On March 24th 2018, two members of Hardwick Evangelical Church arrived in the Philippines to stay at Rehoboth for a week, before the rest of their group arrived. They enjoyed getting to know the boys as they stayed in
the guestroom and got used to the Filipino way of life. They helped out with some practical tasks of building a chicken house in the garden, and painting the gates and water storage tanks. Some one-on-one drum and guitar lessons were given, and unlimited games of Uno and Lego building sessions were enjoyed!
A trip to Nambalan river was an opportunity to see some of the surrounding countryside and everyday life in the area. Carabao, cows, goats, chickens and ducks added to the scenery with rice fields, hills, streams and rivers. A dip in the cool water was refreshing and a great way to relax and appreciate the beautiful setting.
The rest of the group (8 adults and 2 children) arrived on April 1st, and they all stayed at Tarlac Agricultural University in the guestrooms. Every day the group came to Rehoboth and after an orientation, guided tour and introduction to everyone, activities were planned and organized for the following days.
In the first few days of the visit, Elementary and high school moving up, recognition and graduation ceremonies were taking place. It was an opportunity to see the proud moment when some of our residents received special awards and their diplomas so they could move up to the next level in school. Residents whose parents couldn’t make it, asked some of the volunteers to be their step in “parents” and award them with their medal.
The residents enjoyed an all-age holiday club on four mornings learning about different Bible characters including stories, drama, songs, games and crafts. Other craft, cooking, games and music sessions were held as well as lots of time for informal board and card games, playing with lego and generally getting to know each other and spending time together.
On Saturday morning, we hosted a Rehoboth Masterchef where four Filipino dishes were cooked on the covered court for our visitors to watch and learn how to cook. Tortang talong (grilled eggplant), shanghai rolls (mini spring rolls with fish), stuffed bangus (fish) and kare-kare (stew with peanut sauce) were enjoyed by all alongside chili con carne made by one of our visitors. We ate Filipino style called ‘boodle fight’ where the food is placed on banana leaves on a long table and everyone helps themselves! It was a highlight of the trip for some of our visitors.
We went out on two home visits to see local families and to see the different types of places that the children come from. We all enjoyed an afternoon of sports at the college playing basketball, volleyball, rounders, badminton and other games and a day out at Tarlac Recreational Park where swimming was top on the agenda! An optional visit was also made to Tarlac Monastary for the visitors to see another beautiful place in the area.
It was a very successful visit and everyone has many treasured memories from the time shared together. One member of the group has stayed on at Rehoboth to volunteer for another three weeks.
December is a busy month at Rehoboth and a time that the children talk about and look forward to a long time in advance!
We are usually blessed with a number of gift-givings and special Christmas programs from local friends (old and new). In 2017 we were visited by ‘The Camilenos, Inc.’ who brought hygiene packs for everyone; ‘The Knights of Columbus’ from Tarlac who played games with lots of cash prizes, brought food and gave gifts of toiletries, biscuits, rice, canned goods and shoes; Gods Family KAB who also brought food, gifts of coloring books, crayons and organized games for everyone. Another kind donation was received from Jack Lord Paragas who gave 1 sack of rice, Christmas packs for the children and bath towels for everyone; a former resident and his girlfriend came with a group of friends to play games and make gingerbread houses with the residents. Finally the Governor’s Office in Tarlac donated five Christmas food packs which we were able to share with some local families in need and 3 sacks of rice. We were very blessed with people’s time, donations and gifts.
On Friday 22nd December we all enjoyed our annual Christmas party at Rehoboth. Our theme ‘Sama Sama, Salu Salo, Sa pagdiriwan ng Pasko’ (Sharing together in the celebration of Christmas) was the inspiration for our drawing contest and group presentations given on the night. Lots of games were enjoyed, raffle, exchange gifts, song and dance presentations given and food enjoyed during the evening. Awarding was done for our lantern contest as well as drawing and group presentations. As always our residents and staff worked hard in preparation for the Christmas activities and a good time was had by all.
The following day, December 23, many of our residents were able to go home to stay with their family for the rest of the Christmas vacation. The children will be back to school in the first week of January 2018.
We would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year from everyone here at Rehoboth!
On October 18, 2017, Rehoboth welcomed 14 visitors from Seaton Community Church in Aberdeen, Scotland. The Seaton Community Church, led by Pastor Barry Douglas, began their partnership with Rehoboth in 2014 and brought their first mission team to the Philippines in October 2015. This year, we welcomed Seaton back to the Philippines for the second time for a 2-week visit.
During their visit, the Seaton team were involved in a number of projects and activities at Rehoboth. They helped out in our Eco-Learning Farm, building cement posts for our dragonfruit trees, planting, weeding and landscaping, and setting foundations for a pighouse and chicken coops. At the Home, they facilitated a variety of activities such as arts and crafts, lessons in knitting and hairdressing, and sports and games with our kids. They also developed our kids spiritually through prayer space, kids club ministry activities, and Freedom In Christ sessions with our young people.
In addition to the work and activities, the visitors and our kids were able to engage in valuable cross-cultural exchange. Our residents learned about life and traditions in Scotland and the Seaton team experienced first hand Filipino culture and way of life. The team went on home visits, a trip to the local town, and tasted a variety of Filipino foods. The Seaton team and Rehoboth residents and staff enjoyed an overnight R&R trip to Morong, Bataan where everyone enjoyed time together and playing at the beach. On the way home from Morong, we stopped by Mt. Samat Memorial Shrine in Pilar, Bataan where visitors, staff, and visitors learned about the history of the Battle of Bataan and the Bataan Death March, a significant piece of Philippines history.
On the visitors’ last night, we had our second Cultural Night where everyone enjoyed Filipino party games, Filipino and Scottish dances, songs, and evening meal featuring Filipino and Scottish dishes. We ended the night singing “Auld Lang Syne” and saying goodbyes.
Rehoboth is incredibly thankful to the Seaton Community Church for their love, support, and partnership in everything we do here in the Philippines. We are proud to have you as part of the Rehoboth family and we look forward seeing you all again!
This past weekend was an eventful one here at Rehoboth! Last Friday, September 29, we held our 4th Annual “Run for Rehoboth” fundraiser in partnership with Tarlac Agricultural University. Thanks to the support of our community, partners, and sponsors, this year’s fun run was our best one yet! In addition to our usual 5K walk/run, we organized a shorter 2.5K children’s run for the first time. We had over 500 registered runners with about half showing up to run on the day. Our goal each year with the Fun Run is to promote the programs and services of Rehoboth to the community and at the same time raise funds for special projects at the Home. This year, our project goal is to develop a simple irrigation system in our Eco-Learning Farm in order to increase production of fruits and vegetables for consumption at the Home. We were able to raise nearly P40,000 towards our projects. Thank you everyone for your support! Check out our Facebook page for more pictures from the event!
The next day, we celebrated Family Month with a whole afternoon of activities together as a Rehoboth family. We were also joined by family members of some of our residents from the local community. Our residents come from all backgrounds and situations; many of our residents have families but are at Rehoboth in order to continue their studies. We were thrilled that some of those family members were able to join us this weekend. Our activities consisted of eating lunch together, role plays, cheers, speeches, songs, and games.
Today we start another semester of tutorials in partnership with the College of Education at Tarlac Agricultural University (TAU). This partnership program began in 2010 with Peace Corps Volunteer Tom Ferrebee and has continued twice a year until now. It is a service-learning experience for the 3rd and 4th year Education students and an invaluable opportunity for our children and young people to receive one-on-one tutorials in subjects they are struggling with. The program was designed to be more than just tutorials. With the motto, “Teaching Minds, Touching Lives,” the program is also about building relationships and investing in people. In addition to teaching, TAU tutors also serve as role models and mentors to our children. Each semester, TAU students are paired with one of our residents or REAP scholars and teach numeracy and literacy twice a week for 7-9 weeks. We are extremely grateful for TAU’s partnership with Rehoboth.
We recently had our Orientation and Meet & Greet at TAU to launch this new round of tutorials. The tutors prepared an interactive program for the children to meet their tutors. The children enjoyed the activities and are excited for tutorials to begin!
Over the last two months, we have been busy preparing our Eco-Isdaan (Eco-Fishpond) for tilapia farming. After a month of waiting, we were finally able to acquire our tilapia fingerlings! We lined the base of the fishpond with a layer of clay soil, gravel, chicken manure, and stones to help retain water and produce algae for natural food. Recent rainfall has filled our pond and we have tested it with litmus paper to make sure it is not acidic. Last Friday, we received 1,000 tilapia fingerlings and we have stocked both our main pond and second mini pond.
First, we floated the fingerlings in an oxygenated bag for about 10 minutes in order for them to acclimate to the temperature of the pond. Transferring fingerlings directly into the pond without doing this would cause them to stress out. After 10 minutes, we opened the bag and slowly added water from the pond little by little into the bag to help fingerlings to continue to adjust to the temperature of the pond. Lastly, we dipped the bag under the water and waited for the fingerlings to swim out of the bag and into the pond.
We are excited to have our Eco-Isdaan up and running and are ready to track the growth of the fingerlings over the next few months. Stay tuned!
This weekend, Rehoboth Children’s Home celebrated Nutrition Month with a full day of activities. This year’s Nutrition Month theme in the Philippines is, “Healthy Diet, Gawing Habit – For Life!” (Making a Healthy Diet a Habit for Life!)
The day started in our Eco-Learning Farm where the children usually spend every Saturday morning together. Each garden group made mini demonstrations related to gardening and how to increase productivity of fruits and vegetables. Topics included the benefits of bio-intensive gardening, pruning, insect control, dragonfruits, and land preparation.
The presentations were followed by our annual cooking competition. This year’s main ingredient was TILAPIA in preparation for the tilapia we look forward to harvesting in a few months from our newly restored fishpond. Each garden group created a dish highlighting tilapia and one of the following fruits/vegetables as the main ingredients: tomatoes, eggplant, malunggay, okra, and papaya. Tilapia is commonly used in Filipino cuisine, so Rehoboth children and staff had a lot of fun creating and tasting new tilapia dishes!
After lunch, each group presented jingles about their dishes and enjoyed an afternoon of games and activities together celebrating Nutrition Month and July/August birthday celebrants.
We would like to thank our friends Nathan and Christina from California, USA for generously sponsoring our 2017 Nutrition Month Celebration. To learn more about supporting events like this at Rehoboth, please visit our Get Involved page or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last April 26-28, Rehoboth participated in the 20th annual READLANI Sportsfest at the Pampanga State Agricultural University in Magalang, Pampanga. The theme this year was, “Batang READLANI: Hindi lang pang kinabukasan, maging pang palakasan.” READLANI is the Regional Association of DSWD Licensed NGOs and Institutions in Region 3, of which Rehoboth has been a member since 2003.
The 3 day event started out with an opening remarks, with speakers from the university, local and regional government offices. That was followed by the Mr. & Ms. READLANI pageant, cheer dance competition, declaration of games, and releasing of balloons to signify the start of the games in the afternoon. Rehoboth’s Mr. and Ms. READLANI contestants dressed in tennis-wear and in the cheer dance competition, Rehoboth gave a stunning performance dressed as Jokers and Harley Quinns. Ball games, board games, track and field events, and larong lahi games continued simultaneously for the next 2 days. The showcase of talent and cultural dance competition took place in the evenings.
At the awarding ceremony on the last day, Rehoboth took home the 2nd place trophies for juniors volleyball, seniors volleyball, seniors basketball, and the cheer dance competition, as well as several medals in track and field, board games, and larong lahi events. Our girls took home the trophy for OVERALL CHAMPIONS in the Girls’ Division.
CONGRATULATIONS to all for a job well done in all your games!
This month, we celebrated 3 residents and 5 REAP scholars graduating from college, 3 REAP scholars moving up from junior high school to senior high school, and 2 residents graduating from elementary school. We also celebrated the many residents and REAP scholars who have received honors and special awards this year. Congratulations to you all! We are so proud of you!
We are excited to announce the launch of our very own website here in the Philippines! For the last few months, we have been working on developing this website to focus on the work we do here at Rehoboth Children’s Home, Inc. in the Philippines and keep our supporters updated on everyday life and events. Our original website will remain open and will be managed by our partner charity, Rehoboth Children’s Home Trust, in the United Kingdom to fundraise and coordinate sponsorships.
On this website, visitors will be able to:
- Learn who we are and how we got started
- Learn what we do and the programs and services we provide
- Stay updated on news and events at the Home
- See pictures of our facilities, our community, and what everyday life is like
- Learn the many ways to get involved and support the work we do
- Contact us directly and learn how to visit us
Thank you for visiting and please contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions! Maraming salamat po!