[Press Release] Maligayang Bata is the very first project initiated by the RotaKids and is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cubao. The project brings an early Christmas gift for the underprivileged children under the care of Kuya Center, a non-government organization based in Cubao, Quezon City that takes care of street children. A total of 40 street children age 9 to 15 years old will be treated to a fun-filled day at the Enchanted Kingdom in Santa Rosa Laguna.
The purpose of Maligayang Bata is to foster camaraderie among RotaKids and the street children with the aim of providing the street children with an opportunity to experience a fun filled day away from the risks they face in the streets and to raise the awareness of RotaKids to the plight of street children by providing them the opportunity to interact and play with them during the field trip. Hopefully, this interaction will inspire both Rotakids and the street children to improve their perspectives in life and become leaders and contributors to society someday.
RotaKids is an exciting way for children 12 years old and under to lead and engage in important, lively activities that will make a positive difference in school, in local communities and globally. At the same time RotaKids develop the ability and confidence to take up their place in society as responsible, successful, effective citizens both now and in the future.
RotaKids builds self esteem, develops leadership skills and introduces young people to community service through Rotary. The primary aim of RotaKids is to provide young people age 12 and under with the opportunities to participate enthusiastically in active citizenship to improve the quality of life for their school, local and global communities. As a result, RotaKids can develop long term citizenship and leadership skills through identifying and taking responsibilities for real life problems within their school, local and global communities; learn the importance of respect, dignity and caring for all people by working together to build friendships and learning about the significant impact of their projects; recognize the high achievement and effect of completed projects that improve the quality of life for their school, local and global communities; and work with the sponsoring Rotary club members as facilitators, mentors, and role models.
Kuya Center for Street Children
The RotaKids’ Maligayang Bata Project is implemented in partnership with the Kuya Center for Street Children, a non-government organization created to care for street children in Metro Manila. Kuya Center’s vision is to transform street children into responsible citizens of God and society. Kuya Center is committed to provide a home for street children where they feel accepted, respected and taken cared of; protect, promote and promulgate the rights of the children leading them to become dignified and empowered citizens; and, sensitize the consciousness of people to the needs and aspirations of street children through immersions, outreach activities and faith-life reflections in practical and concrete ways to respond to the gospel imperatives and humanitarian calls.
Kuya Center cares for street children by sending street educators and volunteers to where the street children are. The street educator spends a few hours with the children listening to them, telling stories, playing games and eating meals. Children needing special care or those who would want to be assisted are taken to the center located beside the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral in Cubao, Quezon City where they are fed and given a place to stay. The center then provides the children the necessary care and assistance in order to help them reconcile with their families and go back to school.
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RotaKids is headed by its President, Ms. Janine Chelsey Ho, the daughter of RC Cubao’s Immediate Past President Johnny Yu and President Elect Veronica Ho. RotaKids is a club for children below the age of 12 and is an ideal training ground for future leaders. RotaKids of Cubao was initiated last September 26, 2015 with 16 members and it is the first of its kind under RI District 3780.