Community Transformation Initiative
ASCM continues to reach out to a poor community in Makati
ASCM students guided by Community Transformation Initiative (CTI) Instructor Pastor Danny Camandero together with other faculty and staff held an immersion activity inside the depressed community of informal settlers in Barangay Pio del Pilar just across Makati Medical Center on March 15, 2012.
With prepared meals to share, CTI students in groups of three were ushered by contacts inside the makeshift homes of 60 families. They had the opportunity to converse with the family members, listen to their stories and even pray with them. Students later reported that some of the families lived inside a public cemetery in Makati before they were evicted and found themselves in their present community christened as â€œBotanicalâ€. One grandmother who was 42 said she was born, grew up and started to raise her own family in that cemetery.
A student expressed his surprise that the family of seven his group visited struggled to fit in a 4 feet by 5 feet shanty. He was depressed by what he saw and at the same time humbled to have a chance to minister to them. Some families asked when would ASCM students come and visit them again. Some students are already brainstorming on coming up with an activity to reach out the youth of the community.
This immersion was the third CTI activity of ASCM with the members of â€œBotanicalâ€ community. The first was a business opportunity training in January where selected individuals, mostly mothers received training on how to make detergent powder, dishwashing liquid and the like. ASCM Sophomore Jacquelyn Pambid was the Resource Speaker. Jacque is also a minister of the Harvest Worship Center (Church of God-Taytay, Rizal).
The second activity was a Dental Mission last February to mostly children and young adults from the community. A volunteer dentist and a Senior Dentistry student of Centro Escolar University-Makati Campus teamed up with ASCM students to offer free tooth examination and extraction. Free medicines were likewise dispensed.
Both activities were held in ASCM with students from National Service and Training Program/Civic Social Work Program, Field Education, and CTI classes.