Changing Fear into Confidence

RamilThanks to Youth Mobilization’s Loving Approach, a Once-Fearful 5-Year-Old Has Blossomed into a Star Student

Youth Mobilization (Youth Mob), an ER partner near Manila, Philippines, helps further the education of children through its Abot Pag-ibig (Reach Out with Love) program. Ramil is one such student whose life is being changed by the program.

Youth Mob first met Ramil during the ER Christmas party last year. Out of 40 children who received gifts of school supplies, toys and hygiene items, he stood out because he cried incessantly. Youth Mob staff met his mother, Dacelyn, and learned of Ramil’s insecurity. When he was in a group situation, she said, he feared he would lose her.

Ramil and DacelynYouth Mob arranged for Ramil, 5, to enroll in Abot Pag-ibig, which serves children in an impoverished community called Taguig. The program’s year-long curriculum teaches children to discover self-worth and find love among their families, friends and community. For Ramil, that meant giving him ample attention and encouraging him to participate in group lessons and activities.

“We noticed that he gradually joined in activities and lesson discussions,” says Youth Mob’s Mackie Custodio. “As we go through lessons on building strong values in children, we are starting to see good changes in his character and how he communicates to the group.”

Dacelyn also sees evidence of change in her increasingly confident son. Week after week, she says, Ramil comes home excited to tell her about the lessons and show off his activity sheets. He’s even agreed to play a role in an upcoming school play.

“We desire that, little by little, we will produce hope-filled children through values formation in this poor community,” Custudio says. “We want to build strong relationships with these families and show them that we care for their children. We want to know their deepest needs and find ways to help them.”

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