Park. Our travel was only 30 minutes. Bro. Algie noticed
that the children are not familiar with the saints he mentioned. He found out
that they don’t respect the house of God. They lack Catholic manners and
practice. He suggested that I should incorporate on my lectures about our
religion. All the children were listening to him and learned so many lessons
about saints. He even talked about the San Pedro Calungsod who was canonized.
Jack on the other hand was turning white and he said he is hungry because he
didn’t ate his breakfast. I raised my hand and told Bro. Algie about it and he
hurriedly finished his lectureto the children. I let the children proceed to
the bus because snacks will be served there. Boiled bananas and sweet potatoes
are distributed and we shared softdrinks. I promised them when we arrived at
the beach resort, we shall eat first our lunch before they go to swim in the
swimming pool. I let my brother broil 21vslices of porkchop as our lunch and I
let him buy also 3 lechon manok and 20 pcs of ice. During our journey,I let group 1 sing their song they prepared
for the journey to Green Lagoon. Then followed by group 2 and etc. It is like having
a radio during a trip. I distributed 1 pc. of junkfood for every group as their
reward. They had so much fun during the trip.
Children in the resprt pool
When we arrived at the resort,
the children were then busy changing their beach attire while I was paying for
the entrance and pool fees. I told them that we will eat lunch first before
going to the pool. It rained before we arrived but during lunchtime, it was
steamingly hot. There were plenty of flies flying around like thousands of
them! When you open the container of food, you have to be fast so that the
flies could not enter. We hurriedly distributed the rice, porkchop, lechon
manok and spaghetti. Mr. Kazu ate only spaghetti and lechon manok. After the
children were “busog” they asked permission if they can go to the swimming
pool. I accompanied them with their tickets to the pool. The in-charge tied a
yarn string around their wrist so that they can go inside and out anytime.
Peach string for the children and green string for the adult. Since I was so
tired, I decided not to swim because I have to travel after the tour. I let the
cluster presidents take some pictures and held games inside the pool. Group 2
and group 4 won the games. The prizes are distributed inside the bus.
stayed on the pool around 2 ½ hours. During that time, some would go back to
the cottage to eat and went back again to the pool. Almost all our food was
eaten by the children. They enjoyed very much playing with the beach ball that
Mr. Kazu provided and enjoyed the slide into the pool. The cluster presidents
had also a wonderful time. It was 3:30pm, we called all the children that it
is time to go and change their attire. We have our pictures taken. Afterwhich
the children went back to the pool again. I have to shout at them that it is
time to go. Ava was the last to change, she had a wonderful shower at the side
of the pool. I told everyone if they are not finish changing, we will leave
them. So at exactly 4pm they were all loaded in the bus. Around 5:30pm
they arrived and some parents are waiting already to fetch their children. It
was a successful educational tour,thank God!!.
We are supporting not only children, but also their families. If the families have some problems, it is too hard for children to live peacefully.
This school year, one of our targets is to teach some skills to mothers to make them independent.
We taught them how to make "puso", hanging rice in the first session.
This is a very typical local food. At first, weave small baskets using coconutleaves. Then, put rice into them, and tie them. Put theminto boiling water until the rice is cooked.Many Filipinos eat them for their lunch or dinner.
In the second session, we made “binangkal” which are donuts sprinkled with sesame seeds.
In the third session, we made “yema”, milk candies. The following is a report of Liz, about how to make these candies.
I told the parents to wash their hands before we start making the “yema”. “Yema” is a milk candy. Two mothers were busy preparing the packaging for the candies. They cut the cellophane into 2.5inches by 2.5inches squares. I heat the frying pan, put in margarine and pour condensed milk into the pan. I put in egg yolks, then crushed peanuts. I let one of the mothers cook the yema by constantly stirring the mixture until it makes a fold when it is scooped. Then, let it flow into the mixture.
The frying pan was then put on the table to cool. One young mother is just observing because she carries her youngest son while breastfeeding. The yema mixture is now ready for packing, so everybody got spoons and scooped the mixture. I taught them how to make a neat packaging. They divided the yema candies equally to everybody. They were all happy that they learned how to make Yema candies.
We made 119 candies. Our cost was only 139.00pesos (3dollars 50cents). If we sell at 2.00pesos (5cents) each, the total sales will be 238.00pesos (about 6dollars), so they will have a profit of 99.00pesos (2dollars 50cents). Not bad at all.
This is a nutritious candy for their children. They are now planning tomake them so that they can earn money later for additional income. They plan to sell them around their neighborhood. They were very happy that they learned a lot during livelihood class. They are so thankful for the lessons.
They then washed all the utensils that they used and went home.
I used to buy yema which was small rounded shapes covered with granulated sugar. According to Liz, they made a ball of yema by hands, so sometimes they are not so clean. In addition, if we wrap yema with cellophanes, they look bigger than they are. It is very important to show the products attractively. I agree with her.
Actually, I really like yema, so I always buy it, when I go to Cebu. Once I start eating them, it is too hard for me to stop, because It is so yummy!