Bataan

SOS Children’s Village Bataan

The SOS Children’s Village in Bataan is the newest SOS Children’s Village in the Philippines. It opened on August 30, 2010 in Golden Heights Subdivision, Mt. View, Mariveles, Bataan. There are 119 children and young adults living in its 13 houses. It also provides educational and medical support to 291 children living in the surrounding communities.

What is unique about the Children’s Village is that it is integrated in the community. This means that SOS children live next door to non-SOS residents and can freely interact with them, making it easy for the children to have a smooth transition to independent living once they graduate from the program.

In January 2015, the Department of Social Welfare and Development conferred the national Best Non-Government Organization to SOS Children’s Village Bataan. The honor was under the Salamat Po Award.


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The Baker

Daisy whistles as she waits for the bell of the oven to go off. She has done this many times, and she expects the cake to come out just fine.

“Ting!”

She stops whistling. She opens the oven and checks the cake. It looks good and delicious, just as she expected. She removes the cake from the pan and let it cool on a wire rack. She places a little pat of icing on the bottom of the cake, then some frosting on the top and sides of the cake.

“Baking is my favourite hobby, and I always look forward to doing it,” says Daisy smiling. The aroma of butter, cocoa and vanilla has mixed and filled the air, letting everyone know that the red velvet cake will be served very soon.

Every summer, an SOS mother in Children’s Village Bataan conducts lessons to children and youth who want to learn how to bake. Daisy is always present in these sessions. But this fourth summer, Daisy is helping out her friends how to properly measure the ingredients. She has already learned this lesson in the previous session, and has already mastered measuring the ingredients. And even without an electric mixer, she can do the job well.

Daisy wants to learn more about baking. She said she could use the skill in the future to earn additional income. She already knows how to bake cupcakes, chocolate cakes, chiffon cakes and brownies. When there’s a birthday celebration in the Children’s Village, Daisy helps out in baking cakes.

“I feel happy watching my SOS family enjoys the cakes we baked for them. All the hard work pays off when they say that the cake is delicious and that they want more,” happily says Daisy.




Learning and teaching success

The night before the graduation ceremony, Maria barely slept. She was too excited. Finally she would receive her diploma after many years of hard work. She was sure that she would have a stable job in the months to come.

“When the guest of honour gave me his congratulations and diploma which is one of the keys to all possibilities and opportunities, I felt like I was walking in a fluffy cloud nine,” Maria shared.

When she was a young girl, Maria was thinking of becoming a teacher but never imagined to realize it because of poverty. With the help of SOS Children’s Village, Maria was able to finish college with a degree in Bachelor of Elementary Education. She was a participant in the organization’s family strengthening program that supports children of vulnerable families.

Maria used to be shy, but she was able to develop her personality through participating in various activities of the family strengthening program. For many years, SOS Children’s Village gave her the opportunities to develop herself. It was also in SOS Children’s Village that she got the chance to apply her teaching skills when she facilitated tutorial sessions for kids. It was the then that she was called Teacher Maria and that inspired her more to pursue her dreams of becoming a professional teacher.

She is currently reviewing for the upcoming Licensure Exam for Teachers. But her dreams doesn’t end here. She further plans to study in a graduate school and earn a master's degree in education. Maria believes that her love for children made her decide to take up teaching. “I am determined to nurture the minds of the future generation,” she said.

Now, she mentors and inspires her younger brother who is also a participant in the family strengthening program of SOS Children’s Village. “I want my brother to keep on going despite our circumstances in life. I want him to show the many opportunities that SOS has provided us. I want him and the other kids to see life in its brightest form,” said the young teacher.

that inspired her more to pursue her dreams of becoming a professional teacher. She is currently reviewing for the upcoming Licensure Exam for Teachers. But her dreams doesn’t end here. She further plans to study in a graduate school and earn a master's degree in education. Maria believes that her love for children made her decide to take up teaching. “I am determined to nurture the minds of the future generation,” she said.

Now, she mentors and inspires her younger brother who is also a participant in the family strengthening program of SOS Children’s Village. “I want my brother to keep on going despite our circumstances in life. I want him to show the many opportunities that SOS has provided us. I want him and the other kids to see life in its brightest form,” said the young teacher.