CATARMAN, Northern Samar– The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) of Northern Samar, in partnership with the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), recently trained 14 children from the Lingap Center on how to bake bread and pastries.
The children, aged 12 and above, have been abandoned, neglected, or were victims of abuse, and have been sheltered by the PSWDO in its Lingap Center.
“For the children to gain confidence and boost their morale, we train them to acquire skills aside from values formation we inject on a regular basis. The training they undergo will hopefully hone them into productive members of society,” said Social Welfare Officer Jhen Darish.
‘Tin-tin’ (not her real name), a 17-year-old Grade 11, student has been living at the Lingap Center after she got orphaned. She was also separated from her two siblings.
She said she would go into the bread-making business and work to be reunited with her siblings.
Aside from bread making, the center also teaches knitting, first aid, home-making weekly activities, financial management, and even how to play piano and guitar, among others.
The home shelter and foster care is under the DSWD’s program and services, providing various development and welfare services to include psychological and social support.
It aimed at maximizing the opportunities of children under their care and building bridges from hopelessness to being productive members of society, thereby instilling and re-establishing for these underprivileged the hope they need to regain and become normal members of society.